Song of the day (13th February) – Siân James – Dod Dy Law.

Recently, when I was posting the song by Gwilym Bowen Rhys, I found the same song in this stunning interpretation of Siân James. And although I still just LOVE it in Gwilym’s version, this is so absolutely great I just couldn’t resist to not share it with you, even if it’s the same song I shared with you just a few days ago, but in different version.

I think partly why I love this version so much is because Siân James is a harpist and as I told you guys some time ago, I am crazy about harp, especially Celtic harp. But her voice is so beautiful and captivating as well.

I’m curious what your impressions will be like.

Song of the day (12th February) – Bendith – Mis Mehefin (June).

Hi guys!!! 🙂

At last I managed to catch up on my blog a bit and pick my songs of the two previous days in which I didn’t post at all. My winter break is over so I had to get into my normal routine and it was a lot going on lately.

So my song for Monday is another of those special songs for me, because of my current musical crush, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, being a part of the musical project who is performing this song. Bendith is the effect of collaboration between two Welsh bands, Plu (I shared one song of them with you not so long ago) and Colorama which is an electro band founded by Carwyn Ellis. Carwyn felt very inspired by what Plu have created and contacted with them asking if they would like to make something together. And the effect, I think, is really interesting. They released their first (and for now the only one) common album, it was also somewhere at the beginning of February. Bendith means “blessing” in Welsh.

As for the song, this is my absolute favourite song of their album. Usually I have a big trouble picking my favourite song from artists I really like, but in this case, “Mis Mehefin” was like my automatic choice. “Mis Mehefin” means “June” in Welsh and the song has the same mystic, soothing, slightly otherworldly, I’d say, climate, as Plu’s music has.

Hope you like it too. 🙂

Song of the day – Caryl Parry Jones – Babis Bach Mis Awst (Little Babies In August).

Hey! 🙂

Today I have a nice and funny song for you which is just about babies. Its title may mean little babies in August but I guess that also little August babies. It is the first song in Welsh language that I’ve ever heard. Well at least consciously, I don’t know, maybe I’ve heard something before but just don’t realise, I highly doubt it though. I wanted to find out some Welsh music as I was starting to learn Welsh as my new language and this was just a first thing that I found on Spotify on some playlist. And I liked it for three things – because of its cheerfulness, because it is fairly easy so even though I was just a complete beginner I was very happy and proud of myself because I could understand something, although I still don’t get exactly every word in this song, as I’m still quite a beginner, and the third reason was, I showed it to Zofijka, I often share some music with her if I think she might like it, and she made a discovery, that you can hear something… ahem, a bit undecent, in Polish, at the beginning of the refrain. 😀 Because it’s slightly odd what we hear there, I think I won’t share it publicly, anyway when we listen to this song together, we still always have a good laugh of it, even though in fact it is so innocent and childish. It’s weird though that Zofijka, being a child, heard it out much quicker than me. 😛 Oh, and you have quite a bunch of Welsh baby names in it, so that’s another advantage if you are a name geek, although of course I’ve heard them much earlier already, so it wasn’t anything new to me.

I’ve even wondered if I could make an English translation of the lyrics, because as far as I know there aren’t any online and the lyrics are fairly easy as I’ve said, but it was quite a spontaneous thought I had today so I don’t have it done yet, but maybe I’ll take a risk and add the lyrics in my own translation later on.

As for the performer of this song, Caryl Parry Jones, she lives in Glamorgan Vale and besides being a singer-songwriter, is also an actress and has her own show on BBC Radio Cymru, which is a Welsh-language station. She comes from an artistic family and her own children all work in arts as well. In seventies she was known as a vocalist in the band called Bando.

Here’s the song:

Song of the day – Y Bandana – Siwgwr Candi Mêl (Sugar Candy Honey) #DMC

Hi! 🙂

Finally, Welsh Language Music Day (Dydd Miwsig Cymru) has come, which I am very happy about. Well, I listen to music in all “my” languages every or almost every day, so maybe it shouldn’t matter that much for me, but it’s always nice to celebrate, plus it’s always an opportunity to find out some more great music.

The song I want to share with you though, isn’t really very new, or isn’t very new to me. I wondered whether to show you something brand new or something from Gwilym again and decided for the latter, so that soon I will complete my “crush series”.

This song surely isn’t that sophisticated and ambitious as the one I showed you yesterday performed by Plu, but it’s definitely cool, funny and catchy and the only thing these both songs may have in common is the topic. They’re both about love, or actualy this one is more about infatuation, but anyway… It’s called “Siwgwr Candi Mêl” which means sugar candy honey in English and it’s one of the songs on Y Bandana’s debut album.

Y Bandana is another band in which Gwilym Bowen Rhys has taken part, although now it doesn’t exist anymore. Besides Gwilym, who was the frontman of the band, as well as the guitarist and leading vocalist, it consisted of his two cousins – Tomos (founder and keyboardist) and Siôn (bass) Owens – and his friend Robin Llwyd Jones (drums and sound engineering). They all wrote lyrics to diferent songs and Gwilym usualy wrote music, as far as I know. Their lyrics tend to be humourous and they were quite a typical, rock boys band, besides the fact their lyrics were entirely in Welsh.

I really like their music as it is just really cool, I really tend to like rock music in all kinds of “strange” languages and that’s what attracted me to them at first, and now obviously as I am learning Welsh and listening to Welsh music A LOT I like them even more.

There are the lyrics in both Welsh and English on Youtube so I won’t go into it, I think.

Song of the day – Plu – Tra Bo Dau.

Hi! 🙂

Wanted to share with you another song by my current musical crush, Gwilym Bowen Rhys. I think it is so stunning.

I told you yesterday he’s not only a soloist, but also a part of the Welsh alt-folk band called Plu, which also consists of his two sisters – Elan and Marged. I find their music absolutely beautiful, when I listen to them for a longer time, I just feel as if I stepped into another, not quite material reality or something like this, or as if I was in a calm, beautiful dream. I love their music. I love how Gwilym is versatile by the way, versatility is one of things I appreciate the most in people so I always notice it, anyway there’s a huge difference between the music made by Plu and his own solo music and the music created by his other band – Y Bandana – which was a rock, kinda garrage band.

Although the leader of the band is Elan Mererid Rhys – Gwilym’s oldest sister – and she is the main vocalist, this song is mainly sang by him, as the lyrics are from a man’s perespective.

“Tra Bo Dau” is a traditional Welsh love song, in which lyrical subject tells us about the girl he loves and how he misses her, because she’s overseas.

I saw somewhere that there is also an English equivalent of this song written from a woman’s point of view.

Here’s the song. Isn’t it moving and very sophisticated in the sound as for a love song?

Song of the day – Gwilym Bowen Rhys – “Dod Dy Law”.

Hi! 🙂

Today’s song is another of those very exceptional ones for me. It’s mainly because Gwilym Bowen Rhys is my current musical crush and the next after mentioned before Cornelis Vreeswijk.

I got to know his music pretty soon I seriously started my journey with Welsh language and wanted to discover some Welsh music. At first I discovered him as a rock singer, ’cause he’s a former member of the Welsh rock band called Y Bandana, but he has also a big interest and talent for traditional music. He’s a member of the band called Plu (which means feathers), they make alt-folk kind of music, and he has also released his debut solo album almost two years ago.

This particular song isn’t from his album, but it is his solo performance for S4C, Welsh TV channel. As always with my crushes I had a big trouble choosing a song to show you, but since I listened to thsi one a lot recently, I decided for this one, I think it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve also heard it in Sian James’ version and that one is also great.

It’s a traditional Welsh folk song called “Dod Dy Law” and he was performing it for a p programme called “Ffwrnes Gerdd” (Musical Furnace (I guess that’s how it should be translated)). Plus he also introduces himself and the song, so if you haven’t heard spoken Welsh language before, now you have a chance. I think you can get more of a language hearing it spoken than through music, especially if you haven’t had much contact with it before.

Hope you’ll enjoy this song as much as I do:

Song of the day – Bitw – Gad I Mi Gribo Dy Wallt (Let me comb your hair).

Hi! 🙂

And, due to the Welsh Music Day coming soon, here is another song in Welsh language.

Bitw is the project of Gruff Ab Arwel and (apparently) the word bitw itself means “paltry” or “petty” or “puny”, I haven’t really verified it yet, although for me the main association with this word is “battle”, because in Polish we use bitwa for battle and bitw is its plural genitive. 😀 It’s pronounced differently though. But anyway, leaving my linguistic digressions behind… The title of the song, I guess the only one song that has been released by Bitw until now is “Gad I Mi Gribo Dy Wallt” which means “let me comb your hair”. And yay for finding new, interesting words in songs, I had no idea what gribo, or actually cribo, I guess, means before I heard this song, so obviously needed to find it out.

I think this track has definitely very intricative harmonies to it, which I like.