This week is another look at the Canadian Prog band SAGA, notably one of their fine instrumental pieces.
The very first time I heard this I thought it was a well crafted and exciting piece but over the years I’ve come to find – that is, hear – and appreciate some of the nuances of its composition. The part I notice and enjoy the most is, I think, the musical reflection of the theme – conversations.
Each of the instruments are responding to each other across the track, which is interesting in itself; but the added nugget of ‘what-d’ya-wanna-talk-about?’ is nicely used as a counterpoint and hook line also.
As I mentioned in my last post, for years SAGA were an unknown quantity to me. I had two of their albums – which I thought were great – but that was all I knew.
No-one else seemed to have heard of them and they didn’t appear in music magazines or press over in the U.K. (I’m sure they did somewhere – do share if you have any info!)
But this morning as I logged in to YouTube there were all the links to SAGA – playing live in Germany, USA – all over the place! Lots of tracks and footage from across the years.
My only wonder is, would I have appreciated SAGA and their musicianship as much if I had just ‘chanced’ upon them in the ether today? I somehow think not. The tendency, or should I say, my tendency, is too often to just ‘sample’ a few minutes of a band and then click on the next link.
That is a very different experience from finding, listening, listening again – and again – and coming to cherish. I’m sure that this still happens but I can’t help but fear that some great moments of music get missed along the way!
Well, on with the music that has ‘made it’! This is my cover of ‘Conversations’. I haven’t stuck completely to Steve Negus’ drum patterns, except where they are integral to the piece – apologies to Steve who may well feel they are all integral! I’m just jamming on it really.
‘Til next time,