Longtime Fan

Greetings, everyone. I have been a fan of Loreena McKennitt since I was nine years old. My father surprised me with a cassette tape ofThe Book of Secrets as a gift one day, and I was instantly hooked! I have been waiting for a concert to be held in my city ever since. Now, after nineteen years, it has finally happened! I have excellent seats for a concert on Halloween night. I was beyond excited when I received the pre-sale email. I keep having to remind myself that this is NOT a dream!

I would love to get an autograph or actually talk to her, though I don't know if that will be possible. If not, that's okay--just being at the concert will be amazing enough!

My favorite songs of hers are "Marco Polo," "Kecharitomene," and "The Mystic's Dream."

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Welcome to the community, and congrats on finally being able to see Loreena live!  You're in for a fantastic time in October.  As for meeting Loreena, she does sometimes come out to greet fans at the merchandise table after concerts.  It's never guaranteed, but it's worth a try!

And great song choices - I especially love her Eastern material, too!

rpvee posted:

Welcome to the community, and congrats on finally being able to see Loreena live!  You're in for a fantastic time in October.  As for meeting Loreena, she does sometimes come out to greet fans at the merchandise table after concerts.  It's never guaranteed, but it's worth a try!

And great song choices - I especially love her Eastern material, too!

Thank you!   In my healthier days (I have chronic health issues) I used to dance to that music. There is something about Loreena's work that stirs my soul.

Funny thing, some years ago when I was watching Avatar the Last Airbender  (the show, not the movie), I could have sworn I recognized the beat of "Kecharitomene" in the background music! It made me wonder if the people working on the show were fans, or if it just happens to be a common Middle Eastern beat. I'd love to learn more about the origins of her songs.

I was raised on classical music (you can thank my mother for that; my dad is a fan of oldies music) and while I don't usually know the names of songs because they don't always announce them on the radio, if I hear something once, I will remember it even years later.

It's funny that my dad is the one who gifted me my first Loreena McKennitt cassette rather than my mother, actually. I could only get two tickets for the concert in October, and my dad has volunteered to man the trick-or-treat station (did I just make a pun?) while my mom and I go to the concert. I'm not really a fan of Halloween, so I'm really happy that my plans include something other than staying home and handing out candy this year! It will be a Halloween to remember, and from then on I will remember it as the day of a very special event. I can only hope my health will allow me to go--I have Crohn's Disease and I worry it might cause problems. I've vowed to make it to this concert, "though hell should bar the way." (Quote from "The Highwayman,"  of course!)

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