Question of the day.

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If you could spend the day with a celebrity, who would you choose?

My answer:

I’m not particularly oriented nor interested in celebrities overall. I have my fazas but you could hardly call any of them a celebrity. Enya is well-known around the world but she’s way too private to suit that term and you don’t really hear much about her as herself, and Cornelis was a bit like a Swedish celebrity in that all sorts of more or less trashy magazines would tattle about his private life, and he became very well-known shortly before his death, but I’m not sure this term suits him that well either, plus he’s no longer alive. But if that would count, and if he’d be alive I think I’d choose him. If not, I quite like Helena Bonham Carter lately, and although I’m not crazy about her, perhaps it would be really nice to meet her.

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Enya – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.

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Perhaps you remember that I was sharing a lot of Enya’s music last year around Christmas with you. I was sure I must have shared this song, but looks like I haven’t, so I think it’s the right time to do it now, since this is primarily an Advent hymn! And I think in Enya’s version it sounds so extremely beautiful. Both full of some silent, secret euphoria, as well as nostalgia. I hope you like it too. πŸ™‚

Celtic Woman – “Orinoco Flow”.

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Celtic Woman are one of my most favourite Irish/Celtic groups, yet I’ve only shared one song with you so far. I’ve recently seen that they released something new, including a newer version of “Orinoco Flow” that they also sang before, but I decided I like the older version more and will show it to you. It comes back from the times when they had their good old line-up, with Lisa Kelly, Meav and such, I liked them best at that time in the history of the band, though I still do like them a lot.

The song was originally song and composed by ENya and appeared on one of her earliest albums back in the eighties – “Watermark”. – If you know me and my blog at least a bit, you probably already know Enya has been one of my major music crushes over the years. Curiously however, “Orinoco Flow” is the only song of hers that I really, really don’t like, as much as I love all her other songs and compositions. It was played a lot and is still one of the most recognisable songs by Enya, I believe, and I knew it way before I started loving Enya and discovering her music. In fact, at the beginning I thought I disliked all of her music, it had to grow on me and it did very suddenly. But “Orinoco Flow”, despite my brave attempts to like it, remains the only song of Enya’s that I do not like, and almost hate. Why is that? I don’t even exactly know. πŸ˜€ Perhaps I have some bad associations with it that I don’t realise, which is very possible, in any case, for some reason it makes my sensory anxiety come up. Weird, given how relaxing Enya’s music is and how normally it’s very soothing to me. Anyway, I do like it by Celtic Woman, so maybe it depends on an arrangement or whatever. So, here it is. I hope you enjoy. πŸ™‚

Question of the day.

Who was your first crush, celebrity, or non-celebrity?

My answer:

My very first childhood crush was probably my Dad’s friend, I really have no idea why. I only have a vague recollection of him now and can’t see anything interesting about him. πŸ˜€ And then there are my famous, intense music crushes, and the first one was Enya. I guess I was about 11-12 when it started. It wasn’t a romantic crush. Enya was someone in between my idol, a kind of soothing presence with her music in my rather chaotic life, a replacement mother figure, like I thought about her that she’s my secret second mummy or something like that, and she was my fascination, like all my music crushes are, and the very first flame which started my whole Celtophilia and all that. She’s no longer my dominant crush since years, but is still there in the background very strongly, like all my music crushes!

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Enya – “Amid The Falling Snow”.

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I’ve shared with you quite a couple Christmas carols by Enya so far. Today, I’m also sharing a song by Enya, though this one doesn’t have much to do with Christmas, but it’s still very wintry and cosy, and I love it because of it. πŸ™‚

Song of the day (5th January) – Enya – “The Spirit Of Christmas Past”.

We still have the Christmas tree in our living room and will be taking it down on Friday, and as you already know Christmas season in Poland can theoretically last until the 2nd February. While such very long celebrations would certainly drive me crazy, I am really happy it’s so long because I can relish Enya’s Christmas music, which I only save it for this time of year to make it more pleasurable. So here’s another Enya’s Christmas themed song, and it is just so beautiful. I simply love it!

Song of the day (31st December) – Enya – “OΓ­che ChiΓΊin” (Silent Night).

I have a niggling feeling that despite my love for Irish language there hasn’t been much Irish language music that I posted here actually. So here’s the Irish version of “Silent Night” in ENya’s exquisite performance. I just love it so, so much!

Song of the day (30th December – Enya – “Journey Of The Angels”.

OK, time to catch up on some music. πŸ™‚ There is so much great Christmas music out there, and since it’s still Christmas season, and will be until 2nd February, I will throw in some Christmas songs/carols once in a while, and because I love Enya so much, and she has so much great Christmas or simply winter themed music, this winter I’m going to focus particularly on her music when it comes to my Christmas favourites. Hope you’ll find them enjoyable as well. Also I must say that at times like these, when I feel particularly anxious, and can’t do much about it, I find Enya’s music very helpful and soothing. So here’s the beautiful Christmas song, or maybe carol actually, called “Journey Of The Angels”. πŸ™‚

Enya – “Christmas Secrets”.

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There is one big reason why I always look forward to Christmas. Well maybe not that big, but surely important for me. While lots of commercial Christmas music on the radio just drives me crazy – maybe not by itself but because of how repetitive and actually superficial it is – I love some Christmas songs and carols to pieces. But my biggest Christmas favourite is “Christmas Secrets” by Enya. I never ever listen to this song on other days than Christmas time. I don’t want to get bored with it, though I don’t even know if it’s possible. So every year on Christmas Eve, I treat myself to it, and then a couple more times during the Christmas time. I just love it so much, I love the real Christmas spirit in it, it just resonates so much with me. I hope you will enjoy it too. πŸ™‚

Enya – “Pilgrim”.

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This is gonna be one of my most favourite songs from Enya now. I mean, I love Enya since ages, well, just a couple of years but it feels like ages, and I did love this song before as almost all of her songs, but now I have the real reason for loving it even more. Nothing too big, but it’s just become close to me because of a short, and overall meaningless coincidence, though my Mum says there are no coincidences…

I was just sitting in my room on Monday, feeling kinda low, not depressed but just low and confused and cynnical and self-loathing and very short on hope, and just overwhelmed by emotions. At this moment, I won’t go into details why or what’s been going on, I’ve just had a lot to think about lately and a bit of a dilemma, with which I don’t know what to do at the moment, if I’ll have some more consistent idea of it all and I’ll feel like it’s something important, which it probably is, I’ll write a post about it later on.

Anyways, I was just sitting and thinking as I said and listening to some music meanwhile. I was browsing through my music and suddenly I stumbled upon this song. And it felt like… like in a way someone spoke to me via Enya and her music, like higher power or something. I felt like, in some a bit weird way, the words of this song resonated with me in this moment, and still do, despite I listened to it so many times before and never cared much about the lyrics. It felt like someone was listening to me, or rather my messy brain, and wanted to sort of soothe me. Enya’s music is always very soothing for me, first of all because she’s one of my music crushes, the very first one, and as a child or teen I wanted her to be my another mummy and secretly thought about her that way hahaha, but also because her music just is soothing and helped me through many hard situations and lots of hard times. I didn’t find the answer in this song of course, or anything like this, but just the feeling that I’mnot alone in this, that even if other people might not be able to help me, there is someone there up high listening to me, and creating such apparently meaningless and maybe even silly, but touching coincidences to show me that He cares and help me find the strength to go further.

The song comes from one of my favourite albums of Enya’s “A Day Without Rain”, and not many songs from this album are particularly popular, so I hope you don’t know it yet, and you will like it too. πŸ™‚

Music Monday Care & Love – Enya – Paint The Sky With Stars.

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So today again I’m participating in Bee’s Music Monday Care & Love.Β 

Since this week, Bee is following Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” as a prompt for Music Monday Care & Love. In this book Julia Cameron writes about creativity, how many of us don’t use their creative potential and don’t have enough space for creativity in their lives, as there are so many important things we have to do in life and not everyone finds the time to be creative. It seems like her idea of creativity or being an artist is pretty similar to mine – I talked about it in the past in one of my question of the day posts where I asked you whether you consider yourselves artistic. I think that art is generally quite a narrow idea – the way that many people look at it – so that it only includes those generally accepted so to say creative arts, or even just visual arts. For me though, art is something aesthetic, beautiful. Creative or artistic people are those who are sensitive to beauty, and in general. They don’t have to do any of the common creative arts, they can do anything – but in their own way, with a lot of enthusiasm, and wholeheartedly, withh a lot of dedication. That’s an artist to me.

And I also agree with what THE Bee said, that being creative, doing creative things, can be a way of self care, a very good and helpful one in my opinion.

Because it helps us to find some point in our life, because being creative we can do what we love, and because via our creative activities we can let out emotions, so it’s generally therapeutic. And it simply gives us something to do and focus on.

I like Julia Cameron’s ideas of “morning PAGES” and “artist’s date” – I send you to Bee’s blog if you’d like to read more about those things.

I always liked journaling and writing and it was always greatly helpful to me in understanding, figuring and letting out my emotions, which, particularly that last thing, can be often very tricky for me, therefore Julia cameron’s idea of writing 3 pages as first thing every morning and letting out spontaneously what’s on your mind without any editing kind of spoke to me. I can’t do it this way, because morning is usually part of the day when there’s the most hassle around and I have the most to do, and it was always hard for me to establish some consistent, more sophisticated morning routine, plus sometimes with my messed up sleep cycle it is hard to figure out when morning actually is, as I can wake up pracctically any time. πŸ˜€ And of course handwriting isn’t doable as I’m blind.

Still though, I do journal every day, or even if not, I always catch up on my journal if I miss a day or two, and my diary is incredibly important for me. And who knows, maybe if I counted it, many of my entries would turn out to be 3 pages long or even longer. πŸ˜€

And I love the conception of artist date, to do something you’ve never allowed yourself doing, but always wanted to, and that sounds fun. Something that will awake your creativity and allow your inner creative child to play.

At first, I had some difficulty though to choose something that I could do as an artist’s date. There are many things that are really fun and that I love and that I’ve always dreamed about doing, but they’re not always manageable to do just whenever you want.

And then I thought – but hey, there are so many creative and fun things you already do, about which you dreamed for so long and finally you can do them!

And that’s true. There are so many things. If you told me like four years ago, or earlier, that I’ll be doing them, I’d probably just laugh in your face and think you’re foolish and unhealthily optimistic or something. But now I do them.

I can learn my languages. I can horse ride. I can write how much I want and no one can tell me I can’t. Moreover, as for my languages, I’m learning those that I’d almost accepted that are out of my reach because of accessibility – or lack of it – like Welsh!

SO I decided I won’t be trying to come up with something new, at least not this week. I’ll rather try to appreciate those things thaT I can do, and that are creative, even more, and have fun doing them, so that they would be even more pleasurable and not just a part of my routine.

So both yesterday and today, I was doing my Welsh, and was having A LOT of fun with it – with learning new words, with all my small successes and all – and I hope I’m gonna do some of it every day.

And a special thing this week – which I’m gonna treat as my artist’s date – will be tomorrow, because tomorrow at 10 AM I’m going horse riding. I just hope I’m gonna feel good afterwards, and not as crappy as last week hahaha. Then all will be great!

So that’s my self care plan for this week.

The milkshake about which I was writing in last week MusIC Monday post, didn’t work out, but I still have tons of kefir in the house to comfort myself with. πŸ˜€ I think overall, on a daily basis, kefir is much better than milk shakes hahaha.

OK, so as for the music, Bee suggests us to choose some music from the year we were born.

I was born in 1997. Most of my music is either on my Spotify, or on my SD cards, and if I’m honest – apart from my music crushes – I’m not always oriented from which album which song comes and when it was released (as numbers have little to no value for me), so I wondered for quite a while as for what to choose. Enya has released a compillation in 1997, but it’s just a compillation, so… I wasn’t really sure. I filtered my whole Spotify library to find all the stuff in it that has been released in 1997, meanwhile making lots of interesting discoveries as I didn’t know that many songs that I listened to and loved and had in my Spotify library were released in the same year when I was born, but I still hesitated, and then I realised that this Enya’s compilation that I mentioned, it has two tracks that haven’t been released before. One is “Only If”, and another is just as the compillation’s title “Paint The Sky With Stars”.

I think many many people may know “Only If”, as this song has been quite popular, and if I’m honest, although Enya is my music crush and I like almost everything from her, in my opinion “Only If” isn’t as haunting and beautiful as most of her pieces, though it’s still beautiful and very positive overall.

So I thought “Paint The Sky With Stars” would be a perfect choice. This is such a beautiful song, isn’t it?And again, like last week, I’m sharing with you something from one of my music crushes. As some of you may remember, Enya is my very first one.

Song of the day (22nd June) – Enya – Sancta Maria.

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Here’s the song for yesterday. I had different plans previously but I decided it has been a while since I last posted anything from any of my music crushes, so, time to change it.

Here’s one of the songs from Enya’s newest album “Dark Sky Island”. OMG, guys, you don’t know how happy I was when that album came out. It’s been a few years since then, but I still remember that feeling, and it was a huge experience to me because it was the first Enya’s album to come since I got a crush on her years ago, she doesn’t release new material very often, so it waas a huge celebration for me.

This song is so Enyish, just the essence of Enya’s style for me, one of the better on the album. I love it about Enya’s music that it is so melancholic, but at the same time strangely just vibrating with some secret, but enormous joy and happiness. I think that’s what drew me to her at first. And this song is one of the best example. It’s melancholic, yet quite… yes, full of hope and happiness, but there’s something more to it… I’d say it’s festive, although it’s not exactly about festiveness. Anyway, it’s beautiful. Isn’t it?

Question of the day.

Make up your own question and answer it. You can also answer mine and I will answer yours if I can.

My question:

If you were cast away on a desert island, with only one book, apart from the Bible and Shakespeare, and one record, what would they be?

My answer:

Desert island, that sounds somewhat appealing. πŸ˜€ I’d have a hard time deciding, really. As a book… somehow I feel the one I would particularly like to take with me would be “Blue Castle” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. As for the record… hmmmm… mmmmmm……. that’s a dilemma………… well I’m gonna pick “Shepherd Moons” by Enya, I guess.

What would you take with yourself? What would your own question and answer will be? πŸ™‚

Enya – The Humming.

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Happy St. Patrick’s day to all of you, even if you don’t celebrate it in any particular way. Here in Poland we don’t rather have any Irish connections as a nation, so people don’t really care about it in general, but since I’m obsessed about Celtic everything, I do. And I’m gonna celebrate it on my blog by sharing an Irish song with you. I love loads of Irish music but Enya is my most favourite Irish artist so I chose her song. It is one of my favourite songs by her.

“The Humming” comes from her latest album “Dark Sky Island”.