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Chris lives on

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank you all those who have sent messages, comments or emails in the last weeks. Like many of you, I have been reading the massive flow of manifestations of grief, support and tribute to Chris, eventually finding some comfort in knowing that these feelings were shared by so many.

At the same time I was also handling daily routines, work and travelling, Chris was always present in my thoughts. Your messages were all read. I couldn’t reply to all of you and that’s why I am writing now.

So thank you very much for your support, for all the care and the positive energies that you have sent me, which I took and redirected in thoughts to Chris’ family and close friends, who have gone through the most difficult times.

We’ll continue to remember Chris and celebrate his music and person.

Thanks again!

Onward!

Miguel

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Our Chris has left us

Dear Chris,

Thank you for the infinite amount of happiness that you have brought into my life. Be sure that you will remain brightly in our hearts. By leaving us today, you also gave me the consolation of knowing that when my day arrives, I will know who to look for.

As a great friend of mine told me – you lived productively and victoriously – you deserve paradise.

My deepest condolences to Chris’ family and friends.

I Love You

Miguel

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#playforChris

N.P. If you would like to share this post or content please use hashtag #playforChris

I would like to invite you to collaborate with me in a video to show our Love and support to Chris Squire. The video below will show you how you join this initiative, hoping that in some days time we’ll be able to deliver some minutes of devotion to Our Hero, in the shape of our words and sounds.

Instructions (similar text as the video)

1-Record a video of yourself playing bass, to any Yes or Chris’ song that you like. If you play other instrument or you want to play something else it’s cool as well – The main thing is to send good vibes to Chris all together! Please keep the video length around 30 seconds

2-Send the clip to miguel@miguelbass.com by wetransfer or other method you prefer, just let me know.

3-Include a text message with best wishes for Chris, a prayer, stating your Love for Chris. The message will be displayed along with your clip. Include your name/city/country.

Note – even if you can’t play any instrument or sing, you can record yourself just speaking your best wishes for Chris!

The videos will be compiled by me and made available here, at my YouTube and Facebook pages.

Let’s make it happen?

Thank you from the heart!

Miguel

Announcement for collaboration

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Dear friends, soon I’ll ask for your collaboration in a video for us to show our support to Chris. Stay tuned – Onward.

Miguel

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Gouveia Art Rock Festival 2015

Last weekend there was another edition of the Gouveia Art Rock Festival. This is a great chance to listen to progressive sounds from all over the world. One of those great moments was of course Rick Wakeman, two years ago.

I show you some of my favourite moments: Syndone, California Guitar Trio and Magma.

Enjoy!

 

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Happy Birthday, Amazing Chris!

Here’s a remaster of the Amazing Grace solo that I originally played in 2009.

Today is Chris’ 67th birthday – Happy Birthday, Chris!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

This week I started to put some bass tracks with my friends of Lulas Belhas. As this year I haven’t made any special Christmas video, I post here Lulas Belhas’ Christmas message (in Portuguese).

Of course you can still re-visit some of my previous Christmas clips, such as Run With The Fox, Personent Hodie or Silent Night.

I would like to wish to all friends throughout the internet Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hoping all the best for 2015!

Thank you, as always, for being here!

Miguel

Yes Music Podcast 150th Episode

Congratulations to Kevin Mulryne for Episode 150 of the Yes Music Podcast!

For some years now, the YMP has been the reference podcast about our favourite band, gathering fans from all over the world. For this episode, Kevin also asked for the listeners to record and send YMP announcements in their own native language, which I did. On this episode you will travel through some moments of the YMP throughout the times, including an excerpt of an interview with me on episode 69.

more info on “Turn of the Century”

Our friend D Michael Thorn, long time Yes fan and fellow bassist, has got in touch sharing his memories of Turn of the Century being played live in 1977 :

” (…) Chris tuned his bass CADG. I saw them here Oct 8, 1977 on the GftO tour. I was in front of Chris at the stage barricade, so I was less than 3 meters from his pedals and mic stand. I remember watching him play this song where he would play the harmonic at the 12th fret of the E string, but it sounded a C. Also, noticed that he uses lots of upstrokes while playing this song, as opposed to the usual downstrokes. As for the pedals, I’m not sure if he recorded those or not, but live he would often use them and his effects in places that weren’t on the recordings.”

This is indeed great information. Not only Chris did use the Triumph bass to reach the high F sharp on the 23rd fret, as he also played the bass tuned in a low C, using the 12th fret harmonic to play the C I am playing on the 8th fret. I must say I did think about this possibility after watching the recent shows where Chris did use a low C on his Tobias extended range, but then I “decided” that it was something he came up with in the last 2 decades. With this information from D Michael Thorn, we find Chris using a low C back in 1977, which is only as adventurous as he’s always been… I have no idea how many bass players had made this kind of tuning back then!

So, my version, stays as “friendly” for standard tuning, but I will try to re-listen again the whole song to listen to that open low C. Of course the other passage which would suffer some changes are the octave leaps in E, in which now I would have to use the 4th fret of the E string, rather than the open string.

Thank you very much, Michael, for your insight on Chris’ playing!

Here’s D Michael Thorn’s Soundcloud page

 

musinq competition

I was recently invited by gigg.com to enter a bass cover competition, so I decided to enter with my video of “Heart of the Sunrise”. If you have the time please vote on the link below (registration needed). You can vote every day. If this is too much trouble for you, and I understand perfectly, just watch the clip or share this link with your friends. Thank you very much! http://www.gigg.com/w/23395