Let’s Take A Moment Day 321

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

Shakespeare music

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Today’s song was originally released by Jefferson Airplane in 1967. I enjoyed that rendition, especially because it was written and sung by my favorite lead singer of the group, Marty Balin. In 1999 he released his greatest hits album with a new version of this song. Then around 2014 I heard a live performance of the updated track that absolutely slayed me. It was one of those songs I found so incredibly beautiful it hurt, a gorgeous acoustic arrangement with Balin’s entrancing reflective and gentle vocal. I was in complete awe. And I feel that way every time I hear it. At the end of today’s clip Balin referred to the track as “a heavy drug song” but I do not hear that at all. I hear an absolutely stunning piece of music. January 30 marked Balin’s 79th birth anniversary and as much as I love his work with Jefferson Starship especially “Miracles” (Day 99), it is today’s song that I am most grateful for.

You came to stay and live my way
Scatter my love like leaves in the wind
You always say you won’t go away
But I know what it always has been

Marty Balin

Marty Balin circa 1974. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Marty Balin: “Comin’ Back To Me” (1999, written by Marty Balin).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 99

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

Kerouac

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

When Marty Balin co founded Jefferson Airplane with Paul Kantner in the early 1960’s, Balin was a principal songwriter and lead singer.  By the 1970’s when the band re-emerged as Jefferson Starship, Balin had hit his stride singing several of their hits including “With Your Love”, “Runaway”, “Count On Me” and today’s song which I consider to be a masterpiece.  He wrote an open love letter to the woman he was involved with at the time, and what emerged was one beautiful piece of music clocking in at just under seven minutes long.  Balin’s vocal, the arrangement and the musicianship of all the band members including a resplendent sax solo before the last chorus helped this song become the group’s biggest hit of the decade.   And Balin’s poetry made me swoon:

Love is a magic word 
Few ever find in a lifetime
But from that very first look in your eyes
I knew you and I had but one heart.”

Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship circa 1975:  Front L-R:  Pete Sears, Marty Balin & Craig Chaquico.  Back:  David Freiberg, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick & John Barbata.  (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Jefferson Starship:  “Miracles” (1975, written by Marty Balin).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Valentine’s Day Music Countdown: Song #13

Song #13 comes from Jefferson Starship.  “Miracles“, from their 1975 album, “Red Octopus”, was written by founding member and lead male vocalist Marty Balin.  This song is considered the masterpiece of his long career.  If he did nothing ever again after this song, what an accomplishment this piece of music is.

Inspired by the relationship he was in at the time, the song features a beautiful group dance between the music, the harmonies, the vocals and the lyrics.

The first time I heard this song I fell in love with the romance of Balin’s poetry:  “But from that very first look in your eyes I knew you and I had but one heart.”  Gorgeous.

Originally clocking in at 6:52  on the album, the single version was cut down to 3:25 to garner more radio play. The move worked as the song reached #3 on the charts for three weeks in a row.

Enjoy!!!