Curie is my favorite song on the new album. Written from the perspective of Marie Curie's husband, Pierre, it is at it's heart a love song. In life, she was a wonder with two Nobel prizes in a time when men ruled science. Due to handling radioactive material for years, she became radioactive herself. Her coffin is encased in a lead shield due to the fact that her body is going to be radioactive for millennia. In life an inferno and in death a shining star. That image is this song.
"And now she's shining in the dark, shining through me, into my bones, right through my heart. Behind these stones, still playing her part with these radiant tones. She's right here, burning like coal, even in death, a radiant soul, stealing our breath, a star out of control, shining so bright!"
The idea for this song came to me as I was reading the novel by Amor Towles "A Gentleman in Moscow". It is a beautifully written book. In it, the main character muses about bells in England being melted down to make cannons to fight in France. Those are melted down to make church bells that are then melted down to make cannon to fight in Russia. This imagery stayed with me for a few months and one day I woke up with this tune in my head and the line "Bong to bang, was it the bells that rang, or the cannonade that sang, the songs of joy or pain".