Peter Godwin: Sky Falls DL 
- Sky Falls
One can’t be connected everywhere at once, but the manifold benefits of a Discogs.com account is that your dashboard page there will display new releases to the database from artists connected to your collection. Such as it was yesterday that I discovered that longtime favorite Peter Godwin had unleashed a new download for fans to purchase. I wasted no time in opening iTunes and buying it right then and there. I may be laboring under a diminished budget these days, but when the time comes that I can’t spare a loose dollar for a new song by Peter Godwin, who has decade long lapses in his recording career, it’ll be a sad day indeed!
Even though The Monk lives in a self-enforced state of media denial, it’s all but impossible not to know that there’s a new James Bond movie coming out soon called “Sky Fall” judging from the torrent of hype on the BBC News website where I get most of my news from. It’s apparent from the first chords following the drum intro that this track is Godwin’s take on a theme for the new opus. I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that this was his rejected demo submitted to Danjaq LLC as the feeding frenzy around a new Bond theme built to a head this year. I try to stay deliberately ignorant of these things, but I did know that songstress Adele won the brass ring in that little heated competition. No shocks there. Apparently issuing her releases are the closest thing to printing money in these, the end times of the music industry. Hey, I still haven’t heard her. I’ll bet I’m missing nothing.
Back to the song at hand! The end result echoes the guiding hand of the late John Barry most expertly, while Godwin has always had a penchant for the sort of Continental chanson that also informed the best Bond themes. The almost subliminal fuzzed synth bass is nicely contrasted with solo violin for the perfect old world ambience meets modern world vibe that marks a successful Bond theme. Godwin’s singing is typically low key, and that’s possibly why this fine effort is not the official track; Bond themes are known for vocal pyrotechnics [no matter if the singer is capable or not, eh Mr. LeBon?] and in this area Godwin never ventures. He fully believes that discretion is the better part of valor and would look askance at belting a song out. Mr. Godwin prefers to ride a song like a kite; floating as high as possible with a minimal effort. Less is often more.
As a faux Bond theme, this one is great; actually better than many Bond themes you couldn’t name. It traffics in high-stakes melodrama while never pandering, a major trait of Godwin’s musical DNA. It might be an interesting project to compile all of the demos submitted but rejected as official Bond themes over the years. This Salon Des Refusés De La Musique De Bond would probably be more vital and interesting than any Bond themes released after 1971! At the end of the day, all of Mr. Godwin’s fans should be heading to their preferred music site [Amazon or iTunes] to purchase this song swiftly to add to their still-too-meager Peter Godwin collections. The man seems to be warming up to self-releasing his music digitally and he should be strongly encouraged to continue in this vein. An EP worth of tunes in 1998 on a compilation, a download album by Neuvo in 2010, and two songs this year are hardly enough payoff for 30 years of fandom.
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