Enya – “Echoes In Rain”.

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This is a song from Enya’s most recent album (Dark Sky Island). This was the first (and only so far) album of Enya’s that she released since my faza on her has started, so it was an extremely exciting time for me. She is never in a hurry with releasing new albums, and it always takes a lot of time because with the sort of music she makes, recording an album is a complex and long process and she puts a lot of effort into it. But that also means that every her album is of extremely good quality, which someone who releases something very regularly wouldn’t be able to achieve unless they’re some sort of a genius, in my opinion, and it also means that there is always so much anticipation when you finally get to hear that her new album is going to be out.

This was the first single from this album that came out and one that was of particular interest to more mainstream media so I think the first time I heard it was in some radio station, and I had that wave of excitement and anticipation rushing through my brain, which is why this song always makes me think of anticipating some good things. Also because, as Roma Ryan – Enya’s lyricist – says, this song is meant to be all about anticipation, more specifically about anticipating the end of a journey. The whole album is very much journey-themed and -inspired, like a lot of Enya’s music, and this particular song is all about how you feel when you know you’re heading back home. Myself being a homebody, this is, I think, the part of any journey that I love the most. ๐Ÿ˜€

y Trลตbz – “Paid Aros Am Y Glaw” (Don’t wait for the rain).

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So recently I’ve written about my

new faza,

as you may recall, and today I thought I’d share with you another song by Y Trลตbz, only this time with Mared Williams as the vocalist. I really love how versatile she is and how she sounds great in very diverse genres, and it’s always a pleasure to listen to her powerful vocals. Like I said in that post, while I have a faza on Jacob Elwy, I think I like them with Mared equally. This song comes from their debut album – Yn Y Dechrau (In The Beginning).

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jack Vreeswijk – “Lilla Regn” (Little Rain) and Georg Riedel & Sarah Riedel – “Lilla Regn”.

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Today, I will share with you another poem-song written by Cornelis Vreeswijk. With this one, I am sure it was written by him and as it seems originally was intended as a poem and not as a song as it didn’t seem to have a melody. The interesting thing about this poem which later became a song though, that I want to show you, is what came out of that it didn’t have a melody in the first place. Namely now people who cover Vreeswijk have all the freedom in the world to create their own, and here we have almost two different songs, very different in style yet with the same (only slightly varying) lyrics.

The poem – maybe a little surprisingly for someone who would know about Cornelis and roughly about what kinds of things he wrote – is not political, not a protest, not about people/society, not about love, not about Ann-Katrin Rosenblad (his muse) and not even about drinking. It’s, as you can guess from the title, about rain. Little rain. He addresses it in a way that makes you think this rain is a child. It’s a gentle encouragement for it to fall. “Of course the Earth is heavy and cold, but rain anyway”. And when it finally has fallen, the birds are hesitantly starting to sing more and more.

I think it’s very nice, and the two totally different musical versions take two totally differing looks at it.

Jack’s version comes from the same album from which is his last song that I shared with you – “Till Den Det Vederbรถr” – also written by Cornelis. Jack composed the music to it (or so I assume it was Jack) and it feels very deep but also minimalistic.

And then there’s another version of it composed by Georg Riedel, who is a Swedish jazz musician, and sung by his very talented and sensitive daughter Sarah on their album Cornelis vs Riedel. I’ve already shared a song from this album much earlier that was also sung by Sarah – “Se Hรคr Dansar Fredrik ร…kare”. – This is a very carefully made, heartfelt and refined album and both Sarah Riedel and Nikolai Dunger (who is another singer on this album) do a great job, in my opinion, of conveying the feel of each of these songs, as if they really took a lot of time to truly feel them and could relate to them personally. It is a very jazzy album as both Georg and Sarah Riedel are jazz people, which is normally something that would discourage me more or less as I usually don’t have a strong connection with jazz music, but here it doesn’t bother me at all and is great since Cornelis himself also drew from and was inspired by jazz among other genres, and it was his more jazzy songs that convinced me that jazz doesn’t always have to be awful and incomprehensive.

And so I seriously don’t know which version I like more. I wonder which one would be Cornelis’ favourite. And how about you guys? Do you like one of these more than the other?

 

Mei Emrys – “Glaw Mis Awst” (August Rain).

So, here’s another song by Mei Emrys. Probably my favourite from his album “Llwch”. And, a little bit of topic, did you know that mis (which means month in Welsh, and is used before the name of every month) is pronounced like Mish (MEESH) in south Wales?! I’m learning north Welsh, so it took me a while to realise that, but since I know that, I always say mish, not mis. ๐Ÿ˜€ Perhaps it’s inconsistent or weird but it feels like the only right thing to do for my brain. OK, so here’s the song.

Song of the day (5th March) – Kizzy Crawford – Enfys Yn Y Glaw “Rainbow In The Rain”.

I haven’t posted any Welsh music on here in a while, or so I guess. So here’s something from Kizzy Crawford, she’s half Welsh and half Barbadian, and I guess the majority of her music is in Welsh, she is a great vocalist with lots of possibilities, her music is something between jazz, rock, pop, folk, and probably lots of other things too. I think this song is very nice and I hope you’ll like it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Question of the day.

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Some time ago I asked you about the best way to spend a rainy day. Today my question is quite similar:

What do you usually do on rainy days?

My answer:

For me it usually doesn’t change much whether it’s raining or not raining, I usually don’t have to adjust my plans to the weather and don’t do it. Sometimes we’ll go outside in the rain with Mum on purpose, just because we like rain, especially when it’s summer and was rather hot. I also like the sound of th erain so sometimes when I don’t have anything better to do I might just sit and read a book and listen to the rain. It also happens though that sometimes on rainy days I can get pretty bad migraines and my blood pressure which is usually rather low drops even more so I’m just sleeping or in bed anyway. But other than that it doesn’t have much influence on my activities.

How about you? Do you like rain? Does it affect you in any way? ๐Ÿ™‚

Question of the day (22nd January).

What’s the best way to spend a rainy afternoon?

My answer:

Well, you can do pretty much anything you wish, I guess, depends on your creativity. My go to activities would be probably to read a book, listen to some music, especially such that fits in the aura outside, get myself comfy and cosy in the house with Misha and something nice to eat and a hot drink, or go for a walk if the rain isn’t too heavy. But then I could do these things on a day without rain as well.

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Question of the day.

Is there anything at all from natural world which has the ability to affect you mood in a positive way?

My answer:

Sure! First of all, obviously, Misha. Misha affects my mood and me in general in a very positive way. He helps me stay calm, lessens my anxiety, makes me more relaxed, makes me smile, keeps me company or even helps me come back to normal with my sleep cycle if it goes crazy for a while. Plus he’s beautiful. I think everyone would agree that beauty affects us in a positive way and influences us a lot.

Next thing, horses. I love it how the horse and the rider can be actually like one while riding and how strong the connection is then. My horse – and riding in general – is capable of making my mood significantly higher when I’m depressed, but I guess that’s also the thing with endorphines and such.

I love muscari, I guess that’s how these lovely blue flowers are called in English. There is something sweet about them I just love.

I find rain calming and helping me to concentrate, plus I like it also because when it falls, most of my allergies go to sleep.

And, since my early childhood, for some reason I’ve always felt something towards ice. I can’t explain it. I just like to feel it. I remember that I’ve even had a small dream to have a piece of ice that will never melt so I could feel it as much as I’d like to and have it in my room. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was just fascinated by ice, I guess, and still am in some way.

Another thing are gem stones, even though maybe some people wouldn’t classify them as part of the natural world. I love how beautiful they are, I really like to feel them and also in some way I do believe in their healing properties, and so I like working with them as I can, and I have a lot of admiration for gem stones.

Oh, and the sea! How could I forget about the sea? It just make me feel in such a very special way. And generally, being in contact with nature always makes me think about God and how perfectly He made all this. And when I’m by the sea, I tend to feel it particularly strong. And I think it’s also a positive feeling. I feel so grateful for Him he created all that beauty for us.

And I think I might have many other things in nature I feel a strong connection with, although these are the ones that came to my mind at the moment.