Label: Quinlan Road - B0007920-02 • Format: CD Album, Enhanced • Country: Argentina • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk
Once heard, never forgotten. From the Scottish borders to the caravanserais of the Silk Road and the wine-dark seas of Homers Odyssey: music that crosses borders and centuries. Along the way, she muses on the concepts of home, of travel in all its incarnations, of the cultural intermingling that underpins human history and our universal legacies of conflict and hope. Recorded at Real World Studios and featuring a host of acclaimed musicians, the album proffers a treasure trove of instruments, from harp, hurdy-gurdy and accordion to oud, lyra, kanoun and nyckelharpa the Scandinavian keyed fiddle.
The first stepping stone on this journey of discovery was my exploration of the Celts and their history, and the many roads leading off from theirs, both historically and geographically. It is with an eye on this history that this musical document evolved, with ruminations on the universal human themes of life and love, conquest and death; of home, identity, the migrations of people and the resulting evolution of cultures.
Our paths may differ but our quests are shared: our desire to love and to be loved, our thirst for liberty and our need to be appreciated as unique individuals Caravanserai - Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse the collectivity of our society.
Travels in preparation for this creative endeavour have encompassed the hospitalities and acquaintances of people in many places: a nomadic family in the inner reaches of Mongolia and Playin With Fire - Exciter - Exciter Uighur people in North-west China where the predecessors of Celts are believed to have been found; on the great plains of inner Anatolia and Ephesus in Turkey; amongst the intoxicating orange blossoms on the Greek island of Chios; and, in Jordan, amongst the echoes of Circassian voices and the stones of the ancient city of Petra.
Ever-mindful of the weight of history behind us that allows us to draw lessons from its ancient voice, I have not wavered in my conviction that we are a culmination of our collective histories and that there should be more to bind us together than tear us apart.
Nor have I ceased to hope that in striving toward harmonious, integrated diversity, we will be guided by collective beliefs that will be life affirming at their core. Delphi, Greece, April It is hard to imagine a more atmospheric place today, as a mist hangs over the valley below this ancient site. In BC, the Celts attempted to sack the shrine, in a campaign that saw them suffer terrible losses.
Were they seeking out the oracle for its divinatory powers? Given their faith in the supernatural world they might well have been hoping that powers beyond the human eye could assist them…. Cappadocia, Turkey, October We visit exquisite early Caravanserai - Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse chapels carved in the volcanic rock of this astonishing landscape. In their changing fortunes over the centuries, these communities will have sought refuge here.
At this time of global unrest The Chieftains - The Long Black Veil strife, one seeks such an oracle to summon more empathy and harmony…. O brother, Wisdom is pouring into you From the beloved saint of God. It was a time of creative renaissance as well as religious tolerance when people were invited to repopulate the city now known as Istanbul, bringing with them their hopes and aspirations.
I am reminded of Spain Aubade - Russell D Forster - Interlocutor to Spring Heightened tensions over the Iraq war; the cartoon of Mohammed versus freedom of speech debate.
I have long mused over our need to be spiritually engaged. How do we embark on our individual paths toward spirituality, while respecting the fact that others may take a different road? Wiltshire, England, April An article in The Independent suggests that the Emperor Constantine — AD may be an inspiration to those hoping for religious tolerance.
His edict granted freedom of religion, marking the end of centuries of persecution for Christians and permitting Christians, Jews, pagans and those who followed traditional Roman gods to co-exist. I look out past the archeological site to the burial mounds rising in the distance and imagine all the people who had traversed these plains… the routine of setting up camp and then leaving; the sounds, the smells, the trepidations; preparing the animals, living next to the elements….
Mongolia, September I have spent a fascinating time with a Mongolian nomadic family… contemplating their connection to the Celts, moving livestock from summer to winter pastures. Cappadocia to Konya, Turkey, October On the road to Konya, we visit a caravanserai; a stunning building. Is it happening too quickly in our contemporary times? Real World Studios, Wiltshire, July 14 There is something intriguing about this tale of love, war, who we love and why, set in Carlisle, an old Celtic site that became a Roman settlement, known as Luguvalium.
Carlisle Castle, which sits on the border of Scotland La Tactique Du Gendarme - Bourvil - Du Music-Hall Aux Vedettes 1 England, has a history of protecting political and tribal boundaries.
- DJ Sailor Moon - l matters of the heart that know no boundaries. I muse on how the history of places and human stories become fully Love Dont Die - The Fray - Helios and their past days come full circle with our own. Urumchi, China, October I have just seen some of the red-haired Tarim Basin mummies, which date back to BC and who, some argue, could be from the peoples who were the precursors of the Celts.
Did they follow the Silk Road this far north? In the core of this period the Celts roamed, sacked Delphi and inspired St. Paul to write his Letters to the Galatians; the events known as the Crusades came and went, along with those who fought in them, from Richard the Lionheart to Saladin.
Clearly there is much more history to be understood, but from whose vantage point? Perleas Mansion, Chios, Greece, April 23 It is the memory of orange blossoms that brings me back; all those centuries of springs that give fresh meaning to new life awakening.
And all the while, the birds, the roosters, the children playing and the dogs barking in the distance give presence to the continuation of the story. Sitting in this orange orchard on the island of Chios, I reach back to a memory only known to me through story and song. Not having studied classical literature before, one of the objectives I have set for myself on this trip is to compensate for this fact.
It is a quest of understanding identity and a concept of home, in a world now so large and yet so small, which has fractured our sense of these words and have caused us to redefine them. And so, I immerse myself as close to the beginning as I possibly can. Indeed, these are not just ancient experiences but also contemporary ones.
And when we think of journeys, we hear not only the voices of those Crying Way - Gallery Of The Dirt - Face To Face the Caravanserai - Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse — to fight wars, to flee persecution, or simply in search of a better life — but also the voices of those who are left behind. He did not want me to pay for it, but gave it to me as a gift, promising that I would dearly love it.
Athens, Greece, October I have finished a wonderful music session with some extraordinary musicians. In the course of the session, three of them, Haig, Socrates and Panos, played a melody whose sentiment I love.
I want to remember this as I prepare the music for the new recording. It is a powerful book portraying an Istanbul family at the turn of the century as they fall on hard times. The melody I heard in Athens comes to mind as I read of a family enjoying the abundance of their lives before the First World War.
I could imagine many families over the years sitting in parks, sipping tea, conversing with each other, sometimes listening to music over the sound of water fountains. I am also reminded of the wonderful poetry of the Jewish poet Solomon ibn Gabirol, from 11th century Andalusia. Ephesus, Turkey, October This is our last stop on a too-short journey around Turkey… We wander around this amazing monument, and once again I am swept away by reflections on the civilization that once lived here: the commerce, worship and daily life.
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26 - Catoire* – Room-Music - Piano Trio Op. 14 • Piano Qu could tell…. Real World Studios, Wiltshire, May I have struggled with what this song should convey; a vast rumination in itself… Perhaps it is a call to arms, for the love of ourselves as a species and the natural world with which we are interwoven. What can we learn from history, given all the opportunities we have to do so?
Can we? Will we? Real World Studios, Wiltshire, August 18 No particular time or place can be pinpointed as the inspiration of this piece. Instead, it has been one that has evolved over Caravanserai - Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse years of reading the works Caravanserai - Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse many poets, mystics from across the religious traditions, who sought to reflect the divine through love poetry: Rumi, Hafiz, Yunus Emre, Solomon ibn Gabirol, St.
John of the Cross, St. Theresa of Avila. The universal theme is one of love, and in this never-ending road of life and rebirth, surely this is the sentiment that must endure. Listen Watch Info Buy. Given their faith in the supernatural world they might well have been hoping that powers beyond the human eye could assist them… Cappadocia, Turkey, October We visit exquisite early Christian chapels carved in the volcanic rock of this astonishing landscape.
At this time of global unrest and strife, one seeks such an oracle to summon more empathy and harmony… I am reminded of a Rumi poem Mathnawi I, ,translated by Kabir and Camille Helminski: O brother, Caravanserai - Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse is pouring into you From the beloved saint Estaminet - Klaus Hoffmann - Was Fang Ich An In Dieser Stadt? God.
I look out past the archeological site to the burial mounds rising in the distance and imagine all the people who had traversed these plains… the routine of setting up camp and then leaving; the sounds, the smells, the trepidations; preparing the animals, living next to the elements… Mongolia, September I have spent a fascinating time with a Mongolian nomadic family… contemplating their connection to the Celts, moving livestock from summer to winter pastures.
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What stories these stones could tell… Real World Studios, Wiltshire, May I have struggled with what this song should convey; a vast rumination in itself… Perhaps it is a call to arms, for the love of ourselves as a species and Caravanserai - Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse natural world with which we are interwoven.
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