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Chris in the Morning's Winter Solstice Speech

Goethe’s final words: more light. Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry: more light. Sunlight, torchlight, candlelight, neon, incandescent, light to banish the darkness from our caves, to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier’s Field, little tiny flashlight for those books we read under the covers when we’re supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles, light is metaphor. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. Rage, rage against the dying of the light! Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on. The night is dark and I am far from home, lead thou me on. Arise, shine, for thy light has come. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light.

Thanks to the Enlightened Conflict Blog (http://brucemctague.com/northern-exposure-northern-lights) for this transcript. It is Chris's speech to the town as he prepares to light up his aurora borealis sculpture in downtown Cicely on the night of winter solstice. The blogger notes that Chris quotes the following: Thy word…feet, Psalm 119:105; Rage…light, Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night; Lead kindly…home, John Henry Newman, The Pillar of the Cloud; Arise..come, Isaiah 60:1.

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I'm so happy you posted this; it's one of my all time favorite scenes.  I swear the first time I watched this episode that during this scene the lamps in my room got brighter.
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Here's a Spotify playlist of available music that was on the Northern Exposure soundtrack. I've got it up through some time in Season 3 now, and will continue to add to it as I have time.
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Northern Exposure Opening Theme
Here's the opening credits of Northern Exposure, with that wonderful catchy theme by David Schwartz. Did you know that Schwartz also did the music for another show with a cult following? Who can name it?
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Northern Exposure's Janine Turner Returns to Cicely Alaska
Sixteen years after ending filming of episodes for the television series Northern Exposure, actress Janine Turner (Maggie O'Connel) returned to Roslyn WA, the town that "played" fictional Cicely, Alaska, in the series, for a brief video tour of some of the best-known spots in Cicely.

(Thanks to the excellent Northern Exposure - Return to Cicely fan page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReturnToCicely for sharing this video)
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Remembering Northern Exposure and Cicely Alaska
Introduction
This is a fan page dedicated to Northern Exposure, one of the best television series ever produced.

During its five year run on CBS (1990 to 1995), Northern Exposure told the story of Dr. Joel Fleischman, a self-possessed young medical doctor who was indentured to the state of Alaska for five years in return for funding of his medical education.

Fleischman, ever homesick for his beloved New York City, finds himself in Cicely, the middle of nowhere, surrounded by quirky characters and inexplicable sensibilities. For much of the series he struggles, rants, and fumes over both the "injustice" of his exile and the strange ways of his neighbors. But little by little, the town grows on him, as it did for all fans of the show.

Not just a comedy, the show is beloved for the depth of its characters and its portrayal of the human condition. Joel is the quintessential "wandering Jew," the "stranger in a strange land" who nevertheless finds the home he never knew he was looking for.

Over its five year run, the storylines increasingly became just as much about the other townspeople of Cicely as about Dr. Fleischman.
  • Maggie O'Connel - Grosse Point debutante turned bush pilot. Tempestuous on-again/off-again love interest to Joel
  • Chris Stevens - Cicely's radio voice, poet/philosopher, and frustrated artist
  • Ed Chigliak - the perpetual man-child; Ed is innocence personified, yet dreams of making it as a film artist
  • Holling Vincoeur - Proprietor of The Brick tavern, Cicely's social center, who in his 60s stole the heart of a 20-year old beauty queen.
  • Shelly Vincoeur - Naive as a child yet fierce in her passions and friendship, she is Holling's soul mate
  • Maurice Minnifield - Cicely's robber baron, this former astronaut dreams of turning Cicely into "the Alaskan Riviera," even as he mourns his loss of Shelly to Holling.
  • Ruth-Anne Miller - no-nonsense owner of the town's only general store, she is the town's mother.
  • Marilyn Whirlwind - the stoic Native-American receptionist in Joel's office. She is the calm in Joel's perpetual hurricane. 
The series was created by David Chase (The Sopranos, The Wire) and produced by Joshua Brand and John Falsey.