Saturday, November 13, 2021

Graeme Edge "Late Lament"

 

Graeme Edge was one of the original founders of The Moody Blues and he passed away this week at the age of 80. It was my pleasure to see the Moody Blues in concert several times in my life! (Once, we went to see them with our son when he was very young and I used my blue eye pencil to write "Moody Blues" on his little cheek, like from the hippie days of the 70's! I'm glad I did too because we met a couple from Alabama who noticed this and we got to talking with them. We kept in touch and they were able to get us tickets to see the Moody Blues when they toured in Birmingham, Alabama!)

So, you see my whole family are big fans of the Moody Blues and we are sad that we have now lost the drummer, Graeme Edge. And we were equally saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Thomas, the marvelous flute player in 2018.  

Graeme Edge was not only the drummer for The Moody Blues but also, he wrote many of the poems that are recited along with the songs. ("Cold hearted orb that rules the night, removes the colors from our sight. Red is gray and yellow white but we decide which is right and which is an illusion".) It was Mike Pinder who recited the poem "Late Lament" on the album but in concerts, Graeme Edge read his own words on stage and it is his voice that I well remember.





As you all know, I am fascinated by music and those who bring it to us! Graeme Edge's mother was a classically trained pianist who played the piano for silent films. And he also had a grandfather and great grandfather who performed in Music Halls. (If you are American like me, you might not really understand the Music Halls in England...I only know of them because of my husband and from following Chas & Dave for many years!) The Music Halls began in Victorian times in London and oh here, I have a link for you... The Great British Music Hall - Historic UK (historic-uk.com)

You know I think it is well worth reading!

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My Cosmos flowers that I planted from seed didn't begin to bloom until mid October and they are still blooming! Wish me luck, we are expected to have a killing frost on Sunday night.  If I put a giant garbage can over them and wrap a towel around the bottom of the garbage can, will that save them? How about if I put my tomato wire cages over them and then put a plastic sheet over that? Not sure...I hope I can just keep them going a bit longer, they are blooming like crazy!  I don't want the cold hearted orb that rules the nights to take away these colors from my sight! 





21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous flowers! It would indeed be a shame to lose them to frost so soon after they have begun.
    I love it that you as a family are all into the same music group!

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    1. My husband and son are great guitarists and songwriters and they both admire Justin Hayward for his guitar and songwriting skills! I do hope I can keep my Cosmos going til Thanksgiving which is just next week!!

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  2. It seems that we are losing a lot of musicians of my era. Time and tide...

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    1. Yes indeed! I do wish he could have done some voice work, such a lovely voice.

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  4. I noticed the cosmos on your header and smiled because I love the splash of color that cosmos give us. I remember the Moody Blues but hadn't heard them in a long time. Thank you for the memories.

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    1. Hey Kay! The Cosmos surprised me because it took so long for them to come up and then, the blooms have been spectacular!

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  5. This is the second blog tribute I've read today re Graeme Edge. Your cosmos flowers are beautiful!

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    1. You know I've mentioned the Moody Blues before on my blog! I didn't see them in concert before our son was born but if I had, I might have named him Justin John! Not kidding!

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  6. It is always too soon to lose a great musician/poet/artist.

    Your flowers are beautiful, i hope you find a way to keep them longer.

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  7. Very interesting history on the Blues. They do resonate from the heart. We too have lost most of our blooms to frost. I brought some into my sun room, my back porch. They are still blooming but as we are getting colder, they too will eventually freeze out too. It's going to be a gloomy winter soon.

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    1. We brought our potted plants into our garage but the Cosmos are in a flower bed in front of my house so... the garbage can was used last night and will go over them tonight too!😊

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  8. I confess I wasn't much of a Moody Blues fan. That flower is gorgeous.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh my dear, cone to my house and I will CONVERT you into a fan! ☺ Take care!

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  9. Thank you for commenting on my blog! I know nothing about Graeme Edge. These flowers look nice, that said as an autumn lover I prefer the fiery colours of autumn leaves.

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    1. Hello! I saw your comment on Debra's blog from Canada. If you are friends with Debra then you are my kind of person! And our autumnal colors were late this year but they have been spectacular. I will try to show some trees in a new post!

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  10. Beautiful flowers, I do hope you're able to save them from the frost. We got frost early here this year and it zapped what remained of things in the yard. How cool you met a couple at the concert and were able to stay in touch.

    Do swing by for a visit.

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  11. I loved The Moody Blues...still do....and I still have their LPs. "Nights in White Satin" was the first LP of theirs I bought...purchased in 1969.

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