It’s the holiday season and it’s time to share a gift with you. I am in the somewhat unique position of possessing a song written for me by the band Ume and inspired by computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing [the song was also produced by Grammy Award winner Adam Kasper (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Sound Garden, Pearl Jam, etc.)]…and it’s way too good to keep to myself.

The song “Turning” song was recorded in 2013 and before the government of the United Kingdom posthumously pardoned Dr. Turning for his crime of “gross indecency” (aka homosexuality), significantly after he was chemically castrated by said government, significantly after his death from a possible suicide, and before the release of the biopic The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Mark Strong).

I  am sharing “Turing” and hope that you do as well.  One day I’ll get the time to write the story behind how the song came to be, but for now…happy holidays. Try to be open-minded, accepting, and never cruel to your fellow man now and into the future.

Ume - Turing for Jonathan Gill
End Sounds' 13th Anniversary Show/Party

Turing – A Song by Ume for Jonathan Gill

We can only see a short distance ahead
But we can see plenty there that needs to be done
This world needs a little more reason
(This is for Jonathan)
And all this time you’re not guilty, all this time no pardon
Freedom needs a different meaning
Logic needs a different song
There’s a beauty cold and austere
And all this time you’re not guilty, all this time no pardon
Freedom needs a different meaning
Logic needs a different song
They say in a contradiction you can deduce all things
Except hate, except hate, except hate
And all this time you’re not guilty, all this time no pardon
Freedom needs a different meaning
Logic needs a different song
Alan’s song
Engima sacrificed
Your pardon still denied

Credits
Lauren Langner Larson: Guitar, Vocals
Eric Larson: Bass
Rachel Fuhrer: Drums

Engineering and Production by Nathan Yaccino and Adam Kasper
Mixing by Nathan Yaccino
Recorded at Robert Lang Studios and Shilshole Marina in Seattle, WA


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