Monday, August 24, 2009

Forever Autumn

The image above is one that most frightened me as a child. Like most images in popular culture that stay with us it is the mix of wonder and fear that stay with us through life. I remember the music equally as much as the images of The War Of The Worlds and of course Richard Burton's masterful narration. The music alone was cosmic and huge. This was 1978 and it was the time of the beginning of my love of all things to do with science fiction. From Star Wars to Star Trek. Space 1999 and Buck Rogers to Blake's 7 and Doctor Who. The War Of The Worlds soundtrack contains two great songs, The Eve Of The War with it's lyrics; the chances of anything coming from Mars area million to one they say, but still...they come. The other song was Forever Autumn as sung by Justin Hayward. Written by Jeff Wayne, Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass the song, for me, is one of the truly great songs of the 1970's. The song's melody was first written in 1969 though it was 1978 when it was a hit single. in the UK charts. All of the song's lyrics are beautiful because of the arrangement and the way Justin Hayward sings but how can you get better than a line such as Like the sun through the trees you came to love me, like a leaf on the breeze you blew away. Forever Autumn was a number 5 hit in 1978. It got there on August 26th 1978, a day before I was 9 years old. The info on the song's chart progress is here on a great site called Chart Stats where you can track every song's UK chart history. Here's song number 34 of my 40. From 1978 this is Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward.

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