A series of essays wherein I explore the numerous musical identities of my favorite musician: from child prodigy to teen idol to guitar hero to singer/songwriter to award-winning in-demand film composer.
Featuring news/updates and commentary/analysis of Trevor's career and associated projects.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Real ones know, part three

From a recent interview with Tarja Turunen, regarding Trevor's appearance on "Closer To The Sky."

The first single to be released from this project, "Closer to the Sky," was released on 26th November 2021 and features the guitar playing of Yes’ Trevor Rabin. Speaking of the track, the singer tells us to expect a catchy song, with plenty of earworm qualities (which instantly shot it to “first single” status): 
“Trevor [Rabin], as a guitar player – I’m a huge fan, not only from Yes, but from his movie soundtracks too. I’d been following his career, so it’s astonishing for me to have him on one of my songs – it’s like “Whoa!” – but the song is beautiful! We have a visualiser filmed – I wouldn’t call it a music video, but a visualiser, since there’s no video production on it, but it shows the beautiful island of Antigua, or starts the process of showing where we’ve been working; what we’ve been doing; what a beautiful island it is. That’s about all I can tell!" [chuckles].

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Media Watch: what might have been

With thanks to John Vehadija at The New Yesfans forum for calling my attention to this.

Spotted on YouTube: a truly unexpected find, newly uploaded on the YesLegacy channel...a version of "Would You Feel My Love" with lead vocal by Jon Anderson.

As I noted in my essay on 90124, Trevor had stated previously that Jon wanted to record this song during the period of time in which he came to join the project.  As there is no provenance provided it is unknown if it was actually developed during the recording process, but Jon's participation meant that he wasn't merely adding on to existing songs but changing the character of the album at a fundamental level (his contributions to "Our Song" is another indicator).  It would appear that Jon is singing to a band run-through (it is slightly longer than the version on 90124) as there are some subtle differences, although it could be that the version of the song included on 90124 is either genuinely a demo or an unused take.  For example, Trevor's backing vocals can be heard although buried under the rest of the instrumentation, and Jon changes the phrasing just a bit, also repeating the first verse whereas Trevor does not.

However, it did not appear that even Jon was helpful in getting "Would You Feel My Love" to the final round.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

Rabbitt sighting

Uploaded today by the fabulous Marq Vas, another track from the 1977 maxi-single Morning Light; a song which Duncan had also recorded previous to joining Rabbitt.  As long-time fans are aware, this release was Trevor's last hurrah in the band, and the back cover features a message from Duncan, Ronnie and Neil acknowledging his departure and their desire to continue on, and they did so with the album Rock Rabbitt later that year.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

...but you can't take the band out of the drummer

Spotted on Twitter: new dad Ryan as well as original bassist Sean Gadd joined former bandmates GROUPLOVE at their show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles last night as they performed their debut album Never Trust A Happy Song in honor of the tenth anniversary of its' release.


ETA: this photo/video set on Instagram has nice moments.


Friday, November 12, 2021

sneak peek

Spotted on Twitter: this post from earMUSIC which offers a preview (including Trevor's contribution) of Outlanders' upcoming single "Closer To The Sky."  It sounds like maybe Trevor's stems have been isolated in the playback we are hearing.


Monday, November 1, 2021

social media axe-tion

Spotted on Twitter: my thanks to the Westone Guitars account for retweeting my entry from 2014 on Trevor's endorsement of Westone-Alvarez - I appreciate it!


And for those who crave more technical details regarding Trevor's signature model, here is a thread at the Westone forums from 2011 where head designer Tom Presley answers questions about that guitar in its various permutations.