by Jared Meyers on 11 Mar 2021

When I was younger, my dad would regularly listen to music in our living room. Music playing also meant I'd be asked who created a particular song. Correct answers usually included Eric Clapton or John Mayer. Particularly infuriating answers would include The Who and Yes, due to the nature of their names.

"Who's playing right now?"

"I don't know, Eric Clapton?"

"No, The Who!" (but asked like a question – thanks dad)

"I already told you, I don't know"

"It's The Who!" (again, intentionally phrased as a question)


"Who's playing right now?"

"I don't know, Eric Clapton?"


I'm happy because I got it right

"No, not Eric Clapton, the band Yes."

Well that's annoying.

It was surprisingly difficult for me to figure out which person or group was playing a song. I generally guessed from the pool of people I'd already heard of. I was much better at remembering the lyrics. Later, I looped albums enough on my own to remember the songs by their first few notes and associated those songs with the album artist (especially John Mayer and Pearl Jam's albums).

Today's theme made me think of Yes's "Shock to the System." Here are a few other songs by Yes that I've really enjoyed over the years:

  • Lift Me Up
  • Silent Talking
  • Angkor Wat
  • Wondrous Stories
  • Roundabout

This post is part of the Daily Blogging Challenge. The theme for this article was "Shock." Thanks to Chris Hannah for sharing the challenge and Jeff Perry for organizing it!