Minds Music Monday – Past Present – Magic

Thinking about choosing a track for this week’s MMM, it’s really easy to trawl through their extensive back catalogue to the long past. But as the proposed songs to highlight fluttered through my mind…invariably harking back to the long past, I tutted at myself. “Hey, what about the recent past? What about Walk Between Worlds?”

And with a new album ready to appear on the horizon, I was thinking about the crazy, exciting anticipation I was filled with when we first heard little snippets of WBW and were told of its release date. We are just coming to three years since that flush of info.

On September 29th, 2017, Jim posted about being “busy in rehearsals” and there was news of things to come that he was excited about sharing with us. I usually take those kinds of things with a pinch of salt because…well, promises can be broken, or things…circumstances can change so…

I allowed myself a small flutter of excitement, but that was that.

As November started, he started writing posts about certain songs from the Simple Minds back catalogue and how they came to be. It was all slowly ramping up. And then mid November, the major clues of a release of the new album being imminent started to come through. And then, a week before Charlie’s birthday – BAM! Details of Walk Between Worlds was revealed. But even more exciting was the way the tour was revealed. It was a real tease and got the fans in an absolute FRENZY. It was a masterstroke how it was done.

I remember hearing Magic for the first time and I loved it from the get go. It was so uplifting and such a wonderful piece on how the amazing concoction of self-belief, ambition, determination…and with a little dash of luck – amazing things can happen. That it can, indeed, produce MAGIC.

It was panned by many a fan. Some very noticeably. I will say nothing more than that – because that is all the air certain “oxygen suckers” will get from me! But the lyrics are lovely! They DO tell a story. Okay, nobody loves the old Jim Kerr writing style more than me. The “fragments and ambiguities” that he said he liked to deal in, in an interview for Belgian TV in 1983. But I love Jim the storyteller too. And there is a wonderful story to Magic. That young, disillusioned man, kicking about the big city, wondering what his life was going to amount to. And then, with all those ingredients mentioned earlier all coming into play and alignment…adding some hard work as the final ingredient and…there’s your Simple Minds story right there!

I love Magic. I have done from the first listen and I still do. I see that poor disillusioned young man walking down the street on his tod, looking downcast… “As I walk through the city with my wounded pride and everybody is too busy and you’re wondering why, there’s a hole inside. I need a pill not an alibi.” But it all comes good in the end, young Jim! Keep the faith, beautiful man.

The song just has an indelible spirit and heart. And it lifts me every time I hear it. I will never understand why it has its detractors. But, hey. To each their own. If they don’t hear and feel the magic in it then…

Perhaps it *is* the weakest song on WBW? Well, if it is, then it is testament to what a wonderful album Walk Between Worlds is!

I also thought the video was braw.

Back Down To Earth – And Classic Pop SM Comp!

I will try my best to catch up with all stuff and get the blog back up-to-date shortly. WHAT A WHIRLWIND it has been!

In the meantime, here’s a link to a Classic Pop magazine competition in which you can win lots of SM goodies, including a rare exclusive white vinyl copy of the Magic 7″ single. Comp closes May 1st. All you have to do is answer a “simple” question and join the mailing list for the magazine newsletter. Just click the image to enter. Good luck!

 

SM Comp link

SM COMPETITION

Magic Update

After multiple listens to the song, I now think I need to slightly alter the lyrics, so I have updated them, and my lyric art piece, accordingly (and while at it, gave the lyric art piece a subtle improvement…though to be fair, it was pretty perfect as it was) 🙂

Magic
Now I believe in forces
I need the truth
The reason why
Was so amazed
Such a lucky child
And then something died
Like everybody it hurt inside
And I would walk to the city
With my wounded pride
But everybody is too busy
And you’re wondering why
There’s a hole inside
I need a pill not an alibi

Now it’s all coming together
And it breaks like a storm
This is our kind of weather
Now it’s all coming together

Because now that I believe in magic
I believe in your lips
I believe things coming your way
Now I believe in forces
I believe it’s all said
Nothing here can make me sway

And now that I believe in magic
Nothing can confound us
Nothing can explain away
Now I believe in forces
I believe in your steps
Taking me some other way

Lost inhibition
I’d lose my mind
Reality was no friend of mine
So I thought I knew
But everybody’s just kidding you
And I remember when I stumbled on a slippery stone
I was in the jungle and I couldn’t get home
Was in a zoo
Without a single clue

Now it’s all coming together
And it breaks like a storm
This is our kind of weather

Because now that I believe in magic
I believe in forces

I believe in magic
I believe in your lips
I believe things coming your way
Now I believe in forces
I believe it’s all said
Nothing here can make me sway

And now that I believe in magic
Nothing can confound us
Nothing can explain away
Now I believe in forces
I believe in your steps
Taking me some other way

I believe in magic
I believe in forces
(Magic)
(Forces)

I believe in magic
I believe things coming your way
Now I believe in forces

And now that I believe in magic
Nothing can confound us
Nothing can explain away
Now I believe in forces

(End fade)