The lyrics to "Author of Light" are my attempt to emulate Jon Anderson's (the lead singer for Yes) poetry-based style of colorfully pointing at ideas, or suggesting themes - without clearly defining them. So rather than tell stories, or deliver a message, Jon's lyrics help you get out of your head, and more fully experience music as the language of God - rather than merely using music to elevate the language of humans. I wanted to try that.
However, rather than be as abstract as Jon can get with his lyrics, I decided to create lyrics that would speak to and inspire the students and clients I have worked with over the years, who are dedicated to their own spiritual growth.
In this song I was trying to find a balance of lyrics that were both poetic, and also pointed to or hinted at spiritual truths.
Some of these lyrics are deliberately vague in meaning; I don't want them to be too clearly defined so that they can stimulate unique insights or messages for each listener.
As I was writing these lyrics, I kept thinking about conversations I've had with my students over the years, and how they will recognize and appreciate the insights and descriptions. Although I wrote these lyrics to speak specifically to my students, they ended up speaking to me. They describe my path, and inspire me when I allow myself to feel their message.
This is a song to encourage and inspire people on a spiritual path in knowing and feeling that their soul's purpose is valid, and that they are valid as they live and express their higher purpose.
The underlying communication for this song is:
Own your Spiritual Knowing; Fulfill Your Purpose; Live as a Master!
The 1:30 minute instrumental introduction to this song was inspired by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Pink Floyd were masters at building drama and tension over very slow, simple chords. I seem to have neither their ability to play quite so slow (tempo-wise), nor the patience to take as long to let the section build and develop; and yet, in my mind, this section was inspired by them.
The synth chords that open the "song" part of the music came to me while trying out a synthesizer at Guitar Center. Once again I kept thinking: Oh please remember this when I get home!
You might recognize a bit of a Jethro Tull influence in my acoustic guitar for the vocals. Of course, once I add everything else to the song, that influence tends to be less obvious.
I like this chorus; I feel it is uplifting both melodically and lyrically. I am also very pleased with my Lead Guitar work throughout this song.
This song features Gabrielle (a studio singer) on lead vocals, with Tom Gawecke (my friend) singing harmony. All instruments are by Ray Hix.
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