SAGA – ‘Conversations’

Railway Winchester 17th April 5 img_6297SAGA – ‘Conversations’

Greetings friends,

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.

220px-Saga_worlds_apart_alternativePutting up the video this morning I realised again how far we have come from the pre-internet days in terms of the availability of music and video from all over the world.

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.

Steve Negus

Steve Negus

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.

Enjoy!

‘Til next time,

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Seex

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About Seex Dyer

Stage name of Stuart Dyer, Christian Writer and Musician living in West Sussex, England. Working in the hope of producing the worthy novel or solo; giggles at Oliver Hardy, Peter Sellers and Spike Jones; admires Hudson Taylor, Dickens, Salinger, Bill Bailey and Neil Peart; listens from Wagner to Miles with lots of stops in between; dances to motown and aims to achieve balance in all things.
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