As we count down to December and that magical time of the year—Christmas, stories, songs, trees, parades, gingerbread cookies and an assortment of other festive activities will fill the days. In December, Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere officially ends before Christmas, but a great number of people are experiencing winter’s onslaught right now.
Recently, I came across a song which I had not heard before. It is about Lashka, the Snow Goose.
It was written by Ben Heneghan and Ian Lawson. It is sung exquisitely by Siobhán Owen, Welsh songstress and harpist.
Preface to the Snow Goose:
“Lashka the goose left all her tribe to fly north and ransom the sun from the dead realms of winter. Every year children draw her image on cold misty windows to bring on the snow.”
It’s a story of departure and bravery. It tells of sacrifice and rebirth.
If you ever wondered about snowflakes and the Northern Lights, this song will bring the answer home to you. As we know, there is always something magical about snow, especially Christmas snow.
Perhaps, in some mysterious fashion snow connects us on this planet traversing the cosmos. Of course snow is rare in many parts of this world, but those regions where Winter rages with the howling North Winds of lore, at sunrise we dance in the niveous tapestry where our view is pristine in the sunrise of a new day.
If the people of earth ever needed a new day where life could be pristine and peaceful, December 2016 is definitely the need of the hour. Of course each of us can make December as beautiful as the ending of the song:
And we hold out our hands
to the world from North to South,
round the earth’s imagined corners,
till we all belong
in the Snow Goose song.
The lyrics and the beautiful rendition are the in the link below.
G. D. Williams © 2016
The Snow Goose Song
Ben Heneghan and Ian Lawson
Ben Heneghan and Ian Lawson form a music production partnership which now has more than 250 credits to its name. Their complementary skills and interests in song writing, jazz, performance, and recording, as well as a resourceful approach to composition and orchestration, have equipped them to write successfully for a wide range of productions.
Watching huge flocks of Snow Geese swirl down from the sky, amid a cacophony of honking, is a little like standing inside a snow globe. These loud, white-and-black geese can cover the ground in a snowy blanket as they eat their way across fallow cornfields or wetlands. Among them, you might see a dark form with a white head—a color variant called the “Blue Goose.” Snow Geese have skyrocketed in numbers and are now among the most abundant waterfowl on the continent.
Snow Goose Photo