Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hooked on Friday Cocktail

Since this is a Friday post, my friend, Julia, has Hooked on Fridays. What am I hooked on today? Well, I guess I'm hooked on the Friday Cocktail. Good friend, Amber, created the concept. She's taking a break from blogging, so I have her permission to continue the Friday Cocktail. I tried to turn it into a blog party last week. It was fun, but only two revelers showed up. Plus, I had a bit of an issue with Mr. Linky. I am only hooked on Mr. Linky when someone else uses him. :-)

So this week's Friday Cocktail is Loreena McKennitt. If you like Enya, you'll probably like McKennitt. Her voice is similar to Enya's, but her music sounds a bit more ethnic and incorporates more drums.

This song is called "The Mummer's Dance." I don't know what a mummer is, but not only do I love this music, I love the lyrics. Enjoy!

The Mummer's Dance

When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair.

When owls call the breathless moon
in the blue veil of the night
When shadows of the trees appear
amidst the lantern('s) light.

We've been rambling all the night
and sometime of this day
Now returning back again
we bring a garland gay.

Who will go down to those shady groves
and summon the shadows there
And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms
in the springtime of the year.

The sounds of birds seem to fill the wood
and when the fiddler plays
All their voices can be heard
long past their woodland days.

We've been rambling all the night
and sometime of this day
Now returning back again
we bring a garland gay.

And so they linked their hands and danced
'round in circles and in rows
And so the journey of the night descends
when all the shades are gone.

A garland gay we bring you here
And at your door we stand
Here's a sprout, well budded out
The work of our Lord's hand.

We've been rambling all the night
and sometime of this day
Now returning back again
we bring a garland gay.

If you like the Friday Cocktail idea and would like to participate in the Friday Cocktail blog party, please leave a comment on this post. If we can get enough participants, I'll bite the bullet with Mr. Linky and make the margaritas. Have a great weekend!


maya | springtree road said...

gotta <3 wikipedia:

"Mummers' Plays (also known as mumming) are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers or guisers (or by local names such as rhymers, pace-eggers, soulers, tipteerers, galoshins, guysers, and so on), originally from the British Isles (see wrenboys), but later in other parts of the world."

sandra/tx said...

Maya, thank you! Well, that makes the lyrics even better. :-)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I'm a HUGE Loreena McKennitt fan from way back. I think I have almost all of her CDs (at least all that I could get my hands on) and "Mummer's Dance" is one of my favorite songs. Last night when my daughter couldn't fall asleep, I popped that CD in because it's so ethereal and relaxing (and it worked its magic--she asked for it again tonight). :-)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Great choice Sandra....I, too, have been a fan of Loreena...ever since the kids were babes. Thanks for the lovely memories!!

Arleen said...

I love Loreena McKennitt, too. I first heard her music while having my hair done years ago. She had such a different sound at that time, and I found it so soothing. I still do. Thank you for reminding me about this great artist! ~Arleen

VĂ¥rt liv i norr said...

Loreena McKennitt is a favorite of mine too. I discovered her through an american tv-series called Legacy where they played "The Mummers Dance" in the beginning of every episode.


Rue said...

I have never heard of Loreena McKennitt before, but her music is beautiful!


mary said...

Happy Friday

I hadn't heard her before but loved it....someday I'll figure out how to do a song on the steps, baby steps

Christy said...

Yay, another Loreena McKinnett fan! Great post and I just LOVE your blog header!

Katie @ said...

Oh I think I just found my next wish list item! Thanks for sharing the music. Your hooked on Mr. LInky comment made me laugh. I'm exactly the same!

Gigi said...

I really enjoyed this, and will definitely look for her songs in iTunes. So relaxing and beautiful!
Thanks for sharing..

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I like it, very soothing! I almost forgot to join you for cocktails; had to go back and do another post to get mine in. Somehow, Friday snuck up on me!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE Enya... I will check it out and maybe drink a real cocktail while listening!

Jen r. said...

I love her.. I think her voice is so amazing!

for the love of a house said...

Hi Sandra! I have loved Loreena McKennitt for years- have several of her CD's. Her music is so soothing, and perfect with a cocktail on a Friday night after a long week! Wishing you a relaxing weekend! j.

dec0r8or said...

Very relaxing and nice....I don't think I've heard of her before, but I did recognize the song. I'm wondering if someone else sang it too?

mary said...

Hi Sis! We are back from our quick trip to Dallas. Michael will be leaving for New York on Wednesday :( Talk to you later this week.

Pennie @ Ladies Blend Blog said...

I forgot I even had her CD's, I'm going to dig them out now. Thanks so much for the post, her voice is amazing :) Take Care!

Erin said...

I have never heard this music before, but it is beautiful!