‘The Wind of Heaven’ is beautiful

Full honesty up front.  I was at the web premiere of The Wind of Heaven as a video.  I wasn’t very moved at first viewing.  It could have been the interview around it, who knows.  I watched it once or twice after and it didn’t grab me.  Today my copy of All The Way arrived so I was afforded the opportunity to sit back and just listen to this more than seven minute journey.  I also looked up more information and found this synopsis of the film it (strikingly well) represents:

“The Wind of Heaven is about a veteran that comes back home from Afghanistan and really loses himself, can’t pick up the life he had before he left.  Eventually, he gets work on a ranch and he finds that he has kind of a communion with the wild horses and he finds himself through horses.”

In addition, one should know:

“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears” – Arabian Proverb

So, with both of those in mind, I listened again, without the video.  It starts very much in the area of despair, and the chorus arrives and lifts us slightly out of it before the song goes back into the sadness.  But again, the chorus “rescues” us.  The cycle repeats, and the length of the song gives it time to do so over and over.  Thrust back into dark, lifted back out of it.  Incredibly lifelike.  It took me repeated listens, though, to notice how each time the chorus visits us, it is more uplifting than the previous, and by the end the keyboards are practically giddy before the end.

It is not just a beautiful song, the structure of it has made me really love it.

Bonjour de France! Simple joys of collecting via eBay

In some ways it’s a little too easy to collect Moody Blues items in the internet era.  Finding an official pressing of Moving Mountains was once a little tricky and meant digging around.   Now of course you can take your pick of a number of them on eBay.  But I don’t mind at all – some things that would have been out of reach or hard to find simply wouldn’t have come my way.

I watched the Nights In White Satin documentary (thank you, internet, for pointing me to the DVD release) and it was the first I heard of the story about the Patricia version of the song being out ahead of their own!  Some quick eBay looking for a very reasonable price, a 45 was on its way from France to my door.  It arrived with a post-it note signed “bonjour de France”.  A simple pleasure in connecting with another music lover in another part of the world.

More often than not now the Moodies items I find worth my interest come from abroad – France, Japan, Australia, of course, the UK.  I definitely get an added smile when something comes with a nice little note of thanks or sharing of an interest!

Mike Pinder Interview

When I was in high school, I was fortunate enough to meet Mike Pinder and spend about an hour with him doing an interview for our local cable station.  I’m going to look into posting the video shortly, even though I find it hard to watch!
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Two days later, he did a signing at a local Borders book store and I was able to hang out with Mike and Tara over the course of the evening.

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I Want TOSOL In High Resolution!

Almost unbelievably, The Other Side of Life celebrates its 30th anniversary.  To “celebrate” there is a vinyl release from Friday Music.  I would call it “ok.”  It’s nice to have a clean stamping on a heavy piece of vinyl, but it doesn’t sound any better than the 1986 vinyl if you find one that’s in tip-top shape, so no special remastering.  I find it strange that TOSOL, which did so much to bring attention and revival to the band, never got an upgrade at the 25th anniversary or now.  It should be ripe for it – it was the band’s first DDD release on CD, meaning it was recorded digitally.

I would have expected it would get an SACD or similar release given the import it has in the band’s portfolio.  The Core 7 got the SACD treatment, though one could argue that SACD is out of fasion.   Still, in the Mobile Fidelity days, everything up through Long Distance Voyager saw the gold disc and remaster treatment, but not TOSOL.

We do have the too-expensive box set, The Polydor Years which is almost an update if you imagine TOSOL along with the live concert CD from the accompanying tour, but it’s not truly an update to TOSOL.

So, not one to raise problems without offering solutions – how about a high resolution download?  I would love a high bitrate download of a FLAC or similar file.  This is often the high-end solution these days in place of physical media, and it should be relatively cheap and quick to produce.  And surely there’s an unreleased track or two kicking around, yes?  And if I really had my wish, it’d come with that original painting with the child that was nixed by the band!

Current Legend of a Band Tour Info

via legendofaband.com

DATE LOCATION VENUE TICKETS
Saturday 19th March ’16 Southend, UK Palace Theatre Details
Wednesday 23rd March ’16 Buxton, UK Opera House Details
Friday 25th March ’16 Eastbourne, U.K. Congress Theatre Details
Saturday 9th April ’16 Skegness, UK Embassy Theatre Details
Sunday 17th April ’16 Mansfield, UK Palace Theatre Details
Tuesday 19th April ’16 Wimborne, U.K. Tivoli Theatre Details
Thursday 19th May ’16 Portsmouth, U.K. Kings Theatre Details
Thursday 26th May ’16 Oxford, UK The New Theatre Details
Friday 27th May ’16 Chelmsford, U.K. Chelmsford Civic Theatre Details
Friday 3rd June ’16 Folkestone, UK The Leas Cliff Hall Details
Saturday 18th June ’16 Telford, UK Oakengates Theatre Details
Friday 1st July ’16 Wavendon, U.K. The Stables Details
Sunday 3rd July ’16 Southend, UK Priory Park Details
Friday 8th July ’16 York, UK The Grand Opera House Details
Wednesday 13th July ’16 Birmingham, UK The Alexandra Theatre Details
Friday 22nd July ’16 Tewkesbury, U.K. Roses Theatre Details
Sunday 24th July ’16 Rotherham, UK Civic Hall Details
Thursday 28th July ’16 Torquay, UK Princess Theatre Details
Wednesday 3rd August ’16 Weymouth, UK Pavilion Details
Tuesday 27th September ’16 Chesterfield, U.K. Winding Wheel Details
Saturday 1st October ’16 Yeovil, U.K. The Octagon Theatre Details
Tuesday 4th October ’16 Hayes, U.K. Beck Theatre Details
Friday 14th October ’16 Kings Lynn, U.K. Corn Exchange Details
Friday 21st October ’16 Bury St Edmunds, U.K. The Apex Details
Saturday 22nd October ’16 Marine Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ, U.K. The Playhouse Details
Thursday 3rd November ’16 Dartford, U.K. Orchard Theatre Details
Friday 11th November ’16 Near Worcester, U.K. Malvern Theatres Details
Saturday 12th November ’16 Market Drayton, U.K. Festival Drayton Centre Details
Sunday 27th November ’16 Watford, U.K. Colosseum Details
Thursday 1st December ’16 Potters Bar, U.K. The Wyllyots Details
Friday 2nd December ’16 Harpenden, U.K. Public Halls Details
Saturday 28th January ’17 Southend, U.K. The Palace Theatre Details
Friday 24th February ’17 Truro, U.K. Hall For Cornwall Details
Friday 3rd March ’17 Tewkesbury, U.K. Roses Theatre Details
Friday 10th March ’17 Eastleigh, U.K. Concorde Club Details
Friday 17th March ’17 Skegness, U.K. Butlins Details
Sunday 19th March ’17 Norwich, U.K. St Andrews Details
Friday 24th March ’17 Horsham, U.K. Capitol Theatre Details
Saturday 27th May ’17 Clacton, U.K. The Princes Theatre Details

Where To Buy

Current catalog and available merchandise

Music and Videos

www.amazon.com or any other major retailer

https://patrickmoraz.neucart.com/ for Patrick Moraz solo albums

Mike Pinder‘s store

Tour t-shirts, mugs, etc.

http://shop.moodybluestoday.com

http://johnlodge.com/store for 10,000 Light Years Ago merch

https://shop.justinhayward.com/ for Spirits of the Western Sky merch

Padding out the collection

I’ve used eBay for quite a while – back when if ordering from the UK I had to get a money order from the post office, send it overseas and wait for my item.  Things are much different today and it’s a great way to find rare (or not!) items.

http://www.ebay.com

Other places to search around:

http://www.elusivedisc.com/

http://www.eil.com/

Current Moody Blues Tour Info

TOUR: FLY ME HIGH TOUR 2016
10/20/16 FARGO, ND, UNITED STATES SCHEELS ARENA
10/21/16 RED WING, MN, UNITED STATES TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO
10/22/16 DAVENPORT, IA, UNITED STATES THE ADLER THEATRE
10/25/16 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, UNITED STATES THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
10/26/16 ROCKFORD, IL, UNITED STATES CORONADO THEATRE
10/27/16 APPLETON, WI, UNITED STATES FOX CITIES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
10/29/16 MT PLEASANT, MI, UNITED STATES SOARING EAGLE CASINO AND RESORT
10/30/16 TOLEDO, OH, UNITED STATES STRANAHAN THEATER
11/01/16 INDIANAPOLIS, IN, UNITED STATES MURAT THEATRE
11/02/16 SOUTH BEND, IN, UNITED STATES MORRIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
11/03/16 MERRILLVILLE, IN, UNITED STATES STAR PLAZA THEATRE
11/05/16 MILWAUKEE, WI, UNITED STATES MILWAUKEE THEATRE

Moody Blues / Strange Times Meet and Greet 1999

This was a charity auction win via the OFC.  The only time I’ve really met the band where you could say a few words.

Strange Times Meet and Greet