A dreamy ballad style Medieval tale of an Ice Castle, a Dragon and a King. Co written with Sarah Curtis and inspired by Winter Carnival 2011 in Saranac Lake, NY USA. Featured on String Fever with Barb Heller, and with Todd Moe on North Country Public Radio 2011. The song slowly and dreamily moves through an instrumental intro to the first verse. Sarah and Howie sing the same melody for two verses then break into harmony for the chorus. One of the hallmarks of this tune is the strategically placed interval of a ninth at the end of the last line in verse two and the chorus, which adds to the dreamlike quality. Constant throughout is the bodhran's beat as the instruments provide support for the melody. Weaving in and out, like a bird flitting through the castle, the flute sometimes rehearses the melody, but more dances on her own. Occasional tambourine and chimes add splashes of color as the story line travels from the dragon's ascent, to the entrance of the King and finally the dragon being cast "into the depths of Lake Flower".
The dreamy quality of the lyrics continue with the last line repeated: "Let my soul cross over and sleep ... cross over and sleep ... and sleep" followed by a long instrumental fade into dreamland.
Very enchanting and romantic.
Howie Campbell - vocals, guitar, chimes
Sarah Curtis - vocals, ukelele
Susan Grimm - flute
Martha Mozdzier - cello
Russell Feher - bodhran, tambourine.
Original artwork - Lindsay Anderson
Graphic Design - Debbie Campbell
Recorded and mixed by Howie Campbell - Wisdom and Truth Music, LLC Charlottesville, VA/Saranac Lake, NY
Mastered by Lawrence DeVivo - Silvertone Mastering, Saratoga, NY
Special thanks to Jeff Oehler of Beehive Productions for 'tweakage'.
©2011 Howard Campbell ASCAP
Castle of Ice and Light
Howie Campbell and Sarah Curtis
Frigid night in the land of the lakes
Castle of ice and Light
Villagers dream, as a Dragon awakes
Taking wing to a blistering height
Fair maidens dancing so freely
Snow softly drifts to the ground
The Bard sings a plea, "Have mercy on me"
As the palace guard gathers around
Wine in the chalice, fire in the sky
Wood in the forest so deep
Draw down the bridge from heaven on high
Let my soul cross over and sleep
Enter the King to yon high castle tower
Young men and maidens delight
Banish ye Drag’n to the depths of Lake Flower
As the Bard sings: “Our loss He’ll requite.”
© 2011 Howard Campbell - Wisdom and Truth Music