December 15, 2008

Bedtime Music: Sting - Fortress Around Your Heart

New theme tonight, a simple one: male vocalists. Next week, insha'allah, we'll do female vocalists.

Tonight's video is of
Sting performing his 1985 hit, Fortress Around Your Heart, from the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Like his earlier song, Every Breath You Take by The Police, Fortress was inspired by the breakup between Sting and his first wife, Frances Tomelty. In an interview with Musician magazine, Sting said:

"Fortress is about appeasement, about trying to bridge the gaps between individuals. The central image is a minefield that you've laid around this other person to try and protect them. Then you realize that you have to walk back through it. I think it's one of the best choruses I've ever written."

Personally, I've always enjoyed the song because of the vivid visual imagery of the lyrics.

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