High Notes

My SAGA Saga

By Chris Anderson It’s no secret – I love music. I love everything about it. I love discovering new music and championing some artist long before they’re relevant. Even more so, I love discovering some band or artist who is so late in their career that they are often far past relevance, but boasting a vast body of work. It’s like finding some secret room in your house that you never knew existed. Sometimes those rooms are filled with treasure, sometimes they are filled with fuzzy memories, and sometimes they are filled with doors to even more secret rooms. But every so often that room is dark and full of cobwebs and other obstacles and you know there is something really cool in there but you just can’t see it, for one reason or another. That happened to me with Widespread Panic for about a decade – I would buy their albums and trade for bootlegs and I would listen and know that I was supposed to like them, but I just didn’t “get” it. I just had this aversion to them and I could not put my finger on it. Until one day, for some random reason, it finally clicked. And then they went on to become one of my favorite bands in the world. Now, I don’t even really remember what it was that turned me off. Another band that did that to me is Saga. Far less popular than many bands out there, they nonetheless have kept up a career for almost 40 years and have released 21 albums, to date. They are Canadian and have a prog mentality. There is no reason why they did not exist in my musical palette. But every time I listened to them, I wasn’t sold. And that drove me totally…

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