Ain’t it funny how the night moves

“Night Moves” was the title track from Bob Seger’s ninth studio album (and his first with the Sliver Bullet Band) released in the fall of 1976. This record was another huge favorite of mine while I was in high school….one of those that I listened to countless times on headphones late at night after everyone else was asleep…..i can still see that red strobe light shining on the platter dots at the side of the turntable in the darkness of my room as I drifted of sleep. Thinking now of that Technics turntable that I had for so many years that faithfully spun literally thousands of albums, and gave me equal thousands of hours of enjoyment and amazement…I wonder where it is now? Long forgotten and rusting for decades under the ground….I remember you, old friend! ….and thus endeth my lamentation for my old turntable! 😉

I had planned on (and actually finished) a video for another track from Night Moves, but it’s not available for play. Since I knew the title track, strangely enough (usually all tracks from an album are treated equally as far as being allowed to play) would play, and I did plan on eventually getting around to it….I jumped right into it and pushed it out. Some things worked better than others, but it was a relatively pleasant experience to try and actualize the video that always played in my head when I heard this tune. (The “60 Chevy” always appeared to me as a truck…I’m sure many others who grew up in small rural towns can relate….of course realizing now that there wasn’t a “backseat”…I wish I’d used a car instead as it would better reflect the lyrics. Of course trucks did have a even better “backseat”! LOL!

From Wiki:
The album was well received by critics and gave Bob Seger nation-wide success. Three singles were released from the album, with two of them making the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became Seger’s second to become certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and was his first to be certified platinum by the same association. It later achieved a certification of sextuple platinum.

Popular music critic Robert Christgau feels that the riffs on Night Moves are classic rock and roll riffs, like those performed by Chuck Berry or the Rolling Stones, and feels that the album is about rock and roll for those who are no longer in their teens, like the song “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”. The Rolling Stone review of the album by Kit Rachlis stated that the album is one of the best to come out of 1976-77, that Seger sounds like Rod Stewart and writes lyrics like Bruce Springsteen, and that album is classic rock and roll. The only problem that Rachlis had with the album was the production not being strong enough. A later review of the album by Stephen Thomas Erlewine for Allmusic says that the album was very similar to Beautiful Loser, but Night Moves is harder than Beautiful Loser. Erlewine also feels that the album has a wide range of styles and has not lost any of its influence years later.
End Wiki.

As always HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!!!

[Lyrics]
was a little too tall
Could’ve used a few pounds
Tight pants points hardly reknown
She was a black-haired beauty with big dark eyes
And points all her own sitting way up high
Way up firm and high

Out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy
Out in the back seat of my ’60 Chevy
Workin’ on mysteries without any clues
Workin’ on our night moves
Tryin’ to make some front page drive-in news
Workin’ on our night moves
In the summertime
In the sweet summertime

We weren’t in love, oh no, far from it
We weren’t searchin’ for some pie in the sky summit
We were just young and restless and bored
Livin’ by the sword
And we’d steal away every chance we could
To the backroom, to the alley or the trusty woods
I used her, she used me
But neither one cared
We were gettin’ our share
Workin’ on our night moves
Tryin’ to lose the awkward teenage blues
Workin’ on our night moves
And it was summertime

And oh the wonder
We felt the lightning
And we waited on the thunder
Waited on the thunder

I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain’t it funny how the night moves
When you just don’t seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves

With autumn closing in

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