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A Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot On A B​-​29 (Original Instrumental Demo)

from After 1989: A Trip To Freedom (Original Demos & Outtakes) by Minutes to Midnight



The title is a pun over an old tune by Vera Lynn, which is played at the beginning of the film 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd, and the name of the first atomic bomb launched over Japan, which was called 'Little Boy'.

Since the final song is about the two skinny kids running away from the concentration camp, I wanted to convey a feeling of cautious optimism at the beginning. At the same time as the two former inmates are gaining their freedom back, the United States exploded the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The plane which dropped it, the “Enola Gay”, was a B-29.

Truman’s speech announcing the event, while wrongly calling Hiroshima “a military base”, introduces the world to the horrors of the nuclear era. The contrast between the carol-like music of the final section, and this flatly delivered horrifying declaration, is chilling.

In this original demo, the whole concept expressed above is completely missed, in favour of a crippling war-induced tension.


from After 1989: A Trip To Freedom (Original Demos & Outtakes), released April 30, 2020
Written and produced by
Simone Silvestroni

Performed by
Simone Silvestroni / sound effects
Paolo Clementi / violas

Management by
Christopher Carvalho / Unlock Your Sound Ltd

© 2019-2020 Minutes to Midnight.
℗ 2019-2020 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Minutes to Midnight. Minutes to Midnight is the exclusive trademark of Simone Silvestroni. All trademarks and logos are protected.

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Minutes to Midnight Milan, Italy

A digital polymath, I’ve been working as a sound and web designer for more than 25 years.

Storytelling with music was always a huge magnet as a young listener, hence why the concept album is my favorite medium as a composer.
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