A young man takes the narrow trail away from the city. It’s evening, and the stony peaks cast long shadows across the valley. At the end of the path, a silver lake sleeps under a crumbling crag.
He carries a heavy bag and a red lantern, but he’s forgotten his matches and there’s no way to light the candle. He climbs in darkness, stumbling through the tears and pain.
At last, he reaches the lake and lies down, exhausted. Against his back, the pine needles are soft and the mountain beneath is strong. He notices the sky is full of stars, the milky way spanning the sky between the ridges. He remembers a soft voice that he often ignores: ‘Remember your inner light.’ Even in the grip of mountain night, the light still shines: in pinpricks of stars, in the deep, quiet places in the young man’s soul.
The light lives in each of us, always. When we remember to pay attention to this light, it grows stronger, brighter, more expansive. The world needs each of us to share our light.
The stars pour down and touch the young man’s heart. He sleeps by the lake and dreams of a bright future. He wakes inspired and refreshed, a glow in his eyes, ready to meet others with his lantern held high.
Shine is the title track from Noah Blumenfeld’s first EP. The song glows with mountain magic. Muted bells ring in a grassy meadow. Fretless bass and silver synthesizers dance in the moonlight. The song builds from a whisper to a brilliant chorus: “It’s beautiful when you let your light shine.”
I see you climb in the mountain shadows Everything that mattered shattered Darkness gathers beneath the trees A warm breeze leads you higher You hold a lantern but the candle’s dark So keep climbing, search for the spark That will let you share your light with the world A flame to start the fire in your heart Your eyes Your soul Your mind You can make this darkness bright It’s beautiful when you let your light shine Shine Shine Shine Find yourself by a mirrored lake Soft shimmers in a quiet place Stars invite you to turn your face Toward the river of rippling light Tilt your wick to touch the fire Hold your lantern high Catch the light, the flame is bright A one-in-eight-billion brilliance lives in your heart Your eyes Your soul Your mind You can bring your joy to life It’s beautiful when you let your light shine Shine Shine Shine Clear morning, open skies Bright echoes in your hopeful eyes It seems the lantern glow from the night before Inspired the sun to rise Light steps as you descend To share your spark with all who depend On your flame to start their fires They’re waiting for the glow to overflow from your heart Your eyes Your soul Your mind You’re shining strong, you’re shining bright It’s beautiful when you let your light shine Shine Shine Shine