Shine Your Light On This Dark Night

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Inspired by a midnight prayer for love, this tune sounds like my soul sometimes feels.

Shine Your Light's chorus borrows Derek & the Dominos' chord progression of Bell Bottom Blues. As with Illumine My Inner Being, Urban Olsson composed a high percentage of the verse melody as he sang into a cheap Shure SM58 over my demo track. He beautifully defined it in a single take during our writing session. As I improvised the guitar solo I was thinking about a midnight prayer which speaks to gratitude, contemplation, accountability and pure love. That beautiful prayer, which contains the words "enlighten my sight by beholding Thy lights in this dark night", found expression in this song. This tune has become a prayer for me. I hope it might do so for you.

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from Marchesano, released March 8, 2015
Guitars, Bass, Wurlitzer: Michael James
Keyboards: David Kahne
Hammond B3: David Zeman
Drums: Jaben Pennell

Produced & Mixed by Michael James. Co-produced by David Kahne and Urban Olsson.
Written by Michael James and Urban Olsson.
© 2015 Marchesano Music admin. by Bug Music (ASCAP).
℗ © 2015 Alternator Records LLC. All rights reserved.

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Michael James Simi Valley, California

• Producer.Mixer.Engineer.Songwriter.Guitarist
• Gold & Platinum Records
• Discography includes New Radicals, Hole, Far, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, Chicago, Reverend Horton Heat, A.J. Croce, Butterfly Boucher, Jane's Addiction, Maia Sharp, Too Much Joy, Kalimba, Mario Guerrero and Jawbreaker.
• Former Warner/Discovery head of A&R & Producer, trained by WEA founder Jac Holzman.
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