The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin (1967, 1972)

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I never thought I'd be capable of doing this. Thus far, the only Moody Blues song I have made into a video was "Tuesday Afternoon" ... also from the band's 1967 album, Days Of Future Passed. It was an album that came late for me to hear although I had been a fan since I bought In Search Of The Lost Chord in 1969, followed by A Question Of Balance and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. For many of us "Tuesday Afternoon" was a popular single released in 1968, thus our real introduction to Days Of Future Passed was this song, "Nights In White Satin," which we thought was brand new when it was first aired in late August 1972 on Top 40 radio. Finding out it was recorded in 1967 was quite a shock.

I think just by coincidence or bad luck, every time we tuned in to FM radio in the late 60's and early 70's and they were playing something from Days Of Future Passed it was always either "Tuesday Afternoon" or another track like "Evening" or "The Day Begins." I paid more attention to the Moody Blues songs most FM DJs were pushing a lot: "Ride My See-Saw," "Om," "Legend of a Mind," "The Question" or "Procession/The Story In Your Eyes." Also, Days Of Future Passed was more likely to be played on the Canadian FM station, CHUM, and less likely on Buffalo's WYSL which was eclipsing CHUM in regional popularity.

It was Labor Day weekend and I was sitting in a car with friends when this song came on. We were on our way to a local fair. In the back seat two of the guys were with their girlfriends. Three of us were alone up front, our girls back in town celebrating the holidays with their families. Seven of us altogether. For us it was the first or second time we had heard "Nights In White Satin." The angelic strains were overpowering, bonding us all. Everything slowed down, even though we were moving at about 35 or 40 mph as we moved through one of the towns on the way. I can't recall a love song ever capable of doing that. Yes, with your romantic partner almost any love song was a trip. But this transcended all that. It made the three of us away from our girls homesick, but being in each others company, including the girls in the backseat, sort of made up for that. It's what I mean about bonding. No one said a word until the song was fading out (it was the AM radio edit). That's when the girls began to say how beautiful the music was and one of the guys said it was recorded back in '67.

For a 5-year-old song to make it to #1 on Top 40 in the United States was quite a feat. That's what eventually became of this musical experience in bonding.

The album version and orchestra gives the melody even more texture. The poem that follows it a reminder of the time ahead ... and the time that has now passed. Almost 50 years later and this song remains powerful in more ways that could ever be conceived at the age of 18. Words fail me ... that's why I make music videos.
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Rock
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Music video, 2010's, 70's, 60's, Oldies, Retro, Multimedia, Narrative, Pop, Proto-prog, Symphonic rock
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