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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #111 — Riding a Brain Wave

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I came across this song by chance maybe a year ago, and it had the effect of making a space at the top at the back of my skull start tingling and it’s tingling right now as I listen to it. Of course I had to know more about the singer, the instruments, and about the music played live in a place in Spain called Alhambra. I bought the album and DVD and am transported to another place when I experience music that is what I consider spiritual and otherworldly at the same time.

Nights from the Alhambra is a live album and DVD from the Canadian singer, songwriter, accordionist, harpist, and pianist, Loreena McKennitt and is her first live concert DVD. It was recorded in September 2006, live at the Palace of Charles V, in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain, and released commercially in September 2007.

Amazingly, all of the songs are available to listen to on youtube and are conveniently compiled in a playlist.

Personnel:
Tal Bergman: drums and percussion
Panos Dimitrakopoulos: kanoun
Nigel Eaton: hurdy-gurdy
Steáfán Hannigan: Uilleann pipes, bodhrán, percussion
Brian Hughes: band leader, electric and acoustic guitars, oud, Celtic bouzouki
Caroline Lavelle: cello
Rick Lazar: percussion
Hugh Marsh: violin
Tim Landers: acoustic and electric bass
Loreena McKennitt: vocals, accordion, harp, piano
Donald Quan: viola, keyboards, tabla
Sokratis Sinopoulos: lyra
Haig Yazdjian: oud

 

 

 

A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
where the heart moves the stones
there that my heart is longing for
All for the love of you

A painting hangs on an ivy wall
Nestled in the emerald moss
The eyes declare a truce of trust
then it draws me far away
deep in the desert twilight
Sand melts in the pools of the sky
darkness lays her crimson cloak
lamps will call, call me home

And so it’s my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
now I feel, feel you move
And every breath, breath is full
So it’s here my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
Even the distance feels so near
All for the love of you

Clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
there that my heart is longing for
All for the love of you

Songwriters: Loreena Mckennitt

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
[Re: the human brain and its activity] I’m sure heads are abuzz with a lot of activity. Maybe, your music is different, and that is what we would like to hear. Where do the waves carry you?

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