Monday, June 18, 2018

the word is Om

I won’t tell you who the young woman in the picture is, but I WILL tell you that I have known her for a very long time, and she is a truly remarkable person.

Every time that I view this picture, the first thing that comes to mind is a song that I first heard almost exactly 50 years ago. “Om” is the last track on the third album released by the Moody Blues. The album, “In Search Of The Lost Chord”, was released by the group in July of 1968.  

Have a listen:

Although the group started out playing rhythm and blues, they quickly branched out into a variety of rock variations. Their second album, "Days of Future Passed", was a blend of rock and classical music. “In Search of The Lost Chord” is most accurately described as “psychedelic rock”. When you listen to the song shown below, you will understand why.

The promotional video that you see above was shot at Groot-Bijaarden Castle near Brussels, Belgium, an edifice that dates back to 12th century. 

4 members of the group took LSD together early in 1967, and it is entirely possible that they may have known Timothy Leary personally. To use the terminology of the 1960’s, Leary was “far out”, an adjective that is further heightened by the fact that his ashes (and Gene Rodenberry’s) were shot into space after his death in 1997. If you are a “trekkie”, you may remember that Rodenberry created the Star Trek television series in 1966. 

The Moody Blues” was FINALLY inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 1968. Sadly, founding member Ray Thomas was not there to enjoy the honor, due to the fact that he passed away from prostrate cancer on January 4, 2018. 

Like many of the musical groups that I grew up listening to, the Moody Blues has had remarkable staying power. Except for a brief hiatus in the 1970’s, they have been performing together since 1964, and they will be playing in Las Vegas until October 6, 2018.  

In today’s world, we are constantly inundated with a lot of noisy nonsense. For the sake of your mental health, turn off the TV, stare at the picture at the top of the page, and play a little bit of the magic produced by an aging rock group a long time ago. 

You’ll feel a lot better. 




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