I Felt the Wings

by Elizabeth Hummel

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This was recorded for a 1994 Christmas compilation put out by Michael Tomeo in San Diego. I used a 4-track to write the four parts, and recorded we recorded three of the parts live with my friends Mary Dolan and Joy Eden Harrison out in a forest service cabin in Pine Valley, CA.

My spirituality has always been connected to the cycles of nature. For me, the Winter Solstice is the most sacred and transformational time of year. The idea of a miracle in the dead of winter when spirits are low and things look most bleak—the sun returning, the promise of spring and growth again, the child being born. Because this song was for a “Christmas” album, I used the powerful story in the Bible of the Annunciation, when Mary meets the Angel who tells her she will bear a very special child. For me, it is not the literal truth of this meeting that is important, but the spiritual truth of saying “yes” to life, even when we are afraid. That “yes” is the essence of creativity, of fertility, whether in the realm of ideas, art, or new beings.

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I felt the wings
Of the angel flying in the empty air
Who are you now
Is the wind upon my face of life or death
Be not afraid
For I bring you tidings of great joy
The darkest night
Like a fearsome beast
Will hold you in its mouth
Be not afraid
For the light within you
Shall be born again

I am descending
I am descending
Angel, watch over me
Angel, embrace me

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released December 1, 1994
copyright 1994 by Elizabeth Hummel
recorded by Michael Tomeo
backing vocals Mary Dolan and Joy Eden Harrison

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