‘The beginning of an amazing musical period’: Technology helped Jon Anderson rebound after Yes

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While so much of rock radio is now focused on rerunning legendary moments from the past, including the classic hits of Yes, Jon Anderson is looking ahead. In fact, he says music’s future has never been brighter.

“We’re really at the beginning of an amazing musical period,” Anderson tells Jason Saulnier of MusicLegends.ca. “In the next 10, 20 years music and visualization are just going to explode.”

Anderson has been in the midst of a creative renaissance since recovering from a series of health issues that ultimately led to his ouster from Yes. That’s included two studio releases and a live album, as well as several other stand-alone efforts like the long-form composition “Open” — which hearkened back to his early-1970s work with Yes.

In the case of Anderson’s 2011 solo recording Survival and Other Stories, he turned to the Internet for additional collaborative voices. He’s still working with some of the people he met through these online exchanges of musical ideas.

In many ways, that’s been a key element to his remarkable rebound. While other legacy artists are simply cashing in on the retro craze, all while deriding the web for the way it’s changed the music business, Anderson has leveraged it to open up new vistas for creativity.

“I think we’ve been going around in circles for the last 20 years,” Anderson adds. “If you watch the Grammy awards, and you see the music is changing so much. It’s good. It’s pop music, it’s country music, it’s rock music — but it’s been the same for 20, 30 years. There’s really been no big change. But now, we’re in the 21st century and a lot of young musicians, they’re experimenting.”

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