Weekend Trivia -- Sunday
Well, I spent the day yesterday, not at work, but doing a few things standing up, and later surfing You Tube for music videos. Fun, and - my back does feel better!! I mentioned Rush yesterday - a great prog-rock band. Love them, interesting guys, still with the same band since they were 16-ish!! Also with the same wives, save drummer Peart, whose 1st wife and young daughter died in very tragic, and separate circumstances. It got me thinking about some of my other musical heroes. I loved and still love the Moody Blues.
Cold hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colours from our sight
Red is gray and yellow, white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion
Pinprick holes in a colourless sky
Let insipid figures of light pass by
The mighty light of ten thousand suns
Challenges infinity and is soon gone
Night time, to some a brief interlude
To others the fear of solitude
Brave Helios, wake up your steeds
Bring the warmth the countryside needs
That is the reading that opens Side One. Formed in 1964 in Birmingham, England, they progressed through the blues as cover artists to be one of the 1st prog-rock bands, though in those days, it was called art rock, or, my preference, symphonic rock. They went through extensive member changes, morphing into the sound many of us recognize today. These core members shared the same ethics of musicianship, and remained married to their 1st wives/girlfriends. Hmmmmm. They wrote songs as tributes to those partners and their children. Not sex violence and drugs. Well, maybe a few drugs back in the day!! Their 1st album, recognizable as their unique style was "Days of Future Passed". The liner notes say, "Here, where emotion and creativity blend - where poetry, the beat group and the symphony orchestra feed on each other's inspiration - the Moodys have chosen to paint their picture of everyman's day, which takes nothing from the nostalgia for the past and adds nothing to the probabilities of the future." Whew, weren't we ambitious. It was one of the 1st concept or song cycle albums. Actually, even more ambitious than that it mirrored a much earlier, non-musical work. So, what is that work?? I'll be back with clues, if you need them!!