One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Jimbob's Eclectic Mix | 0 comments

Originally, this post was going to be about the new site, but that’ll be my next post. Why? Well, I heard two things within hours of each other and one made me very happy, the other a bit sad, so I’ve mixed feelings at the moment. First off, I’ll start with the sad news (that way, I can end on a high note :)). REM have given up the ghost after 31 years in the music business and, although it comes as no shock, I can’t help but feel a little down. They were such a prominent part of the happiest times of my life and songs like You Are The Everything, Hairshirt, Find the River and countless others will always be close to my heart (and I gotta thank my dear friend Dave for introducing me to their music back in 1988). I won’t harp on, so, without further ado, here is the first song I mentioned above. No less beautiful since it was released 23 years ago and it still makes me want to give my heart away. Now on to the best news I’ve heard in ages (musically speaking, anyway). Enya, apparently, is going to tour her next album! Woohoo!! OK, I know that might not be everyone’s idea of good news, but I’m over the moon. I never thought it would happen, but it looks like it might. Tickets will sell out in minutes, believe me, so I’ll be lucky to get one; but there’s always hope. I don’t want to make a career of going on business courses, but I went on one recently and I played copious amounts of Enya to chill me out. It’s funny, but I was playing albums of hers I’ve been playing for years and it’s only now that some of the songs have hit home. If I Could Be Where You Are and Water Shows the Hidden Heart from Amarantine and One By One and Lazy Days from A Day Without Rain have become particular favourites. But the song that’s really took a hold of me is off the latter album, and that’s Flora’s Secret. I can’t stop playing it. I play it in my car, on Windows Media Player, on YouTube, in my kitchen, in the bedroom, in my painting room, on my phone. Everywhere I get chance, basically. I don’t think songs get much better than this. I think it’s just beautiful; a joyful paean to love and the feminine spirit (Flora is the Roman goddess of flowers). It makes me feel like I’ve given my heart away. Try listening to it and not be carried away from the humdrum of daily life to a happy place. Seriously, turn up the volume, close your eyes and give yourself permission to drift away. Here’s the song and Roma Ryan’s wonderful lyrics follow: Lovers in the long grass look above them only they can see where the clouds are going only to discover dust and sunlight ever make the sky so blue Afternoon is hazy river flowing all around the sounds moving closer to them telling them the story told by Flora dreams they never knew Silver willows tears from Persia those who come from a far-off island winter Chanterelle lies under cover Glory-of-the-sun in blue Some they know as passion some as freedom some they know as love and the way it leaves them summer snowflake for a season when the sky above is blue when the sky above is blue Lying in the long grass close beside her giving her the name of the one the...

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