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Sacred Ground

by Jeff Stockton

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Eventide 03:32
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Nightfall 05:53
One summer’s eve, from a pathway, my love and I strayed Beneath the boughs, full and fragrant, into a silent glade I hold your hand beneath the aspens as Nightfall enfolds us Gentle breeze, leaves lift their voices in a whispering chorus A madrigal as Nightfall sings a hymn to our love Look to the sky, lost in wonder, cast all cares away Amber light threading through night’s darkening veil In the soft summer moonrise the shadows cascade A mourning dove gently calls into the night’s serenade A madrigal as Nightfall sings a hymn to our love Dew kisses skin, catch my breath as we lay in the grass Warm is your touch as twilight fades, and we move in embrace Hold me close, whisper my name, the eventide’s sweet words of praise In harmony two lovers sing a tender refrain I lay in my true love’s arms under a warm summer moon Watching one falling star, my wish has come true I lie here with you And hold your hand beneath the aspens as nightfall enfolds us Gentle breeze, leaves lift their voices in a whispering chorus A madrigal as Nightfall sings a hymn to our love
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Summer Rain 04:09
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Sunlight 03:43
The night has been so deep on the water’s edge before me In the darkness I perceive Spirit’s voice so clearly With reverence I kneel and drink the moon’s reflection At a draught my heart is filled with a sweet emotion I feel the breath of dawn lift the dreamtime’s veil Reveal the face of the sun as the darkness pales And day is born anew in this early morning light Wrapped in the subtle hues of the passing night Cradled in the new day’s arms I chase away the shadows My heart is safe from harm as the sun threads gold Sunlight whispers to me “Follow your bliss Make the art of soul beauty your only expertise” The chalice well of Love fills me with Inspiration Drink deeply from this cup of the heart’s devotion Sun dancing past the dawn where sunlit wings are soaring All weariness is gone life is celebration For the One was seeking me when I thought I sought the One Who could make me feel at home on the road Home Following my fate the song of Life I hear As I start upon my way the way appears Sunlight where have you been for it seems so long Since you have kissed my skin come dance over me
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Embrace 04:16
Open my heart To the wonder in the way life unfolds To the gentle, daily flow of miracles To a sweet wave of laughter The quiet stillness after Embrace it all, embrace it all Open my heart To the ever-present grace that love reveals To the wounds that only time and faith can heal The tender gift of touch Soulful and sensuous Embrace it all, embrace it all Open my heart To the truth that all I need is here and now All the beauty that this one moment endows The dance of joy and sorrow Love now, time can’t be borrowed Embrace it all, embrace it all
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So long alone, seeking Sacred Ground Barefoot on stone, dowsing for the sound Of joyful Life’s water flow, it’s the heart where the water is found A clear golden stream in what once was a barren place I wake to my true heart’s dream, eyes open to Life’s sweet grace My innocence washed clean, the light of hope on my face And now my heart so full, my dreams take wing above I sing the song of my soul, let the beauty I love Become the path ‘neath my feet And may love consecrate the work of my two hands That they may heal and soothe, blessed by the winds And now this quiet joy flows through my heart, my veins I look to the evening sky, last light casting through the pines Reverent delight, walking the land’s songlines No longer alone, I’m walking on Sacred Ground Rich earth over stone, Beauty springs forth all around At last I have come home, I hear only Blessing resound And now my heart so full, my dreams take wing above I sing the song of my soul, let the beauty I love Become the path ‘neath my feet It is Sacred Ground beneath my feet
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Anamcara 07:22
I see the love in my life, I would not trade one moment Of all we have shared. I am free, bound only by love Your sweet face alight with wonder, your smile just for me… With you, I need never make a secret of my tears In all that I am, you have made me strong What a gift - you chose me, my friend Do you know how I see you, how I cherish you so? Words fail me when my heart most needs to speak How can I thank you for cradling my heart? For blessing my journey with your love beyond measure? Anamcara, friend of my soul, I delight in your eyes, warmed by your laughter May your heart lead you home, may your dreams keep you whole We are close at a distance, I’ve heard your heart sing to mine And in the end, this is all that matters Speak only the truth, even if it burns the heart For I know love will rise from the ash And when dark times have come, just give to me your hand We’ll watch the sun set in silence, I am here And I will hold you, and cradle your heart And bless your journey, with my love beyond measure Anamcara, friend of my soul, I delight in your eyes, warmed by your laughter May your heart lead you home, may your dreams keep you whole

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“Sacred Ground” is the debut recording for Jeff Stockton, featuring nine original compositions – beautiful, soulful and joyful. These contemporary Celtic pieces were inspired by the beauty and simplicity of the natural world, and arranged to reflect the wonder of an unfolding day in the height of Summer. The disc features harp, voice, cello, violin and percussion.
In the recording process, every attempt was made to capture the sense of intimacy that is created during live performance. The result is a recording evoking a range of emotions: with playful pieces that would sound at home in any Irish pub, gentle ballads with lush strings, through more exotic pieces combining eastern modes and strong percussion.

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released January 1, 2004

Jeff Stockton: Harp & Voice
Bruce Hoag: Percussion
Elisa Janz: Violin
Tom Megee: Cello

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Jeff Stockton Water Valley, Alberta

Jeff Stockton is a Celtic Harpist, Singer and Storyteller.

An award winning recording artist, he has released 5 CD’s of his work:
'Sacred Ground' (Celtic); 'Beneath the Boughs' (instrumental music); 'Wisdom of the Woods' (storytelling); "Between Two Lights" (Celtic);
and "Once Upon A Midwinter" (storytelling)

Both of his storytelling recordings have won international awards.
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