29 Mar 2007



A few days ago, before going out of town, I decided I wanted to listen to some old songs by Justin Hayward and John Lodge. The album Blue Jays was released in the mid-70s, when the Moody Blues was in hiatus. I’ve never liked it as much as a regular Moodies album, but some of the songs are quite poignant. “Nights, Winters, Years” by Hayward has the feel of an orchestral version of the old classic “Nights in White Satin,” and “Maybe” is one of Lodge’s more moving lyrics.

So I found it, and listened for a few days, and as I often do, drifted off to other similar material, finding Justin Hayward’s “Forever Autumn” (from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds album) on YouTube. That reminded me of one of my all-time favorite music videos, the Moodies’ “Your Wildest Dreams,” another Hayward song.

It took me a while to remember the name. I haven’t heard the song in months – years, perhaps. I had to dig through a discography on the net to figure it out. When I did, I went back to YouTube and found the video. (I won’t link it; it shouldn’t be there, and likely won’t be for long.) After downloading it, I watched it several times, and then of course got the song stuck in my head.

That evening I went to eat in the hotel bar. While I was eating, I decided that I had to clear my mind of obsessing about the song. Not only was it going around in my head, I could hear it in whatever the sound system was playing. So I listened for a moment – and I’ll be damned if after many months (at the minimum) of not hearing “Your Wildest Dreams” anywhere, the hotel music system was playing it. Right as I’d just found it and couldn’t stop hearing it.

That was a very strange experience. Really weird. On the other hand, sometimes it’s good to know that evidence of fracturing sanity really isn’t what it seems…

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