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The time: December 1967 to the present
The places: Germany, Switzerland, Canada
Here is a song I fell in love with at first listen and still consider my all-time favourite. For Christmas 1967, one of my aunts (we were living in Germany then, close to my mother’s family) gave me The Moody Blues‘ new album, ‘Days of Future Passed’. It was the masterpiece that turned me on to progressive (prog) rock. ‘Nights in White Satin’, followed by the spoken word poem ‘Late Lament’ still give me chills, along with much of this band’s music.
I was disappointed they left the recitation off the single version. Those were the days of Top 40 AM radio and songs had to be short. As FM stations became more popular, so did album cuts.
October 1968: My mother whisked me away from school (in Switzerland) for a weekend visit with a friend who lived just over the German border in Konstanz, a beautiful city right on the Bodensee (aka Lake Constance in English). While the two of them caught up, I amused myself by playing the records I had packed, including ‘Nights in White Satin’. The views from the 14th-floor condo were spectacular, especially at night.
August 12, 2009: Hubby and I were enjoying our second Moody Blues concert in Toronto (the first one was in the ’70s). Floating on a concert high as usual, it all came crashing down when we returned home to a phone message, telling us our good friend Tony had died that evening. Irrational or not, I felt guilty for going out and having a good time, as he took his last breath.
August 9, 2014: For our 41st anniversary, we helped The Moody Blues celebrate their 50th at an out of town venue. ‘Nights in White Satin’ was one of the highlights. This band is like a fine wine; aged to perfection!
We’ll be seeing them again in Toronto this July,
to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ‘Days of Future Passed’.
Do you have a favourite song or band you just can’t get enough of?
Looking forward to your comments!
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