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The Venetian Book of the Dead: song-by-song notes by Kevin Hewick. 12.





If there's a stand alone song on this album this, for me anyway, is it.


It may sound crazy but even we are in awe of it.


I knew this exhilarating, uplifting theme had to have words that turned the meaning of the whole album around.


The first draft I did 'Golden Pavements' had the dead reborn as eternally joyous dancers but somehow it didn't quite work for me. 'Forgive' was a 100% re-write..


I wanted to capture something akin to William Blake, 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'. I hope I did. I'm sure I did.


I think it's more of a hymn than a lot of hymn's are. Maybe one day people will sing this song in church, Alessandro, Riccardo and I would love it if that happened.




'Distorted Nature' had always struck me as a powerful image for VBOTD.


Romina Salvadori appears like an awesome secret weapon, wailing into the ether.


We never met at the sessions, I would have loved to have sung with Romina - but maybe next time?

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