SONG OF THE DAY Jonathan Wilson – Desert Raven


Desert Raven is a swirling dream that coaxes every part of the senses. Natural and free, this wonderful song smoulders with gentle escapism, offering soul retreat into lush wilderness realms. There is freedom in those dreamy acoustics and solace in musing vocals. Lyrics charm over the “raven who flies through the desert skies”, admiring how it “Is wiser than you or me” and marvelling how “The birds have a peace, the stillness a sleeve”.  For just over seven minutes we are transported into the realms of the wild Desert Raven and as guitars soar, we fly into scorched sunsets...”Close your eyes and fly to let the diamonds make the night/
Crystal blue will turn to ruby red”….

Desert Raven appears on the aptly titled, Gentle Spirit album, which was released by LA artist Jonathan Wilson in 2011. The record itself was a few years in the making and, leading up to its release on Bella Union, was circulated around Wilson’s friends and family. In which time it collected a large underground following which included many notable musicians, including Jackson Browne, Robbie Robertson and Elvis Costello.  Such was its success that it received the #4 spot on Mojo Magazine’s 2011 Best of Albums of the Year! Listen above and check out the lyrics below…

Fuzzy white haze in the asphalt was a lake
And the sand it was a grayer shade of blue
Spirits held desire while my eyes they did admire
The evening that we only thought we knew
Further out to sea I heard the birds wings over me
The Vibrations in the air to my ears
The sun was rising slinking low the day was saddled up to go
The desert’s lonely nightfall disappears
The raven who flies through the desert skies
Is wiser than you or me
The birds have a peace, the stillness a sleeve
And the Desert Raven he has poetry
Close your eyes and fly to let the diamonds make the night
Crystal blue will turn to ruby red
The plants become a maze under the heavens stary hazel
Pegasus he gallops overhead
The buffalo at night they follow close the river’s edge while
Saffron slowly grows inside the caves
The starry minds of hyacinth the moon below the sun’s eclipse
The sandy canyon floats beyond the waves
The raven who flies through the desert skies
Is wiser than you or me
The birds have a peace, the stillness a sleeve
And the Desert Raven he has poetry

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