‘The Whole World is Watching’ is the third release of this year from Dubliner Kevin Casey.
What is the song about?
“The song was inspired by the tragic events that led to the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The shocking moments when the world watched the murder of a man at the hands of a police officer.”
The song opens with chilling audio footage of the arrest before a haunting harmonica beckons the listener to partake and reflect on this shameful moment for humanity. For the first time Casey introduces the use of a drum sample, which was purposely put off beat to recreate the fading heartbeat of George Floyd.
A piano hook reminiscent of a Tupac Shakur song instantly grips your emotions before the sharp lyrics come into play to remind us of another day within an already turbulent year that the world had to hold its breath.
With the support of the Black Lives Matter movement Floyd’s murder led to worldwide protests against police brutality, police racism, and lack of police accountability.
“There is a big race problem in the world, even within the world of law and order, how can those who are our protectors be those who take our lives from us, the second verse suggests. At the best of times the street can be a dangerous place for anyone but luckily in our country we don’t need to fear for our lives because of our skin colour. No redemption can be offered to the police officer who murdered George Floyd, and none should be but this is something that the whole world needs to work on changing.”
What inspired you to write the song?
“2020 was such a crazy year, everyday on the news was all about the pandemic, it was very hard to find any inspiration. Unfortunately on May 25th the news changed and there was this incident in Minneapolis where a black man was murdered on the streets by the police. Like so many people throughout the world, this saddened me and made me very angry to witness the lack of care mankind sometimes has for each other. I was able to channel my frustration and write this song. It was empowering to see how people all over the world stood together to remember and seek justice for George Floyd and this gave me my inspiration.”
When releasing a new single is there a sense of excitement or panic?
“Both, I am always super excited to show the world my new music but I constantly worry how it will be received, will people like it, will radio play it etc. I am rather concerned over this song because of its nature and how difficult a subject racism can be.”
‘The whole world is watching’ will be released on all major streaming platforms on Friday June 11th.
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