Change in life, change in album.

I have been totally immersed in Parallel Dreams since I bought it in February. I still love every song within an inch of its life. But, I feel myself drifting away now from it. Last night I listened to it and it almost felt like saying 'Farewell'. I find it funny that this is happening right before a major transition in my life.

Parallel Dreams was absolutely perfect for this past school year. The album notes says it well, “If there is a recurrent thread that runs through these dreams”, their creator concludes, “it is one of yearning toward love, liberty and integration..." I was a pretty yearning lass, and I felt each.

Now, however, I feel as if those yearnings are beginning to fulfill themselves (as much as a yearning can). So, Samain Night will still speak to my soul, but more towards the line 'Now I know I'm home at last' as opposed to 'Into the forest I would fly and in its darkness find you by."

I'm excited for a new journey to begin and am eager to find a new Loreena McKennitt album to accompany it. There's a phrase resonating for me right now, "A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving".

Thanks to everyone at Quinlan Road for accompanying me on my journey thus far, whether it be through music, random news bits, or just by conversing about Loreena. I can't wait to walk the next part of the neverending road with all of you (I couldn't help but put that in).

Anyway, ending with a question. Do any of you have a Loreena McKennitt album that you feel is the perfect soundtrack to your life right now? It doesn't have to be your favourite, just anything that clicks.
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"The Visit", because that's what she does! She makes you feel like you are in her family for the time she is in front of you. Then she is gone. I agree that I would also like to hear
"Kecharitomene" because that song just plain "rocks" as much as Celtic can. I would really love to hear "Courtyard Lullaby" myself.
That is just the spookiest sounding song, which goes great right into "Beneath A Phrygian Sky".
I guess we'll all find out soon enough.
That is a great question; as for me I have listened to all of her albums enough that it is individual songs that apply to my life rather then the whole albumn.
At first I would dive into each cd until I basically drowned, learned every word, every note and then go to the next.
Now, I listen to one song that resounds with me my life. Today that song is Penelope's Song, as I am leaving my home and I yearn to be with my family again.
May love and laughter fill your heart,
Gina
I got so wrapped up in writing my initial post that this landed in Nights From The Alhambra. Sorry about that!

Gina: Last night I completely forgot about songs (thanks for reminding me). Though albums are my overriding themes and thoughts, songs are my emotional shadows. Caravanserai is with me right now as I'm realizing the places where my identity is not under threat (a definition of home that I heard from Ms. McKennitt on the Eclectic Light Show).

Guitarpat: On the bus to school last year I'd be listening to 'Kercharitomene' and rocking out (hee!) which merited some odd looks from people nearby. I love what you said about The Visit. Courtyard Lullaby would be great, a good cool down from the marathon of Kercharitomene. I would love if she'd open with 'Samain Night', it sets such a rich and wonderful scenery. I feel as if it would go well with Beneath a Phrygian Sky. I'll mention the songs for you after the Baltimore show. Who knows, maybe they'll show up on the Portland setlist!

This is totally unrelated: It would be incredibly cool if Loreena poked around the forums (as a guest) to find out what we were interested in. I know we're only a small percentage of people going to concerts, but it would be great to have a lesser-known track (such as Courtyard Lullaby, La Serenissima, or The Two Trees) that's well loved on the forums played in concert. Just some wishful thinking; I know it takes a lot of planning to put out a good setlist.
I find myself always coming back to The Visit since that is the album that introduced me to Loreena's music. Whether happy or sad, good or bad, The Visit seems to me like a cup of mulled cider in front of a fireplace in October. And since October marks the transition from one season into another, it seems perfect for 'transition' to me.

But that's just MY association with it. The Visit and Mask and Mirror, for me, seem to form a 'core' from which all of her other albums and recordings extend.

An Ancient Muse is poised to make it's way into that 'core' for me. Smiler
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Originally posted by Hawkman:
I find myself always coming back to The Visit since that is the album that introduced me to Loreena's music. Whether happy or sad, good or bad, The Visit seems to me like a cup of mulled cider in front of a fireplace in October. And since October marks the transition from one season into another, it seems perfect for 'transition' to me.

But that's just MY association with it. The Visit and Mask and Mirror, for me, seem to form a 'core' from which all of her other albums and recordings extend.

An Ancient Muse is poised to make it's way into that 'core' for me. Smiler


Exactly, that's exactly what I was doing (I don't know about the cider) when I first heard Loreena. My wife and I were still dating, and she invited me over for dinner. While I was waiting she put on "The Visit" and I've been hooked ever since! It was also in October!
I'm still totally in love with a song from "To drive the cold winter away" - In praise of christmas. It's something about the plain, but still so powerful in the music and Loreena's voice that makes the piece so magical.

But as always when people ask, I say that "The highwayman" is the song closest to my heart. It was the first one of her songs that I ever heard. I remember my stepfather pulling the cd "The book of secrets" out of the recordholder and handed it to me, saying "try this. You might not like it, but at least it's something...different."
He wanted me to listen to "The mummers' dance", but I wasn't patient enough to listen (I wasn't used to Loreena's sometimes long intros lol). Instead I found The Highwayman. I sat up the whole night and translated it to understand what the woman with the clear, beautiful voice (and who looked soooo full of grace on the cd-cover) was singing about.
My stepfather was clearly not aware of what he started that winter day Big Grin
Hmmm, I love so many of Loreena's songs, but it would be too much to tell X)


Malin
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Originally posted by Malin:
I'm still totally in love with a song from "To drive the cold winter away" - In praise of christmas. It's something about the plain, but still so powerful in the music and Loreena's voice that makes the piece so magical.

But as always when people ask, I say that "The highwayman" is the song closest to my heart. It was the first one of her songs that I ever heard. I remember my stepfather pulling the cd "The book of secrets" out of the recordholder and handed it to me, saying "try this. You might not like it, but at least it's something...different."
He wanted me to listen to "The mummers' dance", but I wasn't patient enough to listen (I wasn't used to Loreena's sometimes long intros lol). Instead I found The Highwayman. I sat up the whole night and translated it to understand what the woman with the clear, beautiful voice (and who looked soooo full of grace on the cd-cover) was singing about.
My stepfather was clearly not aware of what he started that winter day Big Grin
Hmmm, I love so many of Loreena's songs, but it would be too much to tell X)


Malin


Funny, I've just fallen in love with 'In Praise of Christmas'. Everything about that song is sheer perfection.

Edit: Wow, I just realized that I can think of multiple occasions on which I've used that phrase to describe a Loreena song.
I seem to have gone through phases as well, but it is more due to the chronological time finding of each album and fully enjoying it rather than an album defining a period in my life.
For example, when AAM came out, it was AAM all the time. Now that NftA has come out, well, you can guess where this is headed. From time to time I'll revisit certain songs, like the Two Trees or Lady of Shalott, but if there is one song I have definitely fallen in love with again would be The Stolen Child, thanks to Loreena playing it so much on these wonderful live interviews.

Angie
I just discovered To Drive The Cold Winter Away, I purchased it about ten years ago, but never really gave it a good listen as I decided it was way too mellow for my taste back then. Now I listen to it every night, it's so soothing it could be renamed To Drive The Hard Days Stress Away. The entire CD is beautiful, but I especially love Banquet Hall, Balulalow and Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined.
I wish I would have started listening to this sooner, life could have been a bit less stressfull.
Thank you Loreena for the beautiful music!
Mona

P.S. More please!
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Originally posted by Malin:
I sat up the whole night and translated it to understand what the woman with the clear, beautiful voice (and who looked soooo full of grace on the cd-cover) was singing about.



Malin


I don't think it has ever crossed my mind that people from other countries could not understand Loreena. (because as far as I know not every one in the world speaks english)I think it really shows how great and transcending her music is, that people who have'nt a clue as to what she is saying are such great fans. (I also think it's cool of you to put effort into translating her songs, that sounds like something I would do. Smiler)
I like this post, it is one I can really pour myself into.

I also have many favorite albums by Loreena but I think the one I can go back to and feel renewed would have to be The Mask and Mirror. I being a very spiritual person found this cd to be Loreena's take on humanity and our relation with the divine. I also being fond of pysocology and a fan of W.B. Yeats love the Two Trees and how metaphors reprisent looking into ones self for goodness without being cynical (in the words of Loreena) for some reason that particular song had not captured my interest until very recently however. The other two cds I love are The Visit and The Book of Secrets. They, to me, have a bit of a historic feel and I love history so they are automatic favorites, I am also a liturature buff and love The Highway Man, and Dante's prayer (in fact I'm reading the Divine Comedy because of her song. I love the pagan undertones common in The Visit and Book of Secrets also, since I am a pagan, they really shine through.

Unrelated note
How many here would think it would be wonderful if Loreena did a pagan themed album. I hope this would not be to the dismay of her Christian fans, because I feel that her music is such that it transcends religion, and people from any beleif can enjoy it.
So, my album did change... to nothing. I've had a rough autumn with the whole moving away from home bit (it didn't live up to my expectations); this event has scattered my focus and my emotions making an album a big mental investment for me. Oh well. With the New Year just days away I get a second chance; I think it's more than reasonable to begin making resolutions. Number one: Get an album to relate to. It has always helped me before and I can't see why it won't again!

I'll report back when I figure out what's working for me.
First time I stumbled upon ms. McKennitt was in the late spring of 2006.
I was invited home to my teacher at that time. And she had this stack of CD's that I accidently tipped.
Well, somewhere in this stack probably lay one of ms. McK's CD's.
But it was first until a week later or so, that I was introduces to her music.

My teacher put on a CD.
I didn't know who was singing at first. I just heard this very fine voice. And I couldn't help it, but had to sing along.
I found the cover, and read the artist to be a Loreena McKennitt.
Never heard of her before... But I was sure I was going to here a lot more of her music afterwards.
So it turned out to be more than just a visit being home at my teacher. It became The Visit!

So the favorite of ms. McK's songs of mine must be "The Old Ways" from -The Visit-

It may also be "Full Circle" from -the mask and mirror-
Everytime I hear the singing between the verses, I cannot help my self but to let out a tear. They are so brethtakingly beautiful those notes...

I'll be dreaming away...


Sincerely

Anxious 2

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