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Standing Under Bright Lights (Live from Festival International De Jazz De Montréal)

by Alex Henry Foster

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    “Standing Under Bright Lights” is a live album, featuring the entirety of Alex Henry Foster’s first concert at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal on July 5, 2019. It includes the live rendition of every song from his album “Windows in the Sky”, performed by an 11-piece band.

    Limited and collector edition smoke orange vinyls

    Printed and crafted at The Fabrik, Alex Henry Foster’s own creative atelier.

    Includes:

    - 3 smoke orange LPs
    - 1 widespine jacket
    - 3 inner sleeves
    - 1 digital download card
    - Digital download link


    Track Listing:

    SIDE A
    - The Pain That Bonds (The Beginning Is the End) (8:49)
    - Winter Is Coming In (11:19)

    SIDE B
    - Shadows of Our Evening Tides (19:25)

    SIDE C
    - The Hunter (By the Seaside Window) (21:18)

    SIDE D
    - Snowflakes in July (14:32)

    SIDE E
    - Summertime Departures (Sometimes I Dream) (12:55)

    SIDE F
    - Lavender Sky (6:25)
    - The Love That Moves (The End Is Beginning) (8:27)


    About “Standing Under Bright Lights”
    Standing Under Bright Lights takes place approximately 6 months after the release of Alex Henry Foster's phenomenal first solo album Windows in the Sky, that not only debuted at number 3 on the Canadian top 200, right behind Imagine Dragons and Muse, but that also stayed on the top 40 for a year after its initial release, scoring a nomination for best album of the year in Canada while being internationally acclaimed and added to several best albums shortlists all over the world.

    The concert was to be a one-off happening, a homage to Foster's late father, who had died almost 5 years prior, almost to the day of the event. It would consist of the entire album Windows in the Sky, re-invented for the occasion as an 11-piece band set to perform along a movie projection produced by Foster. Also based on Foster's vision, award-winning light engineer Pascal Boily created a unique scenic installation, offering an immersive universe where music, movie projections, and light co-existed. Alex wanted for the public to be invited to dwell on the moment rather than have the sensation of attending a concert.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Standing Under Bright Lights (Live from Festival International De Jazz De Montréal) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    “Standing Under Bright Lights” is a live album, featuring the entirety of Alex Henry Foster’s first concert at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal on July 5, 2019. It includes the live rendition of every song from his album “Windows in the Sky”, performed by an 11-piece band.

    Includes:

    - 2 CDs
    - 1 DVD
    - 4-page booklet
    - 1 digital download card
    - Digital download link

    Track Listing:

    DISC 1
    - The Son of Hannah (8:41)
    - The Pain That Bonds (The Beginning Is the End) (8:49)
    - Winter Is Coming In (11:19)
    - Shadows of Our Evening Tides (19:25)
    - The Hunter (By the Seaside Window) (21:18)

    DISC 2
    - Snowflakes in July (14:32)
    - Summertime Departures (Sometimes I Dream) (12:55)
    - Lavender Sky (6:25)
    - The Love That Moves (The End Is Beginning) (8:27)

    Additional Material
    - Winter Is Coming In (Upper Room Studio Rehearsal) (14:25)
    - Summertime Departures (Upper Room Studio Rehearsal) (14:08)

    DVD
    Live From Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (2:05:01)
    Immersion Sky (A Visual Journey by Alex Henry Foster) (1:01:15)



    About “Standing Under Bright Lights”
    Standing Under Bright Lights takes place approximately 6 months after the release of Alex Henry Foster's phenomenal first solo album Windows in the Sky, that not only debuted at number 3 on the Canadian top 200, right behind Imagine Dragons and Muse, but that also stayed on the top 40 for a year after its initial release, scoring a nomination for best album of the year in Canada while being internationally acclaimed and added to several best albums shortlists all over the world.

    The concert was to be a one-off happening, a homage to Foster's late father, who had died almost 5 years prior, almost to the day of the event. It would consist of the entire album Windows in the Sky, re-invented for the occasion as an 11-piece band set to perform along a movie projection produced by Foster. Also based on Foster's vision, award-winning light engineer Pascal Boily created a unique scenic installation, offering an immersive universe where music, movie projections, and light co-existed. Alex wanted for the public to be invited to dwell on the moment rather than have the sensation of attending a concert.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Standing Under Bright Lights (Live from Festival International De Jazz De Montréal) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • “Standing Under Bright Lights” [Deluxe Collector Boxset]
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    “Standing Under Bright Lights” is a live album, featuring the entirety of Alex Henry Foster’s first concert at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal on July 5, 2019. It includes the live rendition of every song from his album “Windows in the Sky”, performed by an 11-piece band.

    Limited and collector edition translucent orange vinyls

    Printed and crafted at The Fabrik, Alex Henry Foster’s own creative atelier.

    Includes:

    - 3 translucent orange LPs
    - Signed and numbered limited edition of 500
    - 3 hand-printed silkscreen jackets
    - 3 hand-printed silkscreen inner sleeves
    - 3 silkscreen poster (size 12” x 12” (W x L))
    - 1 handcrafted lyrics notebook
    - 1 hand-printed silkscreen slipmat
    - 1 hand-printed silkscreen canvas
    - 1 hand-printed silkscreen box
    - 3 buttons
    - 1 digital download card
    - Digital download link

    Track Listing:

    SIDE A
    - The Pain That Bonds (The Beginning Is the End) (8:49)
    - Winter Is Coming In (11:19)

    SIDE B
    - Shadows of Our Evening Tides (19:25)

    SIDE C
    - The Hunter (By the Seaside Window) (21:18)

    SIDE D
    - Snowflakes in July (14:32)

    SIDE E
    - Summertime Departures (Sometimes I Dream) (12:55)

    SIDE F
    - Lavender Sky (6:25)
    - The Love That Moves (The End Is Beginning) (8:27)


    About “Standing Under Bright Lights”
    Standing Under Bright Lights takes place approximately 6 months after the release of Alex Henry Foster's phenomenal first solo album Windows in the Sky, that not only debuted at number 3 on the Canadian top 200, right behind Imagine Dragons and Muse, but that also stayed on the top 40 for a year after its initial release, scoring a nomination for best album of the year in Canada while being internationally acclaimed and added to several best albums shortlists all over the world.

    The concert was to be a one-off happening, a homage to Foster's late father, who had died almost 5 years prior, almost to the day of the event. It would consist of the entire album Windows in the Sky, re-invented for the occasion as an 11-piece band set to perform along a movie projection produced by Foster. Also based on Foster's vision, award-winning light engineer Pascal Boily created a unique scenic installation, offering an immersive universe where music, movie projections, and light co-existed. Alex wanted for the public to be invited to dwell on the moment rather than have the sensation of attending a concert.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Standing Under Bright Lights (Live from Festival International De Jazz De Montréal) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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1.
Oh Hannah, why do you weep Why do you look so sad, why don’t you eat Oh Hannah, why do you weep Am I not more to you than a thousand sons Oh Hannah, why do you weep Why do you look so sad, why don’t you smile Oh Hannah, why do you weep Am I not more to you than a craving heart Oh Hannah, why do you weep Why do you look so sad, why don’t you smile Oh Hannah, why do you weep Am I not more to you than a thousand sons Oh Hannah, why do you weep Why do you look so sad, why don’t you eat Oh Hannah, why do you weep Am I not more to you than a craving heart But I am blind, I am a son of Eli No words to confess my sadness in whispers divine No mercy, no future for me My bloodline is dry I’m a son of Eli Oh Hannah, why do you weep Don’t let your sorrows cover your soul with a darkness that deep Oh Hannah, your prayer has been heard Your joy will return in great splendor The speechless will sing And the hopeless will shine Oh Hannah, why don’t you smile Why don’t you smile Born in 1951, gone by 2014 He leaves behind A brother, a sister, a wife and a child Friends and memories He didn’t cry, a man of faith Therefore he lived awaiting to die He loved Jesus Christ but religion he despised He lived in bright daylight Had compassion for those kneeling in bleakness He never was much of a dreamer But a lighthouse for so many others He left me with nothing No words, no direction to set myself in But he gave me everything I’ve ever needed As far as the sun... Taught me to feed a spirit of my own To carry my voice beyond morning views And to leave the past behind My father Windows in the sky And forever he lives now
2.
I just don’t know how it feels anymore Life’s drifting in time divided Empire’s falling in kingdom’s rust In echoes I won’t hear when the night is over The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning There’s no refuge for hopelessness No science for broken-hearted frills No ornaments, no light, no light bright enough To cover the darkness of our faithless thrills, no The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning The pain that bonds it all together The beginning, as we lose, the colors, as we faint The bloodline, the bloodline turned specter Turned specter as we end The anguish of unknown, unfolded grief The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning I don’t know how to cover the rues at my feet Mercy’s hidden like a lonesome treasure And sorrow’s evil, sorrow’s evil But when it’s all you’ve got It’s a dear friend holding your crestfallen woes The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning, the beginning is the end The edge may cover the words of disruption Its youthful dream, its youthful dream May fool you into believing That the voices you hear, you hear, you hear May come from heaven and beyond But static is the noise Whispering in your ears Static is the noise Whispering in your ears The devil may cry and the angels may sing Oh, static is the noise, static is the noise As far as the sun, as bright as the sky Static is the noise The pain that bonds it all together The beginning, as we lose, the colors as we faint The bloodline, the bloodline turned specter Turned specter as we end The anguish of unknown, unfolded grief The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning, the beginning is the end The beginning The beginning The static you hear The static A man is falling, falling, falling on his knees A man is falling, falling, falling on his knees A man is falling, falling, falling on his knees A man is falling, falling, falling on his knees A man is falling, falling, falling, falling, falling on his knees On his knees The beginning is the end
3.
So I heard another winter’s coming It might be hard to believe, looking back at it now As if my world lost its senses so many, many years ago Like old wooden horses turning through childhood memories But pure laughter doesn’t come that easy anymore As we keep turning around, looking for places to land our long saddened days Have I lost, have I lost my senses? May we be saints, may we be whores or just like a little bit of both, like much of everything else I guess in the end, it’s not that much about the truth But how good we became at turning late night illusions into a bright morning view It’s never that easy I suppose, to kneel down with a smile When we kept denying our souls from the magic shining through Have I lost? Have I lost my senses? Have I lost? Have I lost my senses? I don’t know? Have I lost? Have I lost everything? Have I lost? Have I lost? Our winter’s coming in Our winter’s coming in, I heard Our winter’s coming in Our winter’s coming in I wish I could say it’s looking at the sun that I’ve lost all sight of hopeful colors That I’ve turned blind to others, others’ hearts beating their breezes and gentle kisses And I’m laying down, my shoulders stroked, and I’m crumbling on dirty ground, I’m tired and weary, I’m tired If only I could stop If only I could stop the overflowing mournful sand from falling from my hourglass eyes I swear, I would My darkened ruins, into a brand new let go filled with wonders With wonders, with wonders, with wonders Have I lost my senses? I don’t know Have I lost, have I lost, have I lost my senses? Have I lost? Our winter’s coming in Our winter’s coming in, I heard Our winter’s coming in Our winter’s coming in Our winter’s coming in, I heard Our winter’s coming in Our winter’s coming in Have I lost my senses? Have I lost my senses? If only I could stop for just one second I would kneel down at your feet, kneel down at your feet If only I could stop for just one second I swear I would tell you everything I would tell you everything I kept inside for so long Have I lost my senses? Have I lost my senses? I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know If only I could stop for just one second I swear, I swear If only I could stop for just one second If only I could stop for one, just one second If only I could stop for just one second I would tell you, I would tell you everything I would tell you everything I don’t care anymore I’ve lost everything Goodbye youthful shivers, goodbye Goodbye youthful shivers, goodbye Majestic halo, my dazzling twilight Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye youthful shivers, goodbye Goodbye youthful shivers, goodbye Majestic halo, my dazzling twilight Goodbye, goodbye
4.
The burden of life is love, love The burden of life is love Love, love But we carry the weight wearily and so must rest in the arms of love We must carry the weight (The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction the weight, the weight we carry is love. but we carry the weight wearily, and so must rest in the arms of love at last, must rest in the arms of love. No rest without love, no sleep without dreams of love-- The warm bodies shine together in the darkness, the hand moves to the center of the flesh, the skin trembles in happiness and the soul comes joyful to the eye-- yes, yes, that's what I wanted, I always wanted, I always wanted, to return to the body where I was born.)  We all wish to find a place To go back as a friend To hear our names from the high-wave stand We all wish to find a place Easy to let go We all wish to find a place To go back as a lover We stir and swirl, we kneel and hope, we cry and pray Easy to follow ah ah ah ah ah ah ah We all wish to find a place To go back as a lover To feel the tide from our high-wave stand We all wish to find a place In the shadows between the lights In the shadows of our evening tides I never learned how to swim Like water in my hands, on your lips ah ah ah ah ah ah ah In the shadows of our evening tides In the shadows between the lights In the shadows of our evening tides In the shadows between the lights In the shadows of our evening tides In the shadows between the lights In the shadows of our evening tides In the shadows between the lights Between the lights Between the lights Between the lights We carry the weight We carry the weight of love We must carry the weight We must carry the weight We must carry the weight It’s too heavy, it’s too heavy, it’s too heavy Without love But it’s too heavy, it’s too heavy, it’s too heavy Without love There’s no rest without love There’s no sleep without love There’s no peace without love There’s no comfort, no alibi Without peace, oh Without love, oh Without love, no Without love, oh There’s no rest, there’s no peace without love There’s no rest, there’s no peace without love There’s no rest, there’s no peace without love There’s no rest, there’s no peace without love It’s so heavy, it’s so heavy It’s so heavy to carry the weight of love The weight of love It’s so heavy Love It’s so heavy without love, heavy It’s so heavy without love Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go It’s so heavy without love It’s so heavy without love Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go Oh, we must let go Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go We must let go We must let go We must let go We must let go Oh, love, love, love Oh, love, love, love Oh, love, love, love Oh, love, love, love Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends We must let go, let go We must let go Oh, love, love, love Oh, love, love, love We must let go Oh, love, love, love We must let go Oh, love, love, love There’s no rest without love, no peace without love No rest without love, no peace without love No rest without love, no peace without love Oh, brothers, sisters, and lovers, and friends, we must let go In the arms of love In the arms of love Oh, we must let go in the arms of love Oh, we must let go in the arms of love Oh, we must let go in the arms of love
5.
A gun has been fired, echoes from the mountain can’t lie The hunters, the hunters have been tracking their preys from early morning, the hunters The snow is still flickering through the cold breezing sky The blood on the ground is disappearing underneath The hunter is coming December’s falling down and time suddenly seems too numb to care I never thought it could be that cold here The hunter is coming, the hunter is coming for me, the hunter, the hunter Another footstep away from you, lost in long-distance storms My long view’s blurry by slow streaming cast and tones The hunter is coming My heart’s howling for spring, for memories to revive But high hopes never bloom from our saddened demise The hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter is coming He’s coming for me The prey is laying down in the freezing evening cold Wounded by the very same hands that used to feed his land The winter The air so sweet and soft, it’s almost perfume, over its body, broken, broken, broken Horizon’s never been that magnificent, that vivid and free But freedom has a color, a color that I just can’t see, no The hunter is coming The men, tired of their ceremonial walk over, walk over the hill Standing witnesses, life leaving traces of a dream now fading into the night And I’m breathing in, and I’m breathing out, breathing in The hunter is coming Another footstep away from you, I’m lost in distant storms Another footstep away My long view’s blurry by snow streaming cast and tones Seaside never felt that far, never felt that unreachable My heart’s howling, my heart’s howling for spring, for memories to revive The hunter is coming But high hopes never bloom The hunter is coming The hunter is coming The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Coming for me I never thought it could be that cold here The winter is coming, the winter is coming, the hunter is coming Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries you away, away We’re kneeling our last breath away And I’m breathing in, and I’m breathing out The hunter is coming As we stand under a crystal curtain of dazzling gold Beholding a last image of youthful faith The hunter is coming The hunter is coming The hunter is coming Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries you away, away, away, away The hunter is coming The hunter is coming The hunter is coming The hunter, the hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming He’s coming for me He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming for me He’s coming for me The hunter, the hunter, the hunter is coming for me He’s coming for me Forgiveness is a gift, much like love carries you away, away One step away from you Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, won’t come home tonight I’ve closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky, I’ve closed my eyes I’ve closed my eyes in peaceful glimpses of pure white sky, I’ve closed my eyes And I’m thinking of you, feeding the fire, feeding the fire And I’ve closed my eyes Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me, I won’t come home tonight, don’t wait for me And I’ve closed my eyes and I’m thinking about you And I’ve closed my eyes and I’m thinking about you Feeding the fire, feeding the fire, feeding the fire Soft as the wind, bright as the sky Soft as the wind, bright as the sky And I’ve closed my eyes and I’m thinking about you And I’ve closed my eyes and I’m thinking about you You’re as soft as the wind, as bright as the sky Don’t wait for me, I won’t be back this time, don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me, I won’t come home tonight, don’t wait for me I’ve closed my eyes and I’m thinking about you You’re as soft as the wind, you’re as bright as the sky You’re as soft as the wind, as bright as the sky And I’ve closed my eyes I’ve closed my eyes Time is slowly disappearing Time is slowly disappearing Time is slowly disappearing Time is slowly disappearing Time is slowly disappearing Time is slowly disappearing Time is slowly disappearing Time is slowly, time is slowly, time is slowly, time is slowly The wound is deep The wound is deep The wound is deep The wound is deep I can feel it in my flesh, in my flesh, in my flesh, in my flesh The wound is deep I can feel it in my flesh The wound is deep I can feel it in my flesh, in my flesh His blood as witness His blood as witness The wound is deep I can feel it in my flesh The wound is deep I can feel it in my flesh, in my bones, in my flesh, in my muscles and bones His blood as my witness The wound is deep I can feel it in my flesh The wound is deep I can feel it in my flesh, in my bones, in my flesh, in my muscles and bones His blood as my witness His blood as my witness His blood as my witness His blood as my witness You’re as soft as the wind, you’re as bright as the sky I can feel your spirit I can feel your spirit I can feel your spirit I can feel your spirit, your spirit, your spirit I can feel your spirit I can feel your spirit I can feel your spirit With his blood as my witness Echoes from the mountain can’t lie You’re as soft as the wind, you’re as bright as the sky I can feel it in my soul His blood as my witness
6.
The visitors, waiting to feel the cold into the night Covering their eyes before the man newly turned into a ghost The view is foggy, and so are memories The sound seems so distant, but the emotion is so vivid, so real So real, always A picture, a few words, a box, some ashes True endings always find a way to be summarized Turn life into a faint suitable piece of lonesome shine We look around in disarray, the mirror’s bleak, nobody sees So real, so real Always, always, always There will be time for you and I For morning lights to lift us all To go back into the lights There will be time There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time There will be snowflakes in July Strangers defining the rights from the wrongs The place got colder as time passes by Existence, like love, is never easy to comprehend It comes and goes, a gift for some, a curse for others Always, always, always Always, always There will be time for tears, pain, sorrows, and emptiness In absence of answers, I kept everything inside I wish I could have cried, could have felt something But I stood in silence, lost into the dark, wide awake, blindfolded So real Always, always Always, so real Always, always Always There will be time for you and I For morning lights to lift us all To go back into the lights There will be time There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time There will be time, there will be time for you and I There will be time, there will be time We pray and bow down We pray and bow down And recall all the joys we now hold onto We pray and bow down We pray and bow down And recall all the joys we now hold onto To feel alive To feel alive Always, so real, so real Always, always, so real We pray and bow down We pray and bow down We pray and bow down We pray and bow down Oh, the joys Oh, the joys Oh, the joys Oh, the joys Oh, the joys Oh, the joys Oh, the joys Oh, the joys We pray and bow down We pray and bow down We pray and bow down For tears, pain, and sorrows We pray and bow down We pray and bow down For tears, pain, and sorrows We pray and bow down We pray and bow down The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror, the mirror, the mirror, the mirror The mirror, the mirror, the mirror, the mirror The mirror, the mirror, the mirror, the mirror The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees The mirror’s bleak, nobody sees Nobody sees Nobody sees Places, faces, moments and silence and screams Places, faces, silence, moments and screams, and screams Silence, faces, faces and places, and silence and screams And silence and screams Oh, places, faces, and silence, and silence, and silence, and silence and screams To feel alive To feel alive To feel alive When nobody sees, nobody sees When nobody sees the tears, the pain, the sorrows Nobody sees The pain, the tears, the sorrows Nobody sees The tears, the pain, the sorrows Nobody sees We’re looking for places to lay down We’re looking for places to lay down We’re looking for places to lay down We’re looking for places to lay down We’re looking for places to lay down We’re looking for places to lay down For a friend, sometimes For a friend, sometimes For a friend, sometimes For a friend, sometimes For tears, pain, and sorrows For tears, pain, and sorrows For tears, pain, and sorrows Nobody sees Nobody sees Nobody sees We pray and bow down We pray and bow down For a friend, a place, some faces A moment, some silence and screams For a friend, faces and places, moments and screams, and screams We pray and bow down We pray and bow down For a place, for a friend, for silence, silence and screams Nobody sees Nobody sees Nobody sees There will be time There will be time There will be time There will be time There will be time for joys There will be time for places to lay down in peace There will be time for you and I For you and I For you and I For you and I
7.
I’ve been covering my eyes, barely holding breath Haven’t slept much, can’t figure how it goes down The struggles, the damage, the faithless trials It doesn’t change the way I feel about you now Lost in the winds of summertime departures I’ve seen you Oh, I’ve seen you I’ve seen the clouds bloom and disappear Silences feeding their own masterful cheers Uplifting praise beholding love, lifetime gold Enough for me to count my every haven funerals Lost in the winds of summertime departures I’ve seen you Alive and well I’ve seen you I’ve seen you I’ve seen you We’re all set to lose One day or another We’re all set to lose Always And I set stones on your sanctum shrine Wrote down a few words so I could remember I hate to say, but I told you I told you And I set stones on your sanctum shrine Wrote down a few words so I could remember Remember Remember Remember that it’s not your death that hurts the most It’s the sadness that I kept growing between us Drifting from places where I always felt stuck and in the way Lost in the winds of summertime departures And I hate to say, but I told you So many times So many times One way or the other, we’re all set to lose Always Oh I see now And I hate to say I told you so So many times before Oh I see now And it’s not the fights, the fights we had That kept me away from you I’ve been sticking around, as long as I could I’ve been sticking around, as long as I could For you to decline my care, my invitations The lantern’s tired, the fog’s still growing Shadow’s howling, shadow’s howling Waiting to take you away from me, to fly away, to fly away with you And I’m tired, and I hate to say I told you And I set stones on your sanctum shrine Wrote down a few words so I could remember That it’s not your death that hurts the most It’s the sadness that I kept growing between us Oh I see now And I hate to say I told you so So many times before Oh I see now And it’s not the fights, the fights we had That kept me away from you From you From you We’re all set to lose Oh I see now And I hate to say I told you so So many times before Oh I see now That it’s not the fights, the fights we had That kept me away from you Sometimes I dream I can sail through the past And let my teardrops fall in the ocean, in the ocean Sometimes I dream I could sail through the past And let my teardrops fall in the ocean, in the ocean Sometimes I dream I could sail through the past And let my teardrops fall at your feet, at your feet Sometimes I dream I can sail through the past And let my teardrops fall in the ocean, in the ocean Sometimes I dream I can sail through the past And let my teardrops fall in the ocean, in the ocean Sometimes I dream I can sail through the past And let my teardrops fall at your feet, at your feet At your feet I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you I’ll see you Coming back for me Coming back for me Coming back for me Coming back for me Coming back for me I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you one day I’ll see you, I’ll see you, I’ll see you, I’ll see you… I’ll see you one day
8.
The trigger’s pulled Long-distance goodbye The trigger’s pulled The word’s confessed The trigger’s pulled One last embrace The trigger’s pulled And the sun falls down from far, far distance Through all we share Until we all go down, down, down Kneeling for grace And the sun falls down from far, far distance Through all we share Until we all go down, down, down Kneeling for grace From a stranger to another, another Lavender sky Another The pain’s scattered And time’s wrapping its youthful promise We’ve got new temples and prays But the fears remain the same Never feels any better Silent motion through science and flares But it gets older as we fade Never as we fare And the sun falls down from far, far distance Through all we share Until we all go down, down, down Kneeling for grace From a stranger to another, another Lavender sky Another The trigger’s pulled I’m drifting away The trigger’s pulled Without a trace The trigger’s pulled One last embrace If truth is the sorrow we bare If truth is the sorrow We pull the trigger With every step We pull the trigger With every step We pull the trigger We’re setting fire on a moment that matters Illusions covering the bad from the worst Reflecting motion, reflecting motion From a stranger to another, the good like the worst We’re pulling the trigger, we’re pulling the trigger And it hurts like the truths we denied one another To keep our faith in what doesn’t feel any better
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The journey comes with joyful streams Joyful streams and tearful motions The journey comes The journey comes with joyful streams and tearful motions The love that moves, forgives and heals The journey comes The journey comes with joyful streams, tearful motions The end is beginning The end is beginning The love that moves The love that moves The end is beginning and I will find you when the night is over Through shadows of time, ghosts of past sufferings I will conquer darkness and make it shine The end… The end is beginning The end is beginning I will embrace the lights and let memories find their peace through shadows of time I will find you when the night is over The love that moves The love that moves The end is beginning and I’m no longer afraid to make it mine To let my spirit flow, my heartfelt soul transform and molt To keep my eyes in bloom, to look at you in all wonders The end is beginning and I’m no longer afraid to make it mine To keep my eyes in bloom The end is beginning The love that moves, forgives and heals Through shadows of time, ghosts of past sufferings I will conquer darkness and make it shine I will conquer darkness and make it shine I will conquer darkness and make it shine I will conquer darkness and make it shine The end, the end is beginning, the end I will conquer darkness and make it shine I will conquer darkness and make it shine I will conquer darkness and make it shine The love that moves The love that moves, forgives and heals The end is beginning And I will find you in the end, when the night is over Windows in the sky Windows in the sky Windows in the sky Windows in the sky

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Standing Under Bright Lights takes place approximately 6 months after the release of Alex Henry Foster's phenomenal first solo album Windows in the Sky, that not only debuted at number 3 on the Canadian top 200, right behind Imagine Dragons and Muse, but that also stayed on the top 40 for a year after its initial release, scoring a nomination for best album of the year in Canada while being internationally acclaimed and added to several best albums shortlists all over the world.

Windows in the Sky’s critical and mass success would once again propel Foster to the forefront of the Canadian music scene, where he stood for about a decade as the lead singer for alternative rock band Your Favorite Enemies before going on hiatus the moment he left for Tangier to mourn his passed father. This grieving period, which would last 2 years, became a journey to the end of his sorrowful desperation and is what would ultimately inspire and give life to his first solo record, immediately recognized as the likes of Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Having systematically denied any form of touring or public event in order to preserve the intimate nature of his songs at their purest state, the vice-president of the prestigious Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Laurent Saulnier, nonetheless persistently asked Foster to join the program of the 40th anniversary of the festival as one of the indoor main features. After repeated inquiries, Alex finally accepted the invitation, to the only conditions that he would have absolute control of the production and carte blanche regarding the promotion - which they were pleased to agree to.

The concert was to be a one-off happening, a homage to Foster's late father, who had died almost 5 years prior, almost to the day of the event. It would consist of the entire album Windows in the Sky, re-invented for the occasion as an 11-piece band set to perform along a movie projection produced by Foster. Also based on Foster's vision, award-winning light engineer Pascal Boily created a unique scenic installation, offering an immersive universe where music, movie projections, and light co-existed. Alex wanted for the public to be invited to dwell on the moment rather than have the sensation of attending a concert.

After publicly announcing that his performance would be the sole performance he would do, along with the rumors regarding what would be a unique stage production, the concert became one of the very few sold-out representations the festival had over the years, prompting the international press to cover the concert and fans from Japan, Germany, UK, France, and the US to travel to Montreal for the occasion, which became the most sought-after event of the summer in Montreal.

Ignoring the increasing pressure and out-of-proportion expectations that such a hype typically creates, Foster and his 10-musician band would completely eclipse any of this high anticipation. Their set, almost 2 hours and 30 minutes, is now considered amongst the best concerts throughout the 40 years of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and has been mentioned as one of the best presentation overall that year. But more importantly, to Alex, the immersive experience he had invited the audience to let go into had been so singularly successful that it set a new standard in the fan experience engagement.

In fact, the concert’s tremendous emotional involvement took such an unprecedented uplifting proportion for Foster that it had him reconsider his position regarding his apprehension for the songs to lose their soulful meaning and intimate nature if played too many times:

“My vision to preserve the integrity of the songs from being played over and over was a son’s ultimate attempt to keep a part of his father alive. But that night, I realized that it’s once communed that every word and sound has the ability to grow beyond the emotions they were created from, making them somehow eternal… just like my father. Therefore, the sole concern that now remains is how willing I am to face the fear to be left alone night after night when I let go of him, when I don’t have any more reasons not to assume who I am now, to stand under bright lights, whatever it may reveal to myself and others.”

Originally set to be released on October 8th of 2020, which would have been his father’s birthday, Foster decided to utilize the extra time the worldwide pandemic would give him to produce the album "Standing Under Bright Lights" featuring the never-released song “The Son of Hannah” with Ben Lemelin, his longtime creative partner and co-producer on “Windows in the Sky”.

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released April 16, 2021

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Alex Henry Foster Montreal, Québec

Alex Henry Foster (AHF) is a Canadian musician, singer, producer, and composer, best known as the frontman of Juno Awards nominee band Your Favorite Enemies.

In November 2018, Foster released a first solo album "Windows in the Sky”.

In April 2021, he released his live album and film “Standing Under Bright Lights”, featuring his first concert at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
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