Hymn to the Forest

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This one is based on Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven. Steven Lerud at Lakeview Recording Studio arranged it for my album and did an excellent job. It begins with some enchanting forest sounds. Then the winds and vocals work their way in and gradually build, layer upon layer, to an epic choral and orchestral ending. I wrote the lyrics and vocal arrangement for this and included some Latin chanting, which was challenging and fun. If I were to do a music video for this, I would be walking into a forest setting, hearing faint sounds of music. As I work my way deeper into the forest, the music would become louder and louder until I am completely consumed by it. That was the image I held in my mind as I planned out this song.

lyrics

Sounds from the shadows faintly approaching
Beckon my senses pulling me in
Calling my soul to join with it's forces
Music will take me into the night
Slowing my step as voices suround me
Drowning my senses, leading me on
Now I can feel it softly embracing
Finding it's way to my beating heart
I cannot help but hearken to music
Join with this serenade of the night
I cannot help but hearken to music
Join with this serenade of the night

I will sing with your melody
Blend with the chorus
Lift up your voices
Hymn to the forest
Honoring all that's before us
Praising the source of goodness and light
Hymn to the forest
Honoring all that's before us
Praising the source of goodness and light

Feel it
piercing through darkness
chanting it's prayer to heaven in gratitude
I can endure through all of your dark illusions
Music has come to take me home.
I can endure through all of your dark illusions
Music has come to take me home.

Validus (powerful)
Acceptus (welcome)
Et mirus (and wonderful)
Amplexus (embrace)
In vieta (unconquered)
Et liber (and free)
Nec metu (without fear)
Resurgam (I shall arise)

Validus (powerful)
Acceptus (welcome)
Et mirus (and wonderful)
Amplexus (embrace)
In vieta (unconquered)
Et liber (and free)
Et nec metu (and without fear)

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from Labyrinth, released April 22, 2016
Based on Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven (1712-1773)
Arranged by Steven Lerud
Lyrics by Anora

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Anora Salt Lake City, Utah

Anora's music is a rich combination of classical instrumentation and ambient electronic elements. Her music evokes emotion and transports listeners to another place and time. With her ethereal vocals and creative orchestration, her music is always a delight. She puts her heart and soul into each piece, meticulously creating a work of art that will be both beautiful and moving to all who listen. ... more

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