Kevin Lucas Orchestra | Silent Running

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Silent Running

by Kevin Lucas Orchestra

This is a remake of "Silent Running" by 'Mike and the Mechanics' performed in the Kevin Lucas Orchestra style.
Genre: Rock: 80's Rock
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This is a remake of 'Silent Running' by Mike and the Mechanics performed in the signature style of the Kevin Lucas Orchestra. The track has a world/tribal feel to the rock arrangement. KLO feels that the lyrics to this song are more fitting to what is currently happening in our country and the world with all of the thoughts and fears of nuclear war and the end of the world. Kevin Lucas and Andy Waldron arranged this song with their own emotions regarding these current topics. There are many deep meanings and effects hidden within this song. Throughout the song, there is a 3/4 time signature occurring at the same time as a 4/4 time signature. The 3/4 time has a lot of world/tribal sounds and rhythmic devices associated with 'Eastern' Music. The 4/4 time has 'Western' influences along with a repeating Civil War snare drum battlefield cadence. The 2 conflicting time signatures are meant to represent the current tension between 'Western' nations and 'Eastern' cultures. In the introduction of the song, Civil War sounds such as a flute, marching soldiers, and African American slaves can be heard. The slaves are singing "Wade in the Water". This is a hymn that the American slaves used to sing while working on plantations in an attempt to bring on the 2nd coming of Christ so they may be free from their bondage. The words are "Wade in the water children, God's gonna trouble the water". The sounds of war throughout the track are meant to contrast Civil War patriotic anthems with modern weaponry as well as communicate the results of our 'war' mindset that has been imprinted in our American mindset since this country was founded in 1776. The Civil War sounds in the introduction are contrasted with the sounds in the solo break near the middle of the song where the marimba and toms are imitating sounds of the modern battlefield and machine gunfire. The song climaxes at the end where "Wade in the Water" returns beneath the chorus of the song and ending in an authentic recording of a nuclear explosion that represents the results of our actions if we continue on our current path into the future. This was a brilliantly written song by Mike Rutherford and the Kevin Lucas Orchestra is attempting to build on this songwriting masterpiece and bring it to a new level. The words "Pledge allegiance to the flag, whatever flag they offer.....never hint at what you really feel" are hauntingly moving words written by Mike Rutherford in the 1980's that have become a literal 'prophecy' of what is currently happening in the United States this very day. There may soon come a day where we are living as war refugees and hiding from our very own country as opposed to seeing these events as if they only happen in other parts of the world.


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