Jon Anderson has gotten into the spirit of the just-started Olympics, releasing a new song that combines the anthematic echoes of “Chariots of Fire” with his patented hope-streaked lyrics. Singing amidst the games’ iconic unity image of interlocking rings, Anderson connects the determination and passion of these athletes with the will to overcome that resides in each of us.
He should know.
“Race to the End,” just posted to YouTube, is the latest example of Anderson’s creative resurgence since going through a series of difficult illnesses — a period that ultimately led to his split with Yes, the legendary progressive rock band that he co-founded in the late 1960s. Rather than wandering off into retirement, however, Anderson has rebounded with a new sense of determination: He’s composing, recording and touring at a dizzying rate.
In 2010-11, Anderson released two separate projects — one studio, one live — with fellow Yes alum Ric
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