Archive for October 2012

The Story In Your Eyes   1 comment

Every now and then while I’m driving in my car, I’ll listen to one singular song, over and over again. This might last a day, or a week, depending on how much I like the song or if I tire of it. Sometimes my song repeat can last longer than the normal one week run. That was the case with the following song.

“The Story In Your Eyes”, by the Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues formed their band in 1964, in Birmingham, England. Over a span of four decades, they’ve sold a total of 55+ million albums. That is an impressive amount of vinyl and CD sales!

The Moody Blues are sometimes labeled an “orchestral rock” band, due to their heavily orchestrated production. Personally, I’ve always been amused that the Moody Blues never featured their own faces on the front covers of their record albums, although that probably could have boosted sales even more! This, along with their unique sound, set the band apart and they are one of the few 1960’s bands that are still touring and selling out concerts, today.

The Story In Your Eyes was released in 1971 and is probably the most rockin tune to ever come from the Moody Blues. They are better known for their mellower, arty and intricately produced songs like, “Nights In White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon”. Fabulous songs, I might add.

The song itself features a Mellotron, which was a type of pre-synth keyboard that could produce the orchestral sounds you hear on their early albums. The Mellotron was part of their signature sound and helped give the Moody Blues that full, lush, orchestrated sound.

The Story In Your Eyes starts off with a simple, but ever so catchy guitar lick, played by Justin Hayward, the bands lead and rhythm guitar player. Justin wrote the song at the age of 24, right around the age I discovered it, myself. The lyrics seem to be years ahead of the composer’s 24 years of age.

It’s been a challenge to find any actual documented meaning behind this song, as though it’s been dodged and hushed, for whatever reason. It only leaves the world to speculate, what the true intended meaning of the song really is. Some believe it’s just the common Moody Blues message “try and build a better world”.

Well, it’s obvious to me that in “The Story In Your Eyes” Justin Hayward was singing about a love affair with a woman and that one, or both parties involved, were married.  From the lyrical content, it sounds as though they dated at one point, moved onto other chapters of their lives and ended up coming back together, again.

But I’m frightened for your children
and the life that we are living is in vain
And the sunshine we’ve been waiting for
Will turn to rain
 

Of course, that doesn’t mean the songwriter wrote it from his own personal point of view, or that is has any truth to it, but Justin has admitted in several interviews that he’s tapped into his own life experiences, for his songwriting inspirations.

Here is the original 1971 version of The Story In Your Eyes, with the lyrics:

The Story In Your Eyes

 

Now you know the story behind the song!

 

 

Reference notes:
Pearce.u-net
John McFerrin Music
wn.com
Music News
webwriter.f2s
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Posted October 20, 2012 by zugirl in Uncategorized

Layla   1 comment

What’ll you do when you get lonely?

The opening line to a song with, perhaps, one of the best known guitar riffs in Rock & Roll history.

The song Layla was written by Eric “Slowhand” Clapton, during his early 70’s Derek & The Dominoes era. Eric’s bandmate, Jim Gordon co-wrote the tune and it has become a rock anthem, in the 40 years since it’s inception.

The actual song title Layla comes from 12th century classic Arabic literature. Later on, a Persian poet named Nizami Ganjavi rewrote the story, naming it The Story Of Layla and Majnun. The original story was something that struck a chord with Clapton (if you’ll pardon the pun) and the events going on in his life, at that time. He identified with the character Majnun, who was in love with Layla bint Mahdi idn Sa’d. Let’s be glad that Eric shortened the name, for the sake of his song. Here is a link to a version of Layla and Majnun: http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_23.htm

The versions of the story behind this song vary, but they all point to one person:

That person is Pattie Boyd. Wife of the Quiet Beatle, George Harrison. The lucky girl who had not only one exquisite song written for her, but a couple other huge hits, as well: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton and “Something” by The Beatles.

Who does that happen to, in one lifetime? Three songs?…and one performed by The Beatles?

We were first introduced to Pattie Boyd in the 1964 Beatles movie, “A Hard Days Night”, where she was cast as a schoolgirl fan. There she met her husband to be, George Harrison, whom she married in early 1966. George and Eric Clapton were close friends and through Eric’s exposure to Pattie, he started falling in love with her, even though she was married to his very close friend George, at the time.

Pattie Boyd’s version of the story is that one day, after Eric had been trying to persuade her to leave George and come with him, Eric played her a taped version of Layla. Later that same night at a party, Eric blurted out to George Harrison that he was in love with his wife. Ouch!

Eric says that initially he wrote this song as a ballad, for Pattie. It was his attempt to persuade her to stop “holding off” and move in with him. Ironically, Eric was living with Pattie’s younger sister, Paula, at the time. When Paula heard the song Layla, she immediately moved out and felt that Eric had used her, to get to her sister, Pattie.

Such drama!

Eric’s wishes came true on March 27, 1979 when Pattie finally gave into Eric and married him.

Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t live happily ever after. After a tumultuous five years, Pattie Boyd left Eric Clapton in 1984.

Although Pattie and Eric’s marriage didn’t last, we are happy it attributed to bringing Layla into our lives.

Layla – original version with lyrics

Now you know the story behind the song.

Reference Notes: 
Wikipedia
Pattie Boyd – Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton – The Autobiography
wahiduddin.net

Posted October 11, 2012 by zugirl in Uncategorized