Sunday, February 19, 2006

"Kyrie" by Mr. Mister

The 1980's were filled with many types of Pop Rock bands. Some started before the 80's and made bold statements during the decade. Some started their illustrious careers then. Some were viewed as "just a fad," and started and ended their careers in the 80's. Unfortunately for Mr. Mister, that was there fate, but before their path as band was terminated, they sprung two #1 hits, "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie."

Mr. Mister drew my attention in their catchy pop hooks, creative songwriting, and in the fact that all of the band members were well-circuited studio musicians. Also, their lead singer, Richard Page, was the bassist for the band, which naturally caught my eye and ears. Page's vocal talent is clearly unique and recognizable, though the band name may not. This is no exception on "Kyrie."

The song starts with a lilting chant over a synthesizer rhythm and piano chords. I was reminded of this song intro during one of our Music History classes. After the intro, it moves straight away to it's synthesizer-driven uptempo beat. Page's bass-playing keeps the under current during the verse, but then acts as the vital structural source, in both rhythm and harmonic progression, during the chorus. The Sting-like bass progression and the synthesizer rhythm really give Page even more power for his belting, lyric baritone voice during the chorus. The rest of the band harmonizes with him, as well as his own, overdubbed voice. This harmony gives great power to the promising lyrics. "Lord have mercy" is proclaimed while in search on a great life-journey.

Mr. Mister was a group of very talented musicians, and it is surprising that their career as band ended so short.

Kyrie
by Mr. Mister

Kyrie Eleison...
Kyrie Eleison...
Kyrie Eleison...

The wind blows hard against this mountain side
Across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide
Setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old it holds my memories
My baby burns agem like flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine
Is where I find myself again

Kyrie Eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie Eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie Eleison
Where I'm going will you follow
Kyrie Eleison
On a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old
Of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road
Or only wished what I could be

Kyrie Eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie Eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie Eleison
Where I'm going will you follow
Kyrie Eleison
On a highway in the light

Kyrie Eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie Eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie Eleison
Where I'm going will you follow
Kyrie Eleison
On a highway in the light