Wednesday, June 23, 2010

songs i'm most obsessed about: mike oldfield's moonlight shadow

I've never considered myself as a trendsetter of any sort but I would take this opportunity to start a trend, at least on this blog. This is the point where I start to talk about certain songs that hold a special, strong place in my subconscience. Different tracks that bursts bundles of emotions once I hear them, songs which I dare to be obssesed with. Truly obssesed. I'd like to start with such a rare case: "Moonlight Shadow" by Mike Oldfield. I only knew it from little ID promos by Vh1 but really never heard this 1983 classic in its entirety, until a couple of days ago, when a bunch of spanish kids butchered it, and then it's when it hit me: what a fucking awesome song it is! If people would ask me about the reasons why i'm such a nut head for "Moonlight...", I probably would not have a coherent answer to that, but if i'd say something, i'd say "it's all about the melody". Maggie Reilly's vocal is a total snakecharmer, it moves you and transports you into a foreign place, a very windy one, considering Oldfield's amazing guitar licks. The lyrics: quite histrionic, inspired by the attempts to contact magic king Harry Houdini (some actually sugested that John Lennon's murder was behind the meaning). Every part in it join together to make such an extremely fantastic song, perhaps the only one i'd dare to hear except "Tubular Bells". Please, fall in love with it too.

MP3: Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow (Extended Version)

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