If you're a regular reader, you know that I'm a huge Peter Gabriel fan. Peter and I have been through a lot together. His music has punctuated every one of my major life events over the past fifteen years and has gotten me through many a difficult period, not to mention the fact that my relationship to Peter's music has outlasted most of my "real-life" personal relationships. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform live this past April as part of his New Blood Tour which was Peter and a live orchestra; no drums, no guitars. It was a magical, unforgettable night.
Peter has just released a video of him performing 'Here Comes The Flood', which he recorded in Hollywood on May 5th 2010 as part of the Guitar Center "Sessions" program, which will debut August 21st on DIRECTV. (A free download of this live version is available at Peter's site.) It's just Peter, his glorious voice and a piano. This song has always been my go-to song when I am processing grief. Whenever I need a good cry, Peter's evocative vocals and penetrating lyrics bring the flood flashing through me.
"When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You're a thousand minds, within a flash
Don't be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there's only you and me
And if we break before the dawn, they'll
use up what we used to be."