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Feb 27, 2007

Hi everyone! I know...it's been ages since I last posted, but then it's been ages since I've been able to purchase anything related to, or written by, Jon Anderson.

My last purchase was "Olias of Sunhillow," which I listen to at LEAST three times weekly if not more.

But I just bought his 1995 album "Angels Embrace." If there is ever a soothing Jon Anderson CD with which to travel to the Dreamtime, it's this one. Light just one or two candles, put this CD on repeat and allow yourself to juuuust relaaaax...the entire CD expresses the soft, angelic, space-mystic undercurrent in Jon's soul that I keep perceiving even above the uproarious music he's created. It's this undercurrent that shows up especially when he's collaborating with Vangelis..."So Long Ago, So Clear" is STILL my favorite Jon-&-Vangelis song.

My favorite tracks on 'Angels Embrace' are: "Angels Embrace"(title track), "Prayersong" (the lyrics are sweet), and "Midnight Cello." The album is primarily instrumental, which is cool, and it shows off Jon's skills in composing melodies and shifting chords.

To sum up:

"Olias" is soothing and trippy enough to take you to Dreamtime, but "Angels Embrace" takes the soothing atmosphere one step further. It works in the daytime as a background for massage or Reiki therapy, and at night, for calming down a child, or your own world-weary soul. Jon kinda has that effect on me, anyway.

Now if I can just get a DVD of a YES concert---but next CD I get will probably be "In Elven Lands: The Fellowship." Jon's got some contributions on there that are slightly reminiscent of "Olias," simply because "Olias" was slightly inspired (some say) by "Lord of the Rings." Wouldn't surprise me, since Jon IS British...

Somethin' else I found out about Jon--he's from Lancaster (Abbrev. "Lancashire"?), up within a 100 mile radius of the Scot-English border...so in some songs he sings he has a teensy-weensy bit of a brogue...delicious to listen to for this girl-with-a-Divinely-Scottish-Mother!!

Anyway...must sign off for now!

Brightest Dreamtime Blessings,
Kat, the Eternal YES-head ^.^
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