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Published on Aug 7, 2011
This darker, slightly gritty, version of Paul Schwartz's original is done with the greatest respect for it and him. The use of instrumentation played in reverse is not intended to symbolize anything other than the dissonance we encounter in our lives everyday, and how it can, if we let it, make those moments of beauty even more spectacular.
The stripped-down, bucket-bottom percussion here is without the heavy baseline that gives the original it's regal power. It's more raw, like life, hard at times, backwards, dark, but always with a sustaining thread of beauty to be found, somewhere, if we search for it. That thread is represented by the otherworldly vocals of Lisbeth Scott, and they serve as the real inspiration here, delicately deconstructed and lovingly re-purposed. This is the broken-down version of the broken-down us, where we've all been at some time, but the message is that the beauty is there to sustain us if we let it.