Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2011 - Track Nineteen - Deep In The Dark

Short and sweet today...

The next song in our mix is a bad-ass roots tune by Barrington Levy called "Deep In The Dark," produced and arranged by himself and off a 1979(ish) 7" on Levy's own, short-lived B.L. Sounds label.

Though this is technically far from being a directly spooky tune, it has a feel to it that just emotes a dreamlike and longing quality that verges on the uneasy. I believe the mournful sounding saxophone just has a late-night desperation to it that casts a moon-lit cold shadow on what may be considered an everyday love song.

"Deep in the dark,
secrets are unfolding,
things I only dreamed of,
happening to me.

Deep in the dark,
messages are reaching me
strange and sweet sensations
are tantalizing me."

As you can see by the lyrics, "Deep In The Dark," had it been coupled with an upbeat Roots Radics backing and a healthy dose of bright horns, it might not seem to shadowy... but as it stands, it can't help but reflect a sense of desperation and unattainable longing that nearly verges on the deranged thoughts of a jilted lover.

There's an old adage that says "Nothing good happens after midnight." And "Deep In The Dark" may just confirm that!

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