Friday, July 23, 2010

music and landscape

The land has such a presence in music, especially the sort of music we find here along the music road. It can be anchor or destination, part of the journey, image in memory, a place of hope, a place of dreams -- and sometimes, all of those at once.

The Barra MacNeils, for example, sing of history and present day in their home place of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Julie Fowlis often turns to songs set in the landscapes of her native Hebrides, in Scotland.
Carrie Newcomer finds inspiration in geodes, common rocks in the landscape where she lives in Indiana.

canadian rockies copyright kerry dexter

mournes in rain copyright kerry dexter

two quiet mountain landscapes:
the Canadian Rockies and the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland

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Anonymous Melanie Haiken said...

I'd listened to Carrie Newcomer for years, but it wasn't until I visited Indiana that her music really hit me; such a deep sense of place and rootedness.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Debbie Dubrow said...

Wow, those are beautiful. Thanks for joining in Photo Friday

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Dominique said...

Wow, it's been quite a while since I listened to the Barra MacNeils! Reminds me I should dig up some of my old CDs we picked up when we traveled Out East in Canada.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing - lovely music.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Sheryl said...

It's fascinating how both art and music can often tell a story way beyond the real thing, and explore the deep meaning behind a place.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Michelle Hara said...

Hey nice blog! I feel you depicted many parts of Canada that are beautiful and wonderful to visit.

Do you happen to have Visitors to Canada Insurance by any chance?

If not, check the link out!


11:46 PM  

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