“I only had to dream to create the scene”

Magic Is A Child – Nektar (1977) SHM-CD FLAC Audio 4k Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Magic Is A Child” was the title track from Nektar’s seventh album, which was released in September of 1977. I bought this album when it was released though I didn’t know anything about the band…it was another of those cases where the cover art was intriguing enough that you needed to hear what was inside! 😉 Happy to say, I wasn’t disappointed and although I went on to listen to other Nektar albums released both before and after, Magic Is A Child remained my favorite by the band. Wanted to do a second video for a song from this album before moving on. Had a whole thing with ink effects started, then decided that I could just reuse the effect template I had made for Yes’ “Wonderous Stories”….of is it looks a little familiar?! 😉 Thanks for watching!

From Allmusic.com:
Magic Is a Child was released in 1977, the debut for new Nektar guitarist Dave Nelson. Carrying on, though, from where their last set left off, Nektar’s fascination with shorter, punchier songs continued unabated, even while the keyboards continued to swell and the guitars shifted ever more toward the symphonic. Nektar’s brightening vistas were new, however, and a fatal flaw as far as their fans were concerned. They didn’t want breezy pop, and breezy pop fans didn’t want Nektar, while the band’s new label, Polydor, apparently didn’t care either way. The art department did spring for the 13-year-old Brooke Shields to appear on the front cover, but that was it in terms of promotion. Thematically, too, little about Magic Is a Child recalls Nektar’s days as prog darlings. The opening “Away from Asgard” is a fine slab of Norse storytelling, tied into the vast dark forests of northern Germany (where the band was still based), while “Midnight Light” also has a romantic Germanic tinge, as it eulogizes the village of Seeheimut. “Love to Share,” in contrast, is an unabashed Beatles tribute, riddled with affectionate borrowings and an oddly effective backward drum, while “On the Run (The Trucker)” still sounds like a slice of AOR radio filler.

[Lyrics]
At the time I was a little boy
All my senses were in bloom
The forests were adventure
There dwelt the legends of my mind

I was the keeper of the golden key
I made all the rules
I only had to dream
To create the scene

Magic is a child
Imagination is alive
Magic is imagination
A child is alive

How the trees were so high
The cheese in the sky
Were part of my imagination
I was goblins and elves
With small mushroom shelves
As brothers Grimm would tell their stories

Opening my eyes in the morning I would see
Patterns in the trees making shapes that were a face to me

In those tireless times
And those carefree lines
That we draw ourselves
But they’re never kept

 

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“Searching for the times that we lose in youth”

Listen – Nektar (1977) SHM-CD FLAC 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Listen” was released on Nektar’s seventh album, Magic Is A Child, in September of 1977. I bought this album when it was released though I didn’t know anything about the artist…it was another of those where the cover art was intriguing enough that you needed to hear what was inside! 😉 Happy to say, I wasn’t disappointed and although I went on to listen to other Nektar albums released both before and after, Magic Is A Child remained my favorite by the band. There are some great tunes on this record, and I have long hoped to make vids for a couple. Here’s one. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching!

From Allmusic.com:
Magic Is a Child was released in 1977, the debut for new Nektar guitarist Dave Nelson. Carrying on, though, from where their last set left off, Nektar’s fascination with shorter, punchier songs continued unabated, even while the keyboards continued to swell and the guitars shifted ever more toward the symphonic. Nektar’s brightening vistas were new, however, and a fatal flaw as far as their fans were concerned. They didn’t want breezy pop, and breezy pop fans didn’t want Nektar, while the band’s new label, Polydor, apparently didn’t care either way. The art department did spring for the 13-year-old Brooke Shields to appear on the front cover, but that was it in terms of promotion. Thematically, too, little about Magic Is a Child recalls Nektar’s days as prog darlings. The opening “Away from Asgard” is a fine slab of Norse storytelling, tied into the vast dark forests of northern Germany (where the band was still based), while “Midnight Light” also has a romantic Germanic tinge, as it eulogizes the village of Seeheimut. “Love to Share,” in contrast, is an unabashed Beatles tribute, riddled with affectionate borrowings and an oddly effective backward drum, while “On the Run (The Trucker)” still sounds like a slice of AOR radio filler.

[Lyrics]
Listen
To these thoughts as they drift away
Worried times
Can turn around all the things we do
Blinded
By veils we hang to avoid the truth
Searching
For the times that we lose in youth

Listen, listen

There is no light within my eyes
As darkness comes with no surprise
Shifting shadows on the wall
As night begins to fall
Times so hard
Hurts me deep inside
But life keeps on moving
Though daybreak seems so far away

Listen, listen

Listen, can you hear me
Confusion takes me as I sing this song
Leaves me nothing to do but try again
Right or wrong, you’re gonna see a change in me

Listen, listen

Listen, listen

Camera. Camera.

“Into The Lens” was released in the summer of 1980 on Yes’ 10th studio album, Drama. Yes had scored a masterpiece with Going For The One in 1977, then missed the mark with Tormato in 1978 (this is a good record that could have been great with different production) and I remember wondering which of these two previous records the new one would sound like when I picked up Drama at the record store. The answer is of course….neither! It’s a seriously different record than the band had ever done before. The album has it’s share of fans (and detractors) among the Yes fans….count me as a fan for several reasons; 1.) the album ROCKS, 2.) the muddy, dull production from Tormato is corrected x10, 3.) the tour for this album was the only time I ever saw Yes in concert (awesome even without Jon!), and 4.) it brings memories of a great summer!

This was a difficult song to set to video and I’ve been messing around with it for a long time….multiple tempo changes and tons of cues….I kept adding and adding but always felt it was lacking something….it was a slog and I’m not thrilled with the result, but I’m thrilled to be finished with this one so I can focus on some other videos that I’m having much more fun with. Enjoy! Thanks for watching!

As usual HUGE THANKS for everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Memories, how they fade so fast
Look back, that is no escape
Tied down, now you see too late.
Lovers, they will never wait.

I am a camera

Take heart, I could never let you go
And you, always let the feeling show
Love us all, how you never broke your heart
You lose them
If you feel the feeling start.

I am a camera, camera, camera

And you, may find time will blind you
This to just remind you
All is meant to be.

Here, by the waterside
There, where the lens is wide
You and me
By the sea
Taken in tranquility.

Taken, taken so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transform, to transfer, to energy.

Taken, taken, so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transformer, transferring energy.

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