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The biggest issue for Auburn is if they sell out to stop the pass, Florida State can turn around and hand the ball off to any of their three future-NFL running backs, Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr. or Karlos Williams.

Florida State will have its hands full stopping Auburn’s rushing attack, but when the roles are reversed, Auburn could be in trouble.
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A decade in the making, Spirits is the first true testament of what’s been on Hayward’s mind since View from the Hill (1996), a pastiche of night birds and skylarks, gardens and groves—a musical postcard of summer haze and still shadows lingering beneath breeze-brushed trees.
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…..item 1a)…. Justin Hayward returns with Spirits of The Western Sky (Photos) …

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Justin Hayward’s had many milestones in his fifty year career. The prolific singer-songwriter sold over 60 million albums and notched a handful of unforgettable hits with legendary rockers The Moody Blues, including “Question,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” and “Your Wildest Dreams.” He also sang on Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds in 1978 and issued a string of acclaimed solo projects from 1977-1985 without wandering too far from the Moodys, who remain a premier live touring act.

Now the iconic voice behind “Nights in White Satin” is back with his first disc in over fifteen years, Spirits of the Western Sky.

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Featuring lush orchestration by Academy Award-winning composer Anne Dudley and the songwriting chops fans have come to expect of Hayward, Spirits finds the Wilshire, England native channeling his creative muse vis-à-vis romantic Genoa, Italy and sunny Nashville, Tennessee. A decade in the making, Spirits is the first true testament of what’s been on Hayward’s mind since View from the Hill (1996), a pastiche of night birds and skylarks, gardens and groves—a musical postcard of summer haze and still shadows lingering beneath breeze-brushed trees.
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Thematically, Spirits is a reflective rather than nostalgic album, a celebration of rebirth, love, and forgiveness from a sexagenarian singer who’s been there, done that. At least half the cuts have the Moody balladeer taking stock of intimate relationships, reveling in the beauty of interpersonal connections that click and reexamining ones that don’t. Hayward’s narrators keep their chins up and hearts open even when something’s amiss. Throughout, Hayward maintains a cheery optimism and warm, “we’ll overcome” determination that sees his lovelorn characters through every obstacle—or at least tides them over until the cosmic tumblers click into place, sending good fortune their way.

Easy-listening opener “In Your Blues Eyes” is a valentine ornamented with bright chords, gently loping drums, swirling strings, and one of Hayward’s tasteful electric guitar solos. The wistful “One Day, Someday” bounces over a hiccupping acoustic riff and triggered drums, gaining altitude courtesy a few decorative keyboard swells and Hayward’s patent vocal harmonies. The song finds his repentant, “repeatedly defeated” narrator trying to reconcile with an aggrieved paramour, contenting himself with “the music keeping [him] sane” until past sins are forgiven.

“We put our faith in God and Man, and one of them betrays us every chance he can,” he croons.

Yet Hayward allows his Romeos and Lotharios to believe tomorrow things will change and that past wrongs will be righted. He doesn’t entertain despair. “I’m still here, still rollin’ on, trying to get I love you into every song,” he confesses.

The cinematic, slow-build title cut clings to love as an ideal—a “beautiful adventure” worth taking even when circumstances (here, a couple contemplating “what might have been”) suggest otherwise. Acoustic guitars and electric piano create a lulling rhythm as artificial harmonics cascade between the chords and timpani punctuates the verses. Hayward’s lead guitar tone hasn’t changed much from his Songwriter and Night Flight days. His attack is clean, his solos uncluttered excursions of forlorn midrange that serve the song rather than call attention to themselves. Sister track “The Eastern Sun” (our personal favorite) is a lovely finger-style guitar study wherein Hayward delves into “life’s mercy” while Dudley’s violins and cello softly billow. It’s easily the most poetic lyric on the album, a Walden guidebook of picturesque meadows and streams juxtaposed by the sounds of children at play and his own earnest, let me be plea to a seemingly noncommittal partner. It’s also Hayward’s most impassioned delivery; despite the singer’s heavenly hums, his voice cracks imaging a world “with no sorrow and no shame.”

The album’s second half commences with its liveliest offering: “On the Road to Love” pits flower power against pop rock in an upbeat indictment of time as the illusion, the game that we all play. And if the song sounds not unlike something Kenny Loggins might’ve penned in the Eighties, it’s only because the chart-topping “Footloose” auteur co-wrote the ditty with Hayward after a chance meeting on the road and sang backup for Hayward in-studio.

“Lazy Afternoon” finds the uncertain singer second-guessing himself to the sound of soft piano and hollow impact of a repetitive rim shot. I’d have given you the world if I had known just what to say, Hayward surmises. “In the Beginning” examines the flip side of the same coin; the singer acknowledges that to get you’ve got to give. Organ percolates behind urgent acoustic strums in a gospel-like crescendo as twangy guitars wail over stuttering percussion. The Moody guitarist fully embraces his country side on “Cold Outside of Your Heart” and indulges bluegrass on “What You Resist Persists,” working banjo, fiddle, and mandolin into the mixes. Shucks, “Broken Dream” even features pedal steel; it’s as if the Englishman temporarily traded his pastoral-psychedelic roots for the fricasseed fields of the American rural South. Strangely, it works.

Hayward’s back on familiar ground with “Captivated by You,” a sweeping that has a “mesmerized, hypnotized, sanctified” admirer doting over his lover in catchy verses that beguile with sharp rhythm guitar—but lead to a haunting, minor-chorded bridge that’ll have listeners wondering where’d that come from. It’s clever how the songwriter veers from one end of the spectrum to the other so seamlessly.

Spirits of the Western Wild is something of a throwback with its decidedly non-cynical appraisal of love and human attachment—but that makes the music that much more delightful. It’s a road journal by one of rock’s most well-traveled troubadours, a soundtrack custom-made for mid-winter nuzzles by fireside, summertime cocktails on the patio at dusk, and Sunday drives in October.

If Sir Paul is king of “Silly Love Songs,” Hayward is prince—a fastidious, silken-gloved curator of gushing, unabashed pronouncements and melodious musical phrasings that underscore the inherent goodness in people. Few others can distill such complex sentiments into ear-pleasing sound bites and make it seem this effortless (Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Bernie Taupin come to mind). Hayward’s characters don’t hold grudges even when their partners do. The pursuit of happiness isn’t always successful, but life’s too short to not let go and move on when the chase doesn’t pay off.

Hayward and friends relieved tension in the studio by cueing up a dance remix of “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.” By the end of sessions for Spirits, the club version of the 1988 Moody hit—which pairs Hayward’s Yamaha DX7 synth with percolating beats—couldn’t be excluded from the finished product. Indeed, “Out There Somewhere” appears twice at disc’s end—first as a three-minute bass laden club track, then as Raul Rincon’s eight-minute Latin-flavored reduction looping Hayward’s familiar hear my voice refrain with pulsating rhythm and hypnotic keys. Rave-ready electronic samples Doppler across the stereo plane as snare and cymbal dictate a furious tempo.

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…..item 1c)…. youtube video … Justin Hayward – In Your Blue Eyes … 4:09 minutes …

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From Justin’s latest release, Spirits of the Western Sky. Another beautiful tune from a soul filled with love.

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…..item 2)…. Fear not, Florida State is for real …

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Jameis Winston has done his part in bringing hope back to Tallahassee and Florida State football. / Riley Shaaber / FSView

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Hope is a scary thing. It’s the singular human emotion that seems to survive almost anything, and yet it’s fostering almost always inevitably leads to heartache. The greater that hope grows, the more painful the hurt will be when it gets snuffed out.

The relationship one has with their sports team is a constant dance with that hope, there always seems to be trepidation in believing too much, in having too much faith in victory. Florida State is changing that; their current warpath has made no amount of faith unworthy. The national championship is off in a foggy distance, and yet each week its outline grows more and more clear.

The spread going into the Miami game was an unwieldy 20-plus in FSU’s favor, the biggest ever in a top-ten matchup this late in the year. Victory was assured and anything less than domination would be deemed a failure. For all the Hurricanes’ problems, they were still a top-ten team and yet the bar was set impossibly high. There had to be some letdown, some disappointment, right?

After Jameis Winston’s rough start and Miami’s fast one, it seems as though the game was headed for a dog fight, an uncomfortably familiar feeling of an inferior opponent dragging FSU through the mud just enough for them to make a fatal mistake. Even up seven at halftime, expectations were being tampered, hope was being rationalized and condensed into reasonable proportions.

“I made a promise to my team [at halftime],” Winston said. “I’m not turning the ball over anymore this game. I kept that promise. I felt that was the only reason that they scored.

“This is the first time I went to the defensive side [of the locker room]. I said, ‘If we don’t turn the ball over and do anything wrong they can’t stay on the field with us.”

The second half made all those thoughts foolish in retrospect, and hope raged forth as Florida State took their superior talent and will and shoved it into a broken Miami team like Devonta Freeman does a hapless would-be tackler.

There is a lesson there for those who love this team, those unfamiliar with the hope of what a truly great team brings. Florida State fans are so used to self-deprecation, the program has forever been under the crushing expectations of the success of the 90s, and the chase to “be back” has been one with far more lows than highs in the past decade. It’s almost instinctual to temper hope mid-game, to fear a two-touchdown deficit to Boston College, to see your freshman quarterback start off a little rough and start pacing.

But this team deserves more than that fearful hope. The second half against Miami, with FSU’s domineering play and the almost sneering ease in which they ran away with the game, cemented that. With four regular season games to go it is not too early to start looking ahead to a potential title game, because it is right there and this team is good enough to take it.
“It’s a team that is understanding how to compete in big games and is learning to do it different ways,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We were very excited early and had to keep our emotions in check.

“The second half we came out and were very physical and were able to run the football and take control. The defense was dominant. I’m just proud of the way our guys competed.

Florida State has the best team in the country; a broken BCS system can do little to dispute with that fact. Now is the time to start acting like it, to start untempering expectations and unleashing the blind faith in the success of this team. Don’t be afraid to hope Tallahassee. This team is worth it.
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…..item 3)…. Florida State looks to exploit Auburn defense …

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Rashad Greene and the elite Seminole offense hope to take advantage of talented weapons against Auburn defense in the BCS National Championship Game
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On Monday night, the most-talked about matchup on the field between Florida State and Auburn more than likely will be the Tigers’ running game against the Seminoles’ run defense, and for good reason. The Tigers bring the top running game in the country to the table, while Florida State will sport the No. 14 rush defense in the nation. It’ll be a clash of speed and trickery versus strength and brute force.

However, the matchup that will the most crucial to a Florida State national title will be FSU’s receivers versus Auburn’s secondary. Points, as we all know, are what give a team a victory and if the Seminoles are able to exploit this chink in Auburn’s armour, there will be more than enough on Florida State’s side.

As good as a quarterback as Jameis Winston is, his development has greatly benefited from having what may very well be the most talented wide receiver core in the country on his side. Rashad Greene, Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw are the cream of the crop in this case, along with a consistent threat in tight end Nick O’Leary.

Against pass-heavy teams, the Tigers have struggled, giving up 260.2 yards per game which is the 104th-worst average in the country. The worst of the worst came when Auburn faced off against the Johnny Manziel -led Texas A&M Aggies on Oct. 19.

Manziel threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns, all four of them going to Mike Evans, who is similar in stature and in skill set to FSU’s Benjamin. Evans managed to earn 287 yards on only 11 receptions, a staggering 26 yards per catch. The Tigers managed to pull of the upset with 379 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, two from Nick Marshall and one from Tre Mason.

Against Missouri, Georgia and Alabama, Auburn gave up 303, 415 and 277 yards respectively. It’s been a problem that has haunted the Tigers all year, and much of it is due to scheme.

Auburn plays man-coverage on occassion, which if employed against Florida State will lead to matchup nightmares for Auburn. Kelvin Benjamin is 6’6”, significantly taller than any defensive back on Auburn’s roster, so if they have to double up on him, that’ll leave Shaw, Greene or O’Leary in ideal situtaions.

If they chose to run zone against Florida State, curls, screens and plays across the middle then become an issue. There’s a reason that FSU has three receivers over 900 yards and Winston averages 293 yards through the air per game; Florida State is pretty good at the whole passing thing.

The biggest issue for Auburn is if they sell out to stop the pass, Florida State can turn around and hand the ball off to any of their three future-NFL running backs, Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr. or Karlos Williams.

Florida State will have its hands full stopping Auburn’s rushing attack, but when the roles are reversed, Auburn could be in trouble.
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