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10/26/16 5:16 AM
However, everything happens for a reason and now I have an opportunity to welcome a young Black Country band into this lifestyle. I remember when I started out, The Moody Blues really gave me that big break that I wanted so badly.
"Hopefully I can do the same for Stone Broken, I am really excited to see them perform."
10/27/16 9:13 PM
The Mellotron as you've never heard it before - as it was originally intended! The one here is a model MKII, which I believe is the same one Mike Pinder played early on with the Moody Blues. You can see a MarkII on the back cover of ISOTLC.
10/27/16 9:16 PM
This is a little more like it...
10/27/16 9:18 PM
Oh, heck why not...this is one Mellotron I could fall in love with.
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10/28/16 6:35 AM
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10/30/16 5:54 PM
summerfields wrote:The magic wouldn't have happened without it.
I agree. It was the perfect instrument to complete the rich landscape of a song in painting a picture. The feel of wind in the trees, clouds floating across the sky, ripples on the water...
The Mellotron in the last video I posted I found out is a Model MKVI. It appears to still be in production, and with a cost of $6,800 for the basic white model. A couple/few hundred more for black or wood finish.
I'm still hearing in my mind parts of the Mellotron music I posted in the last two videos. They are sounds that seem new to me, or ones I had forgotten and am getting reacquainted with. They affect me in a way that strikes a chord deep within, reminding me why the Mellotron was a major part of why I was drawn into Moody Blues music. I've been mulling over that. This quote by John Hall Wheelock keeps coming to mind:
"A certain musical phrase, or combination of sounds by Beethoven, will arouse feelings of intense sadness which would not have been aroused if Beethoven had just put his head down and cried."
Another one from Wheelock. From the poem, SYMPHONY: FIRST MOVEMENT:
"...Through the forest of the spirit
Old fretful winds and murmurs breathe and blow;
Secrets we all inherit,
Sorrows, deep at the core of Being grounded,
Well up again, and flow;
The truce that bound it
Is torn away, Time's wound is bared anew.
Hear, O my spirit!
The violins begin their proud complaint..."
Some of the deeper feelings released by music coming from a Mellotron. At least, for me. There is arm-spreading joy there as well as sadness. To quote Mike Pinder, "Music is magic."
11/27/16 10:47 AM
Another demo of a Mellotron MKII, this time by Paul McCartney. It was Mike Pinder who in a roundabout way introduced the Mellotron to the Beatles. As I remember it, Mike spoke (maybe also did a demo) to Beatles road manager Neil Aspinall, who in turn got the attention of the Fab Four. I believe each bought their own Mellotron, including Ringo. Also, if some of you may remember, Ray Thomas had his own Mellotron in his home studio.
This video is a bit jumpy:
11/27/16 4:40 PM
12/01/16 2:33 PM
Another Moodies mention in an interview with Trapeze band member Glenn Hughes.
"Of all the highlights of your career, are there any that stand out as incredibly special or memorable?"
Glenn Hughes: Trapeze. It’s all Trapeze related. I remember we did a tour with the Moody Blues in 1970 and had no record out when we opened for them. On one of these shows in Houston, Texas, the audience went mad. They went mental. So we stuck around in Texas and the next week we headlined and sold out two rather large club shows. Those two venues in Houston, which are no longer with us, are the reason I’m talking to you today.
Member Since: 12/15/04
12/10/16 11:45 PM
01/16/17 4:19 AM
The Cavern Club in Liverpool celebrated its 60th anniversary with a performance of songs of music artists who played there. Personally, I had the opportunity to see the club when I was hitch-hiking through the U.K. in 1973. A guy I got a ride with went out of his way to drive me to the entry door to show it to me. I remember the road in front of it being more like a back alley. Didn't get out of the car or take pictures. No camera.
From the article:
"Although there was also a look in for The Hollies, The Moody Blues (an audible aaaaahhhh went up at the first notes of Go Now), The Kinks, The Zombies and the Beatles’ would-be rivals the Stones - Tony Johnson, lead singer of Rocks Off, strutting the stage Jagger-like in both halves of the show."
The Moody Blues performed at the club in their Mark I stage. In the bottom center of this photo is the square commemorating their performance.
03/15/17 8:32 PM
Friends With Wings"
An excerpt on the importance of music to people:
"3. Furthermore, music provides us with a special experience. Music pieces and songs let you play around the musician’s world. Some music has the power to make our mind fine-tuned to eternity. Pieces of Moody Blues, especially Watching and Waiting, show it to me. The instant the sound comes into my brain, my mind will blend in to their world of peace and gentleness and the world that made them make their music. The experience is important to me and there are numerous same kind of comments on various kinds of music video on YouTube. Music is important for many people because it is the instrument that gives wings to their souls."
A nice version, with visuals, of "Watching and Waiting"
04/04/17 1:59 PM
Part of some interesting discussion on the Moodies at an acoustic guitar board:
"A girl I dated briefly back in about 1970 (1971, maybe?) took me to a Moody
Blues concert in Austin for my birthday. I wasn't a fan but she was, and I was
impressed that she'd shelled out for my ticket, so hey...I went. I think
the proper term for my reaction is "gobsmacked."They were the most
utterly polished rock act I think I've ever seen AND one of the most high energy
onstage, as well...the only other group that impressed me in those particular
ways being The Beach Boys.The Moodies played a fairly short set...just
over an hour...but everything they did was impressive and essentially perfect
(that is, I wasn't left wishing they'd sounded more like their records). I went
out the next day and bought three of their albums. In retrospect, that was
probably overkill on my part...one, maybe two would have sufficed, and I didn't
have much discretionary income at the time. But in my defense, they hadn't put
out a "greatest hits" album yet and, well...I still have the albums today, and
heaven knows they've survived a huge number of collection purges in the
intervening years.But that's just my own anecdotal* evidence. And yes, I
am an aging boomer. So take what I say with a grain of salt.Dirk* Technically, experiential for me,
but anecdotal for other readers here.
05/03/17 6:09 AM
This is an obscure song performed by the Four Tops and written by Justin Hayward and Tony Clarke. It was recorded in London in 1970, and was the "B" side of Pinder's "Simple Game" cover by The Four Tops. As far as I can gather, it was recorded only by them. Also, I wonder if that might be Mike Pinder playing a Mellotron in this.
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05/03/17 6:43 AM
Let's try another method of embedding this video. Also, I recall reading awhile back that it was Clarke who wrote the lyrics, Hayward the music.
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