Photograph by Revival Arts www.rastudio.ca
Love Shines Song Stories #7
This past summer I was on Pender Island when the phone call came that the whales were coming. There is a phone chain thing that happens on Pender when whales are spotted coming around the island on the east side. Then the word gets spread and everyone makes a dash to this special spot on the west side where the whales come very close to the shore. We all felt like kids as we dropped what we were doing and dashed to the vehicle, drove like crazy, ran out to the shore and then waited with the rest of the community. It was such a fun atmosphere with old and young filled with anticipation together. After around 20 minutes, the cry came - 'there they are'. We enjoyed a wonderful show especially when a baby whale kept leaping over and over again. A sense of wonder came over all of us, touching the beauty of nature. I often feel this way as I look at the night sky, spend time in the woods or feel the strength of a powerful storm. The day with the whales was especially inspiring and the day I started working on this song, I Sing With the Earth.
I sing with the earth
I sing with the sky
I sing with the whales as they sail by
I sing with the trees
I sing with the dawn
I sing with the stars all night long
Creator God who gives me life - you call my name
Creator God who I can't see - you call my name
I sing with the earth
from mountains on high
in valleys below this glorious sky
I sing with the birds
I sing with the sea
I sing with the sun shining on me
excerpt from I Sing with the Earth - from Love Shines CD
As I was preparing for recording, I came across a Hebrew prayer phrase;
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh Adonai, Tzva'ot.
It intrigued me and I looked up what it was about and ended up having this great connection with a Rabbi in Vancouver who helped me understand the vastness of these words. (Rabbi David Mivasair) These are the words of the prophet Isaiah as he is 'undone' in the presence of the Holy. (Is. 6) These words are his response..... and (in very simple terms-as Rabbi David and I talked for a very long time about these words!) convey that the whole world is filled with the glory of God. This is what I also feel when I am outside and in nature and what the heart of this song is about.
I have incorporated these Hebrew words into this song and had so much connected with an ancient language as I sang.