Sarah Riedel – Se Här Dansar Fredrik Åkare (Look Fredrik Åkare Is Dancing Here).

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Do you know, lovely people, what a nice holiday we have today? Ha! You surely don’t know. Unless you’re Swedish, or a freak like me, or maybe if you’re Dutch, or maybe, maybe if you’re from any Scandinavian country other than Sweden, perhaps you may know too. So I’m here to enlighten you!

Today, 8th August, is my previous crush’s – Cornelis Vreeswijk – birthday. But because as you probably already know, when I move on from one music crush to the next, I don’t leave the previous one, it only sort of fades, being dominated by a new crush, therefore technically you can say I’m still somewhat crushing on him. And, if by any chance you, my reader, are Swedish, I know it may be slightly or not so slightly weird to you, the more that he’s passed away quite a while before I was born, but… what can I do about it? Assuming that I’d really want to do something with it, but honestly I don’t.

So yeah, Cornelis would be 81 if he’d still be between us. I  hope he’s having a great birthday wherever he is now…

You’d think that if it’s his birthday, and I happen to be so fascinated by his music and poetry that I even want to try to translate it to Polish, then I should choose a song of the day by him, but I decided to do it a bit differently this time.

You see, despite Vreeswijk was Dutch, he’s been actually more known in Sweden than Netherlands, because he and his family emigrated there when he was 12. And he seems to be very liked there. Or anyway, very famous. I guess he’s to controversial to be very liked, people there seem to either love him or hate him.

And if you’re a famous musician, especially if you’ve left this mundane world, you can expect many other, famous and not famous, and maybe even infamous, musicians to be inspired by your music in any way. And so is also with Cornelis.

There are a lot of Swedish artists covering his songs, or who are inspired with his style, making tribute songs, or trying to caricature his style or something.

A few years ago, when I started to explore Spotify, I also started to explore all kinds of covers of his songs, beautiful and cringy ones, and I’ve found a few that are still my huge favourites.

Including an album, called “Cornelis vs. Riedel”. It’s pretty jazzy, I’m not very big on jazz, but because of Vreeswijk I’ve got a very tiny little bit more liking and understanding of it, as it’s one of the genres he liked to incorporate in his music.

“Cornelis Vs. Riedel” is a compillation of Cornelis’s poems, with melodies composed by a Swedish jaz musician of Czechoslovakian descent – Georg Riedel, and sung by Sarah Riedel – Georg Riedel’s daughter – and Nikolai Dunger. With a few exceptions, these poems have never been sung by Cornelis, and the two ones that have been got completely new melodies from Riedel. With all his genius and versatility, I don’t think Vreeswijk had a particular talent for composing, so I found this very interesting.

And oh what I particularly love about this album is the expressivity, and all the emotions. I just love the vocalists for how they feel these lyrics, how they really involve in what they are singing about.

The song I want to show you is called “Se Här Dansar Fredrik Åkare”, very roughly translated Look Here Fredrik Åkare Is Dancing. Now who is this guy, Fredrik Åkare?

I must tell you, I wondered about it for quite a while since I got to know Cornelis’ music. He is often mentioned in his songs. I guess we need to just look at him as a fictional or half-fictional character, one of a few that we can meet in Cornelis’s songs and poems. However people say that his real life equivalent was Nisse Gustafsson – one of his sisters’ friend or boyfriend, or something like this. – Though I’ve also heard that Cornelis himself might be Fredrik Åkare, and I pretty much lean to it because it just looks like it could be him. Even in this song, for me it seems to be just about Cornelis.

Do you remember the song I once shared with you, also by Cornelis – “Balladen Om Herr Fredrik Åkare Och Den Söta Fröken Cecilia Lind” (The Ballad About MR Fredrik Åkare And The Sweet Miss Cecilia Lind)?

I look at this song I’m sharing with you today, as a sort of continuation to that one. Because in that song, as you might remember I wrote, there is a sort of party, people are dancing in the barn in the village, he – is meeting the nearly 17-year-old girl, much younger than himself, called Cecilia Lind, they fall in love with each other, are dancing together, people are indignant because it’s a shame that two people with such a difference in their age are dancing and lookk as they’re very cllose to each other, they say Cecilia’s too young for him. He accompanies her t her house and kisses her on their way home, and the story doesn’t have any speciffic or definite ending.

And then we have this song. We know that  the full moon is shining (why is there so much full moon in Vreeswijk’s lyrics? :O Swedes love sun, he seems to be much more inclined to the moon), just like at that rural party or whatever it was and however such things are called in English, and Fredrik is dancing on empty streets (so it’s the night time, right?) and we also get to know he’s dancing aimlessly and not going anywhere in particular. He is also tipsy and is hurting emotionally, or so I understand from the lyrics, though I’m not sure if that’s exact.

From  the second verse we also know he’s singing – about the stars, and about Cecilia Lind, and about all that he wants to forget and drown in a bottle of wine – pretty classic theme as for Vreeswijk.

Then the third verse is from the author’s perspective, saying that he has made a little song because then it’s easier to dance [when you have the music]. And that this song is about that you’ll never get what you want the most. And what you’ll get instead, you will be always disappointed with.

Reminds me strongly about Cornelis’ life, his struggles, and about what I know about his relationships with other people.

When I first heard this song, I actually cried – and as I told you a few times before it’s not that easy nowadays to move me this strongly, but I was very moved, also Sarah’s vocals themselves are very moving.

But what else spoke to me, was that in some more metaphorical way I felt like it’s also about me. I’ve told you before that paradoxically I feel like in some aspects my personality is pretty similar to Cornelis’, and that’s maybe why I like him and understand his music, and why it often speaks to me (excluding all the left-wing extremist ones, but even those are often quite true in a way 😀 ). I can’t find any other explanation, because objectively he’s not what I would call “my style”. OMG that’s all so weird! 😀

OK, so maybe, finally, after all that chit chat, time for the song? I guess so, I wrote way too much, but I wanted to give you some context, it’s stupid to listen to the song without its context if it’s deeper, and since there’s no language barrier here for me, if I can give you that context, then why not. Let me know what you think about it and how do you perceive it.

Unfortunately I’m forced to get the song from Spotify, I could’ve sworn I saw it like a year ago on Youtube, but now I can’t find it, so I don’t have much choice here.

Hjerteslag – Linedanserinne (Line Dancer).

Hi guys. 🙂

Guess what? Before we’ll go on to the song – I’m having such a weird deja vu right now hahaha. I just had to scroll through my blog if I hadn’t posted this song anytime before. Looks like I didn’t, but I still have this weird feeling, so if I’m repetitive and just haven’t noticed, I’m sorry. 😀 I’m having deja vu’s a lot lately, that’s weird. OK, anyway…

Another Norwegian song, though completely different than the one I shared with you on Saturday. Therefore I won’t even try to translate it basing only on my Swedish, because it’s just too complicated, and I can only understand some bits and snippets of it here and there, probably because of quite a guttural accent of the vocalist, because when I saw it written down, it made a little bit more sense. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find an English translation either. But I think still the song is cool.

Eleanor MCEvoy – Sophie.

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I’ve known this song for years. I guess since my early teens, when I was exploring Celtic, and also Irish music in general and started listening to Eleanor MCEvoy among others. But at that point my ENglish was a bit lame and I couldn’t quite get what it’s on about. I just liked the song, it sounded cool, and you know, Sophie. 😀 Enough to like it for me,  it was just cool and sounded interesting.

And then I sort forgot about it for years, until last year when I decided to come back to it, and then I fully realised what it is about. It was striking.

Because as you’ll hear “Sophie” tells the story of a girl struggling with an eating disorder. And it is pretty powerful, even for me, even though I’ve never struggled with any eating disorder myself.

I also read recently that “Sophie” is a rediscovered song. It was released in 1999 but didn’t get much attention, until recently, in the era of Internet, and Youtube, and all. Apparently many girls and women with eating disorders are being inspired with “Sophie”, having it as their personal anthem. I’ve heard there are lots of videos on Youtube relating to anorexia, or personal videos of women struggling with this disorder where they tell their stories, where “Sophie” is used as a music background. I myself haven’t seen any but I think it’s a great idea because “Sophie” in my opinion is really simple and powerful, and definitely fits as a music background for such things.

If you are here, and have an eating disorder, or a relative/friend struggling with it, and you don’t know “Sophie” yet, then I particularly dedicate it to you. And I hope it will speak to you, and maybe help you in some way, as it helped many others.

Let me know what you think about it guys, I’m curious. 🙂

Alexander Rybak ft. Superbarna – Dyrene I Afrika (Animals In Africa).

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I have something special for you guys today. A children’s classic from Norway!

I must say I really do like to listen to some children’s songs in other languages sometimes, it’s one of the easiest ways to catch some interesting vocabulary, and it can be funny.

Those of you who like to watch Eurovision most probably remember the 2009 finalist Alexander Rybak. For those of you who don’t know or don’t remember him, he is a Belarussian-Norwegian singer/songwriter and he also plays violin and piano. At that time around 2009 after he won the Eurovision, he was pretty popular in Poland for a while, not so much now, but he’s still liked by some. I was kinda reintroduced to his music a few years after he won by one of my blind Polish friends who was crushing on him. I didn’t get the crush, but still I liked him a lot, and I still like to listen to his music once in a while, I think he’s very talented, both as a singer and violinist.

Anyway, from me, the enthusiasm for Alexander’s music went further, and infected my little sis Zofijka. Very severely. She could listen to his music like ALL the time, and watch the videos, and stuff. I actually prety much regretted I showed his music  to her because she was talking about him all the time and listening to his music whenever she could which made me quite sick.

Now it has lessened, but she’s still crushing, which doesn’t disturb her to crush on 1D and Justin Bieber at the same time, poor Alexander!

And this song is Zofijka’s most favourite from all the songs by him she knows. Zofijka – as much as she is talented in many other areas – definitely doesn’t have an ear for languages, so her English is quite nasty sounding, and not very communicative, though, well, let’s be honest, hardly any child can communicate effectively in English in 5th grade. But, OMG, if you could hear her singing this song, particularly the refrains… when she really tries, she can have so confusingly Scandinavian accent! Is it our apparent Norwegian roots or what? That’s weird. And very funny.

The song is nice and funny as well, and I was pretty surprised to hear Alexander Rybak singing a children’s song, when I heard it for the first time. It’s really really cool though.

And what else I like about it is that despite I can’t speak Norwegian as such without sounding moe or less fake, I understand pretty much all the lyrics of this song via my Swedish, so easy it is.

The lyrics were written by Thorbjörn Egner, and Alexander sings this song with a Norwegian child band called Superbarna.

I wasn’t able to find English translation of this song anywhere, but I was able to find the original lyrics and I thought I’d challenge myself. I decided to translate these lyrics for you to ENglish so that you can get the context at least.

Because I am not an English native speaker, and I practically don’t speak any Norwegian – I can only understand more or less of Norwegian Bokmål and rather less than more of Nynorsk via my Swedish, I wouldn’t expect this translation to be high quality, I suppose it might have quite a lot of errors, but I hope it will give you at least the context and if you by some chance speak Norwegian and have any comments or fixes do let me know, I hope it’s not too bad though.

So here it is:

 

This is a little animal song that you can now hear

About the animals in Africa and all they do

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

About the animals in Africa and all they do

 

High on the trees grow coconuts and bananas

And there live many noble and fine baboons

 

Ojajaja ahaha, ojajaja ahaha,

There live many noble and fine baboons

 

And the kids are rocked in a palm hammock

And the nanny is a gammal, chatty parrot

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

The nanny is a gammal, chatty parrot

 

The big elephant he is the forest’s firefighter

And when there is fire he quenches it with his long proboscis

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

When there is fire he quenches it with his long proboscis.

 

But the king and the queen are lion and lioness

And the queen is hungry, but the king is so angry

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

The queen is hungry, but the king is so angry

 

On the trees the birds are sitting and singing all day long

And the hippo plays the drum by patting himself on the belly

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

The hippo plays the drum by patting himself on the belly

 

And the ostrich dances samba with the prettiest chimp

And soon all the other animals are also dancing

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

Soon all the other animals are also dancing

 

The big crocodile was feeling so bad the other day

It had eaten a monkey and got such a bad stomach ache

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

It had eaten a monkey and got such a bad stomach ache

 

And down in the Giraffeland there is grief in the waltz

For eight little giraffes had gotten a sore throat

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

For eight little giraffes had gotten a sore throat

 

But then doctor rhino came with a hat, a stick and glasses

And then all of them got cough syrup and black small tablets

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

Then all of them got cough syrup and black small tablets.

 

The poor crocodile doctor had to operate

And there are many verses yet but we can’t anymore

 

Ojaoja ahaha, ojaoja ahaha,

There are many verses yet but I can’t anymore.

Yws Gwynedd – Codi/Cysgu (Rising/Sleeping).

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Here’s another of my favourite Welsh music groups, of which I’d like to show you a few of my favourite songs. Here’s one of them, the first I’ve heard from them. The name Yws Gwynedd comes from the name of the founder and vocalist in this band – Ywain Gwynedd. They’re from north Wales.

Hanne Hukkelberg ft. Emilie Nicholas – Embroidery.

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A few months ago I showed you a song by Emilie Nicholas, about whom I can actually say that she’s my favourite Norwegian singer. And recently I discovered that she has made a collaboration with Hanne Hukkelberg. I didn’t know anything about the latter since this week, despite she has collaborated on soundtracks to a few popular movies and is generally around in the music environment for longer than Emilie. I like her. So no wonder I like this song as well, which they both made together.

Music Monday Care & Love – Curly Strings – “Miks Sa Murrad Mind?” (Why DO You Break Me?).

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And so I am taking part in another

Music Monday Care & Love

maybe a little late, but I think it’s much better late than never, especially since it lasts until Sunday. 😀

Last week, Bee encouraged us to just being and sitting still, to do it as a self care activity. That was a fabulous idea for me, but also a bit of a challenge as I’ve always been struggling with it quite a lot. Surprisingly, at the first day when I tried to do it last week with a little help from Misha, it went really well, I mean, much better than I expected. So I continued throughout the week, with the exception of Thursday when I was just too anxious and messed up and wired that it actually wouldn’t work out at all. But even during the weekend, which was also full of anxiety for me, I managed to do it for five-ish minutes everyday, always with invaluable help of Misha. it definitely wasn’t always easy, but I tried, and will continue if I can, because I feel like although it’s so hard, it often indeed helps my brain to shut off for a while. Music helped me with it hugely as well. When I was in so much anxiety at the weekend it was very hard for me to stand the silence so I listened to Enya’s music, to my favourite album “The Memory Of Trees”, which always soothes me a lot, well Enya is generally like an antidote for me. I am lucky to live in the town, but have all of the charms of the countryside as well, as we are on the outskirts, so I could also, like Bee, listen to the nature. On Sunday we even went to the beach, not for long as it started to rain just after we arrived, but still, we were able to stay there for a while and relish the sound of the sea combined with the rain and storm.

And this week, Bee invites us to not only be still, but also to focus on our breath. That sounded a bit easier to me when I read it, as I already had some more experience with just being, and now as I could focus on something, it seemed like even more doable. Turned out it doesn’t necessarily have to be like this, it is also a challenging thing for me in a way, as my attention constantly gets distracted by some other thoughts, but I try not to care about it too much. When I finally did focus on my breath fully, doing it yesterday night, I felt like it helped me significantly with my anxiety. I mean it was still there, but not eating me up, like a while before, and didn’t occupy the central position in my mind any longer. I hope I’ll get out of this anxious episode completely soon and that then it’ll be much easier for me to focus on things. Yesterday as I was doing this, Misha was accompanying me as well, and I was also feeling him and his deep breath, which in turn made me realise how shallowly I breathe when under a lot of anxiety. That’s generally not anything particular as it is normal that people often don’t breathe properly while stressed, but it helped me to see the difference between how it is, and how it should be. SO I tried to in a sense imitate Misha, in how deep his breathing is. It felt really good and soothing to be with him and just breathe together, I wouldn’t think it can be so much fun honestly, he seemed to be very contented too. 😀 He’s very slowed down by this kind of weather we’re having now, so he seemed to like this very simple activity.

Today I was very lucky because I could again be and breathe by the sea. This time not in the rain. I always find the sea very relaxing, soothing, healing and just fun, so I thought it would be a fabulous idea to do it by the sea. I sat on the sea shore and focused only on my breath and the sea around me, all its sounds, the water, sand and waves, and suddenly I just felt literally that my anxiety has washed away. At least for the time I was by the sea, but anyway, I was very happy to notice this, and it was such a lovely experience.

So yeah, really, if you’re gonna do this, if you want to do something for yourself this week, also do join us on the Music Monday Care & Love, and try to just do nothing except for breathing and focusing on it for a little while every day, but what I would myself greatly recommend you to do, if you can do it, is – to go to the seaside, and do it there. You’ll see how wonderful it can be then. Or if it can’t be the sea, let it be anywhere you feel really really safe and soothed.

OK, so on to the song I want to share with you today.

As some of you may know from my last Weekend Coffee Share post, on 29th July was my friend Jacek’s first death anniversary, and that I still can’t fully get it. I decided, or rather I didn’t decide, it went very spontaneously, anyway I spent almost the entire day listening to Finnish music. And no, it wasn’t Finnish metal, although I listen to quite a lot of it, but usually when I am very depressed, and this time I wasn’t. It was mainly folk, pop, and some lighter shades of rock, anyway, the music that I discovered via Jacek, that I recommended to him, that I associated with him. Because what always united us was the love for Finland, Finnish language, Finnish people and Finnish music. Swedish as well, but that’s another story, Jacek’s kinda main domain was Finland, while mine was Sweden.

Anyway, so I listened to all that Finnish music I knew, and lots of new stuff, mainly on Spotify, which resulted in Spotify overflowing me with tons of Finnish music, because I hadn’t listened to it to such a extent in a while before that day. And so I was happy, discovering lots of new things, and then I discovered a band called Curly Strings. I listened to one of their songs, then another, and yet another. Cool. Really cool, but… wait… sounds familiar, but… is it actually Finnish?

What can an incompetent human being in 21st century do in face of such an unsolvable dilemma? Only ask uncle Google for help, and that’s quite obviously what I did. And my instinct turned out to be right because it wasn’t Finnish! It was Estonian!

Maybe an average Finophile would then just shrug and go away in an opposite direction – I don’t know, but I am certainly not an average Finophile. I just love good music in interesting and not very well known languages. And this was quite a discovery for me and I was like YAAAY! because I can count on my fingers of one hand all the Estonian language musicians I know. All of those I knew so far were from a programme we have in Poland called “Strefa Rokendrola Wolna Od Angola”, (roughly Rock & Roll Zone Free From English). There is so much good music and so much of all the excentric music I listen to, I know from there.

So yeah, now I am exploring the world of Estonian music. Generally, Estonian isn’t among my VERY BEST FAVOURITE languages, but I still do like it a lot, and if I’ll ever learn all MY languages, Estonian might be one of the first ones I’d learn afterwards.

So here is the song, and there are also lyrics under the video, I think they’re very interesting, in a way they speak to me.

What do you think? Have you actually ever heard Estonian language before? 🙂

Once again I highly recommend you to go visit Bee and take part in the Music MOnday Love & Care, and start to love yourself a bit more.

Holly Brewer – “Wish I Loved You More”.

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Holly Brewer is from the UK, and was one of the contestants in Bbc Two’s You Decide, as a candidate to represent the country on the EUrovision Song Contest last year. She became known thanks to X Factor. I don’t know if she has made any more music so far, but I quite like this sog and think it’s cool.

HildurHöglind -“The Fault In Our Stars”.

This is a newish artist to me. I recently got to listen to her EP “Poems”, consisting of poems to which she wrote the music, and two song with lyrics of her own. “The Fault In Our Stars” is one of those two. I haven’t found any evidence online, but it seems to be inspired by the famous John Green’s book, which I absolutely love, and I love this song too.

Music Monday Care & Love – song of the day (23rd July) – Hilde Selvikvåg – Allt For Deg (All For You).

Hi guys! 🙂

I’m so happy to participate in Music Monday Care & Love (formerly Music Monday Blog Party), hosted by the Bee at The Bee Writes.

Music Monday Love & Care is all about appreciating yourself, caring for yourself, celebrating your life and loving yourself more, all the while sharing music we love and that helps us with doing it all.

I think most of us would benefit from being more caring and loving for ourselves, so if you think it’s you too, I really encourage you to take part in it as well, and do some special self-care activity to be better for yourself, and do listen to some good music meanwhile, it really helps in boosting your self-esteem.

The activity that Bee is suggesting for us this week is to “just sit and do nothing”.

An extremely hard thing for me to do, I must admit. 😀 I’m not like hyperactive or anything, but my brain certainly is, and I don’t like, or am not used to, doing nothing for a long time, when I read it in the Bee’s post I actually wondered for a while whether I’m capable to do so. 😀 I don’t like feeling bored, and my brain is constantly overthinking, analysing and stuff. So, here’s the challenge for me!

This week (excluding Monday because it was just to busy), every day I’m going to sit still doing nothing – maybe besides listening to some not very brain-engaging music – for like 5 minutes, or more if I can. Just switch my brain off and exist. 5 minutes isn’t long, but that’s always something for a start, and, who knows, maybe until Sunday I’ll be able to increase it? Maybe to 10 minutes? That would be cool, wouldn’t it?

I was always kinda jealous, but also kinda surprised seeing people who don’t have any issues with doing nothing. Like on the beach – you see lots of people just lying, sunbathing, and doing nothing else. I was often thinking that if I’d do it for longer… I don’t know what would really happen, but the thought of it just scared me! And no, I am not any sort of workaholic or anything, it just seemed, and still seems in a way, kinda odd to me to do just nothing. My Mum is a master at it, so I’m gonna take an example from her. She is a very productive person, but she seems to be an expert at herself and her own needs and always knows exactly when to stop.

Because of these issues I have, it’s also often hard for me to pray or meditate, and I often find it disheartening, I need to be really determined if I really want to do such things right and succeed. Not because I can’t focus my attention on what I need to do, but because at the same time I focus my attention on a thousand of other big and little things, and then any prayer or meditation just can’t go right, you need to immerse your whole mind in it.

But, yeah, today I tried, for 5 minutes, 5 and a half almost, Misha was with me and Misha was the only thing I tried to focus on. We just lied together and I felt his fur, his slightest movements, listened to his breath, the gurglings in his tummy, felt his smell… We do it very often with Misha, just lie together, but usually at the same time my thoughts are racing like crazy, and today I did my best to stop them. It went surprisingly well. It was hard, but not as tough as I thought it could be. I think the weather we have now here helps people greatly in just existing, it’s really hot and it always makes me feel kinda sluggish, so it’s easier to do such things.

So I think I have the reason to be quite proud of myself, that’s always something. and also yesterday evening I ended up with sky high levels of anxiety and was feeling very low because of something that sort of triggered me, I was feeling better in the morning, but still rather not stable, and I feel like switching off my brain and turning my attention only to Misha helped me to feel more stable and grounded, which is really good.

So, I’m curious how it’ll go for the rest of the week, and if you can relate in any way to what I wrote, I would recommend you to try doing it too, I’m curious about how and if it will help you.

OK, so let’s go to the song. As you could notice I didn’t post anything yesterday, including song of the day, so it’ll be the song I planned for yesterday, in Norwegian.

It is a Norwegian version of John Legend’s song “All Of Me”, (Allt for Deg in Norwegian so actually All For You), sung by Hilde Selvikvåg. I really like it, and Iäm curious if you will too, and which version you prefer, the original, or this one. Enjoy. 🙂

Gwilym Bowen Rhys – Galargan Dŵr Tryweryn (Lament For Tryweryn’s Water).

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so as I told you recently, Gwilym Bowen Rhys’ new album has come out in digital version a few days ago, and I’m still so excited about it. I’ve listened to all the songs for a few times very carefully already and has made a review in my diary as I always do with any music by my crushes.

and I thought I’d share one of the songs on this album with you guys. I’ve actually known it before I even knew this album will come out because Gwilym has sung it on various gigs before and there is some earlier version of this song he sang, on Youtube as well.

But this album version is maybe even better, I really like it.

The album itself is of course very folky, as all Gwilym’s solo work, and, what’s interesting, it’s entirely acoustic. It has been apparently recorded over a three-hour session with only one microphone, and there’s only Gwilym and his guitar, or just acapella. The whole album is a set of old, traditional Welsh songs, and its called “Detholiad O Hen Faledi I”, simply Collection Of Old Ballads I. It’s absolutely brilliant and charismatic and energetic. Actually the only potential reservation I could have is that it is so so short (my crushes always make so very short albums lately :/ ), just 9 tracks, while it was a 3 hour session, but hey, you couldn’t contain a 3-hour long live session into one album, and since it’s called “Detholiad O Hen Faledi I”, it suggests that we can expect a “Detholiad O Hen Faledi II” as well. 😀

The song I want to show you is called “Galargan Dŵr
Tryweryn” and was written by Wmffre Ll. Wmffres. It is about Welsh whisky. Wales, just like other Celtic countries has had a rich and long tradition of distilling whisky, although things have changed in 19th century when Welsh whisky wasn’t produced almost at all. Then a guy called R. J. Price Lloyd decided to change it and established his own distillery, producing “Welsh Royal Whisky”, though it turned out to be unsuccessful and didn’t exist for too long. One of the rivers from where the water for the whisky was distilled was Afon Tryweryn (Tryweryn River), hence Tryweryn’s water of course.

So this song is the author’s tribute to that whisky and an expression of his disappointment that it ceased to exist. The melody comes from Brittany. That’s what I got to know about the song from Gwilym’s

BandCamp page.

I thought I’d share this song since in my opinion it’s one of the best on this album, but also to manifest my own appreciation of whisky, which is actually the only alcohol beverage I ever drink nowadays, even though I’ve never had any other Welsh whisky than Penderyn, which is actually I guess the only one Welsh whisky nowadays.

Since, at least as of yet, the song isn’t available on Youtube or Spotify or SoundCloud, I’ll share it via Dropbox with you and the link will expire after 30 days.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qg0gacmgwt00neb/Gwilym%20Bowen%20Rhys%20-%20Detholiad%20o%20Hen%20Faledi%20I%20-%2002%20Galargan%20Dwr%20Tryweryn.mp3?dl=0

Highasakite – Golden Ticket.

Hi. 🙂

“Boy, can you hear Misha?” 😀 That’s what Zofijka heard in this song. Of course there’s “Can You Hear Me Shout” not “Misha”, but it’s funny, isn’t it? I really like it how you can understand weird and funny things in music in other languages. I really liked this song even before Zofijka’s discovery though.