Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues Music and Message

Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues Music and Message

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by Charles Whitfield, Barbara Whitfield
     
 

Introduction to the Updated

Expanded Edition

With the feedback from our readers we expanded our first edition's content. We have fixed the few errors and rare factual inaccuracies we had found.

Several readers asked that we look at and make meaning about more of their songs. We have done that with three (see next page): 'Question,' 'New Horizons,' and 'I'm

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Introduction to the Updated

Expanded Edition

With the feedback from our readers we expanded our first edition's content. We have fixed the few errors and rare factual inaccuracies we had found.

Several readers asked that we look at and make meaning about more of their songs. We have done that with three (see next page): 'Question,' 'New Horizons,' and 'I'm just a singer' (in a R&R band).

Just after completing this book we went on their first "Moodies Cruise" and now include a summary of our experience there. We obtained the new Timeless Flight box set that was released three months after this book and listened to the CDs and watched its DVD video material. We also read their extensive accompanying "coffee table" sized book. We have read the many online comments on this box set and have included a relevant few of them in our 7 page review of this large box set.

This is a landmark book by two long-time Moody Blues fans. In this book we examine and bring to light the music and message of this great band of poets and musicians who have produced hit music for almost 50 years!

Here's a little on what our book is about and the areas that we explore:

• How they are unique among bands and music groups

• What critics and others have said

• The nature of their musical magic and message

• How the Moodies' words and music work, song by song

• Using 7 levels of listening to their music

• Why listening to their music raises our consciousness

• How their fans have listened consistently for so long

• Why they have excelled for nearly five decades

From the Foreword by

Moody Blues co-founder, keyboardist and vocalist Mike Pinder

"It was very interesting to read Charles and Barbara Whitfield's interpretations of our music and message.

They suggest clear and useful ideas and ways for those who are newly exploring our music and for the many who have been on this journey with us from the beginning.

I have always been interested in the broader qualities of music to inform, heal, raise consciousness and uplift. This was often on my mind when I wrote a song or painted the backdrop for others in the band with counter melodies and my Mellotron.

In contrast to most observers of our music, I saw how the authors here delve below the surface and give us an enjoyable interpretation of our words and music. They examine essentially their every aspect. Not only do they address our lyrics from a scholarly and poetic perspective, but they offer us some insightful and sometimes surprising interpretations of them beyond what many listeners and fans may consider.

Music has changed our world. It has the potential for reaching within, opening our minds and our hearts to the power of Universal Love. It transforms, strengthens, relaxes, teaches and enlightens us.

The Whitfields realize these truths and give us a strong base from which to experientially understand them. They integrate the many positive messages of our words and music by giving us a clear and constructive map of healing that is on the cutting edge of psychology, consciousness studies and spirituality.

Memories are also closely associated with music. I have always thought that we hang our memories on the shape of sound. With memorable melodies, counter melodies and instrumentation we were able to create soundscapes for many to hang the best memories of their lives.

Those of us who remember the 1960s and beyond will appreciate their attention to the detail of our works and the history of how it all came about.

They show us how the Moodies have expressed, preserved and continue to remind us of the message and wisdom of the 60s by keeping it so alive. And how there was a natural spirituality that still lives in all of us and that is manifested in our descriptions of Love."

- Mike Pinder March 2013

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935827153
Publisher:
Muse House Press
Publication date:
03/04/2013
Edition description:
Revised, Exp'd
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
615,299
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues Music and Message 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"You address personal healing. Main message: Live in the Now experiencing/giving unconditional Love. Every time I listen to them, I hear something new, or the something old suddenly changes it's meaning. Also - newer research suggests that music (good music) releases endorphins into your brain creating a mild euphoria --another good reason to listen. I have never used a drug to enhance the experience; the music did it for me. I am a trauma survivor, and used the Moody Blues for healing. Thank you for writing this book. I enjoyed the read and respect your research.
BrightySK More than 1 year ago
If there ever was a group that the world needed now, it's the Moody Blues. And in this excellent book, Charles and Barbara Whitfield clearly show why. Almost all of the Moodies' songs are examined in detail, and the reader will soon discover that the Moodies have written some wonderful, memorable tunes. Moodies' songs are all about peace and love, and those are ideas that will NEVER go out of style. This is a book for any Moodies fan, and even for the casual listener.