A Solstice/Christmas song, written in 2008.
Pam’s rewrite of the lyrics in the second verse, as shown in the sheet music below, removed the overtly Christmas references, making it suitable as a song for Solstice.
Christmas version, verse 2:
Beauty lies within us, opening to joy
and the gift this season brings us is a blessed baby boy.
Open wide your heart to let the Christ-light in
so the healing fire of love can begin.
UPDATE March 2020 – I was delighted to find a video I took of Pam singing this song on Christmas Day, 2016, chez nous. We had a few friends over for Christmas dinner, and were singing carols together when she sang the song – with the Christmas words. The look on her face at the end when she saw that I had recorded it on video was priceless.
(Note to musicians: In the video, observe the evolution of note values and syncopation as she sings the song 8 years after writing it. No need to take things exactly as written. Make it your own.)