Articles by: Preston Frazier

Yes, Aug. 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Was the performance at the YEStival in Baltimore epic? The answer is Yes!

Yes, “Leave It” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “Leave It” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

“Leave It,” the second single from 1983’s ‘90125,’ ranks as one of Yes’ most oddball tracks. But what a glorious oddball it is!

Toto, “Only the Children” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Only the Children” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “Only the Children,” written by David Paich and Joseph Williams, is another testament to a composing partnership that was prematurely cut short.

Michael McDonald, “Find It In Your Heart” from Wide Open (2017): One Track Mind

Michael McDonald, “Find It In Your Heart” from Wide Open (2017): One Track Mind

Michael McDonald’s “Find It In Your Heart” fits comfortably in his canon of strong love songs, and is a welcome return of the master.

Yes, “Cinema” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “Cinema” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

This song, which won a Grammy for best rock instrumental performance, has the distinction of being one of only a handful of instrumental songs by Yes.

Toto, “Straight for the Heart” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Straight for the Heart” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

“Straight for the Heart” appears to be a straight-forward rock-pop single, but Toto always adds a level of sophistication to make their songs different.

Desmond White, “Dream Girl” from Glace (2017): One Track Mind

Desmond White, “Dream Girl” from Glace (2017): One Track Mind

“Dream Girl” is a effective gateway to the heart of Desmond White’s ‘Glace.’

Yes, “Changes” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “Changes” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

An often-overlooked Yes classic, “Changes” is a testament to a how great the band was during the Trevor Rabin era.

decker., “Matchstick Man” from Into the Red (2017): One Track Mind

decker., “Matchstick Man” from Into the Red (2017): One Track Mind

A self-proclaimed protest song, decker.’s “Matchstick Man” is never preachy but always engaging. That’s the sign of powerful music.

Toto, “Stay Away” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Stay Away” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “Stay Away” would have been just another standard rocker on an album by any other AOR band.

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