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The Yes Album

Yes - And You and I

I just read your 'About me'; I find your approach very interesting. I'm puertorican (born, raised, still live here) and I love music from every decade and every culture. I'm big on Salsa naturally and my favorite genre is Progressive Rock for sure.

Thank you. You might be interested in some of the music written by my ex-husband, who is from Cuba. One of his songs, Como Hay Gente en la Calle, has been recorded by Gilberto Santa Rosa and Albita (I prefer Albita’s version). You can hear a few more of his songs here, and a couple of others on my YouTube channel. If you like funky stuff, you might like his cousin’s band Palo. We all live in Miami, and although I don’t speak Spanish, I’m obviously no stranger to Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latin American cultures.

As for progressive rock, I like Yes a lot, but I have to say I’ve seen them live a couple of times (once with Rick Wakeman), and although they were good, I wouldn’t say they are a great live band in the way Incubus is. I do think Incubus has clearly been influenced by them, though, and I love it when I hear similarities in their work.

Feeling progressive this evening.

The Mars Volta - Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)

Yes - Heart of the Sunrise

Evidently three-fifths of Incubus performed some Yes covers the other day (or at least I think they did, judging from this tweet). So to help me wrap my mind around the sheer awesomeness of this concept, and also to help me get over the fact that I couldn’t experience it first-hand, I’m shamelessly posting this link to a few of the Incubus/Yes observations I’ve made in the past. See if you agree.

Evidently three-fifths of Incubus performed some Yes covers the other day (or at least I think they did, judging from this tweet). So to help me wrap my mind around the sheer awesomeness of this concept, and also to help me get over the fact that I couldn’t experience it first-hand, I’m shamelessly posting this link to a few of the Incubus/Yes observations I’ve made in the past. See if you agree.

Another 30 day music challenge

12. What’s your favorite genre of music? Whatever genre describes the likes of Incubus (alt-metal?), Yes (prog-rock?), Jack White (alternative?), Led Zeppelin (classic rock?). I never know what to call it. All I know is, I’m not partial to jazz. There, I’ve said it.

13. What song has the highest play count on your iTunes? My iTunes count is all messed up, so I don’t trust the numbers. It does make sense, though, that the highest counts are for songs by Maroon 5, because before my legs stopped working I was listening to my iPod while walking three miles a day on a treadmill, and I found that Maroon 5’s music is perfect for that.

14. What song would you sing on karaoke? I answered this one already on the other 30 day music challenge I’m doing. Eternal Flame by The Bangles.

15. What song should never be sung on
I think there’s something missing from this question. Sung on what? An instrumental to which no one should ever put lyrics? I’m not sure what they’re going for here, so I’m going to make up my own question: What song should never be played when you call your divorce lawyer’s office and they put you on hold? I know this answer from personal experience: We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters.

16. What’s your favorite album? Right now, my favorite album by my favorite band is A Crow Left of The Murder by Incubus, but I can’t say it’s my favorite album of all time. I really don’t think I have one.

17. What would be the best lineup for a festival? Any lineup that includes the two best live bands I’ve seen to date: Incubus and My Morning Jacket. The video posted here is a clip from the MMJ show I went to last December.

18. Do you get any music magazines? Not for ages. When I was a teenager we all subscribed to Rolling Stone. Now I have Tumblr.

30 day music challenge

Day 15: A song that has been covered by another artist.

I was going to go with Brandon Boyd’s vast improvement on Elvis Costello’s Alison, but with all the chatter about Timelapse Consortium during the past couple of days, I thought something progressive would be appropriate. So here’s early Yes with a brilliant cover of Paul Simon’s America. My other idea was to focus just on the tons of great covers of Bob Dylan’s work, my favorites being Rage Against the Machine’s version of Maggie’s Farm, The Dead Weather’s New Pony, Eric Clapton’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, The Pretenders’ Forever Young, and the Band’s I Shall Be Released. Probably the most famous take on the latter was done by Joe Cocker, and of all the bazillions of Beatles covers, I think the best is his version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Then there’s Linda Ronstadt, who pretty much did nothing but covers, many of them great, but none better than her version of Neil Young’s Birds. (She covered Alison too, by the way.) I could go on and on forever with this, but I’ll just mention three more: the Chili Peppers’ cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground, Chris Cornell’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, and the Foo Fighters’ cover of Arcade Fire’s Keep the Car Running.

The Mars Volta - Cicatriz E.S.P.

Okay, I confess I was not familiar with this band until Brandon Boyd mentioned it in a tweet a couple of weeks ago. As a longtime fan of Yes, plus some of what Rush used to do, and some of what Björk does, it’s hard for me not to like this a lot.

I’m going to be the human iTunes/Amazon for a second and say that if you like Time Lapse Consortium or any of the “progressive” stuff that Incubus does…

"you may also like…"  Yes - Yours Is No Disgrace

Yes - Heart of the Sunrise

It’s so amazing to me that I fell in love with Incubus before I ever knew they did anything “progressive,” like my other favorite band, Yes.

Incubus - 2nd Movement of The Odyssey

It’s so amazing to me that I fell in love with Incubus before I ever knew they did anything “progressive,” like my other favorite band, Yes.

Yes - Roundabout (Live) 

Incubus - Golden

Incubus on shuffle reminds me to listen to all the tracks from Look Alive that I’d ordinarily overlook (the kind of stuff we used to call “progressive”), which then reminds me to listen to more Yes. So…more Yes coming up…

(Early) Yes - Time and a Word