Re: Dougie MacLean and Kate

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Posted by Elaine on November 01, 1999 at 21:05:28:

In Reply to: Re: Dougie MacLean and Kate posted by MMMMarcia on November 01, 1999 at 18:36:39:

: Elaine:
: : Isn't Loreena great? "The Highwayman" IS particularly nice. What I really like about her music is the way she draws upon so many cultural influences ... like Middle Eastern & Sacred music.
: : Very inspiring.

: Yes, I like her voice and her choices of song. The Highwayman is just such a nice ghost story! Lovely lyrics!

: : Marcia, are you sure Penny GAVE those CDs to you????????

: No, she didn't part with her CDs...just made me two tapes of her favorite songs from her collection. Lots of different artists and selections. About 4 hours worth of great music. I had tended to buy a lot of Celtic instrumentals, and it wasn't until I heard these tapes from Penny, which are mostly vocals, that I discovered that all these Celtic songs are about war, death, ghosts, people getting their body parts lopped off, and things of that nature. I guess their music is a real chronicle of their history, more or less. Another of my favorites is called King Henry, about a "grizzly ghost" (not to be confused with the ghost of a grizzly!), stomping around & yelling for "more meat!" A wild tune!

: MMMMarcia

Oh yes ... a chronicle of their history, collectively & personally, is very much what it is. It is the continuation of the early ballads & the minstrels. To sing about one's deeds (as in battle) or mourn losses, recount wrongs (as in political) does make for some rather interesting lyrics.

Bet you were surprised to *hear* what those lovely instrumentals were telling you ...

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