Northern Lights

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Rustically shimmering, "Northern Lights" opens up Allison Crowe's "Little Light" album. Real life transmutes into this song of love - inspired by the beauty in the skies above, and, especially, during those Summers spent in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.

It’s a song Allison Crowe carried with her from Canada to perform at the 'John Lennon Northern Lights Festival' in Durness, Scotland.

music.allisoncrowe.com/track/northern-lights

Accompanying the music, Yukon-based David Cartier, Sr. shares his wondrous photographs of the Aurora Borealis on flickr @ www.flickr.com/photos/dcartiersr/sets/72157594420812359

Here's what David says about this source of inspiration:

" When men lack a sense of awe, There will be disaster "
- - - - Lao Tzu --- The Tao Teh Ching

“Awe is what THIS is all about!!

The Aurora is an experience of breathtaking beauty... the viewing makes you feel like you are connected integrally with an amazing cosmic force ..... Aurora watching is as addictive as any drug and a whole lot more satisfying. Once you become addicted, you stay out all night, lose sleep, forget about social commitments, nearly get wind burned and frostbit and it's all, deeply, worth it!!

Every human being who can manage it should make a pilgrimage to the subarctic auroral zone in order to see and feel this at least once in their life.

Many of these were taken with an amazing old Russian Kiev-19 35mm SLR. This camera , which I still use for night sky photos, NEVER freezes up or has any shutter problems in the cold, even at minus 60!! The more expensive Japanese and German cameras which I own always, or at least often, stop functioning in the deep cold.”

lyrics

Northern Lights

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

The Northern Lights took me off guard
knocked me over and lifted me up
and through the shadow of a meteor
I saw your face

And yes I stood on the other side of the world
but I took the Northern Lights home to you

I fall into habits that I've carried
So many years and when I fall
I seem to pick them up
And I don't know when or where
But this isn't me, this visionary
That can barely see

And yes I stood on the other side of the world
but I took the Northern lights home to you

So much water floods my face
I am choking on words that I finally
have the courage to say
At the wrong time in the wrong place
And there's no one here to hear me
I just scream into an empty room

And yes I stood on the other side of the world
but I took the Northern Lights home to you

Everything falls and I will
be the last one standing yes
I will hold fast
because everything here begins again

Yes I stood on the other side of the world
and took the Northern Lights home to you

and took the Northern Lights home to you

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from Little Light, released May 2, 2008

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