Hello everyone. I just signed up to the community forum, though I have been a Loreena McKennitt fan since 1994.
I had heard her music mentioned by someone before when I heard her for the first time. I remember it quite vividly: I was a student of English at the time, and we were on a study trip to York, England.
On one of the outings we had, we were in a bus, heading towards the place where the Brontë sisters used to live, and though the bus driver hadn't thought to have any entertainment, someone quickly offered a cassette tape from their walkman to play to have some background music for the long bus ride.
And a few moments later, the spellbinding first sounds of Loreena McKennitt's "All Soul's Night" were filling my ears, and - to cut a long story short - since then, most of the time I spend listening music has been listening to Loreena's lovely work.
It is very inspirational both when writing or painting to have such wonderful music in the background, or just to listen to it and shutting everything else out.
I also find it rather therapeutical and relaxing - especially the last ten years when I've been working in a shop and I've come home tired the last few months before Christmas. Coming home, putting on some Loreena McKennitt, lighting some candles, and sitting down in bed and closing my eyes has kept me going through stressful times.
So, Loreena, keep up the good work, both doing your own compositions and making the most wonderful arrangements of traditonal songs. I am sure I am not alone in excitedly anticipating what is to come next from your musical genius.