Good Morning and Happy Sunday!
Today’s Prog Rock Sunday features one of my oldest and favorite bands ever–not mention Prog Rock bands–Yes. This morning, I chose the somewhat mainstream, Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Shindleria Praematurus). I could have gone with so many other songs than that pairing, but many of those others would have been one of Yes’ longer epics; such as Close to the Edge, Sound Chaser, or Ritual, and I figured that no one would sit through such longs pieces willingly on a Sunday (and I don’t blame you).
Also, Liam has been playing Long Distance Runaround on the bass quite a lot lately, so it has been stuck in my head.
You see, when I was a wee laddie, I taught myself how to play the bass guitar by trying to mimic Chris Squire (and Geezer Butler, John Paul Jones, and Phil Lesh). Squire is a madman on the bass, and a phenomenal musician all-around, and I learned to attack the bass like he did, rather than simply play the bass.
Long Distance Runaround is one of the songs that I always wanted to learn, but I always thought that it was too difficult, and so I never tried. Until recently, that is. Liam sort of challenged me to learn it, and it was so much easier than I had anticipated. I am a bit embarrassed that I never tried before. I mean, I spent so much of my early bass-playing days trying to mimic Squire’s bass solo from The Fish off the live album, “Yessongs”, but I felt intimidated by Long Distance Runaround. Ahhh, youth. We can be so silly sometimes.
Anyway, here it is. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you all have a fantastic day!
Oh, and as a bonus, here is Liam kicking ass on the bass part for Long Distance Runaround!