Ah, Orlando…

Speechless, yet again…I’m so tired of hate, and those who spread it like disease.

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R.I.P., Peter Banks

Peter Banks: 15 July 1947 – 8 March 2013

Another maker of beautiful music passed away recently. Peter Banks, original guitarist and one of the founders of the British progressive-rock band Yes, was found dead in his home of heart failure. More from USA Today:

“Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks died Thursday in his home in London. The musician’s website listed his cause of death as heart failure and said he was found after failing to appear for a recording session. He was 65.

Banks, who had previously played with bassist Chris Squire in The Syn, was part of the lineup that recorded the group’s first two albums, 1969’s Yes and 1970’s Time and a Word. He was asked to leave the group before the release of Time and a Word and was replaced by Steve Howe.”

There were so many songs by this group that I loved! “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” specifically, was one I took to heart many years ago. “Hold On” is one that is seared into my soul for eternity.

Rest in peace, Mr. Banks…thank you so much for the musical memories.

Yes: “Leave It

Yes: “Roundabout

Yes: “I’ve Seen All Good People

Yes: “Owner of a Lonely Heart

Yes: “Hold On

Writer: ANDERSON, JON / RABIN, TREVOR / SQUIRE, CHRIS
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

Justice to the left of you
Justice to the right
Speak when you are spoken to
Don’t pretend you’re right
This life’s not for living
It’s for fighting and for war
No matter what the truth is
Hold on to what is yours

Jigsaw puzzle traitors
Set to spill the beans
Constitution screw up
Shattering the dreams
Blood flows in the desert
Dark citadels burning too
Watch! Look over your shoulder
This one is strictly for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait maybe the answer’s
Looking for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait! Take your time
Think it through
Yes! I can make it through

Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on through
Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on you

See it through

Talk the simple smile
Such platonic eye
How they drown in incomplete capacity
Strangest of them all
When the feeling calls
How we drown in stylistic audacity
Charge the common ground
Round and round and round
We living in gravity

Shake – We shake so hard
How we laugh so loud
When we reach
We believe in eternity

I believe in eternity

Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Take your time
See it through
Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Maybe a chance
Is looking for you

Sunshine shine on through

Sunshine shine on through
Sunshine shine on you

Hold on – Hold on
Hold on – Hold on

Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on you
Sunshine – Shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on you

Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on you
Sunshine – Shine on through

Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on you
Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Take your time
See it through
Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Maybe the answer’s looking for you

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