"As a fourteen year old singing "Kyrie Eleison" in the Christ Church Cathedral (Ottawa) boys choir, the mysterious fascination of singing a strange language accompanied by the sheer majesty of so many voices in unison left this young creator with an indelible impression. It wasn't until my union with Anael, however, that I would come full circle to once again embrace these words. The Kyrie of Light of Refinement is an interesting blend of old and new. Its creation was pure inspiration. The musical bed tracks lay finished, and as I began to shape a melody, the words "Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison" (Lord, have mercy upon us, Christ, have mercy upon us) magically came out of my mouth. Beginning with one voice, and adding layer upon layer of counterpoint harmonies, Anael has observed that the melody creates a perfect spiral, achieving a cathartic, mantra-like effect."
One Brief Dream
"Our very first collaboration. The hauntingly beautiful melody is from one of Anael's earliest songs, and almost completely 'conceals' a text scattered with euphemisms. This juxtaposition of innocently sweet melody yet acute, thought provoking lyrics appears again in the last piece of the album. Written the day after my grandmother passed away, the fleeting gift of life, and the importance of one lived with fulfillment, was the impetus behind this metaphoric 'dream'. Seemingly oblivious to the lyrical content, the voice charts a course of its own, floating on another plane."
"Originally entitled "Les Enfants du Monde" and written and sung by Anael in French, this song is perhaps the most sentimental track on the album, stirring up various emotions of reflection, contemplation and anticipation. The words "All that has been, all that becomes, all that will be...my lifetime " only reinforce this sentimentality, and definitely project a very real sense of our individual journeys through time. "A "feel good" vibe permeates the entire track, and seems to calm the spirit with its smooth, flowing accompaniment."
"The wind represents our inner force, strength and guidance. Out of silence is born all things, yet finding or returning to that same silence is considerably more troublesome. Silence as our companion will reflect our own inner stability. It can be as horrifying when we're lonely as it can be soothing when we've had an eventful day."
One of the last pieces written for the album, and tells the story of an other worldly guide who ventures here with the sole purpose of helping those around her. Through her actions and words, though seemingly foreign, she sets an example for the rest of us. One of the toughest to write and record, Alien Mind went through at least one distinctly different incarnation before arriving at its current form."
Upon a Restless Night
"Tapping into a higher consciousness is the theme of this song. Sacred places like mountains have the ability to bring us in touch with powerful sources of energy, enabling and encouraging the opening of ourselves to things we might never have otherwise considered. The concept of affirmation in the Chorus is both unwavering faith and wishful thinking."
To Lift You
"Dealing with the resurrection of the creative spirit and the rekindling of old, once raging fires, To Lift You seeks to engage us in the appreciation of simple, perhaps less obvious things. From the first notes of French horn and elec.piano, this piece has a festive type feeling, and no doubt the lyrics "as a Christmas eve can do" in the last verse reflect this feeling."
Dona Nobis Pacem
The other of the two liturgical adaptation, taking excerpts of the Requiem mass and completing each line with the phrase "give us peace." Performed again with a buildup of voices, the accompaniment is almost rock, with a pulsating bass line punctuated with vigorous violins. This piece was one of Anael's favorites to sing in the studio."
Born of Forgiveness
"Inspired by Anael herself, Born of Forgiveness was written as a living, breathing testament to her special character. Maybe the hardest human virtue to master, forgiveness requires an almost absence of self. Acquired, it allows a freedom that is difficult to imagine. The sparse accompaniment puts the voice out in the open, at its most vulnerable. Without true forgiveness, there is only stagnation."
The Road (Send Some Love)
"Though instantly obvious to some, the concept of "receiving what you give" is still in its infantile stages. It's "such a simple song to sing" as Anael says in the chorus, yet The Road (Send Some Love) talks of the wonderful journey we have all embarked upon, and the "star you've designed" which doesn't always lead us where we'd prefer to go. This last song on "Light of Refinement fades to silence with the chorus, and seems to invite us to return to the source, and begin again."
©1997 Nurtured Spontaneity Publishing