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Jon Anderson explores his own Mysteries Of Music

Jon Anderson has released a 40-minute audio documentary in which he explores the musical journey of his life.

The former Yes frontman discusses how he was inspired by classical composers including Mozart, Delius and Greig, saying of Stravinsky: “I wanted to know how he did that – how did he manage to put all that together? I began playing piano.”

He continues by talking about his adventures in Indonesia and China, discovering a gamelan music school, explorations in Bali and other journeys.

Reflecting on how one’s music will last far beyond one’s life, Anderson says he’d love it if, some time in the future, a group of young musicians get together and say: “Let’s do what Yes did – let’s play their music and see what it would sound like now. That would be cool.”

The Mysteries Of Music documentary includes Yes masterpiece Awaken along with many samples of music that’s meant something to him over the years.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.