Song of the day – Sean Keane ft. Dolores Keane – Isle of Hope Isle Of Tears.

“Isle Of Hope, Isle Of Tears’ is the song about Ellis Island and first immigrants that came there, particularly about Annie Moore who was Irish. This is a very popular song in Ireland, or maybe it’s just my impression, anyway it has loads of interpretations. This one is the first I’ve heard. And I think my favourite.

Song of the day (10th March) – Dolores Keane- Let it be.

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Decided to share more of Dolores Keane’s music in the few days.

Today’s song is brilliant. As you maybe have guessed it’s a cover of The Beatles’ song “let It Be” and honestly if I had to choose which version I like more – Beatles’ or hers – I would have a big big dilemma since I love them both so much. e

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.

Song of the day – Alys Williams – The Cave.

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I’ve showed you Alys’ great voice sometime ago in song she sang with the band Candelas in Welsh. This time I want to show you her stunning solo performance, and in ENglish. Alys became more famous while singing in “The Voice UK”. I am actually rather surprised she didn’t win in her edition as in my honest opinion she was just the best. Now, a few years afterwards, she is fairly active on the Welsh language music scene, featuring different artists, but I’m waiting excitedly to maybe see some releases from her in future. Also, for me, her accent is almost if not equally mesmerising and fabulous as her voice.

The song I’m sharing is the song she sang during blind auditions, “The Cave”, originally performed by Mumford And Sons. Btw, didn’t she break the time record as for making the decision whom to choose as her coach? 😀 It’s so much like me. 😀

Song of the day – Alex Kunnari ft. Tim Hilberts – Wake Me Up.

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Today’s song really speaks to me. I found it on Spotify last year. Those of you who use Spotify probably know their Daily Mixes with music you like and some new stuff in the same vibe. So back then I was listening one of mine, which had mostly Norwegian electronica in it, as I listened to it a lot at that time. And then this song played and I was rather surprised. It wasn’t really my style musically. Well, honestly, it wasn’t my style at all. And after all Alex Kunnari doesn’t really sound very Norwegian, rather Finnish (well unless he’s from Finnmark), so I was wondering a bit why it landed here. But then I started to listen to the lyrics and it suddenly caught my full attention. Oh gosh, what is this guy singing about? It sounds like… pretty much like me. :O What there was “like me” was the fact that I could relate to this song with my night experiences, which as I know now is sleep paralysis, and false awakenings. But back then, although I’ve been struggling with these and other sleep sensations regularly as long as I can remember and was very frustrated every time it happened, I didn’t have the name for it, didn’t know anyone who had it and what even more frustrating, couldn’t quite describe to anyone the content of these dreams and how it felt to have it in general. And so I felt a bit comforted hearing this, as I felt like if there’s song about it, there must be someone else on Earth, even just one person, experiencing this in one way or another too. That didn’t change anything in the grand scheme of things, but at least lessened my feeling of inadequacy which I think is strong enough in other areas of my life. So I really like this song now. 🙂

Song of the day – Gina Dirawi – Hurt You SO Bad.

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I’ve discovered this girl very recently and I think I like her, so I’m sharing one of her songs.

Gina Dirawi lives in Sundsvall in Sweden, has Palestinian roots and her family, at least her dad’s as far as I know, comes from Libanon. She is also a radio and TV presenter, actress, songwriter and comedian, but is most known as the first woman to host Melodifestivalen (the melody festival, Swedish song competition which determinates singers who to represent Sweden at the Eurovision). Her career started with a blog at anagina.blogg.se (ana Gina apparently means I am Gina in Arabic) and then she started her youtube channel. That’s a little about Gina.

I think her voice is very interesting.

Song of the day – Georgia Ruth – Etrai.

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Today I would love to share with you a song by Georgia Ruth Williams who is a really great singer and harpist from Wales, singing both in English and Welsh. I absolutely love her voice, harmonies in her music and how she plays harp. Hope you’ll like her too. Tomorrow I’m going to share her another song, this time in English.

Song of the day – Al Lewis Band ft. Sarah Howells – “Heulwen O Hiraeth” (Sunrise of longing).

This is my favourite song by Al Lewis, I don’t understand its lyrics fully, but I love it even just for its sound. And Sarah Howells is also great.

And by the way, as a name geek I can’t not make this digression, I wouldn’t be myself if I wouldn’t make it. Don’t you think Heulwen makes such a brilliant Welsh girl name? I have no idea if it’s in use there and I don’t think it could be usable anywhere else, it’s pronounced pretty differently from how it’s written (like HAYL-wen) so not the wisest choice in any other country, but… I might use it in any of my stories, or wherever else it could be possible. Well if this idea seems weird for you, I really had more odd name ideas. Like I’ve heard a word gwanwyn (Welsh for spring), thought “WOW! Such a great name it could be!”, and then got to know there is a word gwenwyn as well and thought it’s even better. Only that I didn’t know what it means and felt pretty disappointed when I got to know it means “poison”. Ughhh… What a pity! But still a great name for a witch or something. 😀

But I think that’s definitely enough about me and my crazy name ideas, here’s the song:

 

Song of the day (1st March) – Alaw ft. Gwilym Bowen Rhys – Lisa Lân (Fair Lisa).

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Yesterday it was Dydd Gwyl Dewi (Saint David’s Day) in Wales, saint David is the patron saint of Wales, and so I thought the song for yesterday should be in Welsh, although pity I wasn’t able to post it on time.

This is definitely one of my most favourite songs (if not the most favourite) released last year. The band Alaw (alaw means melody in Welsh) is a folk band and they invited some guests for their last album “Dead Man’s Dance” and one of them was my current crush – Gwilym Bowen Rhys, who sings two songs on this album. Lisa Lân is a traditional Welsh love song, one of the first traditional Welsh songs I’ve ever heard and then learnt by heart just to improve my language skills when I didn’t have that much resources. My Swedish teacher told me to learn as many things as possible by heart in my target languages and in his opinion things like songs or poems are the best and I really think it has improved all of my languages more or less.

The first performance of this song I’ve heard was harp arrangement by Catrin Finch, then some others, many really great versions, but… Gwilym’s is just so stunning!!! When I first heard it I almost cried, so moved I was.

Because this tune is in Welsh I’ll share the English translations

as well, they’re from Wikipedia.

Literal translation:

 

I have loved you many times
Yes many an hour in prolonged tenderness
I have kissed you mysterious Lisa
And your company was better than honey.

My pure bough, my warm embrace
You are the purest in the world
You cause pain and anguish
And it is you who steals my life.

When I stroll during the day
My little heart becomes sad
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.

When I stroll at nightfall
My little heart melts like wax
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.

Lisa will you escort me
To place my body in black earth?
I hope you will come, my dear friend
To the graveside where I am going.

Great longing for Lisa Lân.
Great longing for Lisa Lân.

 

Poetic translation:

Full many a time I came to woo,
Oft, Lisa I came a courting you;
I kissed your lips when we did meet,
No honey ever was so sweet

My dainty branch, my only dear,
No woman comes your beauty near;
‘Tis you who with my passion play
‘Tis you who steals my life away

When I go walking through the day,
My lovesick heart will turn to clay,
And but to hear the small birds sing,
The longing to my soul will bring

When’er at eve I walk apart,
Like wax will melt my lovesick heart,
And but to hear the small birds sing,
The longing to my soul will bring

Ah, will you come to bid good-bye,
When in the earth my form must lie?
I hope you too will there be found,
When men shall lay me in the ground

The longing to my soul will bring
The longing to my soul will bring

It’

s a pity though it doesn’t exist on YT in album version, so that even those of you who don’t have Spotify could listen to it fully.

Song of the day – Pugh Rogefeldt – Grimasch om morgonen.

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Today I share with you another version of this fabulous song – “Grimasch Om Morgonen” – written and originally performed by Cornelis Vreeswijk. This is a cover made by Swedish singer Pugh Rogefeldt.

Song of the day – Sofia Karlsson – Grimasch Om Morgonen.

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A month or so ago I shared with you this song in its original version, performed by Cornelis Vreeswijk, my previous musical crush whose poetry I would love to translate into Polish sometime in future, it is my very big dream. Also I’ve made an attempt to translate that song into English, which you can see here

. But today I wantd to share with you this song in another stunning performance. Anything by SOfia Karlsson is stunning, but since I love Vreeswijk’s music and poetry so much, this is my favourite song I’ve heard by her. Hope you’ll like it too, She’s so expressive.

Song of the day – Kortez – “Dla Mamy (for mum).

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Wanted to continue with my favourite Gabrielle Aplin songs, but put aside for today because… because today is my Mum’s and my brother’s birthday, yes, they have birthday on the same day, so I wanted to celebrate it somehow.

And this song seems perfect for this purpose. Kortez is a Polish singer, whom my Mum has a pretty big crush on, almost as big as my crush on Gwilym is right now. Kortez’s music is quite speciffic and he’s rather speciffic too, and I think people most often love his music  or hate it, rarely something in between. His songs are very melancholic, depressive even, but beautiful. I like him too and this song is the first song by him I’ve ever heard. It describes Kortez’s relationship with his mum which apparently is very close.

But it also describes perfectly the relationship between my Mum and Olek. She showed me this song last year and asked me if I also think it does and then when we listened to it, we both started to cry. The text is fairly easy so I’ll try to translate it:

 

For mum

I will bruise myself
I will get lost somewhere
I will lie to you
you will refrain from anger.
I will desire stars,
You will give everything
and I will take everything.
I will dance a night away,
I will believe in something,
I will hit the bottom,
I will travel far and wide,
I will make a mistake,
I will shout out the anger
because you stand firmly behind me

I will give you field flowers for that,
I will send you a letter,
I will take you for a walk
I will make a present for you
I will tell you a bedtime story.

I will stand up to somebody,
I will achieve my goal
I will feel ashamed
and I will be upset.
I will raise my voice,
I will build a house
and you will be proud.
I’m not afraid
I know what I want
and I will keep going
I will keep going ahead
I will look back
I will look for you
and I will not find you.

I will give you field flowers for that,
I will send you a letter,
I will take you for a walk
I will make a present for you
I will tell you a bedtime story.
Isn’t it a great description of son-mother relationship?

So here’s the song:

Song of the day – Gabrielle Aplin – Coming home.

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Thought I will continue with some more widely known singers and the first singer of those more popular that I like and that came to my mind was Gabrielle Aplin. I have an impression she is liked by very many people with very wide music tastes, so if by any chance you still don’t know her and her music, I strongly recommend you to listen to some of her music. I will post three of my favourite songs by her, and the first is “Coming Home”.

I think it’s very lovely and so expressive and just great, especially live. I love her voice, which is very subtle, but kind of magnetic at the same time.

Song of the day – Julia Sheer – Call It What YOu want.

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Today’s song will be a bit different, I suppose. I don’t know why, but many people that know me quite a bit, tend to think I listen to some very very niche music and then they’re always surprised when they realise I like people like Ellie Goulding or Black Eyed Peas or any other that are or were in the top charts recently. In fact, I really appreciate so called niche music, I listen to a lot of alternative stuff, I suppose folk is also kind of niche thing, or sometimes I listen to very hard rock, plus I think what makes people think my favourite music is kind of  more avant-garde or however they call it, is that a lot of my favourite music is in a bit niche  languages.

But it absolutely doesn’t mean that I don’t like any music that is very popular everywhere. Most often I don’t care about it, but I have some artists or songs that are commonly liked and I like them too, the fact that they are so popular doesn’t instantly make their quality lower or something, there are pretty many great songs that are mainstream, not everything mainstream is rubbish. The more that the idea of mainstream is very flexible. Things that are mainstream in Sweden, for instance, don’t have to be popular over here and people may not know it at all because of language barrier, and vice versa.

OK, but let’s go on to the song.

So today’s song of the day is originally a Taylor Swift’s song. While I’m pretty indifferent about Taylor Swift, I really like the girl who made this cover.

Her name is Julia Sheer, she’s from Colorado and she became famous through her Youtube channel. She mainly does acoustic covers of popular songs and I like most of them. She’s not my very very very favourite artist, but I think she has something very expressive in her voice and is just definitely cool.

I found her through my friend when I was in secondary and we both had a crush on mentioned here some time ago Declan Galbraith and she was also a bit obsessed with children and teenagers covering famous songs and liked to make new discoveries in that area, so Julia Sheer was one of those discoveries and she showed her songs to me and I thought immediately she’s really good. And I still think so.

So here she is:

Song of the day – Maja Koman – Babcia Mówi (Grandma Says).

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I wanted to share another Enya’s song with you today, but then realised that oh wow it’s International Mother Language Day, so, well… mother language, yay! It’s definitely a time to show you something in Polish, this blog exists almost for a month and still nothing in Polish here.

The truth is… I don’t listen to Polish music very much. It’s not I don’t listen to it at all, ’cause I do at times,  and it’s not I’m not patriotic or don’t like my mother tongue, in fact I love it and (pretty obviously I think) it’s one of my around 12 favourite languages, I think me and my whole family are very patriotic. But I just listen to so much music in other languages, in Swedish, in all the endangered languages I love, in English obviously, so that most music I listen to in Polish are just random things I hear in radio in the kitchen or somewhere else, and when Ilisten to something in Polish just because I really want to and enjoy it, I mostly like it for the lyrics, it’s most often something alternative, or reggae, some folk at times. So I felt like it would be hard for me to make you like it if you won’t be able to understand the lyrics. So I wondered for quite a while what to pick.

But finally I picked something. It is a humourous, ironical, but also very true song and although lyrics are most important in it, I think you’ll like it.

Maja Koman is a young artist from Greater Poland, she writes songs for herself and plays ukulele, is a bit of an eccentric and her lyrics are usually ironic, honest, funny, a bit sarcastic. She also writes songs in English and French, but most of them are in Polish.

This particular song – “Babcia Mówi” – is basically about how men and women, very generally, changed since our grandparents were young. This song should be definitely taken with a grain of salt and it’s surely not a generalisation, but it says that men become less masculine, more like females, while women aren’t as feminine as they used to be either. 😀 By the way, I feel like it’s a perfect example of that hiraeth thing I wrote about a few posts ago. 😀 And although if I’d take it literally, there are some things I can’t agree with, generally, as a person with quite traditional views, I think it’s pretty true. I really like this song and it still makes me smile when I listen to it even though I know it since  a few years already.

It’s a pity there aren’t any English lyrics to it anywhere, I tried to translate it on my own, but realised I’d probably only make a bit of a hash of it, because there are lots of colloquialisms, metaphors and words that are more or less emotionally charged and I’m not sure of their adequate English equivalents, so it wouldn’t be as funny and natural. But still I hope you’ll enjoy this song.

Song of the day – First Aid Kit – Ruins.

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Today I have a very new and fresh song for you. First Aid Kit are pretty famous so I think I won’t write a lot about them as a band, for those of you who haen’t heard about them before, they’re a Swedish duo consisting of tsisters – Johanna and Klara Söderberg. I really like their music.