After the horror of Cats I was delighted when a track from Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War of the Worlds popped up on my iPod earlier. This is a musical I actually do hold quite dearly! I went to see it live once.
This track is The Spirit of Man. After the martians have already begun to transform the landscape of Earth after successfully conquering it, a mad parson has lost his faith and mistakenly believes that the martians are Satan’s spawn. His wife tries to help him see reason but he is beyond it. While maybe not my favourite song from War of the Worlds, this is quite a powerful scene in a very unique and (in my opinion) underappreciated musical.
I particularly love the darkness of the guitar part at 6:50 onwards. It is so gloomy, depressing and post-apocalyptic and I do love it.