Birds Over Arkansas – So Much Sky:
Like Reinhold Rudenberg, the scientist subject of their moving new single “So Much Sky,” Americana prog rockers Birds Over Arkansas are obsessed with the details of life. Whereas Rudenberg developed the microscope for the purpose of curing polio, New England’s Birds Over Arkansas create beautifully crafted songs such as “So Much Sky” in order to encourage listeners to appreciate the achievements in life. Blending unorthodox song structures, technical progressive rock rhythms, and Americana instrumentation and harmonies, Birds Over Arkansas are credited by Jamsphere with producing “timeless music” that features “outstanding musicianship, resplendent vocals, and a crisp sound.”
According to lead singer Scott Haskitt, “So Much Sky” is about “human progress; the hardships and perspectives that inspire us to solve problems, and the personal sacrifices that are often necessary in order to achieve something.” While the chorus lyrics juxtapose the act of skygazing with that of internal self-reflection, the verses tell the story of the struggles of Reinhold Rudenberg, a scientist and inventor who was in part responsible for the development of the electron microscope.
Rudenberg’s inspiration for his work was his three-year-old son, who was crippled with polio. His hope for the electron microscope was to help other scientists visualize the polio virus and, in turn, advance research for its eradication. The syncopated, scratchy groove heard in the intro is the sound of the movement of individual atoms, rendered by the Scanning tunneling microscope.