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Moonlight Shadow: Mike Oldfield with Maggie Reilly

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Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield has always been a favourite song of mine, Scottish vocalist Maggie Reilly has such a smooth, yet haunting sound. It’s not a Cold Chisel or Bruce Springsteen as per my usual favourites, but an amazing sound and something that always gets me, every time I hear it, OK What I’m trying to say is, I don’t care what kind of music it is, if I like the sound i’ll like the song.

The Song: Moonlight Shadow was Written and Performed by the incredibly talented Instrumentalist Mike Oldfield, his mix of progressive rock, blended with classical, electronic, new age ambient sounds created a sound all his own, In addition the main vocals for the song were performed by Scottish vocalist Maggie Reilly. The song is the most successful single for Oldfield, reaching number one in a number of countries throughout Europe.

Moonlight Shadow

See Excerpt below from Wikipedia

It has been suggested that the lyrics of the song are a reference to the murder of John Lennon despite the fact that the events in the song do not correspond with those of Lennon’s murder.[7][8] Lennon was shot four times just before 11pm, whereas in the song the time is 4am and the number of shots is six. When asked if “Moonlight Shadow” is a reference to John Lennon’s murder in a 1995 interview, Oldfield responded:

Not really… well, perhaps, when I look back on it, maybe it was. I actually arrived in New York that awful evening when he was shot and I was staying at the Virgin Records house in Perry Street, which was just a few blocks [sic] down the road from the Dakota Building where it happened, so it probably sank into my subconscious. It was originally inspired by a film I loved – Houdini, starring Tony Curtis, which was about attempts to contact Houdini after he’d died, through spiritualism… it was originally a song influenced by that, but a lot of other things must have crept in there without me realizing it.

—?Mike Oldfield, Randall, Gareth (1 June 1995). “Gareth Randall Interviews Mike Oldfield”. Retrieved 1 May 2014.

Moonlight Shadow Lyrics

The first time ever she saw him
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
He passed on worried and warning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Lost in a riddle that Saturday night
Far away on the other side
He was caught in the middle of a desperate fight
And she couldn’t find how to push through

The trees that whisper in the evening
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Sing a song of sorrow and grieving
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun
Far away on the other side
He was shot six times by a man on the run
And she couldn’t find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in heaven far away
I stay, I pray
See you in heaven one day

Four a.m. in the morning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
I watched your vision forming
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Stars roll slowly in a silvery night
Far away on the other side
Will you come to terms with me this night
But she couldn’t find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in heaven far away
I stay, I pray
See you in heaven one day

Far away on the other side
Caught in the middle of a hundred and five
The night was heavy and the air was alive
But she couldn’t find how to push through
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Far away on the other side
But she couldn’t find how to push through

Written by Michael Gordon Oldfield • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

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Queen @ Wembly amazing performance by Freddie Mercury

Something happened that day, something frontman Freddie Mercury is given much credit for by guitarist Brian May: Queen – rounded out by John Deacon and Roger Taylor – experienced a stunning rebirth, redrawing their legacy in a 20-minute eruption of passion and bravado before an enraptured London audience.

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Live Aid @ Wembly 7th of July 1985, The performance that day by Queen is regarded by many as the Best Live Musical Performance of all time, Led by front man Freddie Mercury, they managed to “steal the show” with 21 minutes of pure passion and bravado.

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Something happened that day, something frontman Freddie Mercury is given much credit for by guitarist Brian May: Queen – rounded out by John Deacon and Roger Taylor – experienced a stunning rebirth, redrawing their legacy in a 20-minute eruption of passion and bravado before an enraptured London audience.
“That was entirely down to Freddie,” May marveled years later. “The rest of us played okay, but Freddie was out there and took it to another level.”

The fast-moving afternoon performance covered the breadth of the band’s catalog, cramming a whole concert’s worth of highlights, old and new, into an abbreviated set that included “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Hammer to Fall” (Queen’s newest single), “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the finale of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” “It was,” May added, “the greatest day of our lives.”

Mercury was everywhere: at the piano for the beginning of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” marching around with his sawed-off mic stand during “Radio Ga Ga” as the Wembley crowd clapped in unison, singing with a reserve of emotion, owning the fans and the moment. It was a turn as virtuosic as it was surprising. Where others might have shied away or even made smaller by the moment, Queen rose to the occasion.

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Louis Rebeiro: 11 Year old piano playing prodigy belts out a tune at the Fremantle Markets

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Louis Rebeiro Piano

Louis Rebeiro is an 11 year old piano player who certainly has a great deal of natural talent and ability. Louis’ Mum Lorena said that Louis is self taught and that he started palying after watching Rock and Roll bands on Youtube. ALl I can say is that this fella should be a fixture on any one of the talent shows going around on television these days.

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Bruce Springsteen inducts The E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Friday April 11th The E Street Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by their Frontman Bruce Springsteen. Bruce has always acknowledged the role the E Street Band has had on his career and this night was no exception with this except from his speech;

I told a story with the E Street Band that was, and is, bigger than I ever could have told on my own. And I believe that settles that question.

So with his usual Poetry in Motion Bruce goes on to tell the story of the E street band in a way that only he could. For all you fans of The Boss sit back and listen as he takes you on a lyrical journey that makes you feel somewhat like you were there.

Bruce Springsteen

Good evening. In the beginning, there was Mad Dog Vini Lopez, standing in front of me, fresh out of jail, his head shaved, in the Mermaid Room of the Upstage Club in Asbury Park. He told me he had a money-making outfit called Speed Limit 25, they were looking for a guitarist and was I interested? I was broke, so I was. So the genesis point of the E Street Band was actually a group that Vini Lopez asked me to join to make a few extra dollars on the weekend.

Shortly thereafter, I met Dan Federici. He was draped in three quarter-length leather, had his red hair slicked back with his wife Flo — she was decked out in the blonde, bouffant wig — and they were straight out of Flemington, NJ.

So Vini, Danny, myself, along with bass player Vinnie Roslin, were shortly woodshedding out of a cottage on the main street of a lobster-fishing town: Highlands, NJ. We first saw Garry Tallent along with Southside Johnny when they dragged two chairs onto an empty dance floor as I plugged my guitar into the upstage wall of sound. I was the new kid in a new town, and these were the guys who owned the place. They sat back and looked at me like, “Come on, come on, punk. Bring it. Let’s see what you got.” And I reached back and I burnt their house down.

Click to see more of the speech and Songs from the night –> (more…)

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