Hi hi people! 🙂
Today I’d like to share with you a song from a band of whose existence I’ve known for a couple years but only recently started listening to their music more. They are from the Conwy area in Wales and are quite a successful band, not only on the strictly Welsh-language music scene but also more broadly, which is probably thanks to John Peel – a BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter who, while not being Welsh himself, had a great interest in Welsh music and promoted it a fair bit, and seemed to be a particularly big fan of Melys. –
Their name means sweet in Welsh (the word melys does taste really sweet indeed in my synaesthetic, lexical-gustatory brain 😀 ). While there are Welsh rock bands that I like more and I’m not crazy about Melys, I definitely do like them and have been listening to a lot. The single I want to share with you is from 2019.
Who in your life brings you the most joy?
Well, for me that’s an easy one. Misha, Misha and Misha. I don’t do now what I would do without Misha.
Hi people! 🙂
So, as I promised, I’m bringing you another song by this year’s “Cân I Gymru” winner – Elidyr Glyn – or actually his band called Bwncath. This is a beautiful song, however it’s a bit of an enigma to me honestly! As you’ll be able to hear (hope that you’ll be able to hear at least a bit even if you don’t have Spotify, it’s annoying how it works that if you don’t have it you can only listen to an excerpt of a song) it’s actually a very sad song, both regarding the music, and, as far as I can tell with my lame Welsh skills, the lyrics as well, it even says “Cân o dristwch ydi hon” if I got it right, which means “This is a song of sadness”. Yet it’s called a joyful song. Irony or what?! Seriously, I guess that there just might be something key in the lyrics that I don’t get. Because at the beginning he sings “Mae gen i gânau o lawn llon…” (I have songs full of joy) or something like that, and I guess later on there is something like that this one is different. Well yeah, figuring out the lyrics while not being fluent in a language, that can be very interesting at times. 😀 But in any case, I love this song, and if there is indeed something ironic, I like that a lot too, I like some irony in music, like when you have a very cheerful melody and tragically depressing words. And if it’s not irony, maybe when my Welsh gets better I’ll be able to figure out exactly what’s the point here.
What simple/common things fill you with joy?
Lots of things, and to a varying degree, depending on what it is and also on my mood and how much filled with joy I actually can feel at a certain moment. First and foremost, Misha. Though… well it was probably thoughtless of me to call him a simple and common thing. He’s one of the most complex beings that I know and I’m sure there is no other like him, and above all he’s certainly not a thing. OK, so, once again. Music (even though the music I listen to can rarely be called common as it’s rarely popular but never mind), reading interesting books, yummy food, sometimes playing with Zofijka, being by the sea, feeling the ice, having a hot bubble bath as long as it’s once in a while, lots and lots of nice/soothing/interesting sounds and on top of it the sounds of my languages or doing something with them, although again, not many of them are common, or even simple, so sometimes if they don’t feel very simple it can be also a challenge, but then I do love a good language challenge too. And there are probably other things that I can’t think of now too.
How about you? 🙂