The whole world is watching is the third release of the year from Dubliner Kevin Casey, the song was inspired by the tragic events that led to the Death of George Floyd on May 25th 2020. The song opens with chilling audio of the arrest before a haunting harmonica beckons the listener to partake and reflect on this shameful moment for humanity. Kevin’s piercing lyrics hit you straight off the bat and continue throughout highlighting the horrifying 8:45 seconds George Floyd was in distress. For the first time Kevin Casey introduces the use of a drum sample which he said was purposely put off beat to recreate the fading heartbeat of George Floyd.
As much as this is a simple song the piano takes precedent within the song and reminds me of Bruce Hornsby’s ”The Way It Is” which also is a song that has a similar vibe speaking about the social undertones/injustices of our societies today and reminds us of another day within an already turbulent year that the world had to hold its breath.
Without any doubt “the whole world is watching”, is, in striking & affecting ways Casey’s most audacious song. It’s bold, it’s brave but it’s real. This song was release On May 25th , 2020 George Perry Floyd Jr. was murdered by police during an arrest after a store clerk suspected he may have used a counterfeit $20 bill. During the arrest, a police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds to the shock of bystanders.
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