Journey – Wheel In The Sky

“The mornin’ sun is risin'”

You never know what the new day will bring. I’ve been listening pretty solidly to death metal this week (Akercocke, Bloodbath, Gorguts) then I woke up this morning and my brain was playing Wheel In The Sky by Journey. Bit of a change of pace, but a fine suggestion, brain! Taken from my favourite Journey album Infinity, Wheel In The Sky is a standout song from the album and from the band’s whole career. It’s in D-minor, the saddest of all keys, but its bouncy rhythm, suvvern twang and Steve Perry’s blissful singing give it a strident, hopeful quality. Throw in an iconic guitar intro and a rich, warm production and you’ve got an absolute rock classic that never fails to put a spring in my step. Now let’s see what my brain’s got lined up for tomorrow… back to the good old zombie infernos I’ll bet.

18 thoughts on “Journey – Wheel In The Sky”

  1. Great track. Perry’s voice is smooth man…. Nice to see a Journey post without the preacher and the guitar player getting into it with each other. Man I thought it was silly between VH and Roth but these guys are on a whole other level at suing each other. lol
    Good way to drum up ticket sales before a tour launch

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  2. All of us who have our love pumps regularly licked of course get the Spinal Tap reference. But what is the ultimate origin of D minor being the saddest of all keys? A few days ago I was at a concert which featured Bach‘s famous chaconne in D minor for solo violin, written shortly after his wife died, and the programme referred to the sadness of the key. I don‘t think that it was a reference to the mighty Tap.
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    1. Great question! I looked into D-minor a wee bit while I was writing this. The idea does seem to have been around longer than Tap so I don’t think the Bach programme would have been referring to Nigel Tufnel necessarily. Shame. What I don’t understand is why one minor key would be sadder than another?

      Update! I have found that different keys did have individual characteristics and D-minor was described then as being particularly sad. But this was before the modern ‘equal temperament’ system of music. So now it doesn’t make quite as much sense but the idea obviously has persisted?

      Do you play any instruments?

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