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Immanent One
(words & music by Roger Helfrick)

In the ever-present night all hope begins to wane, that you'll return to sight to bless our fields again.
Black as a raven's brow dark lingers over the land, and fear clutches closer now, is our demise at hand?

Star of the dawn visit us now. Too long you've hidden your face. Silent as bones sentinels stand waiting to receive your grace.

Howl of the northern wind echoes from mountain to plain, and we huddle frozen limbed seeking a glimmer of flame.
The sky arcing overhead, slow and inexorably is shot through with streaks of red, my eyes disbelieve what they see.

The crown of the sun is visible now, shadows retreat from his gaze.
Turning in place, feeling the thrum of all the earth giving praise.
Hail to the sun, immanent one, dance in the warmth of his rays.
Move to the drum everyone. Rejoice and give thanks all your days.

Hail to the sun, immanent one, dance in the warmth of his rays.
Move to the drum everyone. Rejoice and give thanks all your days.

In the ever present night all hope begins to raise for you have returned to sight. The whole earth rejoices with praise.

copyright 2002 Roger Helfrick

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Immanent One
(by Roger Helfrick)

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The Story...

I wrote this song a year or so prior to recording it on my third album, entitled "Awen", for an Imbolc concert I played at in Edmonton. The thought behind it is the sense of never-ending Winter and the idea of early peoples waiting for the sun to return to the horizon. Along with this is the sense of worry as to whether the sun will actually return; Have we been penitent enough that he will bless us with his gaze once again?
When we went into recording it we played a great deal with sounds and ideas about how to bring a feeling of cold as well as earth based sounds and arrived at the didgeridoo, bullroarer and drum. The guitar also acts in a very percussive fashion with its driving strum. The trick of recording live in a space as opposed to a studio is trying to set up the musicians so that they are all balanced in the final recording as you want. Everything is recorded at once, and there are no separate tracks to mix later, so the set up is far more finicky. The drums needed to be way over on the left and the guitar was on the right while I pretty much sang right into the microphones. This is the first (and only) take of this song.

Recorded: Summer 2002 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Guests/Players: Vocals: Roger Helfrick; Guitar: Don Helfrick; Drum, Digeridoo, Bullroarer: Roger Duncan

Technical Notes: Voice, Guitar, Didgeridoo, Ashiko Drum, Bullroarer. Recorded straight to disc in Christ Church Anglican using stereo set of microphones with jeklin disc.

Artist Profile: Roger Helfrick is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has been performing professionally for the last 25 years.
He has recorded four albums: "The Call" - 1994; "The Weaving" - 1997; "Awen" - 2002; and "Willow" - 2013. His repertoire includes traditional and early music from northern and central Europe but centers around his own compositions and improvisations. The turning seasons and the lessons of nature are the primary muses that lead his musical wanderings.


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