Georgia Ruth – “Ice Age”.

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This time, I’d like to show you another song from an artist I’ve introduced to you before and shared a few tracks by her on here already, namely Welsh singer, songwriter, harpist and BBC Radio Cymru presenter Georgia Ruth. Lately this is one of my favourite songs of hers.

Enya – “It’s In The Rain”.

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Today I’d like to share another song by Enya with you. I think if I were to make a ranking of my favourite songs by her, it could get into the top 10 or not far below. I really like the overall, reflective but at the same time light and soothing feel of this piece. Hope you’ll enjoy it too. πŸ™‚

Song of the day (5th January) – Lowri Evans – “Can’t Say For Sure”.

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This time, I’d like to share with you a song from a Welsh singer whom I’ve known for ages – well, maybe not for ages but pretty much ever since I’ve started taking an interest in Welsh music – but I’ve never really listened to her music for longer, or more closely. Now recently I did and I kind of regret I didn’t do it more earlier. Because she’s really great! What finally prompted me to listen to her more was when her rendition of “Tra Bo Dau”

which I shared earlier performed by Plu,

was played on Blas Folk Radio Cymru, and it really captured my attention. It’s possible that I’lll share her version of this folk song sometime in the future, but for now, here’s an English song that I believe she wrote herself.

Declan Galbraith – “You And Me”.

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Hope you’re having a great start of the new year. For the start of the new year at My Inner Mishmash, I chose a song from one of my major fazas – Declan Galbraith aka Child Of Mind. – Because I realised that while I shared music from his debut album while he was 10, and his most recent music now that he is an adult and writing his own lyrics under the name of Child Of Mind, I haven’t shared anything from any of his teenage albums. So today I chose to share the title song from his 2007 album You And Me. If I’m counting right, he was 14 at the time. As you may know if you’ve read my previous posts where I wrote about him, he is British of Irish and Scottish heritage, but this particular album, as well as the one released the year before, was recorded in Germany and brought him particular fame there. Maybe not like sky-high fame but if people were likely to know his music anywhere, it was most likely in Germany.

He was undergoing voice change at the time, so I believe there’s a bit of autotune in there even though normally he has quite remarkable vocal control, and he sounds quite characteristic on this particular album. Also his music was quite different at the time than what he’s been creating most recently as Child Of Mind, and he mostly covered other people’s songs, or at least if he did write some of them they were not as ambitious as they are now, which is totally understandable given his age, but it’s just kind of striking when you have a closer look at his music as a whole picture.

At the time of my having a dominant faza on him, which was about 2013 (I guess) this was his newest album to date and I liked it the most, mostly because it was the most versatile musically and a bit more light rock-y than pop-y which I liked. But now that I know his later music, I do like it a lot more than You And Me and I must say that if I didn’t know him now, at this point in my life, and my first encounter with his music would be with this 2007 album, I’d probably not end up having a faza on him. Which would be sad, and I’d miss out on so much! πŸ˜€ So I’m glad it went differently and I came across his music much earlier, being a teen myself. So here is You And Me. πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas wishes to all peeps and pets & Christmassy song of the day – Jackie Oates – “The Worthy Wood Carol”.

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It’s only Christmas Eve today, but here in Poland Christmas Eve is the most festive day of Christmas – a little absurdly maybe – so to me it feels more natural to wish people merry Christmas today, rather than only tomorrow.

So, I’d like to wish you a very happy, joyful and cosy Christmas. I hope that it won’t be difficult for those of you who are particularly affected by Covid this year, and that you will still have someone to spend this Christmas with, albeit it may be less people than usual, I hope you won’t be feeling lonely. I wish you lots of inner peace and joy for this time, whether you actually believe in the whole thing for Christmas and it has any special meaning for you, or it’s just a fun festive time for you. I also hope that you get to eat lots of yummy food and enjoy other pleasures of this time.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas or celebrate something else instead at a similar time, of course I hope you have great holidays or just a pleasant, chill time.

Misha is wishing all the best to your pets as well and lots of nice presents. πŸ™‚

Okay, so time for today’s song of the day now. Since it’s Christmas Eve, this will be a Christmas song, obviously, one from a lovely English folk singer and fiddler Jackie Oates – a beautiful lullaby carol. – Such Christmas carols which are at the same time lullabies are my favourites.

This one is called “The Worthy Wood Carol” and, according to Jackie’s own website, was written by an Exmoor gypsy in the 1920’s. I hope you like it. πŸ™‚

Laoise – “Again”.

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Today I’d like to share with you a song from a young Irish singer that I’ve recently discovered and quite like. She is very talented, has been doing music for quite a few years but as far as I know only recently started actually publishing it, and she also produces her own music. It is really cool electropop. There are so many interesting Irish pop artists that the world hardly knows about and I think they’re worth following. So here’s Laoise (pronounced Leesha, in case you’re wondering πŸ™‚ ) and maybe you’ll like her too. I think her music is very likeable. πŸ™‚

Song of the day (19th December) – Kahlla – “In The Morning”.

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This is a song I’ve been liking a lot recently, from an artist that’s quite new to me. From what I know, Kahlla was born in the Netherlands and spent most of her life in Germany, whereas now she’s based in London. Her actual name is Freya Volk, but she also used to perform under the stage name of Katharsis. I think this is a really pleasant song. πŸ™‚

Billy Lockett – “Covered In Chaos”.

So, guys, I’ve planned in advance what I was going to share with you today as part of the song of the day series, but just now, after posting Jack Cullen’s song, him being one of my most newly considered faza candidates, I had a sudden realisation. I’ve never showed you the most promising faza candidate so far. I mean, he’s no longer an actual faza candidate, he was a potential one back in March, but he used to be a very strong one and I haven’t had a better option ever since.

His name is Billy Lockett and he is from Northampton. He is a classically trained pianist, although he makes pop, mostly acoustic, music, (mostly sad songs about love πŸ˜€ ). Yeah, super normal, I know. But I really liked him. Actually, I still absolutely do! He just never ended up being my next faza subject, although it was very close to that. After all, although I really desperately need a new faza, I am kind of glad it was this way.

Of course I came across Billy on Spotify, and what first made me interested in him was his bio, which I think was written in an interesting way – it’s not bragging about yourself in third person but is actually quite raw and seems very natural. I’ll actually paste it here, hope it’s not illegal or something, just like I mentioned it’s from his artist page on Spotify so you can’t find it there as well:

 

Hello I’m Billy Lockett. I’m a piano man. I grew up in Northampton with my crazy hippy dad. He encouraged me to have a career in music. Things started to happen, I was playlisted on Radio 1 and went on tour supporting Birdy, Lana del Rey and KT Tunstall.

Dad died. I stopped everything and came back home. Went off the rails a bit. Got a cat. Spent the next 2 years in the cellar of my dad’s house writing songs. Grew an afro accidentally.

Moved to probably the smallest room in London. Played every open mic night in the city for a year. Sold out my first headline show. Got signed. Cut afro off. Went off the rails again. Got help. Performed on Made In Chelsea as Josh’s baby shower gift to Binky (obviously).

Toured with Lewis Capaldi and Electric Light Orchestra. Put my own tour on sale. Sold it out. Broke up with my label. Broke up with my Girlfriend (well, she dumped me…on WhatsApp).

Moved back to my dad’s old house (with cat). Wrote and recorded Reset EP. Became mates with James Corden. Performed live on the Late Late Show. Got new managers. Self-released a modern classical piano-only album. It charted and got played on Classic FM. At the same time a DnB track I sang on was getting played on Radio 1. Made History as the first artist to do that.

Put Reflections EP together. Loved every song. Felt empowered. The songs were written during a darker time. But now I’m feeling really good. This EP is me reflecting on how far I’ve come, and to celebrate where I’m going..

I listened to him and thought his music was really good and very emotional and, even though it’s all about love, mostly romantic love, which is something very foreign to me, it somehow struck a chord with me and I thought it would be super cool having a faza subject like this, and also who has a cat. I also really like the name Billy, so, well, why not?

The song I’m about to show you moved me particularly much and I thought it must be about his late dad. I read somewhere that, again, it’s to do with a breakup or something, but I am nevertheless sticking to my theory that it must be about his dad and saying that it’s about breakup is just more mainstream-friendly, it just doesn’t make sense as a breakup song. Then again I’ve never been through a breakup, and, based on how many songs about it and similar topics he has, he must have a lot more experience, which I feel deeply sorry about.

What I liked about him next was that I saw something he did on YouTube. He went on the streets and asked people anonymously what do they think of Billy Lockett’s music. I thought that was so brilliant and did requite some distance to yourself, and he seemed to even handle the criticism well although some of it was rather harsh to me. I also found some interview that was made with him, which was all about things to do with sleep. And he mentioned a very relatable quote there: “Sleep is like a cat, it only comes to you when you ignore it”. It is from “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. I didn’t know neither the quote, nor have ever heard about Gillian Flynn, but thought if he even quotes something like this, he must be some sort of an akin soul to me. πŸ˜€

Even though I find love the most boring and unrelatable song topic in the world, I also quite liked the melancholy of his music, and his piano play.

But I felt really ambivalent for the first few days after learning about him and didn’t really know whether I am going to have/having a faza on him or not, so that’s why I didn’t write about him on here right away, and later on it all just really faded.

In the end, just like I said, I guess it’s actually a good thing I didn’t end up having a faza on him. With all my respect and liking for Billy, I think it wouldn’t last all that long anyway, as it wouldn’t be all that inspiring and brain nourishing as my previous ones have been.But such small, short-lasting or even not fully developed fazas are useful, pleasant and fun too, and can be helpful with some self-exploration. Also it was nice to have such a light in the tunnel during the time without major fazas.

Anyway, here is this song of his that I find the most moving, it is definitely my most favourite song of his and I love that it is about a different kind of love, or so I think it is. πŸ˜€

Song of the day (16th December) – Jack Cullen – “Shed A Little Light”.

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This time around, I’d like to present to you yet another “normal” Jack I’ve come across in my frantic search for a faza, who, like all the others before, also happens to be from England, more exactly from Staffordshire. Again, I really like him, but not enough to consider him a good material for a faza subject. Jack Cullen comes from Staffordshire and used to be a rugby player from whatΒ  I know (that’s super cool, my friend Jacek from Helsinki used to play rugby so I have good associations). I listened to all his music that is available on Spotify and it’s all really great, though I’m hoping to hear more of him in the near future. Here’s my favourite song of his.

Laura Cannell & Polly Wright – “Gather The Villagers”.

I thought I’d share one more track from Laura Cannell’s brand new collaborative album “These Feral Lands”, more exactly from its first volume. I shared one piece from it already, and as I wrote in that post, this is an experimental music album – as Laura Cannell is an experimental musician and she often fuses it with folk – inspired by sounds of the wild, feral animals and the ancient world. It’s incredibly interesting to listen to. This particular piece is in collaboration with Polly Wright, who is a composer and seems to feel good in a wide areas of genres.

Emma Bale – “All I Want”.

And for today, I picked an acoustic cover by a young, Belgian artist. In fact, this is her most known song and the one that brought her most fame from what I’ve heard. This is also the only song from her that I’ve heard and I really like it. The original version is by the Irish band Kodaline, and I also do like the original, but her version is lovely. Hope you find it enjoyable as well. πŸ™‚

Song of the day (8th December) – Enya – “Ebudae”.

This is a very interesting song by Enya. According to Enya’s lyricist – Roma Ryan – it was inspired by ancient sounds. As I understand it, the lyrics are a combination of mouth sounds, and some Irish and Scottish Gaelic. The song is also inspired by weaving, and the rhythm of it is the same as in weaving, that’s also what the lyrics concern. And as for the title, Ebudae is a pre Celtic name for Hebrides. So this is a very Celtic, very minimalistic piece, and I like this minimalistic feel about it. Here is the translation of the lyrics:

 

Look, women are working each day and into the night,

they sing of the brighter days that were,

the long road, back and forth forever.

 

Song of the day (7th December) – Enya – “Exile”.

Time for another Enya song. This is probably one of her most relatable songs for me, after Evacuee and Dreams Are More Precious. I just love listening to it, although it is very sad. I think it could also be relatable for many people, but in different ways, possibly many ways for one person as is the case with me.

The YouTube link for this song appears to be unavailable for something, so if you have your preferred streaming service, I’ll put a link to Songwhip below, and for those of you who use Spotify like me, there is a link to Spotify.

Enya – “Exile”

Song of the day (5th December) – Child Of Mind – “Lay Me Down”.

Here is another song from one of my previous major fazas, Declan Galbraith aka Child Of Mind. Child of Mind is his relatively recent musical project, where, unlike in previous years of his musical career, he has been writing his own songs, rather than mostly covering. And, as I’ve written before, I think that’s a very good idea because he’s an interesting songwriter and that adds quality and a bit of a special feel to his music that makes him stand out a bit more. This song in terms of lyrics reminds me of one of his first self-penned songs that we were introduced to I guess it was in 2016, called “Strange World”. It has a similar embittered, you could say cynical even, feel. Here it is for you.

Song of the day (2nd December) – Clannad – “I Will Find You”.

I don’t know how it happened, that despite I have had a faza on Enya and shared a lot of her music here, as well as some of her older sister Maire’s, I’ve never shared any music by their family band – Clannad – where Enya started out her music career. I really like a lot of their music, so it’s unfair! Big time to make a change!

You may know Clannad from some movies, to which they made music, like “Robin Hood”, “Harry’s Game” or “The Last Of The Mohicans”. My Mum was a huge U2 fan in the 90’s or so, and they also performed one track with Bono – the lead singer of U2 – and that’s where she knows them from, so you may too if you listen to U2. In any case, for a folk band, especially one which doesn’t always sing in English, they’re pretty famous.

This piece is also from a film score, namely from “The Last Of The Mohicans”. I’ve never ever watched the film, but I absolutely love this piece. It is very atmospheric, but I also just have so many nice associations and memories with. I used to be wondering what language they are singing this in – except for English. – They often do sing in their native Irish, but that doesn’t sound at all like Irish. And actually the answer is quite straightforward and obvious – it’s Mohican, and also apparently Cherokee. I have no clue what these Mohican/Cherokee bits mean, but a large part of it is in English, and whatever the rest of the lyrics are about, the song is really beautiful.

Jack Curley – “Alice”.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while with some involvement (thanks for that btw) and now saw the name Jack in the title, you may be wondering whether the Jack I’m talking about here is my next faza. I can already tell you that the answer is: no. Moreover, sadly, I still haven’t come across my next faza object (or maybe I have but it just haven’t kicked in?… I somehow doubt it but who am I to know, it’s my brain who’s in charge of it, not me, which kind of sucks but at the same time is kind of a blessing, if that makes any sense, but if it doesn’t, I guess it doesn’t really have to, from my point of view, so you don’t need to worry if you don’t really get where I’m coming from, fazas are generally rather illogical and not many people seem to have them). I had been looking, as you might recall, rather frantically and unsuccessfully, for a good few months for a faza object, even though I know it never works like this that I choose who I want to have a faza on, it’s totally random and sometimes even a bit ironical/paradoxical/illogical like with Vreeswijk, and happens on its own, at the right time. But this time round the time is more than right and there has been a huge delay because my faza on Gwil has faded a fair bit (which does not mean I no longer have a faza on Gwil, it’s always a case, or at least has always been, with my major fazas that I have a faza for 2-4 years and then it’s dominant, and after that, after I develop a new faza, the previous one just goes into the background but is still incredibly important for me, just not on the centre stage sort of and I don’t get such strong faza peaks in relation to that particular person) and I’m left with nothing really. Considering that my fazas, as a huge source of fascination and inspiration are also a large part of what my drive in life consists of, my life has felt much more pointless since then and I’ve had an episode of feeling really quite anhedonic and blah about everything. Now I’m no longer as extremely anhedonic and have sort of accepted the situation, also the good thing is that still, with enough focus and effort, I can make myself feel like I had a little faza peak on either Gwilym or Cornelis, which is always something. There’s also that literary faza I’m having – Ravi Reinsen from Daughters of Life by May Grethe Lerum – but literary fazas are always so much less strong, because with a living person there’s a lot of ways in which you can cultivate and grow your faza, while with a literary character, even the most multidimensional one, you just have the book, or a series as in this case, and how many times can you read a single series? Moreover, how substantial will that single source be for the continuous development and exploration of your faza? So while Ravi has a very important place in my Brainworld, not much can be done with it and it sucks. If the series were more popular, perhaps that would be easier, but as unheard of as it is, there’s no way for me to feed the faza so I’m actually surprised that it still lives on after such a long time (about half a year if not more) anyway. But generally, I think I gave up on my frantic search. I know anyway that it’s probably not going to do anything,it has to come on its own. Whether it will is another thing. Perhaps I’ll just no longer have fazas. That would be really super shitty but I’m sure one can get used to it and live on, though the quality of one’s inner life is rather questionable then but there’s not much I can do.

Anyway, as you also might recall, I am a huge Jackophile and because none of my previous faza objects was called Jack or anything similar, I thought it would be so cool having a faza on a Jack, so I was particularly looking for people named Jack, or anything related whose music I could like, also for Hamishes because I’ve recently fallen in love with the name Hamish (my Mum made me realise that it almost sounds like “Hey, Mish! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ “, but with Hamishes it was a total failure. I mostly used Spotify for that.

And if not that I am fairly sure that Spotify doesn’t have any such algorithm, cuz in what way would it even work, I’d probably think that it must have picked up somewhat on my looking for Jacks, because while in the past it would be a really rare thing that Spotify would recommend me any Jacks, now I get at least one, or one band featuring a Jack, per month (or thereabouts, I guess) in my Discover Weekly playlist. Never mind that I’ve known and listened to many of them previously, but to some I haven’t or hadn’t had a clue about their existence.

And today, I want to share with you a song by one of these new to me Jacks – Jack Curley! – In fact, he’s super new to me because Spotify only recommended him to me this week. I haven’t even had time yet to sit down and listen more carefully to his other music except this one song.

He’s most likely not a material for my next faza because while I liked this song of his and I think he’s very good vocally and all he’s just a little bit too normal. Yeah, that’s almost always, with a few exceptions, a problem with my Jack candidates for a faza. Actually Jack is such a normal and simple name so perhaps it’s always the case with Jacks, that they’re cool, likeable, but, uh, too normal! Like I said though, I haven’t had a listen to more of his music. Maybe if I will, something will click. Also, one of my major fazas that I’ve had so far – Declan – is also quite normal, I’d say about the same degree as this Jack, and still I developed a faza on him. My criteria are quite narrow anyway so perhaps that’s one reason I can’t find a faza. Maybe people who say I’m snobbish when it comes to music are actually right? Maybe I shouldn’t hold my brain back and get rid of any criteria? But I have to say I’d be kind of afraid then what my brain would pick, seriously you never know with brains. πŸ˜€

As far as I understand, he’s relatively new to the music world at least when it comes to releasing his own music. He’s also a Mancunian (I did think at one point it would be so cool if my potential new faza object, apart from being a Jack, was from the north of England, because that’s where Jack Rutter was from and that was what prompted me to think I’d like that at this point, oh and Jack Rutter was one of the few less normal Jacks that I’ve found who appealed to me). So here is Jack Curley’s debut single – Alice. – It’s very normal for my standards but it’s great nevertheless.

Song of the day (15th November) – The Harriet Earis Trio (Kitchen Devils).

Just a couple days ago, I shared with you guys a very interesting piece by this group called Cadair Idris. Later I thought that actually, this whole project is so quirky (and obviously I’m all for quirky on here) and there’s so much to like about their music that I’d like to share something else from them, especially that I’ve been sharing a lot of harp music lately and catching up on that I hadn’t done that a lot in the previous years of this bllog. So the piece I chose now is called Kitchen Devils. It is much more experimental than jazzy, and I really do like experimental music. It’s so fun and quirky and there’s no boundaries. Here, you really see it. Well, I do. I’ve never heard something similar I guess. It’s such a genuine blend of folk and electronica, it tastes really good to my synaesthetic, auditory-gustatory brain. More exactly it tastes a bit minty and lemony (or maybe limey?) at the same time. The dance beat made me think how cool it would be if harp was used in some kinds of club music. Instead of vocals or keyboards? It wouldn’t need to be folksy at all. I’ll have to look around if someone has ever come up with such an idea and did it. πŸ˜€ Or maybe the final result wouldn’t be cool at all and very different to what I imagine, and instead it would turn out to be a total harp profanity. For now, let’s enjoy this quirky piece. πŸ™‚

Song of the day (10th November) – The Harriet Earis Trio – “Cadair Idris” (Idris’ Chair).

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This is a very new group for me, which I first heard on Blas Folk Radio Cymru and thought their music was very interesting. The Harriet Earis Trio, consisting of Harriet Earis on Celtic harp, Andy “Val” Coughlan on double bass and Sam Christie on drums makes a sort of jazz-folk fusion. Harriet Earis is a young harpist from England who currently lives in Aberystwyth and has studied Irish, Scottish and Welsh harp, so in her music she draws from the Celtic harp tradition of all of these countries, but also goes beyond the tradition. I am generally not a jazz person, although you may know that thanks to my faza on Cornelis Vreeswijk I’ve become more flexible in this regard and I do like some jazz now, thanks to Cornelis), but still this is far from being my favourite genre and even jazz with a very prominent harp doesn’t always convince me, for example I don’t really feel harpist Dorothy Ashby’s music. But I like what this trio is making, I really do! I like how spontaneous and unconventional it all is and the whole idea of Celtic jazz has a little bit of a quirky feel which I love.

This particular piece is called Cadair Idris which is the name of a mountain in Wales. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in northern Wales, on the territory of former county Meirionydd/Merionethshire which is part of Gwynedd these days, near the town of Dolgellau. It is a popular place with hikers. Its name means Idris’ Chair and refers to Idris Gawr (Idris the Giant) a medieval prince of Meirionydd, who won a battle with the Irish on this mountain.