The Promise

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Hi Katy! I have a question for Simon. I am in the United States Navy and currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In preparation for this I packed all of my uniforms, boots, hygiene gear, technical manuals, and my collection of Duran Duran, Arcadia, and The Power Station CD's and DVD's that I could fit in to a sea bag. I've become very attached to "The Promise" from the Arcadia album, "So Red the Rose". My wife has just delivered our sixth baby girl while I've been out here and the song has just touched me deeply in a way it never had before. I know songs can mean many different things to many different people and change meaning over the course of our lifetime. I would greatly appreciate if you could share some thoughts, insight, and memories of the creation, performance, and recording of the song. From one Shipmate to another, thank you for your inspiration and time in reading this. Good luck with the new album! V/r, ABF1(AW) Chiaravallotti, Robert S., USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), Air Department/V-4 Division, Leading Petty Officer

"Dear Robert, I am touched by  your email. The Promise is about all that's worst and all that's best about humanity. I'm not surprised that you identify with it; from what you say you are experiencing first hand those extremes; i.e. the shameful waste  that is war and the wonder of birth. My best wishes with you, stay safe, live long a life of love & happiness. whooosh, s"

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