I know that classic rock is woefully underrepresented in iSotW’s so let’s help put a bit more on this side of the scale, shall we? Because classic rock is still my first love, the style of music that first made me realize that this what I loved best in the world and that, in fact, my whole future would be based on it.
There are several reasons I’m choosing this song and it being my favorite song by Yes isn’t even one of them. Because it’s not. My favorite Yes song is And You And I which may be the one song with the most other songs contained within it. Part of that is because it’s 11 minutes long (this is one of the shorter ones at five and a half minutes). But mostly it’s because, although AYAI is really a beautiful and haunting song(s), it’s not the mood I’m in at the moment, and that mood would be happiness. See, I think if I had to attach one track to the feeling of joy and hope and bubbling optimism, it would be this one. Like most Yes songs, I have no idea at all what it’s about, I just go on mood and tone. And it just feels like “great things are happening!” and it always has, ever since childhood. And that’s how I’m feeling just now at this juncture.
The other reason to pick a Yes song is because I’ve recently (shut up!) put up a real and actual Facebook profile under my childhood nickname in order to connect with old friends. It has been awesome! One person I could not find, though, was my freshman roommate from college and I’m sorry about that because I just saw that Yes is getting it back together and taking it on the road. I know I’ve mentioned this before but I turned her on to Yes and she turned me onto the Beatles. Since we had to agree on a CD to play as we went to sleep, I heard a lot of Classic Yes and Revolver that year. I guess I wonder if her love for Yes has lasted as long as mine for the Fab Four. And now I’ll never know because she’s not on FB. Damn.
Lastly but not leastly, I picked this song because its title encapsulates what I have been feeling as I enter the last two weeks of training for my first 5k, the Philly Race for the Cure. Too bad it has no beat or I’d run to it.
Still, I assume I’ll be doing the same thing at that race as I am every time I listen to this song: grinning like an idiot.
Yes – Going For The One
Streaming audio available on the iPod Song of the Week page.