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Last time we talked about the origins of The Moody Blues and some of their earlier work.  We ended on "The Best Way to Travel" from In Search of the Lost Chord.

I was called away to help my friend do something to get ready to attend a wedding the next day, so we shall finish that album tonight and start on the next one, On the Threshold of a Dream.  That was also a fine album.

The third song from the second side of In Search of the Lost Chord was "Visions of Paradise", written by Hayward and Thomas.  This is a really nice song, very mellow and calming.

Here is what seems to be a mimed version, but the clothes are still cool!  It also contains the next song on the album, Hayward's "The Actor".

Speaking of which, here is the studio version of "The Actor".  "The sounds that I have heard in your hello, oh darling, you're almost part of me.  Oh darling, you're all I'll ever see." is one of the sweetest expressions of love in English.  It makes me teary.  I could not find a good live version.

"The Word" is a poem by Graeme Edge.  Mike Pinder spoke it.  Most versions that I can find also include the last song of the record, Pinder's "Om", since they seem to be so connected.

Whilst the science is not quite correct (acoustical vibration are NOT electromagnetic waves), I do like the line "Vibrations reach on up to become light, and them to gamma and out of sight".

The cover art for In Search of the Lost Chord was interesting.  I have an original Deram release with the full "gateway" spread.  Record company hated those because they were a high cost factor before the price of vinyl itself went sky high in 1973 after the Arab oil embargo.  Then  the additional cost of adding a flap and a hinge was quite high in 1968.  Here are pictures of my personal copy from front, second and third pages, and rear.  If I can find it, I also have a real treat.

I did find things, and shall close with pictures and a few comments about that time of my life.  We shall take up One the Threshold of a Dream next time.  I do not like splitting albums, and the personal pictures give a nice segue from starting a new record in mid stream of another one.

The first set of pictures were of my own gateway jacket, evidently worn from being 44 years old.  Here they are.

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The first and second photographs are the front and back cover of both the gateway and regular record.  The front picture is easy to find, but the back one less available.  Phillip Travers was the graphic artist who created it, and many more covers for them.

In this one you can see Death, Birth, evolution, and a higher plane of existence, all in one painting.  I find it to be brilliant, and another reason to express emotion.  Here is more crisp one than from my old album.

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The second page was note liners.  Here is a picture of mine.

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Before we get to the next page of the gateway version, here is the back cover.  Note how all of them in one series seem to be quite in another dimension.  They were quite receptive for psychedelic drugs, and they were one of the few sets of artists that could deal with the rapidly expanding consciousness  and make it well.  They succeeded beyond all.  Here is the back of the gateway and the regular album.

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On the last line you can see that those folks were tripping!  They were able to use those experiences and make them to have meaning for many of us, and I appreciate them for doing that!

On the right panel inside the gateway cover is this:

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It is a yantra, the graphic analogue of a mantra.  I could not get a good image of the text, so here is what it says above the yantra.  The text below is "The Word".

To anyone who has practised meditation or Yoga; the word MANTRA is familiar as a word of power concentrated upon in meditation.  The most important word or power in the Hindu scriptures is the word OM, which pronounced AUM means 'God', 'All', 'Being', 'The answer'.  Thought or intentness on it's meaning will cause the exclusion of all other thoughts, ultimately bringing about the state of mind to which the meditator aspires.

A YANTRA is used in much the same way as a MANTRA, though visually.  There are varied forms of YANTRA design, which always consist of a form perfectly co-ordinated and integrated.

The YANTRA is something which can hold the mind much as in the less organised way one can see pictures in the glowing embers of a fire or cloud.  The mind, contemplating the that form and including all of the designs it contains may easily pass along to the integral concept.

This is pretty heady stuff.  I liked that yantra so much that the former Mrs. Translator, who was very handy with needlecraft, embroidered it on a white tee shirt, which I possess to to this day.  She added some color to it, and here is a picture of it that I took last night:

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I do not wear it any more because it is far too precious as a holder of memories from the days that she and I were so dedicated to each other.  I do not want to risk the artwork being damaged during the laundry.  If you look at the thumbnail picture of me at the beginning of this piece, I am wearing an authentic 100% wool scarf from Dr. Who that she knitted from a written pattern.

I had forgotten how much I like The Moody Blues.  I thank my dear friend Steve for reminding me by suggesting that I write this series.  Please comment profusely, because there is little chance that I am going anywhere tonight.

My wrist continues to improve and the recovery is accelerating, for which I am very thankful.  I am beginning to use more than my right index finger to type now as function returns to my thumb, middle, and ring finger.  The little finger is still quite weak, but coming back.  I was able to mow my entire lawn today for the first time since my wrist dropped.  Before I had to do the front one day and the back another.  Things are getting better.

Warmest regards,

Doc, aka Dr. David W. Smith

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Originally posted to Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA and Protest Music.

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  •  Tips and recs for (14+ / 0-)

    rediscovering previous passions?

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:06:30 PM PDT

  •  I saw them late. (4+ / 0-)

    Monsters of Rock in Germany at Nurnburg.

    Hard to know whether it was worth the going.

    Ozzy cancelled. Twisted Sister really rocked that day. Moterhead put people to sleep.

  •  I Am A Huge Moody Blues Fan (4+ / 0-)

    There is one band that totally enveloped my high school days. The Cure. In the early to mid-80s in high school I huge around the kids that wore all black and there into things like theater. I was in Polo and Izod. But they did the shit I liked. Sci-fi. D&D. Comic books. They didn't mind I wore "preppy" cloths. I didn't mind they wore mostly black from head to toe and often makeup.

    That caused problems for me at school. Both with the "cool" kids and the teachers. Cause kids that wore all black and listen to punk music (I know the Cure isn't punk BTW) must take drugs.

    Well I am 99.9% sure none of them. I sure didn't. The jocks and "cool" kids were stoned and fucking everything that moved. Us, not so much.

    But my house was where we all came to play D&D and watch sci-fi movies and play video games. So anytime the school got on me, well my parents had their backs. Cause somebody in my house might have gotten thrown out of a window if there was drug usage ongoing ... and there wasn't.

    But the Cure, oh how I loved the pain in the music they did.

    And this from a "best of" remix of their songs, is just awesome. Makes me think of 1985.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:08:12 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the recollections! (3+ / 0-)

      In 1985 I had just finished my Ph.D. defense and was starting a postdoctoral fellowship.  There was little time for music then.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:12:21 PM PDT

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      •  You Might Get A Kick Of This (2+ / 0-)

        I was a big fan of Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the 80s. My parents saw a video of them on MTV, you know when they actually ran videos. They pulled me aside and thought I might be gay (I am not).

        I then pointed them to the movie Body Double, which was where I first heard them.

        Towards the end, well is one of many scenes from that movie as a young male exploring my sexuality, well I kind of was a big fan of.

        Not sure if they ever watched it, but if they did I am pretty sure they got I like women. Blond women with short hair actually :).

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:21:30 PM PDT

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        •  I shall look in a bit. (1+ / 0-)
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          I was always attracted to brunettes with longer hair.  The former Mrs. Translator was a dark haired beauty, and imagine my delight when The (honey blonde) Girl asks me to tint her hair darker!

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:25:45 PM PDT

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  •  I am a huge fan of the Moodys (5+ / 0-)

    Their music was both classical and poetic while being very forward.  I cannot think of another group who made music that was remotely close to what they did.

    My personal favorite single was Legend of the Mind.  Or as many may know it as Timothy Leary.  I love the chords in it.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    My favorite album was Children's Children even though it was not their biggest seller.  

    Thank you for this diary.  I loved seeing it.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:53:56 PM PDT

    •  You are welcome, and thank (2+ / 0-)
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      you for the kind words!  Hit the link at the very start of the introduction and you can listen to the first two thirds, plus some early history.

      Most folks do not know this, but our two youngest boys were named after Hayward and Lodge.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:57:27 PM PDT

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      •  Hmm...Justin and John (2+ / 0-)
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        I just listened to some of their music and had forgotten just how timeless it is. What a nice way to end my evening.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:18:22 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, but we always spelt (2+ / 0-)
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          his shortened name Jon.  Interestingly, Eldest Son's name is taken from another man of letters, Chaucer, and the old spelling has been preserved.  Here is a funny, short story about him when he was just little.

          He was telling another child that his name was Geoff, but he could not enunciate it well.  The other kid thought that he was telling him that he was deaf!

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:22:07 PM PDT

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          •  BTW, I checked out your link (2+ / 0-)
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            and amazingly, I missed that diary.  I was sick with a cold during that time and probably just missed it.  I wish I had seen it because it covered a lot of songs that I did not know very well.  However, I do remember "Go Now" from my long ago youth.

            I have enjoyed this diary very much as well as your story about how your sons were named.  

            I am mostly a forward thinking person and hate to look back.  So I am not much into reminiscing just for the sake of it.  But when reminiscing is because the subject is timeless, I am so glad that your diary made me remember and enjoy the Moodys once again. These guys are truly timeless.

            Thank you again.  And warmest regards too.  

            "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

            by gulfgal98 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:39:50 PM PDT

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            •  At my age, there (1+ / 0-)
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              is more life behind than in front.  Thus reminiscing is a good thing for me.  That is not to say that I am done, but just think more often about my mortality.  There is a 5% chance that I just might enter into a relationship that is not platonic with a beautiful woman much younger than I am.  We have already pledged to be each others' best friend.  I would prefer not to go into details in such a public forum, but please wish us well.  The Kos messaging service works well.

              Warmest regards,

              Doc

              I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

              by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:48:18 PM PDT

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    •  I remember hearing somewhere (3+ / 0-)
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      that after In Search of the Lost Chord came out, "Legend of the Mind" inspired a rumor that Timothy Leary really was dead.  Needless to say, he wasn't at the time - and got in touch with the band to mention this.  

      Apparently, he loved the song and thought that particular response was very funny.

      Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

      by loggersbrat on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:35:37 PM PDT

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      •  I have heard that, but (1+ / 0-)
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        could never get enough detail to make an intelligent comment.

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:37:22 PM PDT

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  •  I enjoy all of the Mark II albums (2+ / 0-)
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    but my favorite is "On the Threshold of A Dream."

    I think that's because on this LP, it is easier to appreciate the pure QUALITY of their songwriting

    There is nary a dud in their whole output, but here except for the opening track and the last three tunes (Have You Heard I and II and The Voyage), the "concept," as such takes a bit of a back seat. As a result, we are treated to some extremely beautiful music whether you are into the overall theme or not.

    Thanks for this, Doc!

    I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

    by SherwoodB on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:26:45 PM PDT

    •  You are welcome! (1+ / 0-)
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      That is our subject next time.  I am a bit surprised that no one commented on the tee shirt.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:29:58 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks again translator.... (4+ / 0-)
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    from another moodies fan, BTW, John and Justin also wrote a nice album under Blue Jays, but then I am sure you have heard it also.

    "Just once, why can't one of our poorly considered quick fixes work?" -The Onion

    by expatinmex on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:31:50 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, Doc. (1+ / 0-)
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    Beautiful.

    I always loved them too. I think I have most of their albums in vinyl, as well. Trying to catch up digitally with them, but it just seems wrong, somehow.

    Anyway, great job!

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Fri May 04, 2012 at 09:58:29 PM PDT

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