Welcome to Wild Lights presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc.
Thank you for a wonderfully successful first year of Wild Lights. Stay tuned for news on a new Wild Lights experience coming in late-2021!
Winter programming at The Wild Center is supported by the Franklin County Destination Development & Marketing Program. .
Scenes from Wild Lights | photos by Carolyn McGraw Walker
A Soundtrack for Winter
Wild Lights features a 5-piece composition created specifically for Forest Music.
“Winter” by Whatever Penny is a 5 song instrumental collection that focuses on winter in the traditional sense. Commissioned by The Wild Center, “Winter” was composed specifically for their Forest Music exhibit. Arranged across a quarter mile trail for 24 different speakers, this wintertime collection of songs is designed to invoke the solitude, wonder, and introspection that comes with being outside in the woods on a still evening.
With glittering textures scattered throughout, these pieces might mirror the shimmering spectacle of snowflakes cascading from a grey sky, or settle in a hymn-like familiarity with stately progressions evocative of a carol. Some, with harmonies as warm as a cup of hot chocolate, kindle the image of a quiet evening by the fireplace, while others, in their gentle simplicity, summon an atmosphere reminiscent of the vastness of a snow-covered forest, inviting the mind to wander as the listener would throughout the trail. As the music guides listeners on a physical journey, let it also set the stage for reflection as a long and complicated year concludes: as winter sets in we hibernate, we contemplate and observe this cycle ending, but in this end there is beauty, in so many things–in being together, being alone, and in the rebirth it promises.
Special thanks to Franklin Hansen and Emily Ta who wrote “Snow,” and to Tim Segado for mixing/producing the entire album.
– Snow written by Franklin Hansen and Emily Ta
– All tracks mixed by Tim Segado
– Photograph by Richard Sturr
– Artwork by Sean O’Kane