Articles by: Preston Frazier

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.

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2017 (So Far): Lara Bello, Hattie Webb, Nick Finzer + others

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2017 (So Far): Lara Bello, Hattie Webb, Nick Finzer + others

The Best of 2017 (So Far) includes jazz, pop, blues, prog and things that are, quite thrillingly, simply outside of any general category.

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

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

The third single from Yes’ 1983 blockbuster ‘90125’ boasts a balanced mix of progressive elements and rock sensibilities.

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