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”.