Victoria Lansford

 

"Midnight Sun"

Russian Filigree Earrings
18K Gold, Fine Silver, Freshwater Pearls
2-1/4" long x 1-3/4” wide
© 1997, V. Lansford $1629. (sold)

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This piece, along with a few others from the same period, was inspired by the song, "Midnight Sun," which was composed by Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke in 1947; the lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer in 1954. (I practically have a fetish for jazz songs written on a descending scale.)
Your lips were like a red and ruby chalice, warmer than the summer night
The clouds were like an alabaster palace rising to a snowy height
Each star it's own aurora borealis, suddenly you held me tight,
I could see the Midnight Sun
I can't explain the silver rain that found me, or was that a moonlight veil?
The music of the universe around me, or was that a nightingale?
And then your arms miraculously found me, suddenly the sky turned pale,
I could see the Midnight Sun
Was there such a night? It's a thrill I still don't quite believe,
But after you were gone, there was still some stardust on my sleeve
The flame of it may dwindle to an ember, and the stars forget to shine,
And we may see the meadow in December, icy white and crystalline
But oh my darling always I'll remember when your lips were close to mine,
And we saw the Midnight Sun

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