Your Wildest Dreams – The Moody Blues

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………………..on May 11th of 1986 The Moody Blues enter Billboard’s Top 20 with “Your Wildest Dreams”. The song would go on to peak at #9 on the Hot 100 and reach #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. This song is about “the one who got away.” Feeling a bit nostalgic, the singer wonders if his long-lost love remembers him the way he remembers her. The song was written by The Moody Blues guitarist/singer Justin Hayward, who told us that it was inspired by a real person, but one that shall go nameless. “I found with ‘Wildest Dreams’ that it was a common experience for a lot of people,” he said. “I thought I was writing a frivolous sort of song. I thought ‘Wildest Dreams’ would be a throwaway thing that people wouldn’t really take much notice of lyrically. But I found out that it was a common experience and desire by a lot of people. So that was very revealing.” The Moody Blues were one of the first bands to use a Mellotron, which was a keyboard instrument that played sounds by triggering tape loops. Mike Pinder, a founding member of the band, was their Mellotron virtuoso. After Pinder’s departure in 1979, Justin Hayward began experimenting with synthesizers, and became particularly fond of the Yamaha DX7, which is apparent on this track.Justin Hayward also wrote the song “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” which appeared on the next Moody Blues album, Sur la Mer, as a sequel to this song, with the singer longing to find the girl. A music video was also produced for “Your Wildest Dreams”, which received a Billboard Video of the Year award. The video was frequently featured on MTV. The actress in the video is Janet Spencer-Turner. In flashback scenes, the young Moody Blues are represented in the video by the British band Mood Six. The song was not released as a single in the UK.