LORI HENRIQUES | When I Look Into The Night Sky (Melody from Saint James Infirmary)
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Video and set creations by Lori's brother Joel Henriques of madebyjoel.com.
A note from Lori:
I love the haunting melody of Saint James Infirmary and wanted to introduce it to children for a long time. A couple years ago, I began creating some lyrics better-suited for kids but I couldn't quite explain the big idea I was feeling, so I kept coming back to it. It had been rolling around in my mind for years when I found this quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson that included, almost word for word, the first line of my lyrics:
"I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they're small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars."
Reading his quote, I had an aha moment and finished the song. Hearing it now while watching my brother's abstractly transcendent take on the human fascination with the stars, it feels like the melody really wanted to go here. We sparkle and we marvel...