With the Texas Gal off to work and the first of several loads of laundry in the washing machine – Monday was laundry day when I was a kid, and so it remains – I thought we’d put another Monday song up for grabs. And we’ll dig into some easy listening as we do.
The Mystic Moods Orchestra, as I wrote a little more than four years ago, quoting All-Music Guide, was “[o]ne of the choice audio aphrodisiacs of the ’60s and ’70s,” mixing “orchestral pop, environmental sounds, and pioneering recording techniques into a unique musical phenomenon.”
The group was created by Brad Miller and released it first album, One Stormy Night, in 1965. The album went to No. 63 on the Billboard Top LP’s chart and was followed by many more. I’m not sure what the final count is, but Discogs shows a total of forty-three albums. I don’t know that I heard any of the orchestra’s output in the 1960s or 1970s, though I have a vague memory of one of my sister’s boyfriends having an eight-track tape or two by the group during the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Over the past decade, I’ve scavenged a couple of the MMO’s albums, and I like what I hear (and given my affection for easy listening, that’s not a surprise at all). As with a lot of the stuff that pops out of the RealPlayer as it chugs along on random, I don’t know that I’d like to hear a full album’s worth at one time, but one track at a time, the MMO fits into my day or my evening just fine.
So this morning, as I was looking for a Monday tune, I clicked “Monday, Monday” by the Mystic Moods Orchestra. For a few seconds, I was confused and began to think something had gone wrong. It hadn’t. The track is from the MMO’s 1970 album Stormy Weekend, which spent fifteen weeks in the Billboard Top LP’s chart and peaked at No. 165.