Our family has lived in the Britt, Ontario area since the late 1800s. The landscape has become part of our family story. We feel a deep connection to the area. This year for Christmas I made my parents a video to try to capture how we feel about Georgian Bay.
I’ve travelled the world and I still find this to be the most beautiful place. This is my holiday prayer.
The video is made up of photos I’ve taken over the last five years throughout the seasons. Some of the photos were taken by my dad. Then I rewrote the words to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” I sang and recorded the song in the style of K.D. Lang.
(originally by Leonard Cohen, altered by Jessica Outram)
I know about a special place
Our family lived, and it pleased the Lord
You don’t really care for sunshine, do ya?
Well it goes like this
The lake, the moss
The Georgian Bay, the town of Britt
The family rock composing Hallelujah
Our roots strong like a mighty spruce
Our family song climbs the roof
The granite and the moonlight see right through ya
Oh we sing and rock upon the porch
We walk the road and light the torch
And ride the waves to whisper Hallelujah
I know that you’ve been here before
you’ve seen this light and you’ve swam to shore
you’ve lived in Britt before I knew ya
The seasons pass on the granite arch
The birch sings out a victory march
It’s a still and it’s a special Hallelujah
Seasons change and still we call
Winter, spring, summer, and fall
One road a holy place that’ll renew ya
Britt’s by a prayer you hear at night
Britt’s by someone who’s seen the light
Britt’s a warm and perfect Hallelujah