Other musicians and artists have passed throughout my lifetime - GREAT musicians and artists whose works and compositions have touched me deeply - but none of these tragedies have affected me as Chris Squire's passing did. It hit me hard. When I first heard on Sunday, 28 June, I choked up. It took me a few minutes before I was able to speak. Although I have met the man on several occasions, I didn't know him outside of his art, but that doesn't matter - there was, and is, a huge sense of loss in me.
Yes music has been a part of my life - a LARGE part - since 1974. It's helped me through tough times; it's helped me celebrate good times; it's filled my heart and mind with feeling and emotions like no other art I've ever experienced. No matter the genre of music that I've been into at any specific time - classical, jazz, show tunes, theatrical, blues, funk, regular rock and roll, genre defying music - Yes music has been part of my playlist. I can't think of ANY time in my life since my ears, heart and mind were opened on that autumn afternoon in 1974 that Yes has been relegated to the shelf reserved for those bands that have become passé to me.
I didn't like YesWest, but the folks here at YEStalk helped me see, hear and appreciate the merits of that phase of the band. The revolving door reserved for some members (Wakey) didn't phase me. The ever changing membership - didn't matter. I have become, as we were affectionately referred to here on the forum, a YesWhole. I appreciate and enjoy it all.
Then Jon was out and Benoit David was in. Yeah, I went to see them anyway, and enjoyed it immensely. Then Benoit David was out and Jon Davison was in. Yeah, I went to see them anyway, and enjoyed it immensely.
Now, Chris has passed, and with him a part of my life has passed as well. There'll never be a chance to see him on a stage again. There'll never be another new song or any new bass riffs from him.
All that being said, I hope Yes DOES continue on. I agree with Jon Anderson - Yes music IS much larger than the band. I would hate to see them become a "nostalgia act", but if the creativity can continue, then I'd like to see that.