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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - JON ANDERSON

15.06.09 - on release of Survival and Other Stories

 
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Q: First off can you tell us a bit about your musical life just prior to beginning with Survival & Other Stories?
  I had left working with Yes to get my health back together, performing with young teens from the school of Rock now and then, but just trying get well, learning how to do 'solo shows'....standing on stage by yourself, learning to entertain the audience, remembering songs, how I wrote them originally, telling stories, keeping there attention, things like that....all very new to me...
 
  Q:  How did you arrive at the decision to post a 'musicians wanted' ad on your website?   I had tried to get the Yes guys to write via the internet, but it just wasn't what they wanted to do, so I thought, I will put an add on my website, there must be lots of people out there that would like to work with me, and I was right...weeeeeeee
   
             
Q:  Did you have a vision for the new album at this early point or any specific hopes?
  Not really, I just spent a lot of time writing songs and lyrics with a lot of different musicians over 4 years.

I had enough songs for 3 albums, so I spoke with my wife Janee, and she helped , she has a great 'ear' for music, and she was able to suggest changes in some of the arrangements and the 'order' of the songs...Janee is very talented, and loves music.....

  Q: What responses did you get initially? Was there anything out of the ordinary (good or bad)?
 

Of course there were some people I didn't connect with, music not really what I wanted...but I found about 20 people that I work with .....they all sent 1 minute of music, so replied to the people that I thought would work well, and asked them to send their musical ideas, most of the time the music was fully realized, some of the time, I sang ideas and sent back my thoughts on how to develop the songs...

             
Q:  How did these collaborative contacts begin to turn into music?
 

They would send music and I would sing melodies and lyric if it 'hit me'.

  Q:  To what degree did you physically meet with those involved and how much was carried out via the internet?   All of it was via the Internet, I have met most of them along the way, when I'm on tour etc... it is more of a social moment, hugs, and thanks for helping each other..and thoughts on new music .
             
 
     
Q:  The album feels almost like a summary of your musical career, many echoes of previous periods - was this intentional on your part or on the part of others?
  Not really, I just think the people who send me music, knew me, liked my work, and we seem to have found a thread, and it feels very natural to me....
  Q:  One website has you mentioning that previously you reserved songs that fitted the Yes format for use with the band, but that now you feel more free to explore Yes-like recordings as part of your solo projects.

  The new Yes/style music is coming now, I'm working on this music this summer...it's a though Yes music is in my D&A....so now that I am free from the band, I can create this style on my own....very natural...
             
Q:  What aspects of this project to you feel and sound the most new and adventurous?
  The fact that I never know what is coming, from one idea to the next...the music doesn't work all the time, but when it does wow!!!
It's a great feeling to hear a new idea, then to sing right away is a blast.......
  Q:  Can you tell us a bit about your music making methods for those interested in your current recording 'process'.
  I will get a Mp3 of a track, drag it into my "logic' session, then sing instant ideas, most of the time I don't listen to the whole track that has been sent, just a minute is enough to know if it 'hits me'.., then I know it's more like jazz, or chance music, like I did with Vangelis... .

 

           

Q:  Do you have any interesting little anecdotes around the creation of Survival that you'd like to share?

 

  Only that my wife Janee helped me so much, she is a good critic to have around, she helped in so many ways, from volume of instruments to lyrics, to which song works after each song....really great to have someone you love understand your work.
  Q:  The sleeve notes hint at more to come - what can we look forward to?
 

There will be at least 2 more albums to come from these sessions........have fun........

Q: Any news on the Olias of Sunhillow development - some websites indicate a multi CD release in the wings?
I will continue writing songs for this kind of release, but I do have 4 large projects in the works, and a new way of getting the music out there into the big world, but technology is not quite ready.

Q: Any possibility of future work with Yes?
I don't see me touring with YES at this time...

             
Thanks to Jon for allowing us that interview.
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