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#playforChris6

Finally, #playforChris6 – is ready! Feel free to share it with your friends or communities.

It was a long journey. Thank you to all participants for the sounds and images you have given me to play with. You don’t know… but I have developed a relationship with each one of you by seeing you and listening to you every day in the past 2 months. You were my band mates, my friends. I felt the love that you have put in your recordings, even those who, previously, were not so emotionally connected to Chris’ music.

Thank you to my Patrons for supporting me financially, for believing that what I do is worth it. Thank you to all my friends who encouraged me and shown me excitement in seeing the final result, as I was describing what I wanted to do.

This is was huge task, something hard to top, as some friends told me. I would like to say that the purpose wasn’t ever to do better than previous editions. It never is about outdoing myself. The only important purpose is to gather Chris’ fans and celebrate his music together, whether we do another one like this or we get back to the original format… or.. who know what might happen… as long as we Play for Chris!

#playforChris6 – 2nd and 3rd announcements

Here are the latest news concerning #playforChris6.

Remember the limit date for your contributions to arrive is May 15th.

#playforChris6 – first announcement

Longtime internet Yesfriend Steven Sullivan of Forgotten Yesterdays suggested to me a very nice idea – to make a collaboration video among all of us playing “The Fish”. After some thought, I begin to imagine (Can You?;)) a long version of “The Fish” (expanded from the album one) in which you can play separately one or more of the parts, even if you play other instruments, or improvise along. It would basically be played along a backing track I would provide. Each one would then make a video with your performances and I would compile everything for a final “Mega-Fish” ensemble. That could be actually “Play For Chris 6”! – What do you think of the idea? Would you be willing to join it? See some instructions below:

1-Please let me know (by email miguel@miguelbass.com) which instrument(s) are you thinking of playing, and/or if you want to sing.

2-If you can, add info on which the bass part(s) of the original recording you would like to play, that would help managing all parts so I can have a bit of everything for the final mix. UPDATE – upon several requests, you may use soloing bits from live shows (e.g. versions of “whitefish”, Yessongs, Live at Lugano/Montreux, etc, but preferably the parts that fit in the main 7/4 pattern (the continuous harmonics)

3-I will provide you a backing track, with a click or guide, that will allow you to play along with it so all players will have matching tempos.

4-Ideally the backing track would not sound in the recording. You can do this by recording the bass direct, or recording while listening to the backing track in headphones. However, if you do not have the means to do any of the two alternatives, you can record whilst the backing track is sounding in your room, just make sure your bass is predominant in the recording (e.g. place microphone of camera closer to the bass amp and play the backing track not too loud and not too close to the mic).

5-Record one video (or one per each part you will play/sing). The duration of each shall be between 30 seconds and 90 seconds, so I may edit freely according to the length of the video, number of entries, etc.

6-Send your file(s) to my email, along with information about Name/Location and a text message dedicated to Chris, which will be displayed in the final mix. WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive are some of the preferred ways to send the files.

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#playforChris5

Dear Friends,

Once again “Play For Chris” is here. The 5th edition is again a very special one. Not only because of a larger number of participants – 26 (!) – but I am sure you will feel it by watching all different contributions, reading the heartfelt text messages displayed, along with so many fantastic performances in various kinds of instruments, recovering Yes classics, or forgotten songs from all Yes’ history. Of course you will also notice the prominent presence of tracks from Chris Squire’s solo album “Fish Out Of Water”.

Many thanks to those involved, for your dedication and initiative, which made “Play for Chris”, yet again, ” the light burning brightly”.

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#playforChris4

Dear Friends,

Due to recent work commitments I’m only now posting the #playforChris4 video!

This year’s edition has been again a beautiful demonstration of affection for Our Hero, and yet again, with new original contributions, which show how Chris continues to inspire our souls. I hope you enjoy watching it!

My gratitude goes for all of those who have contributed with their dedication, and made this project happen again for one more year.

Also for those who expressed their will to join, but for many reasons could not do it this time, I thank you for your intentions, and I hope that in the next year’s edition you may be present!

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#playforChris4 – announcement

Dear Friends, the 4th edition of “Play For Chris” is open to all who wish to join in a demonstration of thankfulness, remembering and celebrating the life and music of Chris Squire. Here’s how you can participate:

1 – Record a video of yourself singing or playing your instrument of choice, preferably something from Chris or Yes’ catalogue. Please act especially for this occasion. Do something now – in the Present – rather than using previously produced material – Play for Chris!

2 – Include a text message about your feelings for Chris, what his music means
to you. The text will be displayed along with your video.

If you don’t play or sing at all you may still participate by sending a video of yourself speaking, with a message stating your feelings for Chris.

Optionally you may send graphical content such as a drawing, painting or photo
composition about or dedicated to Chris.You can include the text message to be displayed along with the image.

3-Send your files to me (miguel@miguelbass.com) by the method you prefer, just let me know. The limit date is the 31st of May 2018. Please try to keep your contributions up to 90 seconds and allow me to edit them, if needed, in order to fit all contributions in one clip, and as evenly as possible.

Let’s keep celebrating Chris’ music here on earth and, as the name says, to keep playing for Chris!

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#playforChris3

And here it is, the 3rd edition of “Play For Chris”!

Once again, I wish to thank all the participants who have made another strong demonstration of love for Chris Squire. There is a wide range of players from all around the world, covering different songs, different instruments, making this year’s edition really special and, the most important, sounding out Chris’ spirit.

Thanks everyone!

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#playforChris2

Dear friends,

Almost after one year since Chris passed away, fans from all over the world unite to pay tribute to Our Hero. I would like to thank to all of those who took the time to be involved in this second edition, hoping that this video will demonstrate the singular love that Chris generated in so many fans, some of which are here so well represented.

Thank You Chris!

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#playforChris2 – announcement

Dear Friends, the second edition of “Play For Chris” is open to all who wish to join in a demonstration of thankfulness, remembering and celebrating the life and music of Chris Squire. Here’s how you can participate:

1 – Record a video of yourself singing or playing your instrument of choice, preferably something from Chris or Yes’ catalogue. Please act especially for this occasion. Do something now – in the Present – rather than using previously produced material – Play for Chris!

2 – Include a text message about your feelings for Chris, what his music means
to you. The text will be displayed along with your video.

If you don’t play or sing at all you may still participate by sending a video of yourself speaking, with a message stating your feelings for Chris.

Optionally you may send graphical content such as a drawing, painting or photo
composition about or dedicated to Chris.You can include the text message to be displayed along with the image.

3-Send your files to me (miguel@miguelbass.com) by the method you prefer, just let me know. The limit date is the 30th of April 2016. Please try to keep your contributions up to 90 seconds and allow me to edit them, if needed, in order to fit all contributions in one clip, and as evenly as possible.

Let’s keep celebrating Chris’ music here on earth and, as the name says,
to keep playing for Chris!

 

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#playforChris – for Chris Squire with Love

Dear friends, Here is the video #playforChris, which is the result of the fantastic collaboration of 28 individuals. This is a message of Love from us, surely representing all Chris’ fans and friends around the world, who wanted to demonstrate their Love and affection. Thank you very much to each one of you who participated, or shown interest and support for this initiative. Hopefully it will send positive energies to the Chris Squire we love so much! Onward! Miguel P.S.: There is a virtual candle room where you can light a candle for Chris and write a prayer. Each candle lasts for 48 hours. Please keep the “light burning brightly” for the Keeper of the Flame. You can find the link here, or looking on facebook/twitter for the hashtag #candlesforChris. I also set up another facebook/twitter hashtag where you can simply post your pictures of flowers as a thought-gift #flowersforChris. Please add the hashtag to your post as well.