Steven Wilson "Luminol" Mexico City, 2012
Typical 12 1/2 - minute prog song, with several "mood swings" throughout. Superb drumming (Marco Minneman) and bass playing (NIck Beggs) allow the rest of the group to stretch their wings and strut their stuff. Here's Wilson's own explanation of the lyrics:
“This is a story about a street musician, a busker. It was inspired by a guy who plays in my local town. He’s there every single day. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like; he’s always there, playing his acoustic guitar and singing these songs. Snow, rain, gale force wind — nothing will stop him from being in his spot.
“And the thing is, he’s terrible, absolutely rubbish. He never seems to get any better, no matter how much he plays these songs. I’m one of many people who pass him every day; he’s part of the street furniture, in a way. I suddenly started thinking, What would happen — God forbid — if he dropped dead in the middle of the street one day? Would people notice that he was no longer there?
“Then I had another thought: He’s the kind of guy who is so set in his routine that even death wouldn’t stop him. So I had this vision that he would drop dead one day, but the next day he’d be back in the same spot, playing the same songs, just like he always did. This kind of idea that somebody could be a ghost in life, as well as a ghost in death, somebody who’s completely ignored even in their lifetime — it hardly makes a difference; and death doesn’t make a difference, either; it doesn’t break the routine. That’s the story behind Luminol."