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The Sweet Communion of a Kiss
My life as a musician is equal parts listener and performer. My ears perk up when I hear a piano or a gorgeously rendered melody floating in the air. When I hear a song for the first time, what I do is give it the chance to sweep me off my feet and whisk me away. This rarely happens, of course. Most songs I encounter are not of that caliber.
Once in a while, however, I come across a masterpiece that completely consumes me.
A few months ago, I was listening to a podcast and the song I am featuring in this issue was mentioned and performed by the host.
Oh my goodness. Hearing this song was like looking into the face of my future husband for the first time. It was comforting, alluring, and on some visceral level, felt like somewhere I needed to be.
I was swept off my feet completely.
I later went to YouTube to see if I could find a live performance of it from the original artist, and in my mind, this is the best version. An album rendition of it exists, but its production takes a lot away from the song. I may be biased of course, but the grand piano being played in the YouTube video (featured below at the end of this posting) is perfect.
The song is called The Kiss by Judee Sill.
Here are the lyrics.
The Kiss Music and Lyrics by Judee Sill Love rising from the mist Promise me this and only this Holy breath touching me Like a wind song Sweet communion of a kiss Sun sifting through the gray Enter in, reach me with a ray Silently swooping down, just to show me How to give my heart away Once a crystal choir appeared While I was sleeping and called my name And when they came down nearer, saying, "Dying is done," Then a new song was sung until somewhere we breathed as one And still I hear their whisper Stars bursting in the sky Hear the sad nova's dying cry Shimmering memory, come and hold me While you show me how to fly Sun sifting through the gray Enter in, reach me with a ray Silently swooping down, just to show me How to give my heart away Lately sparkling hosts come fill my dreams Descending on fiery beams I've seen 'em come clear down where our poor bodies lay Soothe us gently and say, "Gonna wipe all your tears away" And still I hear their whisper Love, rising from the mists Promise me this and only this Holy breath touching me like a wind song Sweet communion of a kiss
Judee Sill was a singer-songwriter who performed and released music in the 1970s. She was the first artist to be signed to David Geffen’s Asylum Records. The Kiss is featured on her second full album, Heart Food. She passed away from a drug overdose in 1979.
If you have a quiet moment, here is the version I found on YouTube for you to enjoy. The arrangement on the piano frames her vocals in the best way possible. The melody is haunting and sweet.
I hope you love this song as much as I do.
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