It doesn't happen terribly often, but sometimes a single song inspires me so much that I just feel compelled to examine it and try to absorb as much of it as possible.
The latest example of this comes from a youtube channel for Contemporary Classic's New Voices concerts, which are presented regularly at ACT's Central Heating Lab in Seattle. Besides the fact that this seems like a fantastic program that promotes many of the composers mentioned on this blog over on the West Coast, I also stumbled across this awe-inspiring video:
Sung by Thomas Dutton and Keely Avery, "The Missing Piece" is a song from a kind of musical concept album called Razia's Shadow by brothers Thomas and Paul Dutton, collectively known as Forgive Durden. A kind of creation myth and spiritual journey, the story describes the world as it suffers its downfall through selfishness and later finds reconciliation through love. Featuring members of bands such as Saves the Day, Say Anything, The Deer Hunter, and Gatsbys American Dream, there is a lot of talent here, courtesy of an unexpected musical theatre source.