Updated: May 16
Looks like no one guessed the song lyrics I was thinking of. However, I got the following very creative reply from my brother-in-law, Jimmy. He was on the correct continent and country and genre (rockestra***) and band and album. Here’s his gem:
That moody email was so long it seemed I would be never reaching the end. I might lodge a complaint about the useless energy I spent at dawn when I could have been kite flying.
See you soon.
As I’ve said before, I write to pass along what’s helping me on my journey – and have a little fun along the way. I’m not expecting replies, but when they come, I feel like it continues the conversation…
“We decide which is real and which is an illusion.”
These are the lyrics I was thinking of that, for me, sum up the newest Spider-Man adventure “Spider-Man: Far from Home.” They appear in “Nights in White Satin” from the “Days of Future Passed” Moody Blues album. To have had a chance to guess this, you would’ve had to meet the following criteria:
--seen the movie AND stayed to the end – to the clip that rolled after the credits
--like the Moody Blues enough to recall these lyrics
--have been in my mind
If you meet at least the first two, you’ll probably see how these lyrics could apply. Any further explanation would be a spoiler.
While you’re here, I’ve included videos of two of the songs Jim put into his reply to me. These were the two that weren’t from “Nights in White Satin.” His first - “dawn” - is from “Dawn is a Feeling” and his second – “kite flying” is from “The Morning: Another Morning.”
Warning: The “Dawn” video could be a potential “trip” hazard, so plant your feet firmly on the ground before take your protein pills and put your helmet on. Ground Control to Major Tom
--During the week, as I was thinking about the creative way the Moody Blues blended the old (orchestra) and new (rock), I came up with “rockestra.” This described the way the new genre didn’t replace the old genre but included it and built on its foundation.
“As in music, so in life.”
Here’s a reflection on this theme of “transcending and including.”
If you’re interested in exploring this more, here’s a blog that might interest you. While you’re there, check out the blogger’s bio on this page. Some thought-stimulating quotes from her page:
"Transcend and include... this is the self-transcending drive of the Kosmos—to go beyond what went before and yet include what went before... to open into the very heart of Spirit-in-action." Ken Wilber, A Brief History of Everything
"Wouldn't it be wonderful if a group of people somewhere were for something and against nothing?" Ernest Holmes
***Today, Google showed me that there really isn’t anything new under the sun. “Rockestra” has been used for many years.
The Moody Blues did this synthesis very well as they combined their sound with the richness of full symphony orchestras. The Beatles also ventured into this fusion with songs like: “Yesterday”, “Penny Lane”, “I am the Walrus”, “Live and Let Die”, “Piggies”, and “A Day in the Life”. Here’s a video from 1981, that, while a little rock heavy, shows how orchestral instruments (like brass) can be added with great effects. Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, Rare Earth, and Blood Sweat & Tears also included lots of horns.