Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Happy 61st Birthday to . . .

. . . one of the best friends the guitar has ever had, Steve Howe!

Haven't heard of him? Well, if you've ever heard the Yes song "Roundabout," he's the guitarist! He's spent his career playing with Yes, Asia, GTR, and solo. He can crank it up, such as on songs like "Going For The One" or "Tempus Fugit" (below, with Chris Squire on bass, Alan White on drums, and former Buggles members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes on vocals and keyboards respectively).

But it's his classical, country-tinged, and rag-esque work that really wins me over; he spans all sorts of genres. Here's Steve playing the Lute Concerto in D Major and his own "Mood For A Day":

And here's a nice montage of Steve to the tune of his gorgeous "From A Place Where Time Runs Slow":

Finally, here's Steve's signature piece, "Clap," which he wrote for his son Dylan (mistakenly called "The Clap" when it debuted on The Yes Album in 1970):

Dylan has played drums on a couple of Steve's solo albums, and his son Virgil has played piano as well; both played in the band Steve Howe's Remedy, according to his site. Virgil's song is called "Ram." Steve wrote "Georgia's Theme" for his older daughter, but the name of the one he wrote for youngest Stephanie eludes me at the moment.