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

The Dark Night of the Soul

via Ginevra Corvino

poem by St. John of the Cross

Poems Found in Translation

The Stolen Child

via JulioCzar6

Poem by W.B. Yeats

The Lady of Shalott

via alantisreturning

Poem by Alfred, Lord  Tennyson

One more for fun.

The Mummers Dance

via  JulioCzar6

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Joan Osborne’s early recordings ROCK!

These days the incredible voice  of Joan Osborne seems repressed and supressed by gentle pop tones in sad contrast to her intense versitility on  Relish–which apparently was was too diverse both musically and content-wise for some easy marketing audiences.   But I still hold out hope that one day Joan’s pipes will once again bellow with the beautiful unrestrained passions that rip through the songs on Joan Osborne: early recordings.  Oh yeah, what power! What depth! What guts! With a voice like that she ought to take over the music world at large.  “If God Were One of Us” was the palest shadow on Relish and holds no candle to any track on ‘early recordings’ .  “Fingertips” ain’t no wishy washy lovey dovey song, but one hot no holds barred yell from a  headlong fall in to an abyss of passion. “Match Burn Twice” shows there are no flukes when it comes to expressing physical love’s glories. She makes “Son of a Preacher Man” all her own.  If “What You Gonna  Do” doesn’t chill you to your core, then you ain’t listening.  “Flyaway” –what can I say about the lead song? She got my attention immediately the very first time I heard this album and held it for whatever was coming next.  I don’t think a singer can lose such distinctive qualities forever so I hold out for the album when Joan’s voice again goes full blast no matter what the lyrics—a sort of ode to the true power of song. Quit ‘hiding’ Joan—SING SING SING like your life depends on it again! Like on “His Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles.”


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