Father, Dave McKeown with Kine Hjeldnes
Dave McKeown on January 21, 2013 19:03
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I've been wanting to make a track about guns for a while now. I've collected a lot of samples and made a few false starts, but it wasn't until Kine posted these wonderful vocal stems for 'Father' that I could see a way forward. There are a few recordings from gun supporters and newscasters, but the main voice you hear is that of Kaitlin Roig, the incredible teacher who hid her first grade class in a tiny bathroom and kept them calm, quiet, and safe until the horror had passed.
I've been a huge fan of Kine since she put her first scratchy demos up on soundcloud a couple of years ago. There is a fragile power to her voice and a darkness and depth that is hard to fathom. The prayer she offers in this song puts into words perfectly what we all felt in the aftermath of events at Sandy Hook, Utøya, and elsewhere, but no-one can express it like Kine: and that, in a nutshell, is what music is for.
Darkness wash away my fear
make me forget I was ever there
take away my eyes take away my mind
make me understand how it feels to be blind
Father, Father hold me in your arms
make me feel safe make me feel strong
all I wanted was your love
Hold me in your arms
make me feel strong
I'm calling for your love
to wash it all away