Nona – “Say You Will”.

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Last year I guess around April or May, I had a time in my music discovering adventures when I was really determined to find some Dutch music that I’d love, whether in Dutch or in English. Because Dutch is one of my favourite languages, as you may or may not know, and with my favourite languages, I just want to know about music in their countries, and previously I knew really very little Dutch music that would speak to me – very little Dutch music at all in fact. – I knew some Gothic/symphonic metal bands that I’d been listening to in my Gothic stage and occasionally still do, and then there’s of course Cornelis Vreeswijk who mostly wrote in Swedish, and some folk metal bands like Heidevolk and things like this. Oh yeah and I used to be slightly into trance in my preteens/early teens so I liked Armin van Buuren. Other than that – nothing from the Netherlands. – And, like I said, last spring I decided to change it, and came across some Dutch musicians that I really did end up liking, and shared some of their music on here.

But, I forgot to share one artist who stood out for me for one particular reason. She sounds just so much like Amy Winehouse, it’s crazy! I’m not a huge soul fan to be honest, but I loved loved loved Amy Winehouse sooo much, so it was an interesting experience for me to hear Nona – because that’s how this Dutch artist is called – for the first time. I like a lot of her music, but decided to share this piece of her that you can hear below.

Song of the day (2nd December) – Clannad – “I Will Find You”.

I don’t know how it happened, that despite I have had a faza on Enya and shared a lot of her music here, as well as some of her older sister Maire’s, I’ve never shared any music by their family band – Clannad – where Enya started out her music career. I really like a lot of their music, so it’s unfair! Big time to make a change!

You may know Clannad from some movies, to which they made music, like “Robin Hood”, “Harry’s Game” or “The Last Of The Mohicans”. My Mum was a huge U2 fan in the 90’s or so, and they also performed one track with Bono – the lead singer of U2 – and that’s where she knows them from, so you may too if you listen to U2. In any case, for a folk band, especially one which doesn’t always sing in English, they’re pretty famous.

This piece is also from a film score, namely from “The Last Of The Mohicans”. I’ve never ever watched the film, but I absolutely love this piece. It is very atmospheric, but I also just have so many nice associations and memories with. I used to be wondering what language they are singing this in – except for English. – They often do sing in their native Irish, but that doesn’t sound at all like Irish. And actually the answer is quite straightforward and obvious – it’s Mohican, and also apparently Cherokee. I have no clue what these Mohican/Cherokee bits mean, but a large part of it is in English, and whatever the rest of the lyrics are about, the song is really beautiful.