Kerry on

I like to poke at classic rock, but occasionally its old warhorses assert themselves. Apparently some video game has awakened interest in this song by Kansas. It was written by the band’s lead guitarist, Kerry Livgren, in the midst of a journey that led him to Christianity several years later. That journey is well-reflected in these Prodigal Son lyrics (cf. “The Wall” from Leftoverture). Equally notable here is the caliber of the music: great harmonies, songwriting, pinpoint accuracy, interesting parts galore, and the cohesiveness of a talented band at its creative peak. It’s amazing that they came anywhere close to recreating it without a tape machine, but here it is… live! Livgren is the blonde dude.

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