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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

HA! You thought I was gonna be all political and stuff today, likely in response to a few recent stimuli, like the Federal Nationwide Gun Registration Bill that Obama will surely let sail through, or Obama’s first Press Conference where he actually admitted “I am the Eternal” (I frequently find the first four words of a sentence tell enough of the story, don’t you?).

Oh, no.  You won’t see ME stoop to such tactics to get in cheap shots or jabs.  I’m not going to mention any of it!  I made myself a promise not to be so political on ye olde blog of whall and by gum, I’m gonna keep it!  I’ll keep my political voicings to my twitter account and the occasional redirective comment here or there.  

Tonight, I get to see my all-time favorite band YES in concert in Dallas, TX at the House of Blues:


And the best part of it is — I get to do the Meet and Greet!  I actually get to go to a little after-show party, spend a little quality time with the band, meet them, and get a photo taken with them!  This is almost a dream come true!

The only “meh” part of the whole deal is that Jon Anderson is not touring with them at this time due to health reasons.  Jon – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your recovery!  Your music has meant so much to me for much of my life.

Maybe Jon’s absence is what made the Meet and Greet package so affordable.  The guy in the middle is some singer from a YES tribute band.  And the young guy in the back right is Rick Wakeman’s son, Oliver Wakeman.  So, while it’s not the ideal YES tour (Union and ABWH came very close to that), I’ll take what I can get before we all get too old to do anything about it.

Because I’m steering so clear of the political bent, I won’t even mention that some of the group performed on the Mike Huckabee show on FOX.  

What a dream come true for that tribute band guy, eh?  I mean, I sing along with every single YES song there is, on every single album ever released.  I can even hit all the notes.  But if *I* were in a tribute band, and *I* was picked to go on tour with the ACTUAL BAND… man.  What a rush.

I can’t wait for tonight.  I hope everything goes well because today I heard that last night’s show in Houston was postponed due to a medical emergency.

So, enough about me and YES.  What do YOU think of me and YES?

Update: MAJOR BUMMER: I just got an email from TicketMaster:

Hello, this is Ticketmaster Customer Service with an important alert for your upcoming event. Yes scheduled at House of Blues Dallas on Tuesday February 10, 2009, at 7:00pm, has been postponed. The new date is to be announced.

I was just gonna get in the car to drive up to Dallas, too.  I guess that’s a good thing… I mean, I’d rather know before I head out, but still.  As I tweeted, I’m crying Tears of Topographic Oceans.

And lo, the people did comment thus:


  1. Dave2 says:

    So Yes is a good band then? I have a single of “Owner of a Lonely Heart” around here somewhere… I didn’t know they had done anything else.

    (and you thought politics was the only arena where Wayne’s button could be pressed…)

    Dave2´s last blog post..Success

    • whall says:

      Dave2 – you, sir, are a funny man. You almost had me going, too! (a better button pushing would have been to mistake the name of the song, like Owner of a Lone Airheart, a la Jim on The Office when he is tracking Dwight’s personal time and then strikes up a conversation with whats-his-name-that-calls-him-Tuna about Battlestar Galactica and it’s just plain genius. HE is a button pusher.

      • Dave2 says:

        Sure, but you are measuring the greatness of Yes both by their income of band members AND their expenditures of music (unrelated), concerts (unrelated), and videos (unrelated). You are lumping all aspects of Yes together to form an opinion, when clearly you need to be singling out only the band itself and not what they produced to decide whether or not they are truly great. In this respect, I think we can all agree that Yes is a failure. Once you disregard the music (unrelated) and focus on the ever-changing lineup of members (not to mention their disbandment in the early 80’s), I think it’s clear that Yes is not only a terrible band, but a blight on the entire music scene. If there’s anything we can learn from the defining greatness of Ronald Reagan, you must single out parts without regard to their consequences of the whole. Only by selective labeling and acknowledgement can we pass judgement the bigger picture with any measure of accuracy.

        With this in mind, “Age of Plastic” was the greatest Yes album ever made. 🙂

        Dave2´s last blog post..Success

  2. Raganator says:

    How great for you. I know what FANatic you are for yes.
    Funny we never hear them in league!?

    Have a great time!

    • whall says:

      Raganator – most of YES’ music isn’t necessarily jukebox-friendly or “shooting pool” music. Every once in a while I’ll play some, but I understand and respect the ambiance. There’s so much I’d miss anyway because their music, like Steely Dan’s, isn’t so much play-on-the-radio type but more like put-this-on-with-some-headphones-and-close-your-eyes-while-dreaming music.

  3. martymankins says:

    Please tell me that you have a working camera for tonight’s event. Borrow Ren’s or someone else’s if you have to. Some of us classic rock fans want to see pics of you with the band. Tell Chris Squire that he’s still good in his advancing age. Jon will be missed.

    martymankins´s last blog post..Snowy Sunday #12

    • whall says:

      martymankins – actually, cameras are banned from the meet and greet; however, THEY take a semi-professional shot of me with the band, and then they sign it and mail it to me. Seems perfect given my current camera disability.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    I love Whall.
    I love Yes!
    I had a huge crush on Trevor Rabin back in high school.:)

    Sybil Law´s last blog post..Self Love Day

    • whall says:

      Sybil Law – Rabin has done some great work on movie soundtracks and scores, too. He’s a blast to watch in an interview (for example, about how he came up with the Owner of a Lonely Heart main bass line while in the bathroom). SI SE PUEDE!

  5. Karen says:

    Whall, not sure if you’ve heard, but ticketmaster called (and I verified with House of Blues) that tonight’s concert is postponed as well. I’m really bummed. I got tickets for my husband’s birthday..so now I have nothing for him. He was so excited. I have no idea when/if they are going to reschedule

  6. Catherine says:

    Holy cow. I adore Yes to smithereenies. One of my favorite albums of all time is 90125.
    I’m afraid I’ve made a terrible mistake, and I hope you’ll forgive me: I hadn’t made my way over to your blog yet mainly because your reputation as a conservative political thinker preceded you. I’m a big fan of constructive ideas no matter whose camp they’re from, but not only am I weary and touchy and exhausted of politics as a whole these days, but as a general rule, I’m baiting pissedoffedness when I start reading conservative stuff. I’m trying to limit my pissedoffedness these days.
    Well heck, what a maroon. You’re great. At Marty’s behest, here I am, just to find in this very entry that we actually have something cool in common. And, you’re dialing down the politics! Cosmic timing, but lesson learned. I’ll look over some archives and catch up.

    Catherine´s last blog post..skeets, larks & quals, oh my

    • whall says:

      Catherine – I have a reputation as a THINKER?!!?!? AWESOME! You probably could stay away from my political posts and I wouldn’t take it personally. Then again, maybe you’d see a different side of me. I am interested to know if the way I write pisses you off or if it’s read as I intended – as fair as possible, but still getting my point across. Sometimes the titles I use might be attention-getters… shockers to incite reading, but hopefully you see my content as non-hateful and at least holding some water on the intelligence front.

      If not? no biggie. I don’t require my readers to agree with me, because how boring would THAT be? 🙂

  7. Giggle Pixie says:

    You get to do a meet and greet with Yes?

    We’re not worthy!! We’re not worthy!!

    Have fun! 🙂

    Giggle Pixie´s last blog post..Finding Jesus

    • whall says:

      Giggle Pixie – well, I WAS gonna. Now it’s postponed/canceled/whoknows. Now I just wait to find out what the next date is. Houston was also canceled.

  8. Sybil Law says:

    I am seriously scared (but totally curious) to know how the bathroom helped him come up with the bass line!!! Haha

    Sybil Law´s last blog post..Self Love Day

    • whall says:

      (I meant to make this a reply comment – redoing)
      Sybil Law – here’s a quote from Trevor Rabin in 1991:
      I wrote the bass line of it, which is the key to the song or the foundation of the song… when I was on the toilet. I have a great sound in the toilet and I always sing in the toilet. And it was a particularly long visit and so I wrote the bass line and I came up with the lyric, “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” It just developed from there.

  9. Sybil Law says:

    That was a lot less scary than it could’ve been. 🙂

    Sybil Law´s last blog post..Self Love Day

  10. Okay, hold on. I’ve got an idea to make you feel better….keep an eye out.

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  11. Tony says:

    I do not get your affinity for dreadful prog rock since I think you are around my age and are not from some strange manger where they played ELP non stop.

    I can give you a slight pass on Rush-better if they were an instrumental trio.
    Reconstituted YES with no Jon Anderson-yikes!!!
    Maybe Meatloaf is in town with Rush L fronting.

    When I get back to Austin, the GW/proud sign is mine.

    • whall says:

      Tony – The cool thing about YES is they attract intelligent people from all sorts of diverse age ranges. Oh, and anger is but one letter short of manger.

      You reminding me of the GW/proud sign makes me want to make a new one that mentions “Obama” and “ashamed.” Mmm, that might be a little too ambiguous. Instead of “ashamed” maybe I’ll use the word “terrified.” 🙂

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