Timothy recorded his drum tracks in Portland (sadly he and his lovely wife are no longer in Canada), and with the magic of the internet, sent the files up north for our listening pleasure. Alexis and I had a lovely evening sipping wine and comp-ing the drum tracks, "Lights in the Dark" was starting to come alive....
Before I sign off, I want to take a moment to thank all of the lovely people that helped me write the grant to make this song a reality. Alexis Douglas has been an inspiration and a huge driving force from day one - her energy and spirit are out of this world. My friends and colleagues Ruth Cornish, Rodney DeCroo, and Timothy Van Cleave believed in me enough to write letters of reference, as did friend and radio DJ Gabriel Munro, which undoubtedly played a huge role in securing this funding.
As a budding French student, and as a Canadian desiring the ongoing unity of our country, I wanted to include some French lyrics in this song. My very dear friends Alexis and Sarah from Montreal helped me translate the chorus into French and I got a little help squeezing in all of the syllables (as in leaving out some syllables) from Jean-Michel.
I had initially hoped to include Alyssa Stevenson (flute), Anita Eccleston (trumpet), and Theo Kraulis (electronic producer) on this track but the reality was that we had to simplify the initial intention to finish everything by the FACTOR deadline. I think you'll like it....
I'd like to sign off on this blog by sharing the lyrics from "Lights in the Dark"....
it ain't wise to keep it close
If we kick up our inner embers,
that fire better be for light
How big is your sky?
Can you cradle it in your eye?
Can you seek your peaks and valleys
with a smile deep inside....?
Time can make anything crumble
There are lights we can only see in the dark
Even the mountains were young once
Only a fraction of what was still is
I was drawn to the darkness,
in spite of myself
Don't touch it -
clouds burst into harder things
For nothing cleaves a mountain's sides
like time and sky's watery eyes
There may be more existence
then we will ever find.....
Tout peut s’effondrer avec le temps
Il y a des lumières qu’on ne voit que dans le noir
Même les montagnes ont été jeunes
Qu’une fraction de ce qui était, l’est encore
This recording was made possible in part by the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (#FACTORfunded) and the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au Fondation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings ( #FACTORfunded ) et le gouvernement du Canada.