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 moon loves
this will be the day she
will remember
when she knew his heart was
loving in the long grass
close beside her
whispering of love
and the way it leaves them
lying in the long grass
in the sunlight
they believe it’s true love
and from all around them
Flora’s secret
telling them of love
and the way it breathes and
looking up from eyes of
amaranthine
they can see the sky is blue
knowing that their love is true
dreams they never knew
and the sky above is blue

Well, are you happy now? Hope that’s a resounding ‘YES!!’ 🙂

See ya,

Jimbob