Singing songs of bards long gone /// Loreena McKennitt Serves Saturday’s Sensuality

So often in these times of vast literary ignorance it’s  forgotten that “songs” and poetry move together. Today’s rock stars have nothing on the travelling bards of the past who relied on their musical talents for daily survival.  Odd that many who currently evade poetry like a plague yet adore their modern musical choices.  What are song lyrics but poems?  Loreena McKennitt’s music often draws directly upon the rich works of dead poets.  I doubt any of them, the dead poets, are complaining.

Loreena McKennitt’s renditions are nothing if not sensual sound feasts. 

Loreena McKennitt:

The Highwayman

via Flyborray

poem by Alfred Noyes

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171940

The Dark Night of the Soul

via Ginevra Corvino

poem by St. John of the Cross

Poems Found in Translation

http://poemsintranslation.blogspot.com/2009/09/saint-john-of-cross-dark-night-of-soul.html

The Stolen Child

via JulioCzar6

Poem by W.B. Yeats

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stolen_Child

The Lady of Shalott

via alantisreturning

Poem by Alfred, Lord  Tennyson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_of_Shalott

One more for fun.

The Mummers Dance

via  JulioCzar6

More on Mummers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummers_Play

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7 Comments

  1. simonhlilly said,

    January 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Loreena certainly produces some great, rounded work. Unfortunately I find that after a while her voice begins to jangle me a bit!

  2. January 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I have her “Live in Paris and Toronto” album, which has quite a selection of excellent songs on it.

    • February 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Well, Dennis, I never knew that Vizslas so enjoyed Live albums. Hidden depths all around. Hm.

  3. Yousei Hime said,

    January 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Love, love … love, love…love, love her music. Hmmm, hmmm, hmm. *Rabbit humming and swaying and smiling in delight*

  4. Lynda said,

    February 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    She is one of my favorite artists, and her voice doesn’t bother me in the least. 😉 IMHO, Stolen child is one of her best.


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