Love Letters

by Nikki Black

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released February 14, 2015

Tracks 1 and 2 produced by Nicole Navratil and Nathan VanderVoort.
Track 3 produced by Nathan VanderVoort.
Track 4 produced by Nicole Navratil and Martin Pilkington.

Copyright 2015 Nicole Navratil/Nikki Black

All songs recorded by permission.

THANK YOU

NZ family: Erin Hudson, Alan Spence, Martin Pilkington, my host family Ian and Helen & many wonderful friends

AZ family: Glen & Mary Yunker, Nathan & Taryn VanderVoort, Sullivan Elementary family for your amazing hospitality and support <3

Musical family: my friend and mentor Deb for her help with this process, and Marv Nonn for recording my demo in 2006

MN family: Ryan Kimm, Damian Wiesneth, Curt (my Valentine and saving grace), Katrina, John, Norah, and Jack, Alex and Ann, Shirley, sooooo many incredibly supportive friends and family. I love you dearly.

So many thanks to my dear Aria sisters. <3 Thank you Amy Oscar for helping me remember who I am.

Thank you also to the many ancestors, spirit guides, and angels who have been part of my journey for a very long time. And with deep gratitude, to the Divine. Thank you for reminding me to trust and to believe in love and miracles, always.

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Nikki Black Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nikki Black (Nicole Navratil) is a Minneapolis-based musician married to the love of her life, Curt, and marm to a calico cat named Charlotte. She sings with the Americana group Sonic Love Child (www.soniclovechild.com) and is studying to be a yoga instructor. She believes that music connects, empowers, and heals us. This is her fist solo recording project. ... more

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Track Name: What the Evening Revealed
These are the days she believes in love
Red and green soar above.
A few hours later, the moon shines brightly
warming the sea.

And so, this is life:
stunning beauty, despair.
And so, this is life:
stunning beauty, everywhere.

These are the days when love shines through,
showing its face each way she turns.
If only you would listen
love would sing its tune.

And so, this is life:
stunning beauty, despair.
And so, this is life:
stunning beauty, everywhere.

There was a time when love hid its face
It seemed to vanish in the heat.
If she'd looked closer, she would have seen it waiting
Love was never too far.

And so, this is life:
stunning beauty, despair.
And so, this is life:
stunning beauty, everywhere.
Track Name: Be Thou My Vision
Be thou my vision,
O Love of my Heart.
Naught be all else to me,
save that thou art.
Thou my best thought by day
or by night.
Waking or sleeping,
thy presence my Light.

Be thou my Wisdom,
and thou my true Word.
I ever with thee
and thou with me, Love.
Thou my great Mother
and I thy true Sun.
Thou in me dwelling,
and I with thee, One.

Riches I heed not,
nor man's empty praise.
Thou mine inheritance
now and always.
Thou and thou only
be first in my Heart.
High Queen of Heaven
my treasure thou art.

Thou and thou only
be first in my Heart.
High Queen of Heaven
my treasure thou art.
Track Name: Wairua
Wairua o te puna,
o te whenua
Wairua o te puna,
aroha e!

Wairua o te puna aroha,
Aroha, aroha!

I tau i tau i runga ra
he tangata
hei ora
mo nga mea katoa
o te whenua,
o te rangi,
o waenganui


Kia pupu, pupu ake

Aroha, aroha, a-ro-ha!

English Translation:

The spirit is bubbling up
all across the land
And the spirit welling up
is love!

The spirit welling up is love,
affection, togetherness!

Situated high above us
is a being
that is the lifeforce
for all things
upon the land,
in the spiritual world,
and in between.

May it bubble up for ever,
Love, affection, togetherness!
Track Name: Coming Home
Patchwork flatness I see from my plane
Lakes so massive they call them great
Up to the hills, where the settlements are
Over mountains, so near but so far
Snow-capped peaks, glaciers and lakes
Down to the river
and the City of Dreams
Down to the river
and the City of Dreams.

This is like coming home.
This is like coming home.

A flight of fantasy, a flight of hope
In summer's beautiful light
In the Northern Hemisphere, where you all live
I'm so happy when I'm here.

This is like coming home.
This is like coming home.

Patchwork flatness I see from my plane
Lakes so massive they call them great
Up to the hills where the settlements are
Over mountains, so near but so far
Snow-capped peaks, glaciers and lakes
We go down to the river
and the City of Dreams
down to the river
and the City of Dreams
down to the river
and the City of Dreams
we go down to the river and the City of Dreams.

This is like coming home.
This is like coming home.