Original Song and Illustration: I dream of Auroras, Northern Lights

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Click play button to listen to my "Northern Lights" song while you read the article.

So as I mentioned in introduction post besides being a musician I am illustrator and visual artist. So this post is a cross-over of my music linked to my art.

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Dreaming of Northern Lights

For as long as I remember I have dreamed of Northern Lights. I feel overwhelmed as they blueish and green hues dance mysteriously and eerily in a cold starry sky but I've never seen with my own eyes.

This is a dream I would like to make a reality, I hope one day, in this life, to travel North and gaze this spectacular Nature phenomena when solar wind charged particles hit the Earth's atmosphere molecules. Earth's magnetic field lines funnel these particles over the planet's poles creating the Aurora Borealis in the North and Australis in the South. They must be such an amazing sight. I do not know how I would react, or if I might feel the same way I've experienced while watching them in dreams... but It's something I must find out one day.

But I know I'll do, maybe even film footage to make a video for this song you are listening to. But meanwhile the ghostly glow of my imagined "auroras" have inspired melodies and drawings. Here you can read the lyrics (poem) I wrote for "Northern Lights", listen to it and see the artwork I created to go along with it.

Northern Lights: The Poem and the Song

I'm wandering alone
In the silent snow
Heading back to the North
Where old things untold
Icy and cold
Melt and go
In a sunless dawn
Black canvas now covered
With colourful strokes
Painting the Heaven's Vault
Oh Northern light!
Cleave this deathless night
Lingering above embroidering the sky
Oh Northern light!
Weave the wispy haze
To behold that eerie beauty in a daze
Painting the Heaven's Vault
Oh Northern Light!
Cleave this deathless night
Lingering above
Embroidering the sky

Northern Lights is a song that was featured in my second music illustrated album The Underliving (2011).

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The flute sound you listen to is an Low Whistle tuned in D (an octave lower than the traditional Irish tin whistle), probably my favourite flute to play. I wrote an article about on my website about music instruments. . The main motif was born originally improvising with this instrument and thus the final song remained in its key signature where it remained as one of the "lead instruments". Then I composed a second melody as a counterpoint that is performed by the cello, performed in this recording by my friend Svetlana Tovstukha.

Drawing the artworks for the song

In this case the ideas on the the first doodles where the same ones than in the drawing that was finally published. I wanted to portray an arctic wolf, though I confess in my mind it looked very much like my beloved dog Kira, my Siberian Husky that died many years ago. In my dreams I saw her shape looming out the wispy greens and blues like a sleeping spirit. Like a spirit animal sleeping in the Heaven's Vault. So I made up a story about an arctic wolf that had traveled North to finally cuddle in the snow to die, and while gazing the dancing lights in awe, rising in spirit to join the luminous and ghostly lights.

The ideas were already there, a girl as "alter-ego" of the wolf, with yellowish eyes. She has white fur clothing because she is the wolf too. Just want to make clear that I am against the use of real fur in actual modern clothing :) but for the artistic sake of the illustration I wanted to make the girl look like a wolf in disguise. I'm wandering alone in the silent snow Both girl and wolf are the same spirit. I finally went for the second composition drafted on the side of this first raw sketch.

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I polished a final sketch before starting to paint.

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The wolf sleeping in the sky looks very much like my dog Kira as I say she was in my mind all the time. I chose a basic palette of turquoise and green and drafted a super quick matte painting to pick a palette of colours.

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I decided to choose another position to show the closed eyes clearer. The final result was this

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So some details of the final result and panorama version joining both halves of the illustration

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The final printed version included some extensions of matte-painted Northern Lights textures and hand-drawn frames. It is always special when you see the actual drawing in real media. As the whole album was an illustrated project for me somehow it's important to have it as a solid physical printed product. I am currently working on another illustrated music project entitled "Fear no More". In many ways my dream of being able to release the new project made me found Steemit.

Northern Lights The Underliving digibook - by Priscilla Hernandez (yidneth.com).jpg

So I made a song about Northern Lights but How do Northern Lights sound?

For centuries there have been reports of eerie and clapping, hisses and pops if listened in total stillness in especially powerful auroras. This idea somehow haunts me. It is true that they emit radio waves but the frequencies are too low for us to hear and they are also produced too far away to reach the ground and been heard. Or thus we have been told. The idea of the Northern Lights producing audible noise has been debated a long time and told to be only "mere folk tales", rumours and fantasies. But recent studies confirmed that the distant clapping and faint sputter that has been told to be heard on occasions are actually generated in the open sky and first time properly recorded by scientist Unto K. Laine from Aalto University who devoted more than 15 years to record the auroras and finally providing clear evidence of claps in 2011 and has since postulated several theories about how geomagnetic disturbances taking place during strong aurora outbursts can cause the electricity to discharge and generate different sounds.

One of the first times I performed my song Northern Lights live was in Faerieworlds Festival, back in 2008. Some listeners had come all the way down from Alaska and they told me after the concert they had cried and that was the way "Auroras" sounded for them in their mind when watching them. I live in Spain and I have never actually seen them so that was one of the most thrilling compliments I have ever received as a composer and performer. I will never forget that moment.

I perform often on @dlive so if you happen to catch one of my streams feel free to request this one as I've done performed it several times there already.

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Above, Northern Lights performed live in Teatre Ponent, Barcelona (2013)

One day I'll see the Northern Lights

Because there are some dreams that are meant to be fulfilled. I don't know how or when I'll be able to but my spirit knows of them and will have this wish granted.
I want to film this "ghosts in the sky" and compose more music inspired by it. I love to compose music while being inspired by Nature. Sometimes I carry my flutes or lap harp with me like a minstrel. I would like just to be there, to listen and feel the magic of it all, and maybe hum, or play to them.
Meanwhile I enjoy seeing them through the eyes of others. So if you happen to have pictures of Northern Lights or experiences about them that want to share feel free to do so.

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Above: Textures I paint of my imaginary Northern Lights...

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All music content and images included in this post are © to Priscilla Hernandez


Priscilla Hernandez
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lovely prose and imagery Priscilla, as always your dreamscapes whisk me away to a fine happy place...! :)

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Aww you are so kind, hopefully to a wintry clear night full of dancing glowing auroras.

Beautiful project! I love it!! I see great talent and a big passion for what You are doing. Send this picture especially for You!

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Aww thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by, now you understand my weakness for your photos of Northern lights. I bookmarked your tutorial too, one day I may need it, meanwhile somehow I dream of filming time lapses and maybe do a video, or even a new song for them :). You're very fortunate :)

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If You will visit Norway one day maybe - let me know , I can organize some Aurora- tour for You! I think, today, just now, something is shining green on the far north horizon...
By the way, just listening Your performance from DLive - it is great! I really love Your voice and the overall atmosphere of the songs. It suits perfectly to winter time in Norwegian landscapes... I am Your fan!

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Awww, and I am yours hahah. I think you might be among the first accounts I ever followed here, and I think thanks to a Northern Light picture precisely. All your pictures are amazing, I wish I had more vp :( @Hedac my partner too, he loves landscape photography. He visited Norway once and tell me wonders of it. I can´t complaint, we live in a rather mossy beautiful place but yes, I long some wintry scenery with wispy ghostly green lights dancing above. :) Sure, thanks for the offer, you never know :) I imagine all kinds of music with aurora timelapses hahaha :) A good flask of coffee :) and lots of stargazing :)

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Thanks for that! You are talented person and just keep doing Your great job! It is real pleasure and relax to hear You. I am happy that I found Your account and I will try to promote and support Your work in future because I believe that good content deserve to be well promoted here! Wish You all the best, good luck and until next one!

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Thank you so much, such an honour! I will be tomorrow early in the morning checking the other selected posts. Once more, thanks very much for the feature.

wow you're hugely talented. I havent stop to really think about how much effort you put into your work and postings, I guess I just take it for granted like some other post. Every thing you do is staged and takes time, I can learn from this thank you.
Your painting is really good.

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Aww thanks very much for come and check it :) I'm really happy you appreciate it :). And thanks for the compliments on the drawing :) I love painting a lot :) I hope to share more of that :)

I think this magical song fits in with the northern lights very well! I would be most happy to listen to this while watching the northern lights. I haven't seen them in several years because of the streetlights in town, but when I lived in the country we would see them whenever they were happening and the sky was clear.

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Thank you, you are fortunate. It is a long time dream of mine. But meanwhile I can be still inpired by them. Due to writing this post I dreamt of them again. Lol

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awesome, your song and your art bringing me into your dream world. love you <3

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Aw thank you. That is such a lovely comment. I am glad it takes you there, maybe by a fire under the stars.

Amazing art and your music is so soothing and ethereal.

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Thank you very much, I love the world "ethereal" I even made a single called that way :) so that's a huge compliment, thanks for stopping by.

que bello esto!!! me encantó!

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Gracias, por esta vez quería poner algo de mis ilustraciones, ya que siempre enfoco mucho en la música :).

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de nada! a mi me encantan los lobos, de hecho hago un cosplay de wolverine, y bueno mis ancestros son del pais vazco, aunque yo vivo en venezuela. por mis venas igual corre sangre mistica mezclada con sangre etnica de aca del amazonas venezolano, una mezcla muy rara. hago musica enfocada en conceptos y fusiones etnicas y experimentales, me gustó mucho tu trabajo de verdad que sí, espero algun dia hacer algun tipo de musica juntos. soy un apasionado por lo celta tambien, ya que en vidas pasadas pues tuve esa experiencia de vivir en esos años. y por mis raices vazcas corre sangre celta. si gustas revisar algo de mi musica, si no es molestia, tengo un post sobre lo experimental etnico: https://steemit.com/biografia/@nahupuku/mi-forma-de-tocar-guitarra y otro post acerca de todo lo q he creado para steemit, en musica y en arte, es una lista d posts, si gustas revisarlo acá te dejo el enlace, https://steemit.com/spanish/@nahupuku/original-song-selva-de-concreto-y-mi-lista-de-posts-hasta-la-fecha ;) bendiciones chamana

Absolutely incredible!! I love the music and the illustration so much 💕 actually my son is doing homework and just asked me to turn the music back on!! It’s helping him focus.
I haven’t seen the northern lights before either. They are sometimes visible from where I live but I would have to drive out of town to get away from light pollution, I’m always home with sleeping kids... so yeah one day for me too!

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Aww well, I have the feeling we are both lucid dreamers so at least we have our imagination to see them meanwhile. Thanks for the compliment, both my published CDs are actually "illustrated" but the truth is that I always am known for the music and I need to remind people from to time about the art, thus for me Steemit is also encouraging me to share more :). Thanks to your son for the compliment too :)! One day I'll see them (I have to travel far though being based in Spain LOL)

LOVE IT GREAT TO SEE AND HEAR YOU DO THIS WONDERFUL ART AND BEING AMAZING

BE WELL

@yidneth

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Thank you for checking, I'm really honoured you like it.

This is incredible WOW. I am truly inspired.

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For an artist, to inspire, is like the best compliment

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XD I added you to my Ginabot so I can stay up with your work. I would love to work with you at some point.

just listened to you perform this live in the steem music alliance radio. so amazing. thank you very much. <3

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Awww thanks so much for the compliment, It was my pleasure. I have bookmarked and need to keep going around tomorrow :) I was just stopping by a few :)

Really beautiful, heard you on sma radio! too good!!!!!
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Thank you so much for your compliment :)

Wow heard your music on SMA Radio and totally blown away.

This is music therapy right here. So calming and surreal.

I can't thank you enough for sharing your talents and passion with the community. Absolutely amazing.

Much love and respect.

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Thanks so much for stopping by to listen and for the lovely compliment. So this is my dream, and everyone is welcome to sit by the fire and stargaze. Thanks :)

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Ayyyy love thatttttt. Live your dream and allow others to enjoy it. So amazing.

You're very welcome and looking forward to hearing more music from you. Maybe this theme will resonate with you :) https://steemit.com/smldsound/@chiefmappster/steemit-music-league-challenge-s2-r6-or-a-dsound-community-initiative

Amazing sounds and art, happy to follow you :)

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@sheepinwolves Welcome to Steemit, loved your harmonies, I followed you too. Bestest regards. :) It's all about the "Spirit" and you have tons of it sounding there.

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Thank you very much for the compliment and consideration. I love to combine my music with illustrations and for me they're part one of each other. I'm really honoured. Thanks !!

This song is so enchanting, Priscilla. And your art like a dream, as always. Once, when I was maybe almost a teenager, the northern lights could be seen very faintly all the way down into Tennessee, and my family was mesmerized as we stood out and watched. I will never forget that night as long as I live. ❤️ I hope you get to see them soon!

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Thanks for listening Serena, I love drawing as much as I love composing music, for me they both go together :). Aww lucky you, hope to see them myself one day :) I cannot see it happening anytime soon but I know I will :)

I really got goose-bumps when the voice started! Amazing !

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Aww thanks, this song is born from a quiet longing 💚

You will see them for sure, great wishes and strong dreams come true @yidneth :)

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Thank you. Hopefully one day 💚🥀 Meanwhile I can make them mybown colours and sound. Pd. Loved your drawing.

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Love your music, drawing some new staff and listening it at sound cloud. You have voice of an angel @yidneth.

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Thank you. Actually I barely have a few things on soundcloud because I use it little, but if you look for "Priscilla Hernandez" on google you will find spotify, itunes, and other official releases. In youtube I have a few including videos, same user. And thanks. I love fantasy and I am happy when I stumble upon fantasy art too 💚💚💚💚💚

You are incredibly talented. In my next life I hope to have a tiny fraction of it. :P

Love the song and the amazing artwork! Upvoted :)

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Thank you, you're very kind :)

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Thank you :)

This is incredible! So artistic, so much creativity pouring, outstanding execution. Then, I heard you are a science-oriented person also! Wow a true renaissance person!

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Thanks so much, yes, I studied animal biology and genetic engineering, but I´m an animal activist and I would never wish to hurt an animal in a lab, so biologist gone artist. Still the scientific approach always helps in other facets, to learn, and be objective in your work to become better. Thanks!

OMG this is great. I love your description of the processes. With so many kudos in the comments, I have little more to add. Congrats.
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Aww thanks so much, an honest feedback is always encouraging and welcome, :) I'm really happy you enjoyed it :)

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I found the song on amazon for download. Is there a complete album along with that album art you show us in your post available?

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Yes, I do not have that many left myself but I still sell them on my site. Careful because some shops like amazon or ebay sometimes list the physical copies at very high prices as it's from 2011 and now an import rare find. Still people can still buy them directly to me at normal price. I want to say that due to shipping is always best to combine with the first CD as shipping is the same price, but for this one this is the link http://theunderliving.com It includes an unique code (both albums really) to download digital too, but it's mostly meant to be a "booklet of art" with music. Here is another still of the edition. My official link is also on the signature of my posts and there you can get to know more about my work. the_underliving_-__digipack_5.jpg

I can see the Northern lights in my emotive thoughts!
The sound you create is extraordinary and brilliant!

Amazing talent
vocal is perfect!
You never cease to amaze @yidneth

BEA-utiful
xx

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Thank you, one day this dream will become true, maybe it will inspire other songs and drawings... but these eyes will catch the auroras sparkle :). One day. thanks for your feedback and for stopping by! :)

Very beautiful song and illustration! I love that style so much, so relaxing and takes me into another world.

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Thank you very much, It´s a very "quiet" song yet I think it's the way it must be, if you want to stare a clear starry sky. We missed you around. :)

You are so multi-talented. I love how the girl and wolf become the same spirit under the magic of the Northern Lights.

I'm sure you will definitely experience this magic even more so by being there one day Priscilla. Keep dreaming and doing what you do, and that day will come. 🦋

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Hopefully one day, thanks 💚. I still dream of them often. My life during the last decade has been tighter and does not allow such luxury, but dreaming does not cost a thing, and not forgetting your dreams is half of the equation to make them real one day. 💪

I want to listen to this song on a continuous loop when I'm writing/photo editing! It's so ethereal and inspiring - like my muse is singing to me (instead of grumbling in my my ear to get off my behind and get to work, which is what she usually sounds like...LOL!). Your artwork is superb as well! So happy this got shilled, so I didn't miss it!

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Aww thanks so much and really honoured you liked it :) 💚💚 🌸

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I listened to it again today, and have it bookmarked - it's so magical!

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Aww thank you, this one belongs to my second album The Underliving. I posted another one today, a bit more uplifting. Though I like my moody ones better lol

You are so amazingly talented!! I love this, and yes, the beautiful sound of the low whistle. <3 I love low whistle, but it is harder to play than flute because the spread between the holes is wider. Once I get better on the flute, though, I may branch out. :) Thanks for sharing this!

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Awww thanks. But flute is blown transverse which is harder. I have tiny tiny hands but as you play with the whole finger and not the tips it does not feel so straining.

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This is a gorgeous piece of music!
And the artwork is so beautifully fitting!
That flute that is an octave lower sounds so luscious!
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Thank you Nathan, it is an Irish whistle in low D, difficult for my small hands but my favourite flute to play. And thanks for the compliment on the artworks.

I am too late to upvote!!!! Your post is amazing, once again. I have not seen the Northern Lights either and it is certainly on my list. It would be incredible to hear you play and sing as I was gazing upon them. You should organize a tour that includes a mini-concert. You can charge enough for the trip to cover your way there. I think that would be such a unique experience! (Pardon my bossiness, you inspire me!)

threw higher awarness/astral projection/remote viewing one can see /experiance anything