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Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

by David Baron and Donna Lewis

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Rob Dagger A very moving and atmospheric version of a great Kate Bush song, an ambitious cover to do but you have succeeded with honours, lovely stuff.
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Running Up That Hill has one of the most meaningful lyrics: “There’s so much hate for the ones we love”. It is a stark reality for many who are in troubled relationships. We just do not understand each other. The bittersweet plea to God to swap places is perfectly sung by Donna Lewis. The string quintet, modular synthesizers, and vocals morph between sweet and strident, sonorous and dissonant. There is never a true resolution, only a musical ladder that is climbed without ever reaching the top. You can see the clouds - but you can not touch them. The wish can not be granted musically or otherwise. It is in this yearning that a truth is revealed by Kate Bush - it is up to us to try to understand each other.

Donna

I’ve been a huge Kate Bush fan for years so when David suggested we record a cover of Running Up That Hill with just strings and vocals I was all in!

The powerful lyrics always got me thinking: what if we could swap roles with other people? What if we were to walk in someone else’s shoes? If we could, perhaps we would find a lot more compassion for each other. David and I wanted to give Running Up That Hill a uniqueness that the song deserves. Starting out with a stark piano vocal performance, David then wrote a string and synth arrangement around the vocals to create a beautiful balance of simplicity and complexity.

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released August 29, 2019

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David Baron Woodstock, New York

Woodstock, New York producer composer, Mercury Music Prize shortlisted for Bat For Lashes 'The Bride', synth collector, working with Lenny Kravitz for many years. Filmscoring for Gregory Colbert, The Lumineers, Tatterdemalion

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