Song of the day (26th November) – Enya – “Caribbean Blue”.

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I think this is my favourite out of Enya’s more popular songs. I have so many positive feelings and associations related to it. This song was meant to be very daydream-y, and it feels right away, which is why I’ve always used it for some bigger daydreaming, relaxing visualisations and stuff. It has really helped me through so many situations and it is so relaxing and nourishing for the imagination.

As always in Enya’s case, when this song was created, the music came first, and then, when Enya’s lyricist – Roma Ryan – heard it, it made her think of the Caribbean, hence the title. It’s not as popular as Orinoco Flow, Only Time or May It Be, but people who aren’t Enya geeks yet at the same time know some more of her music than just these three songs, will typically remember hearing Caribbean Blue somewhere and able to tell that it’s Enya, or will even be well acquainted with it if they either have a bit of liking for Enya or generally 80’s music that is not necessarily disco. In Europe, it can also be heard in radio stations which play some light pop or a bit older stuff, here in Poland for example an oldies station called Radio Plus plays it regularly. So maybe you have also heard Caribbean Blue before, even if you are not a crazy Enya fan? In any case, if you are an escapist, I reckon you’ll like it even if you haven’t heard it before.

Blodau Papur – “Synfyfyrio” (Daydream).

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You might remember that I’ve shared some of the music of one very talented and extremely musically versatile, young singer from north Wales – Alys Williams. – I genuinely believe she can excel at any kind of music if she sets her mind to it, as she has a great voice, is very expressive and just knows how to do music. I’ve heard her covering artists like Adele, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling etc. (on the Voice), collaborating with electronic musician Ifan Dafydd and some other electronic projects on a few great tracks, singing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, acapella, more jazzy/rocky kind of stuff, folk, pop and what not. My Mum says that that’s what characterises a good artist, that they can play/sing any kind of music. I generally tend to disagree and think there are more important criteria, but in this case, it’s totally true! I really love her voice, how it’s slightly smoky but that her high registers are also great and how much feeling but also skill she puts in everything she sings. And I love her Welsh accent in English (that I love her singing Welsh too is obvious I guess, isn’t it?).

So today is the time for sharing another song featuring Alys’ vocals. Some time ago, she has established her own band called Blodau Papur, which means paper flowers. Aside from her, there are other musicians popular on the Welsh-language music scene that the band consists of – that is Osian Williams who is the frontman of the band Candelas, and the members of the band Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. – I really like their music.

But this song is probably my favourite. If I have the correct information, the original performers of this are the band Big Leaves (formerly called Beganifs but they changed their name after a concert promoter in the Netherlands misheard it as Big Leaves 😀 ), or that at least seems to be the most popular version and the one I have heard first, I don’t know of any others. The Big Leaves version is fair enough, more indie-ish, but I have much stronger feelings for this one, hence I’m sharing only this.