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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Saturday, August 13, 2022

(mostly) officially official Good News!

During an interview with Collider to promote the National Treasure: Edge of History television series at this year's Comic-Con (which will debut on Disney+ either at the end of this year or in 2023), it was noted by the show's producers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley that Trevor has returned as the scorer for presumably all ten episodes.  And I think it's reasonable to assume that Paul Linford has joined him in the endeavor, although there's no verification of that as yet.

Marianne described what they have heard of the score in initial viewing of the episodes: "To see the score, like, on the show again but like a little Latinx twist, is just, like, it gives us chills."

Given the global locations for the show which include the American south and also Latin America, it is fitting to learn there will be Latin music elements included in the new score.

The series entire is directed by Mira Nair, and stars Lisette Alexis as Jess, described in the official synopsis as a brilliant and resourceful DREAMer in search of answers about her family -- who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover the truth about the past and save a lost Pan-American treasure.  The series is considered an expansion of the franchise, which comprises the two films starring Nicholas Cage as Benjamin Gates: 2004's National Treasure and 2007's National Treasure: Book of Secrets.  A third film has reportedly been green-lit and is in pre-production with a script by Chris Bremner.

Friday, May 27, 2022

a loving tribute

Alan's former bandmates have provided tributes at the official Yesworld site, and Trevor is among them...

I’m infinitely sad.
I always loved Alan.
Over decades of being close,
we never had an argument.
A beautiful human.
Hard to think of a world without him.

All the best,

This was one of the highlights of the performances on the Around the World in 80 Days tour: Trevor and Alan having a little duet of their own during "Yours Is No Disgrace."

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Alan White (1949-2022)

Trevor and Alan with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Bill Bruford at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, April 2017.

It is with deepest sorrow that I report the passing of Yes drummer Alan White at age 72, mere days after announcing that he would not be participating in the band's upcoming tour of the UK due to illness. 

The family's official announcement can be read here: http://alanwhite.net/

Long-time fans know of the depth and breadth of Alan's career in Yes and in other musical concerns, most notably his contributions to the solo work of John Lennon, including the classic song "Imagine."

Alan joined Yes in 1972 and his performative and creative contributions over several decades have assured his place in Yesstory and rock n'roll history.  But he also had a reputation for being easy-going and eager to collaborate.  Trevor liked to say that the only bad thing one could say about Alan was that there was nothing bad to say about him, being well-liked by everyone.  Trevor's chemistry with Chris and Alan - both personally and professionally - was instantaneous from their first meeting.

Trevor performed and recorded with Alan continuously during his time in YesWest, from 1981-1995, and Alan also contributed to Trevor's 1989 solo album Can't Look Away.  They last shared a stage during Yes' induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. 

My condolences to Alan's wife Gigi and their children, friends and family, bandmates, colleagues and fellow fans worldwide.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

#tbt: in his native habitat

Spotted on Instagram: with thanks to shinsui_f_works for posting some little-seen images from the December 1989 issue of the Japanese music magazine Player featuring an article for the Can't Look Away promotional cycle.  


In the first photo, Trevor is pictured in his home studio, which was located in the garage until a later upgrade for the recording of Talk.  On the wall behind Trevor is his painting Johannesburg.

There is at least one other image from this shoot by Rick Gould published elsewhere, which was used for an article in the November 1989 issue of Guitar World.

Interestingly, the shoot with William Hames (the other photo included on the second page of the post) is very similar to another with Ray Palmer - a portrait with that same background was featured in an article from the September 1989 issue of Kerrang!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

"strange" AND iconic

Spotted on YouTube: Trevor appears on yet another listicle, this time of the video kind...and honestly, if he hadn't I would have had a bone to pick with one of the Internet's most well-known Boomer pundits, Rick Beato.

"Owner" comes in at number five (but Rick notes it could have been number one) on his Top 20 Strangest Guitar Solos of All Time, and that's fair enough.

Rounding out the top five are solos from Eddie Van Halen, Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth and Jeff Beck.  Good guitar company indeed!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Collector's Corner: new vinyl reissue

Coming May 27th from boutique label Music On Vinyl is a special reissue of 1985's 9012Live: The Solos, the companion album to the concert film 9012Live.

The track listing follows the original (rather than the 2009 reissue with the bonus tracks) and the album is 180 gram audiophile silver-colored vinyl.  This release is an exclusive numbered limited edition of 1500, so all you vinyl completists get ready to snag one!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

format wars

Spotted thanks to Twitter: a episode of Young Canada on Canadian television channel YTV featuring an appearance of Our Trev which was aired sometime in 1990, apparently.  It could be that the interview segment itself is from 1989.  It concerns the decline (at the time) of vinyl, and - always at the forefront of audio technology - Trevor establishes himself as an advocate of the DAT format, which had its' consumer debut in 1987.  Interestingly, Trevor is introduced as the ex guitarist of Yes.

The part with Trevor is at the 2:40 mark.