Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Song #31: "Nights In White Satin"--The Moody Blues (1967)

As I mentioned not too long ago with "Tuesday Afternoon", it's the 50th anniversary of The Moody Blues' iconic breakthrough album, "Days of Future Passed". And perhaps no song in the deep and mighty catalog of my favorite band is more known, and more connected to them, than today's song.

This summer, the second half of their concert will be playing the album in its entirety. In a normal show, "Nights In White Satin" is part of an absolutely heartstopping final four songs that all Moody fans know is coming, but every time they play through that part of the set, it seems as fresh, as real, as emotional as the first time you hear it.

For me, it's almost impossible to hear this song live and not, at the least, tear up. Justin Hayward's vocals continue to nail the heartfelt emotions of the piece, especially the very simple yet powerful chorus that repeats just "I love you".

And Norda Mullen's work on the flute over the past decade plus has been nothing short of phenomenal.

So now, the 18th of 20 songs in our journey from the incomparable Moody Blues. Happy 50, Nights In White Satin. I'm honored to share 1967 with you.  :)

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