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Our son, Arna Sol was born at 27 weeks after my wife was hospitalized for a month when her water broke at 23 weeks. Arna had to fight for his life due to severe lung hypoplagia among other complications and spent 3.5 months in the NICU. After coming home, each month brought more stabilization to his health and he is now a thriving, walking toddler. This song honors his journey and his big prayer for life as well as conveys our immense love for our miracle boy.

It is sometimes bewildering how taut a bow’s string must pull so that its arrow may travel the distance to its destination. The arrow of Arna Sol’s life has already made its mark on many hearts, and we are more alive for it. His bell-bright voice at once clears and softens the air, making the choice to love, and to wonder, ineffably evident. This song streamed through with astonishing ease, as if it had been lovingly woven in the sanctuary of Arna’s family home and was just waiting for an ear to hear.

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lyrics

At the sound of your voice,
the spirits stop and listen

in awe, awe.
Stars hang in the balance.

All conversations cease
to hear those little lungs hum.

No words, no words
can name the nectar we drink
from the bloom of your smile.

Hummingbirds
know the whir we feel.
You’ve got all our numbers dialed.

Arna Sol
Oh Arna Sol
Arna Sol
Ey, fly like eagle

How you shine, shine.
We’ve tumbled out of our minds
into the feathery soft nest of our hearts.

Arna Sol.
Someday, someday, someday, oh young son, you’ll show the way

There’s no lightness quite like this, Arna Sol.
Face full as the moon at its brightest, Arna Sol.
And the wind on the mountain sings of your praise.
Oh strong eagle, someday you’ll show the way.
Oh, oh Arna Sol. Fly, fly so high.

Strong Mountain Eagle sees far, flies high.
Arna Sol. Arna Sol.

How you shine, shine.
We’ve tumbled out of our minds
into the feathery soft nest of our hearts. Arna Sol.
Fly high eagle. Someday you’ll show the way.
Arna Sol…
Someday, someday… Eagle boy gon’ fly
Arna Sol…

credits

released February 17, 2023
2023 Shaman's Dream Music
Esmé Olivia - Song Writer, Vocals, Guitar
Chris Berry - Mbira & Vocals
Jordon Hansell - Beats, Sound Design, Engineering and Mixing
Sahuna Love - Producer
Album cover Art - Gonzalo Rescalvo
Recorded at Clear Path & Shaman's Dream Studios

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