I wasn't planning on a Lights post for a while. I mean, #1000
Then she posted this on Instagram:
HOW can I ignore this? Even if I'm a couple of days late.
You see, Lights's sophmore album, Siberia, was released on October 4th, 2011. It's ten years old. And I had a complete blind spot to it - largely because I didn't really (at the time) love her first album. My former co-author Scott quite famously called me out on this. In fact, I didn't discover this record until THIS YEAR.
Before I wrote this post, I did something I don't do very often anymore to any album. I listened to Siberia end to end. It has quickly become one of my favorite albums, ever, and this listening didn't do anything to change that. It is both dark and, well, light at the same time. The music is stark and brooding at points, but Lights's vocal and lyrics bring the tone way up.
This is a song I often forget is on Siberia and was reminded of on my listening. The title gives the subject away - often in life, things happen - LOVE happens - when the timing is right and two people with different trajectories come together in the same point in time. It is a beautiful and meaningful work of art.