Monday, May 25, 2009

Music Mundays - Loreena McKennitt

After reading Chris' Inaugural post last week for "Music Mundays" , I knew this was something I needed to participate in!! Music is as much a part of me as reading. A few months back I did a Sunday Salon post about the Playlist of my Life. Different songs that have meant something to me. Music, like nothing else, defines me. And since I hardly box myself in to anything, my taste in music is seriously diverse. Although I tend to come off as the "rocker" chick, I do listen to a wide range of music. My taste vary depending on the day and how I feel. One day, I can wake up and feel rebellious....and I'll listen to the Sex Pistols or The Ramones. The next day, I'll feel nostalgic and want to hear some old school Prince.

Today, I was feeling a little down. It's a beautiful weekend, a holiday to boot...and I have to work. I debated between Loreena McKennitt and Enya, both of whom are very similar. But the mood for McKennitt struck me and here is my post!!

Loreena McKinnett is a Canadian born singer, harpist and pianist. Her music is Celtic or World in nature, but most of it could probably just be considered folk music. And it is beautiful! Whenever I feel down and out, I will put on The Book of Secrets. The first time I heard the song "The Mummer's Dance", I was hooked.

8 albums in total, McKennitt's music has been featured in many movies and soundtracks, including Highlander III, The Mists of Avalon, The Santa Clause, Northern Exposure, and most recently, Disney's Tinker Bell.

I know this is probably not what you expected from the girl that goes to Ministry, Rage Against the Machine, Disturbed and Slipknot concerts. But see? I told you I was diverse! Sit back, and listen to some really beautiful music and just see if you it doesn't make you feel better!

Lyrics to The Mummer's Dance:

When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair

When owls call the breathless moon
In the blue veil of the night
The shadows of the trees appear
Amidst the lantern light

We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
we bring a garland gay

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there
And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms
In the springtime of the year

The songs of birds seem to fill the wood
That when the fiddler plays
All their voices can be heard
Long past their woodland days

And so they linked their hands and danced
Round in circles and in rows
And so the journey of the night descends
When all the shades are gone

"A garland gay we bring you here
And at your door we stand
It is a sprout well budded out
The work of Our Lord's hand"

Happy Monday!!! (And Happy Memorial Day!!)


Maree said...

I'm playing this week too, but mine is a lot less cohesive. I've never listened to Loreena McKennitt, and I have a feeling I'm going to be discovering a lot of new favourites.
Happy "Munday" :)

Nymeth said...

I really should listen to Loreena McKennitt! Several people recommended her last week when I did my post on bookish songs! I'm with Maree...I bet these posts will introduce me to some great new music!

Stephanie said...

Maree - I'll definitely be checking out all the posts this week. I love finding new music.

Nymeth - I've been a huge Enya fan for years, and Loreena McKennitt really reminds me of her. The Mummer's Dance is one of my very favorite songs! I hadn't really thought of her in terms of "bookish" songs until now though. I think you'll like her!

Melissa said...

I L-O-V-E Loreena McKennitt! I actually discovered her through an old TV show (I think from the mid-late 90's?)that got cancelled halfway through the season... I think it was called Legacy??? Anyway, The Mummer's Dance was the song for the show, so I went and bought The Book Of Secrets and soon began getting her other CD's as well.

cj said...

Ms McKennitt is also a favorite. Her music takes me to places in my mind that I don't think I'd visit otherwise. "Night Ride Across The Caucasus" definitely puts me in a train in a part of the world I've never seen.

Thanks for sharing.


Chris said...

McKennitt is amazing! I've always really liked her and I love The Mummer's amazing song! As for McKennitt vs. Enya, I'll take Mckennitt any day. Enya has done some beautiful music, don't get me wrong..but McKennitt is just much more listenable in general I think.

Trish said...

The first time I heard of Loreena McKinnett was on the preview for Ever After. I HAD to have the CD. I haven't listened to it years but I need to go pull it out again! Great post, Stephanie. Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.

Stephanie said...

Melissa - I don't think I've heard of Legacy, but The Mummer's Dance was the first song of McKennitt's I'd ever heard. And I fell in love with it. The Book of Secrets is a fantastic album! Glad to hear you like it too!

CJ - All her music is beautiful.

Chris - I still have a soft spot for Enya. I don't know why, but Orinoco Flow was such a pretty song. Still, McKinnett's music seems to offer a whole other range!

Trish - I forgot about Ever After! LOVE that movie!!

Kailana said...

Good stuff! I am determined to showcase Canadian musicians and other 'lesser' knowns with my posts... I should do favourite musicians, too, I suppose! I am enjoying these posts!

Ladytink_534 said...

I honestly might play next week. Great post. I don't think I've heard of her before.