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David Baron and Donna Lewis ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’

David comments

Running Up That Hill has one of the most meaningful lyrics:  “There’s so much hate for the ones we love”.  It is a stark reality for many who are in troubled relationships.  We just do not understand each other.  The bittersweet plea to God to swap places is perfectly sung by Donna Lewis. The string quintet, modular synthesizers,  and vocals morph between sweet and strident, sonorous and dissonant. There is never a true resolution, only a musical ladder that is climbed without ever reaching the top.  You can see the clouds - but you can not touch them.  The wish can not be granted musically or otherwise.  It is in this yearning that a truth is revealed by Kate Bush - it is up to us to try to understand each other.  

Donna

I’ve been a huge Kate Bush fan for years so when David suggested we record a cover of Running Up That Hill with just strings and vocals I was all in! 

The powerful lyrics always got me thinking: what if we could swap roles with other people? What if we were to walk in someone else’s shoes? If we could, perhaps we would find a lot more compassion for each other. David and I wanted to give Running Up That Hill a uniqueness that the song deserves. Starting out with a stark piano vocal performance, David then wrote a string and synth arrangement around the vocals to create a beautiful balance of simplicity and complexity.

The Lumineers producer and string arranger, Lenny Kravitz synth engineer and string arranger and producer and Shawn Mendes orchestrator David Baron knows how to make strings sound amazing. He makes orchestra sound great for his clients therefore his string recording are on the money. Kate Bush’s publisher Sony ATV love this version of Running Up That Hill with Donna Lewis.