Inspired by two songs

Inspired by two songs:

Hello, readers of this Forum,

In october 2007 I came across the latest album of Ms McKennitt “An Ancient Muse”.
Something was going on in my heart by hearing the songs “Beneath A Phrygian Sky and “Never–Ending Road”(Amhrán Duit)
I tried to look for a reason why I appreciated these songs so much.
It took time to have some thoughts. But as we also say in Dutch : “There are more roads which lead to Rome” In other words, my thoughts are only one of the many realities.

In “Beneath A Phrygian Sky”, I undergo this song as a hymn, the lyric leads me into the darkside of our world. A world with for instance all kinds of ideological wars, fundamentalism, oppression and the disasters by “nature”.
You can say, there is a lot of chaos in our world. What is overcoming people and our planet. Most of the time it is difficult to understand. Therefore I think, I have to use my “intellect” and use the posibility to nominate the chaos and to teach myself about it.
Those are ways to order the world, to get grip on it. “Beneath A Phrygian Sky” of “An Ancient Muse” provides me with that.
The song gives me besides the darksides of our world an alternative, “a way out”; to experience a magnificent sky with aged stars, to take notice of the good sides of spirituality, the strenght of love and to inform of history.
I think “Beneath a Phrygian Sky”is relevant for the world of to-day.
In the diary book of this song I came across a quôte of Edmund Burke (1729-1797). As a young man, he wrote in 1757 “A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful”. It is a tribute to the modern-art theory and in the tradition of Classicism. Interesting items about taste, style and aesthetics. I found a translation in Dutch.
By “Beneath a Phrygian Sky” I discovered Aristoteles (384 B.C-324 B.C) who wrote “Ethica Nicomachea”, in which he teaches us about virtues in life, f.i “courage” a disirable virtue for me and for a soldier in peacekeeping missions (wars).

“Never- ending Road” it is for me a song of longing for, with words of hope for a better future.While history is repeating itself, there are staying certainties which we can rely on.
In this song I felt a kind of acquiesce in what is happening to human-beings but on the other hand an attempt to make the right choices according to values and standards of spirituality for what is living on this planet; an attempt to live my dreams. “Never-ending Road” is for me, after “Beneath a Phrygian Sky”, at the right place and the right time on the CD “Ancient Muse”.

It has become a long “story” for the Forum. I could not last it and enjoyed it. Excuses for my “could better” English.
Whenever the already announced book, “The journeys and the songs”, of Ms McKennitt sees the daylight, I would be curious wheather there is still more interesting information than what is already written in her diarybook of “An Ancient Muse”.

Sia
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Hi Sia!

I think that is very normal that you fell inspired by two songs from Loreena.

When I discovered her music, five years ago, I felt that my mind was opened. I was not used to listen celtic music (and I am a musician Roll Eyes ).

So, I didn´t discover only a fantastic kind of music, so, as I was listening songs like "The Lady of Shalott", I began to read her lyrics, and I found out that some of them were inspired by some poems, and I can read a lot of authors, like lord Alfred Tennyson, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Edmund Burke, that I discovered through Loreena´s music.

When I had read all her lyrics, I discovered this site, quinlanroad, and I read the linner notes, and there I was noticed about Loreena travels, and the complexity of all her songs.

In her last album, "An ancient Muse", the style is completely different, and it tells a great variety of histories; "caravanserai" talk to us about the rellevance that our home has since the ancient times, and it tells also that home is always travelling with us.

I had read Homer "Odissey" several times, but "Penelope´s Song" teached me the desesperation, and in the same time, the hope of Ulisses wife, who is waiting his arrival.

I agree with you when you said that "Never-ending road" is a song of longing for, I think that it says that our live is like a road, that we don´t have to arrive at a concret point, that our live consists in the things that happen to us when we are going to the goal of our lifes.

As Loreena says, the travels don´t consist to arrive at another place, the real travel is your experience during the journey.

In my opinion, the best way to reach the happiness is the knowledge, because if we have learned a lot of ways of life, by reading, by travelling, by talking with people... we can choose the way that would fill our life better.

In her music, Loreena tells us about different people, remote places, but you can realized that every person almost have the same wishes, like love or happiness.

I hope you enjoy my message, despite of my poor English Smiler

Thank You!!
Sia and Lilymaid, there is no need for you two to apologize about your poor English. I've been speaking it for a good 40 years, and you are better at than me. You both are very good at articulating your thoughts on this board.
An Ancient Muse did take a different course, but Loreena stayed true to her soul. With this board and her songs, liner notes, and articles, I feel closer bond with other people who share this planet because we all want to love, be loved, to give, to receive when there's a need, and to have a safe place to call home.
A dear friend of mine once said, "Where ever you are on this earth, you are home." I will never forget it.
Sia, your description fit perfectly for me. I love how people sees different aspects in Loreena's songs. Also I love how people on this board support Loreena and each other even though we are not close. It feels like family. Which probably could be interpeted from Loreena's songs too.
The first time I heard Loreena sing, I had no idea of who I was listening to, no idea if it was celtic, all I knew was "All Souls Night" reached down inside my heart and opened up a spot that I never knew existed and I felt like she knew that is exactly what I needed to hear to make me feel beautiful. It was need just like water and air for me to survive.
I interpet the songs to help me with my own problems and worries, but with An Ancient Muse, I find no need to do that. I just listen a feel Loreena's passion, her "emotional honesty" as she put it in "No Journey's End.
I feel the tug to make other people feel as wonderful as she makes me. I don't always suceed, but I try.
Love, Beauty, and Peace,
Gina
Hi

I too am really greatful that that there is so much love despite the evil.
It makes me survive.

And as for ms. McKs songs I think they are beauty.
I couldn't help singing along even the first time I heard "The Visit" before I even knew who did sang...
Something touched me, deeply.
My father says it must be my scottish ancestors genes that shines through!! Big Grin

I really am glad that this site is for real. And all the happy people I meet here.
I somtimes have to pinch myself in the arm, just to be sure this is true. (I hope you get the picture, I'm not sure it is an english expression.)

Well take care... Smiler


Anxious 2
I really wish that you would all stop apologizing for "bad english" for four main reasons:

1. as long as we get the basic idea of what you are saying, it doesn't matter.

2. your english is better than you think it is.

3. english is a silly language anyway, and most likely, ALL english is bad. it's technically not even a language anyway, because it's stolen words and speech patterns etc. from so many other languages, that it's really more of a compound than anything else.

4. pretty much all the english-speakig nations of the world have stuffed up the english language anyway, and each in its own fashion. we couldn't care less if a spaniard or a dane or a dutch person came along and stuffed it up even more!

(I hope no one found that last reason offencive)

I'm sorry that I don't have much more to contribute to this post; I'm not very good at "deep." Beneath a Phrygian Sky and Never Ending Road are also my favourite songs from this album, but I tend to take the songs more at face value. I'm not the sort of person who looks for any "deeper meanings", but I must say that these songs also inspire me, and I LOVE the uillean pipe solos on Never Ending Road!

BIG HUG from Jesse Big Grin
quote:
Originally posted by Jesse:
I really wish that you would all stop apologizing for "bad english" for four main reasons:

1. as long as we get the basic idea of what you are saying, it doesn't matter.

2. your english is better than you think it is.

3. english is a silly language anyway, and most likely, ALL english is bad. it's technically not even a language anyway, because it's stolen words and speech patterns etc. from so many other languages, that it's really more of a compound than anything else.

4. pretty much all the english-speakig nations of the world have stuffed up the english language anyway, and each in its own fashion. we couldn't care less if a spaniard or a dane or a dutch person came along and stuffed it up even more!

(I hope no one found that last reason offencive)

I'm sorry that I don't have much more to contribute to this post; I'm not very good at "deep." Beneath a Phrygian Sky and Never Ending Road are also my favourite songs from this album, but I tend to take the songs more at face value. I'm not the sort of person who looks for any "deeper meanings", but I must say that these songs also inspire me, and I LOVE the uillean pipe solos on Never Ending Road!

BIG HUG from Jesse Big Grin



Hello Jesse,
Apologies, that I ingnored your message.
To offer one’s apologies, for me, it is because I do not really know the readers of this board.
You did not insult me with your writing, about the influences on your nattive language, Austalian English. Do not you have beautiful influences of the “Aboriginals” in your language too?
About “not very good in deep”, here is my reaction: There are generally spoken for me different ways to look at art.To speak f.i of a song or a painting. They have a reaction on the listener and the watcher. Positive or negative. Do we recognize taste, beauty in the work of an artist or are we shocked and leave it for what it is? Both are reactions. And I think, that those reactions are reasons for an artist to express her/him self in a special way. In many cases, the expression is according to the vision of the artist .
Art gives me the possibility to be inspired. Because Í have access to all the variety of cultural expressions. It gives me the possibility to discover new paths which I formerly did not see or was not interested in time. In music there is f.i the arrangement of the composer and in painting the use of materials that you like very much in relationship with the song or theme. It is also possible for me that I like the engagement on society, say, the artist has a vision on society that suits me very well.
In just that journey from music towards an author, a painter or in the other way round, I find my inspiration over and over again. In the deep I meet my connection to the world. I think that is the reason why I like the music and also the contents of the diary books of
Ms Mc Kennitt.
To end this writing her is a quôte of Shakespeare:“The object of art is to give life a shape”

From an autum-day in Holland,
Sia
Thanx SS!
I guess what I meant when I said I don't do "deep" very well is that I am capable of feeling the deep emotions that a painting or a book...or Loreena's music...inspire inside me, I just find it difficult to put it into words. I am happy with how that is, however, as I'd like to think that there are no words to describe how one feels when listening to Loreena's - or indeed any other musician's - music when it gives you that incredible feeling. I admire those sort of artists immensely Red FaceSmilerEekerRed Face

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