Saturday music therapy: Marillion, “Easter”

Marillion are a “neo-prog” band that rose to mainstream prominence in the 1980 (even scoring an international hit with “Kayleigh”) then continued as a cult band with a rabid fan following.

This (quite melodic) song is about “The troubles” in Ireland. At 2:30, floating on lush keyboards, an elegiac, meltingly beautiful guitar solo sets in that takes you to another realm for 90 seconds until the sun breaks through (as it were). Because of this solo, the song is reportedly a fan highlight of every Marillion concert; I’ve had this song on repeat quite a few times in the last, very difficult, week.