Song of the day – Dolores Keane – Never Be The sun.

Hi! 🙂 I really like this song’s lyrics, but it also has a lot of interesting interpretations and one of them is Dolores Keane’s. I like Dolores Keane too and she is one of my earliest discoveries in Celtic music. As far as I know, she’s very liked and popular in her genre. Now she doesn’t sing professionally anymore, she has struggled with depression and alcoholism, also has a son with a rare disease and struggled with cancer and divorce with her first husband. She started her career as a founder member in the band De Dannan, her brother Sean was also one of the members. She was raised by her two aunts who were both traditional sean nós singers. During her career she also collaborated with her ex husband, John Faulkner. She is most known for interpreting famous traditional Irish songs. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m synesthetic. I have associations between many sounds/words and different factures or things, this is rather complex, but basically if I hear the word or sound, I immediately “feel” something speciffic. So the very first time I heard Dolores’ deep voice, which is indeed very characteristic, my brain associated it with the desert. Just a large, open and wide, hot and dry, fascinating, both sandy and pebbly space. I thought this association itself was rather fascinating and interesting and I still have it whenever I hear her.

Track of the day (1st February) – Aine Minogue – Brigid’s Feast.

So, did I ever mention on here before how crazy I am about harp? Well, Celtic harp mainly, but also harp in general. I think I didn’t do it, so I do now. I really really love harp. Welsh triple harp, Irish Celtic harp, classical harp and even autoharp and other kinds of harps. Well I probably haven’t heard them all, but all of these I’ve heard, I love, or at least like.

So today I come to you with a piece from the repertoire of Aine Minogue – who is an Irish Celtic harpist, currently living in the US. She is also singing frequently on her albums, her music is extremely soothing, dream-like, but her voice is also very soothing and unique so her harp, voice and other instruments make a really great mix. I sometimes just can’t stop listen to her.

this is an instrumental. I chose it firstly because it’s just so beautiful, so much of harp, such beautiful, but simple harmonies, etc. but also because of the fact that it is a perfect track for yesterday. That’s why I am so sorry I didn’t manage to show you it on time.

Yesterday, besides the fact that it was my birthday, 😀 it was also the feast day of saint Bridget of Kildare, who is an Irish saint, but centuries ago, Celts honoured one of their goddesses, Brigid, on this day. Actually, some people say that Brigid and saint Bridgt are one and the same person, just that the first  evolved in the latter in people’s minds when Catholicism started to dominate Celtic beliefs. Brigid’s feast day was also called Imbolc and marked the beginning of spring.

Brigid was the goddess of the hearth, poetry, healing, childbirth and unity.

OK, so here’s this stunning piece of Aine’s music: