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Cleopatra Drones

Record: Non-Secure Connection (album) .. 2020

Features: Bruce Hornsby (piano, bass, vocals); Gibb Droll (guitar); John Mailander (violin); J.V. Collier (bass); Chad Wright (drums), 20 piece string orchestra w/Peter Rotter (conductor)

From Bruce Hornsby on Apple Music:

“‘Cleopatra Drones’ is a rumination on the positive and negative aspects of the drone situation that has emerged in the last several years, with a little apocalyptic, biblical prophecy language in there just for contemplation and conversation. The feeling of the music has a sweeping, drone-like quality, or at least that’s the attempt. I wanted it to feel a little mystical. When I wrote the cue, right away I knew it needed to be a song. It was a very simple thing: I’m just playing this repeated pattern on the piano as the string drone drones on. Both [2019’s] ‘Absolute Zero’ and ‘Cleopatra Drones’ start off with a string section playing a one-note drone—I’ve always loved that type of thing, like Thomas Newman’s work on [1999’s] American Beauty. I just feel like it has this ineffable, intangible quality that just draws one in.”

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