Sunday, 10 January 2010

Perpetual Light

#77: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS was listening to the charity single recorded by Eric Troyer with the Hagley R.C. High School Choir back in 1994 entitled "Perpetual Light" earlier today.

It was recorded to raise funds in memory of the twelve schoolchildren and their teacher killed on Sunday 20th November 1993 in a major road accident on the M42. I still remember the memorial concert on Wednesday 11th May 1994 held at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham - headlined by ELO Part II - as well as the associated news pieces on Central TV and BBC Midlands Today. I also remember touching base with Kelly Groucutt in the lobby and seeing grieving friends and family consoling one another. It was one of the most moving evenings of my life. It is such a lovely song with nice lyrics written by Jim Driscoll, so I thought that I'd quote the lyrics here thus:

"Smiling faces everywhere
No sign of sadness or despair
Voices singing through the night in harmony
Listen carefully and you'll hear
Wondrous raptures in the air
Music with wings like a bird in flight gliding gracefully.

It shines forever it will always be
Look for it everywhere, find it, you'll be free

Let's sing and dance and always share
The joy and laughter discovered there
Such love and warmth, such inner sight
When your heart is filled with light
Perpetual Light

Out of darkness comes the light
The day must always follow night
And with the sun must always come some happiness
Shine on forever in every child's smilin' eyes
The faces filled with magic will always light the skies

We can keep their dreams alive
All the memories will survive
You can make the world a better place
When your heart is filled with light"

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 10-Jan-2010

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