Edge said they all loved it, but Joss said, "There's no way we can sing all the words. It's just too dense."
Disappointed, Edge started to look at his poem in terms of what could be pulled out of it to make it more vocal friendly. Producer Charlie Clark told him to wait a moment. He told the band, "I love the lyric. Let's just put some sweeping strings behind it, some sounds, and let's talk it."
"Lo and behold," Edge said. "A poet was born."
Edge still writes poetry. He recently published a book of what he said were bits and pieces of things he'd written over the years and collected.
"I never liked to actually finish something unless it had a home to go to," he said. "Otherwise, you write something then you fiddle with it. You read it again then you fiddle with it some more. Eventually it turns out to be too clever by half."
He thought it was best just to take the bits of inspiration, store them up and let the idea coalesce and become what it was during the first blush of enthusiasm.
"Otherwise, you seem to kill it off somehow. The human brain seems to trample on human inspiration, which comes from who knows where."
Many things have changed since The Moody Blues first began performing "Nights in White Satin" 45 years ago. Musically, the band sounds better than ever, Edge said. The technology to enhance the quality of a live performance is light years ahead of what it was in the 1960s.
"We used to go on stage with like 80 10-inch speakers blasting because we were trying to reach the back of a 20,000 person stadium."
The people on the front row were going to get blown out of their socks.
"Now we get the exact sound we want," he said. "The new equipment is so much better."
The traveling, however, is worse. In its heyday, during the glory days of rock n' roll, the band chartered private planes to take them to shows.
"But that's just gotten too silly for words, man," Edge said.
Airport security is also a hassle. So the band often travels by bus, which isn't bad, just kind of dull.
"What is great is playing live to people," he said. "We all love that. I'm not getting paid for the two hours on stage. I do that for free. I get paid for the other 22 hours to get there."
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