This hauntingly beautiful song by indie singer-songwriter Mara Measor explores the importance of experiencing darkness in order to know light in response to Isaiah 60:2.
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2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
(Isaiah 60:2, NIV)
The idea of a thick darkness covering the peoples fascinates me. It reminds me of the poetry in Genesis 1: “darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” We tend to think of light as good, dark as bad — but I wonder if we are always too quick to apply a positive/negative dichotomy to whatever concept we get our hands on. In the Weight of the Dark, I explore the idea of darkness being necessary to know light. And while darkness can be unpleasant, unwanted, painful; it’s an important state to fully feel so that light and lightness can also be fully felt.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mara Measor is half-British and half-Chinese but you wouldn’t guess it when you hear her. After high-school she spent a year working and singing in Ethiopia and now performs as an indie singer-songwriter in NYC.
She was featured as “One to Watch” in Audrey Magazine, and her bilingual song “I want to Love You” recorded live on a Hong Kong TV Channel RTHK was shortly selected as a Best of the Year performance in 2012. She has played in NYC venues including Joe’s Pub, the Bitter End, Caffe Vivaldi and the Museum of Chinese in America. She has also sang in Shanghai and South Korea.
Mara graduated with an acting degree from NYU Tisch. She has appeared on TV (Blue Bloods, CBS), off-Broadway shows and starred in numerous independent films.
She is currently a recording artist at Good Mood Records, where she works in collaboration with Emmy-Award winning producer and composer Jamie Lawrence. Her debut album “Mara” was released August 2013. www.marameasor.com