The Venetian Book of the Dead: song-by-song notes by Kevin Hewick. 13.
'THE WAVE THAT SPEEDS TO SHORE'
A 10 minute plus epic, all the more impressive in that it is made by only two musicians, Alessandro with Bebo Baldan. It's as good as anything that prime period Yes or Genesis could have come up with.
To fit words and vocal melodies to it was a great challenge but it's sections guided me .
It's about death, the angel bidding someone to dance with them forever, echoing the line in 'Bedroom Discotheque'
The last lines I sang to Cynthia, no shame in admitting that. You have to dig deep and be nakedly honest.
I sang right up to past midnight, into the day I was due to fly back to England. Perhaps if I had my way I'd still be there trying to reach impossible heights but the time came for me to let go of my part in it.
Alessandro Monti made it all possible with his drive and his vision, it all emulates from him. It was an amazing adventure to share and it feels so exciting to see it going out into the world at last.
We knew we had a very delicate subject matter but as I've said it comes from first hand experience of what befell a community of decent hard working people who simply wanted to do the best for themselves and their families, and so it is to them that we dedicate 'The Venetian Book Of The Dead'.
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