Beneath a Phrygian Sky

One of my favourite cuts on "An Ancient Muse" is "Beneath a Phrygian Sky". There is something about it that touches my soul...as does most of Miss McKennitt's music. I have not seen much in the way of comment on this wonderful song. I'd be interested in what the inspiration was. I have researched Ancient Phrygia and find it fascinating. The "mountains" portrayed in the art on "An Ancient Muse" are from this general area of Turkey...a place called Cappadoccia and I was amazed to see that they are not mountains at all but wonderful rock formations. When Miss McKennitt had her on-line session, I wanted to ask her about the formations and whether they played a role in the writing of "Beneath a Phrygian Sky". Unfortunately, my question never made it.
Does anyone else wish to comment on this beautiful song? Smiler
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"Beneath the Phrygian Sky" is a great song, I mean, a touching ballad. It's so poetic and very metaphorical. I can apply this song to today, considering the Iraq war and the crises in the Middle East. I believe Ms. McKennitt was thinking about those current events as she was writing this song.

--Loreenya
It is a wonderful song that tells a sad story with hope at the end. Don't we all want a happy ending with what has been going on today, yesterday and hope for a brighter and happier tomorrow? Unfortunetly cultures have different ideas of what happiness should be. Those indifferences clash and ugliness rules over the skies until a new day arrives and people have had enough war and hatred. I know I have.
I do love that song and hope its message is heard and understood to make this world a better place for all.
Love,
Gina
Sure John, I`ll jump in.I only became familiar with Loreena and her music I guess about 4 years or so ago actually ,at one of the lowest points in my life , Blah Blah Blah , won`t bore you with all the details , suffice it to say it has completely changed my life and indeed sent it in a direction I would never have guessed it to go.
Anyway , as to " Beneath A Phrygian Sky " , although I can say there is not one song I have ever heard Loreena perform that I do not think is wonderful , this particular one is my favorite by far.I have had " An Ancient Muse " since it first came available for purchase , so between then and now I have listened to it , well , let`s just say a lot.Whenever I find myself tired , forgeting what`s important , straying from MY path , it always pulls me right back to where I`m supposed to be.
I have had the honor and priveledge of seeing Loreena in concert twice now ( Victoria in May 2007 , and Calgary Sept 2007 ).She performed this song on stage in Victoria and it ( actually that whole concert ) is something I shall never forget.Conclusion = It`s a powerful song.
P.S. Mr.Cameron,
On a personal note my mother`s family name is Cameron , and one of the factors which has contributed to my personal future path in life.It is a good name.
Mike H - ( Calgary AB )
Hi Mike,

Like you... I did not discover Miss McKennitt's music until about ...gee, I believe I said 3 years ago...but it is about 4 now. I wish that I had known of her earlier. I am 56 this year, and I sure could have used her music in the more turbulent times of my life.
I think all of her music is amazing...and I now have everything that she has done. I find something special about "Beneath a Phrygian Sky". Besides the words..which have much to teach us...I find the music,and of course Miss McKennitt's voice,remarkable and I have to say soothing...calming. It speaks to me. Is it my favourite? Hmm.. Right now I guess it is. It is right up there with Dante's Prayer, The Old Ways, and Stolen Child...followed closely by the rest of Miss McKennitt's repetoire.
Thank you for the personal note, I am currently researching my roots. I am learning about my heritage...and, when I retire, plan to act on a desire... a calling...to go to Scotland.
Hi from sunny Spain

Beneath a Phrygian Sky is a magical song... it is my favourite one, with Never Ending Road, from her last album...

These two songs make me dream... when I listen to them, at night,looking at the stars over the Mediterranean, just before going to sleep, they relax my mind, my soul and my body...

I think I have better sleep and dreams since I practice that therapy !!!!

I hope to see Loreena in concert next summer in Spain, it must be an unforgetable experience, mustn´t it??

MARTÍN (Castellón, Spain)
Smilerof all the songs that i enjoy from L.M. this one has become my favorite, in fact i consider it a master piece from laura. and also probably here greatest, since it really touches my celtic blood so intensly, a it not only stirs up my celtic blood like no other of here songs. but makes me think back to our anchient heritage and struggles as a distinct group of people. since im half scottish, and half english. it is so inspiring it reminds me of that sci-fi movie called contact. with jody foster, where she states no words to describe, they should have sent a poet.
thats how i feel about this master piece, no words to describe.
truly god has blessed us with laura and what a blessing she has been.
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Originally posted by MARTÍN:
Hi from sunny Spain

Beneath a Phrygian Sky is a magical song... it is my favourite one, with Never Ending Road, from her last album...

These two songs make me dream... when I listen to them, at night,looking at the stars over the Mediterranean, just before going to sleep, they relax my mind, my soul and my body...

I think I have better sleep and dreams since I practice that therapy !!!!

I hope to see Loreena in concert next summer in Spain, it must be an unforgetable experience, mustn´t it??

MARTÍN (Castellón, Spain)


Greetings from Texas by way of Washington State and Hawaii in the United States of America!

Yes, Martin, seeing Loreena and the "band" is a magical, unforgettable, even spiritually uplifting experience. I drove all the way to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007 to see them in April. I was especially blessed to have the privelege of personally greet each of them at the stage door after the concer. I hope to never forget their humility and kindness in personally speaking to each of us there. Then, in October, they came to Dallas and I went to see them again. You will never forget it.

Beneath of Phyrgian Sky is incredible. I love both versions, though I think the Gordian version is my favorite. I also use this music as relaxation music, and listen to it on my earphones as I rest, and am gently soothed to a deep, peaceful sleep. I believe that God has gifted Loreena and all the musicians in such a marvelous way to bless us all. I have been listening to Loreena McKennit since she first began to record music. Through the years I have made her music part of my daily life. Now, all these years later, my daughters, and now their daughters are also Loreena lovers. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter says of Incantaion, "I LIKE this music, Nana". What a blessing to have a children who would rather listen to true music than so much of what passes for music these days.

May Loreena and all the band be deeply blessed and live long and prosper.
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Originally posted by Jesse:
Have you peoples heard the live version from A Mediterranean Odyssey? Man, that guitar solo! I love it soooooooooo much!


Can't wait to get my own AMO copy. I guess it sounds fantastic !
I just discovered that on a website with all the lyrics to Ms McKennitt's songs, there's her commentary on "Beneath a Phrygian Sky", taken from the transcript of an audio interview:

"There's a piece called "Beneath A Phrygian Sky" that was inspired by my visit to an archaeological site near Gordion just outside of Ankara in Turkey, in Anatolia. And as with various archaeological sites that I visited, I'd be standing there looking at stones -- and on one level they're just stones but you can't help but feel that these stones have been witness to extraordinary periods of history. And in this archaeological site near Gordion they had uncovered some Celtic ruins but it appears that they weren't quite sure whether, in fact, this was a permanent Celtic settlement or if indeed that this was a contingency of mercenaries. For the Celts were well known to be very, very fearsome warriors and that often were off battling other people's wars. And so this theme of stones, this theme of wars, why people go to war, but also the reflection that surely there's enough history behind us, and embodied in that history enough lessons in it, that we should be able to be learning and improving and not making the same mistakes over and over again. So this song is as much a rumination of these threads as it is any definitive statement. But it reaches towards -- if there is one thing that can and should carry us forward, it is a concept of love."

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To be honest, I never really dealt with this song until now. Listened to it, yes, liked it, yes. Right now I am reading a book on the Celts and I've come across Phrygia. Apparently, Celtic tribesmen fought as mercenary soldiers for a king who resided somewhere in the area around Istanbul (cannot remember his name) and when he wanted to get rid of them, he told them to settle in the area east of his realm - Phrygia, the area around what is now Ankara in modern Turkey. The land he gave them actually didn't belong to his realm, so he set them up as a kind of "puffer zone" to the tribes east of his lands. They were called Galatians.

St. Paul's epistle to the Galatians which can be found in the Bible is actually written to the descendants of these Celts. And - I admit, I haven't read it, but my father is protestant priest, so I asked him - that there is no epistle that talks more of how important love is.
So... I think that a certain someone managed it amazingly well to weave all these threads into one song.

I have said it before and I'm saying it again - it's amazing how much one can learn from Ms McKennitt's music.

Good night,
Anni

 A timeless song, both lyrically and musically, it is very smooth and yet has such impact with meaning. Ironic, I found this post looking at pictures similar to the lyrics, 

          The moonlight it was dancing, on the waves out on the sea.

          The stars of heaven hovered, in a shimmering galaxy.

These lyrics alone, as well as the rest of the song, have inspired me to paint a picture and try and capture the essence of what is being sung there. Ill get inspired  both listening and looking at other paintings and photos, until that spirit hits me to create my own version of the picture. 

          The meaning of the song to me as a whole is to consider it duty to have faith and spiritual contact with what is around you, learn from past mistakes, and that love of people and the world is a better answer for all, and do this even in the worst of times, or all will be lost.

          The song ,like most that are actually written by Loreena, is pieced together as fine poetry, art, and very spiritual. As a lover of nature, people and space as a harmony of life, I find the song very spiritual, and as I do most of her music, very, very, entertaining....

Celtic tribesmen fought as mercenary soldiers for a king who resided somewhere in the area around Istanbul (cannot remember his name) and when he wanted to get rid of them, he told them to settle in the area east of his realm - Phrygia, the area around what is now Ankara in modern Turkey. The land he gave them actually didn't belong to his realm,????

 

 

 

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Celtic tribesmen fought as mercenary soldiers for a king who resided somewhere in the area around Istanbul (cannot remember his name) and when he wanted to get rid of them, he told them to settle in the area east of his realm - Phrygia, the area around what is now Ankara in modern Turkey. The land he gave them actually didn't belong to his realm,????

 

 

 

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