Monday, October 31, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: KANSAS - DUST IN THE WIND

Dust In The Wind
"Dust in the Wind" is the title of a song released by the American progressive rock band Kansas in 1977. It is included in Point Of Know Return album.

It peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas' only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. The 45-rpm single was certified gold for sales of one million units by the RIAA shortly after the height of its popularity as a hit single. More than 25 years later, the RIAA certified gold the digital download format of the song, Kansas's only single so certified as of September 17, 2008.

Written by Kerry Livgren, it was one of the band's first acoustic tracks; its slow melody and philosophical lyrics differ from their other hits, such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Magnum Opus". The guitar part is played by two guitarists on six-string guitars, one in standard tuning and the other in Nashville tuning, in unison to create a chimy sound similar to a twelve-string guitar. The song's instrumental bridge contains a distinctive and highly memorable melodic line and harmony for violin and viola played by Robby Steinhardt.

The lyrics are philosophical and have a sobering message, especially in the last verse which begins: "Don't hang on/Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and Sky". Kansas also released a live version of the song on their album Two for the Show.

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