Thursday Inspiration #170 I Saw The Light

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word sight, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘I Saw The Light’, or by going with another song by Todd Rundgren, or anything else that you think fits.  Multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren recorded ‘I Saw The Light’ on his 1972 double album Something/Anything? and this single went to #16 in the US, and it charted #36 in the UK.  This song is about a young man who has mixed-up feelings about the girl he is with.  He sees a light in her eyes, but at the same time he senses that something is wrong.  They had a fling, and he hears a bell start ringing inside of his head, not tinnitus, but a signal telling him that he should run away, as he isn’t sure if he loves the girl.  He is inexperienced and these feelings are new to him, but that light that he sees in her eyes, keeps drawing him back in.  She was giving him the green light to continue pursuing her, as the light in her eyes issued permission for him to proceed with their love affair.  She is different from any other girl that he knows, and this makes him love her.

Rundgren said that he wrote this song in 20 minutes and that it is just a string of clichés put together with one line flowing into the next.  Something/Anything? was Rundgren’s third album and three quarters of it was recorded with Rundgren playing all instruments and singing all vocals, as well as being the producer.  Todd was taking Ritalin and peyote buttons when he recorded this album and he said that every once in a while, he took a trip and never came back.  This song was influenced by Carole King, but it imitated the style of Laura Nyro.  It was the first track on the album, because it was felt that it would be the most likely to become a hit.  Todd Rundgren played all instruments and sang all the vocals on the first 18 songs on this double album so taking the Ritalin probably helped him out with that.

Todd Rundgren has released twenty-six solo albums.  That does not include the albums that he released with his band Utopia which had ten studio albums, five live albums, and six compilation albums and his 1960’s band Nazz, which recorded 3 albums.  In between solo albums and band releases, Todd Rundgren served as a producer on albums such as Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, The Rascals Felix Cavaliere solo album, Patti Smith’s Wave, Badfinger’s Straight Up, Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re an American Band, the New York Dolls’ New York Dolls, and XTC’s Skylarking.  Todd Rundgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.

It was late last night
I was feeling something wasn’t right
There was not another soul in sight
Only you, only you

 

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