Last Sunday of the Month Post for June 2015

As June comes to a close, I’m thinking back on how fast this month has flown by.

The month also ends with the loss of one of progressive rock’s premiere bassists.

Rest in Peace, Chris Squire

Chris Squire was one of my favorite musicians of all-time. He was the original bassist and co-founder of the quintessential classic rock group, YES.

Everyone knows their big hits, “Roundabout” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, but it was YES’s longer compositions like “Close to the Edge”, “The Gates of Delirium” and “Tales from Topographic Oceans” that captured the true essence of the band. It was their blending of Classical Music and Rock during that 70s era that, in my humble opinion, created their best works.

Chris Squire was the lower part of YES’s three-part vocal harmonies, and I was always amazed at how Chris Squire could sing challenging vocal lines along with his equally challenging bass lines.

I was very saddened to hear about his passing.

My very first exposure to Chris Squire was with YES’s Roundabout. But what made me a lifelong fan was when I tuned to KGB on the radio and listened to YES playing Close to the Edge “live” on the King Biscuit Flower Hour.

I was in junior high at the time. Will never, ever forget that. I quickly recorded the concert onto my cassette tape recorder, and played it over and over until the tape was worn out.

I was later ecstatic to find that the same King Biscuit Flower Hour concert was available on YouTube! It took me back to my junior high days again.

Here’s the concert recording on YouTube.

Rest in Peace, Chris Squire.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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