A few different factors brought this song into being. I had just attended my first symphony performance and had been completely enthralled with its scope, beauty, and composition. I was feeling inspired to try my hand at writing something in an orchestral vein.
Around that time, Eli August and I were chatting. The idea of a collaboration was voiced and agreed upon. Of course, the next question was: "What do we do?"
After some back and forth, Eli suggested taking some mundane action - as an example, he brought up climbing a tree - but writing an epic piece about it. I loved the notion of taking a small moment and transforming it into something grand through music. He also said he'd wanted to try something a little bit outside of his usual sound.
So we discussed it a bit more. I suggested a symphonic angle and the subject of, "A walk along the beach at sunrise." It was settled.
That night I sat down with my baritone ukulele and worked out the main parts of the symphony. The next day I composed the full orchestral instrumentation. Eli effortlessly created some beautiful words to capture the moment and sang them as only he can - full of emotion and grace.
And so "Into the Light" was born.
First, only black and the crash of these waves,
Arms in darkness with no names.
Salt and mist sting the eyes.
A new light, an old reprise.
And now the moment breaks into the light...
Into the light.
Far off, distant, rising slow,
You seem to see me and I know you know
The clouds are shadows on the sand.
In your good grace I am glad.
Into the light.
Far off still your warmth is waiting
Constant, never hesitating
The dawn is breaking
from Until the End,
released August 24, 2011
Lyrics and Vocals: Eli August
Music and Production: Mark Rossmore