Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday morning music

 

Last week we heard the sad news that Graeme Edge, co-founder of and drummer for the fabled rock band The Moody Blues, had died at the age of 80.

Edge was the "poet laureate" of the group, composing a number of "songs" that were really poetry set to a musical background.  I hesitate to describe any music as "mystical", because mysticism is not about music at all, but something much deeper.  Nevertheless, in terms of the modern misuse of that term, you could call Edge the "mystic" of the Moody Blues.  His influence can be seen and heard not only in the music and poetry he composed for the group, but in the tone taken by the compositions of other members.

In his memory, I'd like to offer several Moody Blues songs/poems that he composed.  The first is "Late Lament", from their 1967 album "Days of Future Passed".




From the 1969 album "On The Threshold Of A Dream", here's "The Dream" (Edge's composition" in a medley with "Have You Heard", Parts 1 and 2.




Also from 1969, from the Moody Blues' fifth studio album "To Our Children's Children's Children", here's "Higher and Higher".




From the group's tenth album, "Long Distance Voyager", released in 1981, here's "22,000 Days".




And from the 1983 album "The Present", here's "Going Nowhere."




Graeme Edge was not the most prolific composer among the members of the Moody Blues, but he was one of its guiding lights in many ways.  I can't think of many other rock musicians who had his reflective, meditative, convoluted approach to their art.  His music wasn't to everyone's taste (including mine), but the more you listened to the group as a whole, the more you could hear the "Edge factor" in their work, and I think it greatly enriched the group as a whole.

Peter


7 comments:

Sam L. said...

I'm a Moody's fan from way back.

Sam L. said...
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Sam L. said...

Sorry about that, Chief!

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Peter;

I had the Moody Blues Greatest hits on cassette, and I wore that thing out on the autobahns of Germany while I was stationed there...Somehow it was appropriate.

Feral Ferret said...

One of my favorite groups of all time. I've always been a progressive rock fan. Dream concert would have been Moody Blues, Yes, & Emerson Lake & Palmer all in one concert.

libertyman said...

Great music for dating while I was in college. I lost track of them in the 70s, but when Nights in White Satin is played, it brings back many pleasant memories.

A unique group and so very creative and talented.

Dan Patterson said...

Thank you for that
There were mystical roads being taken by artists in the past, and it is wise to retrace those steps and learn from their effort. Your post deserves a wider audience.