The Heart of Rock and Soul
Dave Marsh, 1989
A guitar and bass chime the intro with Twilight Zone melodrama, and then the bass voice announces "Wind, wind - blow, wind." A falsetto trills wordless notes over the top. At last an unbelievably high, slightly quavering male voice begins, measuring the cadence like a man conserving heartbeats:
When the cool summer breeze sends a chill down my spine
When I long for my love's sweet caress
I know she has gone but my love lingers on
In a dream that the winds bring to me.
After the second verse, the music begins to drop out until all that's left is the bass chanting "Wind, wind" underneath the corniest recitation you've ever heard. Strong speaks in a surreally wimpy voice that nevertheless possesses a certain kind of power. "Darling, when a star falls, I want you to remember," Nolan Strong declares. "And darling, when I see lovers making love, then, I long for you."
"The Wind," in other words, is a prophecy of Michael Jackson twenty years before he came along. If it had arrived in a meteorite shower, and there are times when you swear it should have, it couldn't be any spookier.