Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Wind that Shakes the Barley CD by Loreena McKennitt

The Wind that Shakes the Barley CD by Loreena McKennitt. Quinlan Road Limited. 2010. www.quinlanroad.com

Sitting through this incredibly hot summer in northern Illinois, makes me yearn even more for the cooler, humidity free days of fall. This latest CD from Loreena McKennitt, helps me imagine those cooler carefree days, giving me at least some relief from the heat.

On the inside of the CD case there is a quote that says, “Every once in a while, there is a pull to return to one’s own roots or beginnings, with the perspective of time and experience, to feel the familiar things you once loved and love still.” This quote is repeated over and over in many different languages, showing its true importance to the music selection on this CD.

This CD of mostly traditional songs, takes the listeners back in time, transporting us to an era where the earth and nature were of the highest importance as they were the givers of life. A time when Kings and Queens ruled until their death with the love, or at the very least- respect, of the people.

Songs on this CD are perfect for listening to any day or time, but many are also perfect for different ritual use. I particularly like Brian Boru’s March and feel it is perfect for maypole dancing, walking down the aisle at an outdoor wedding, or even as ceremonial music for bringing in a harvest and presenting the first feast to the Gods. It’s truly a beautiful song that can be used in all kinds of situations.

The tracks on this CD include:

1. As I Roved Out
2. On a Bright May Morning
3. Brian Boru’s March
4. Down by the Sally Gardens
5. The Star of the County Down
6. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
7. The Death of Queen Jane
8. The Emigration Tunes
9. The Parting Glass

Whenever a Loreena McKennitt CD comes out, it’s hard not to say for each and every one, “this one is my all time favorite”, but with this one and the Irish/Celtic roots, I can’t fight it anymore, this one is definitely my favorite CD so far from Loreena.

It is spiritual while entertaining. I have big plans for this CD at our Lughnasadh ritual, as the mood it creates will go along great with our festival and ritual.

You can listen to samples on the Quinlan Road website – make sure to check out this incredible CD from one of our most talented artists.

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