Song of the day – Y Bandana – Siwgwr Candi Mêl (Sugar Candy Honey) #DMC

Hi! 🙂

Finally, Welsh Language Music Day (Dydd Miwsig Cymru) has come, which I am very happy about. Well, I listen to music in all “my” languages every or almost every day, so maybe it shouldn’t matter that much for me, but it’s always nice to celebrate, plus it’s always an opportunity to find out some more great music.

The song I want to share with you though, isn’t really very new, or isn’t very new to me. I wondered whether to show you something brand new or something from Gwilym again and decided for the latter, so that soon I will complete my “crush series”.

This song surely isn’t that sophisticated and ambitious as the one I showed you yesterday performed by Plu, but it’s definitely cool, funny and catchy and the only thing these both songs may have in common is the topic. They’re both about love, or actualy this one is more about infatuation, but anyway… It’s called “Siwgwr Candi Mêl” which means sugar candy honey in English and it’s one of the songs on Y Bandana’s debut album.

Y Bandana is another band in which Gwilym Bowen Rhys has taken part, although now it doesn’t exist anymore. Besides Gwilym, who was the frontman of the band, as well as the guitarist and leading vocalist, it consisted of his two cousins – Tomos (founder and keyboardist) and Siôn (bass) Owens – and his friend Robin Llwyd Jones (drums and sound engineering). They all wrote lyrics to diferent songs and Gwilym usualy wrote music, as far as I know. Their lyrics tend to be humourous and they were quite a typical, rock boys band, besides the fact their lyrics were entirely in Welsh.

I really like their music as it is just really cool, I really tend to like rock music in all kinds of “strange” languages and that’s what attracted me to them at first, and now obviously as I am learning Welsh and listening to Welsh music A LOT I like them even more.

There are the lyrics in both Welsh and English on Youtube so I won’t go into it, I think.

Song of the day – Plu – Tra Bo Dau.

Hi! 🙂

Wanted to share with you another song by my current musical crush, Gwilym Bowen Rhys. I think it is so stunning.

I told you yesterday he’s not only a soloist, but also a part of the Welsh alt-folk band called Plu, which also consists of his two sisters – Elan and Marged. I find their music absolutely beautiful, when I listen to them for a longer time, I just feel as if I stepped into another, not quite material reality or something like this, or as if I was in a calm, beautiful dream. I love their music. I love how Gwilym is versatile by the way, versatility is one of things I appreciate the most in people so I always notice it, anyway there’s a huge difference between the music made by Plu and his own solo music and the music created by his other band – Y Bandana – which was a rock, kinda garrage band.

Although the leader of the band is Elan Mererid Rhys – Gwilym’s oldest sister – and she is the main vocalist, this song is mainly sang by him, as the lyrics are from a man’s perespective.

“Tra Bo Dau” is a traditional Welsh love song, in which lyrical subject tells us about the girl he loves and how he misses her, because she’s overseas.

I saw somewhere that there is also an English equivalent of this song written from a woman’s point of view.

Here’s the song. Isn’t it moving and very sophisticated in the sound as for a love song?

Song of the day (2nd February) – Cornelis Vreeswijk – Grimasch Om Morgonen.

So the song for Friday will be again quite exceptional. It is one of my favourite songs of a man whom I really admire for his poetic talents and generally for his artistic skills and who was my third musical crush. His name is Cornelis Vreeswijk, he comes from Netherlands, but lived and created in Sweden for most of his life, so spoke Swedish fluently. He was a singer, poet and actor and is beloved and famous in Sweden. He lived in 1937-1987. Was quite controversial, being an extreme left-winger, alcoholic etc. Honestly, being a rightist, I disagree with many of his views, but I love his sense of humour, intelligence and how he can describe the world, people, the life, feelings and stuff in an often very straight-away manner, but also with some melancholy at times. I have a whole file with all my favourite quotes of him. One of my big future dreams is to translate some of his works into Polish. Until now, I’ve translated a few of his poems, but the effects are rather miserable.

It’s hard to introduce Cornelis to people who don’t speak any Swedish, as the beauty of his music lies mainly in lyrics, his music is good too, but as he wasn’t a big composer it isn’t always as good as his lyrics, so people with no Swedish have it hard to understand what I actually see in him and his music. But I’ll try my best to show you. And besides his guitar skills were also very good and in this particular song you can hear it very well.

So as I said “Grimasch Om Morgonen” is my favourite song from Cornelis’ discography, I think it’s really beautiful, but also quite sad, bitter and even a bit cynical. Maybe that’s why I love it too.

So to lessen the language bareer at least a bit, I’ll do my best to translate it into English, however, keep in mind, that I am not a native speaker in neither of these languages, so it may not be a masterpiece and probably won’t be.

Now the dew is falling and the sun is rising

But you can’t hear it

You’re lying without blouse or skirt on

With your lips close to my ear

Be serious, you firmly ask

You’re laughing out songs and singing jokes

You can, but don’t want to write

a song about the fragile happiness

Now the sun is rising and the dew is falling

for the poor people and for the rich.

But Luck has a poisoned thorn

that you need to carefully avoid.

She (the Luck) happily lingers for a few days

but when you want to capture her

her eyes turn cold as ice

and you become as bitter as bile

Now the dew is falling without a sound

and grass and leaves become wet

And every morning, the sun is the bride

though no wedding hymns sound

Ann-Katarin, you should know that

there is a certain happiness which dies from laughter.

But it wants to be held at night

And then it becomes as quiet as water.

Get up from bed now, Ann-Katarin

and listen to something important.

There is a special kind of rare wine

that you should enjoy cautiously.

For if you drink it carelessly

it loses its former shine

And all you have got left is an empty bottle

of bitter tears and ashes.

 

Here’s the song:

Song of the day – Enya – “Evacuee”.

Hey people. 🙂

Today’s song is quite exceptional. For two reasons. First is that Enya is one of my all time favourite artists, I’d even say that one of my crushes in some way, my first musical crush I’d say. I have a lot of memories related to her music, I find it very therapeutical and soothing and it was with me especially in the most hard times in my life. The second reason is that this particular song has a huge personal meaning for me.

I was at boarding school for the blind for like 10 years since I was 5 and it was a very hard time for me for various reasons. I just didn’t cope well with it. It still has a major impact on my emotions and as I suppose is one of bigger factors that have contributed to my present mental struggles, I’ve already told you that I was diagnosed with reactive depression after I left that school. One of those hard things I had such difficulty coping there, was simply homesickness. Since I’m not the most adaptive being on Earth sometimes it could hit me really strong so that finally I started to self harm in various ways. At this time I secretly considered Enya kind of my second mummy. And this song is just about it. About how hard can be homesickness to manage it when you’re a kid. Luckily now it doesn’t regard me, but since it describes my past and my feelings so well, it always moves me very deeply so that even now it sometimes happens that I’m crying when listening to it. I really love this song and think that even if you don’t resonate with it the way I do, it’s very expressive and it’s easy to feel it. Enya’s music usually affects people quite a lot. I like the fact that I have sort of my own song which describes so accurately my past feelings. It’s somehow easier to process it then. By the way I’m curious what inspired Enya (or actually Roma Ryan, her songwriter) to write about this. As far as I know, Enya herself was at kind of a boarding school linked to a monastery in Milford, but she went there in her teens and as she said she actually liked to be there as she had more freedom and independency there than at home where she had lots of older siblings and of course parents who tended to make all the decisions for her.

Here’s the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRrVYvHyXAo

I’m curious what your impressions will be like.