Francine Honey captures the electricity only the kiss of a lifetime can deliver on her romantic single and video Lightning — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
For Honey, that life-changing moment happened 10 years ago during a train trip through the Canadian Rockies with a friend who had been, at one time, more than that. “We started the trip as old friends with no expectations of anything other than to have a travel companion on this once-in-a-lifetime trip on the Royal Canadian Pacific Express 1800’s steam train,” she recalls. “As the train weaved its way through the mountains and into the spiral tunnels of Yoho National Park, it was clear the old flames were still alive.”
The two shared a pivotal, emotionally charged kiss, and the realization they should be together forever hit them like… well, lightning. “This song is about the exact moment of the kiss that changed it all,” the Ottawa singer-songwriter explains. “That magical moment when you know. You are swirling in the clouds. You have been seized by a force, and heat enters your veins that is stronger than both of you. Lightning embodies that moment when love takes hold of you, and there is no going back.”
Lightning hits ahead of the prolific singer-songwriter’s forthcoming fourth and fifth albums, set for release this fall and next spring. Both were recorded and mixed in Nashville by Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard at Skinny Elephant Studios. Speaking of Nashville, this hauntingly beautiful and cinematic new track features the area’s cream of the crop players — including Megan McCormick on lap steel and singing backgrounds, Will Kimbrough on guitars, Danny Mitchell on keys, Dean Marold on bass and Hubbard on drums.
The intimate and elegant video for Lightning features Honey dressed in a beautiful midnight-blue gown, performing the song at an antique upright piano with dramatic lightning and smoke effects interspersed throughout the clip. Filmed in Kentucky, just prior to the first pandemic lockdown, the video was executive produced by Honey and directed/edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard of Neighborhoods Apart Productions. “It was the last time I got all dressed up,” Honey recalls. “I remember feeling like a princess — as I did on the train in that moment.”