MP3 James Nihan - Rays of Light
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12 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Gentle, NEW AGE: Healing
Where did these songs come from? Well, after working in the Nashville songwriting business for fourteen years, I took a sabbatical from 1998-2001. I'd grown tired of writing the "radio-friendly" commercial songs with their twisted cliches.
During the winter months of 2001, I began to write again. I was only willing to take pen in hand to speak the truth from my heart. In the spring, I began to collaborate with recording artist/songwriter ("Angels Among Us") Becky Hobbs on a project based on the life of Nancy Ward, "Last Beloved Woman of the Cherokees". Becky is a descendent of this respected woman who lived in the latter half of the 18th century and into the next. They say that when she (born "Wild Rose") died, a light arose from her body, became a bird and flew out the door of the cabin. Anyway, Becky and I wrote a song or two and, when we put the project on the back burner for awhile, I couldn't stop writing. I am part Native Canadian and I continued to focus on First Nation themes. "Storyteller" was written at this time. It soon gained recognition nationally as a poem.
Then, in late August, I attended a workshop in New York on the book "The Four Agreements", written by don Miguel Ruiz. I learned that I alone was responsible for whether my light shines or not. For too long I had allowed resentments to cloud my vision. And so now I made the decision to let them go...to bury the old story and begin a new one.
Back in Tennessee, the process continued. Inspiration was everywhere I looked, both outside and within. As I wrote, red-tailed hawks circled and hummingbirds were ever present. Great-horned owls crossed my path at night, reminding me of transformation. At times, I did not know where the lyrics came from. All I could do was feel humbled and thank the Creator for letting me hold the pen. My friend, Roberto Paez, suggested that perhaps my purpose here is to be a messenger. Long ago, when I was eighteen, I had considered the idea but, however hopeful and altruistic I was in those younger days, I had no message. And so that dream slept for a long, long time. These songs represent an awakening. They are about healing and loving and dying and living in the moment with faith and gratitude. They are not written for accolades. They say what they say, they are what they are. You may like them or dislike them. You are welcome to feel whatever you wish. I simply take my joy in delivering them.
I wish you love, peace and light. - James
Lyric sample from "I Am An Artist":
I am an artist with a palette in my hand
All the colors of the rainbow are at my command
I stand before a canvas the color of the night
I reach out to the darkness and I only paint the light
Lyric sample from "Storyteller":
All my relations, they are standing in a row
Like stalks of corn across the fields of time to long ago
I want to see the shawl dance, I want to hear the drum
I won't know where I'm going if I don't know where I'm from
Lyric sample from "A Ray of Light":
If all six billion rays of light
Were all turned on one single night
This world would be a brighter place
The darkness would be gone
'Cause how could anybody hate
The same time they illuminate
I have to think they'd have to love
The ones they're shining on
Lyric sample from "Sister Mitote":
Sister mitote, mi niña del sol
The dreamer inside you is taking control
Shifting and lifting the veil of your mind
Changing the laws that have kept you confined
Turning your fears into feathers of flight
Quick as the burst of the first morning light
Creating the dream that is heaven on earth
Feeling the love you were given at birth
As you seek perfection, becoming aware
Sister mitote, you're already there
Lyric sample from "Sacred Hoop":
Medicine awaits you in a circle made of stone
Great Spirit's there to hear your prayer
And blessings will be shone
Rays of light are just as bright when you close your eyes
You can see eternity...nothing ever dies
(For more biographical information and to read more lyrics of these songs visit James' website)
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