Enya – “Shepherd Moons”.

Hi people! 🙂

Yesterday, after having wild dreams featuring The Loxian Gate by Enya and sharing the afore mentioned song on here, I’ve started to listen to all of her albums chronologically and still hasn’t finished, and it feels like my faza on her has renewed a bit. Recently I had a bit of a refreshment of my faza on Cornelis – as I was working on another translation of his another song, the results of which were very mixed – and now it’s Enya. It’s very good, as I still don’t have an official, new, major faza, and faza on Gwilym has faded into the background so I do need something to keep me going. It’s a very regular pattern with Enya though. My faza on her never was particularly intense, no huge peaks or other such, but it’s always been very enriching, satisfying and just making my life feel better. And every year since she stopped being my major faza, when it gets autumnal, or more wintry, the faza will always come back and I’ll be listening to her music all the time and reading about her and just feeling very strongly about her music. I guess this time of year is just very right for listening to Enya and I also know I’m not the only one Enya fan who experiences a similar phenomenon.

So today I’m sharing with you another beautiful, space-themed piece which has always been very close to my brain and heart. I like Enya’s wordless, soothing and kind of magical vocals on this, and the keys – don’t they sound like they’re laughing? To me they do. 😀 They sound as if they were laughing quietly about something that only they know and as if they just were very happy in a quiet, calm way. – Shepherd Moons is one of the most special albums by Enya to me, maybe not necessarily the most favourite, but I just have so many significant memories with this, it’s helped me with so many upheavals in life, and this particular track, as well as Caribbean Blue and a few others on this album I find great for any kind of relaxing visualisation as they are very nourishing for the imagination.

The album, as well as its title track, got its name from the shepherd moons of Saturn – Pandora and Prometeus – which was Roma Ryan’s idea.

Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston – “Bugail Yr Hafod” (Shepherd From The Hafod).

Here’s another Welsh duo I’d like to introduce to you guys, a more folksy one. They both sing, traditional Welsh language music with the accompaniment of a guitar, and are a brand new discovery for me. I love this particular tune a lot, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it in the past in someone else’s performance that I liked even better, but I have no idea who it was, and Blanche Rowen does a really good job too, as here it’s only her singing. I don’t really like the voice timbres like hers but overall she’s very expressive and talented and that’s what counts the most, I think, at least it counts the most in this particular case, haha.

I was curious what hafod means, because I saw this word in a lot of traditional music and believed that it must have something to do with haf (summer), but wasn’t sure what exactly it means. Now I’ve checked it out and, according to Wikipedia

hafod

is a Welsh word referring to the seasonal cycle of transhumance – the movement of livestock and people from a lowland winter pasture at the main residence (Welsh hendre) to a higher summer pasture from roughly May through October.

Intriguing… Okay, so now that we know what it means, and it makes more sense, here’s the beautiful song. I really hope I’ll some day be able to find the version that I originally loved so much.