turning of the year and music: favorite stories and a hint of what's ahead
Among your favorite articles published this year were seasonal posts on Advent and music, the conclusion of the great American Road trip series, and these
Carrie Newcomer considers the sacred, the ordinary, and what she learned and is reflecting upon after an unexpected time spent sharing her music and ideas with people in India on India to Indiana: Everything Is Everywhere
Cathie Ryan speaks of her knowledge of and passion for sharing her music, and the legends and stories she draws on when presenting music of Ireland, in teaching tradition
A look at the many aspects of winter, the hope of spring, Celtic harp, folk orchestra and the occasional electric guitar held your interest as you read about Jennifer Cutting and the Ocean Orchestra’s work on Song of Solstice.
An American folk song book, a concert from the Highlands in Scottish Gaelic, a twist on traditional Irish music from a Boston based all star quartet, and a basketful of other journeys along the music road: Best Music of the Year, a regular feature each November along the Music Road, also continues to hold your interest.
The philosophical side of things and reflections on music and creativity do, as well. Rest in music, an article on the rhythms of music and conversation, proved a favorite, as did this reflection on the connections among friendship, time , and music: music, autumn, and a cup of tea
You also enjoyed this video of Emily Smith, from Scotland, singing a song of faith by an American songwriter, which comes with entirely appropriate shots of the Jacobite Steam Train (watch the video, you'll understand): Song for the weekend: Emily Smith: Glory Bound.
What’s ahead along the music road? Continuing travels in the music of Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and across the United States, as well as other landscapes on occasion, along with deeper excursions into the ways music connects us all and helps us understand life and each other. There might be a musical road trip across Canada, and there will be consideration of new music from favorite artists and from artists and projects new to the music road as well, thoughts on an album inspired by the writings of ancient Ireland, and a few surprises along the way too.
Thank you for being part of the Music Road community, It’s been nearly six years now (for the online part of it, that is), so there's a wealth of musical knowledge, inspiration, and reflection here which I encourage you to explore. The journey continues, and to borrow a song title from Texan songwriter Robert Earl Keen, the road goes on forever. Happy new year!
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you may also wish to see
Music Road: Music for the first week in Advent: candle in the window
Music Road: Seven Stories