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The Book of Secrets is the sixth studio album by Loreena McKennitt, released in It reached #17 on the Billboard Its single "The Mummers' Dance,". View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of The Book Of Secrets on Discogs. Canadian singer/composer Loreena McKennitt is self-managed, self-produced, and the head of her own internationally successful record label, Quinlan Road.
The only problem is that she did not seem to progress much during the time between releases. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since she still knows how to write incredible melodies and layer instruments to produce peaceful images. And she continues her practice of setting classic poetry to music Alfred Noyes ' "The Highwayman". Expertly recorded at Peter Gabriel 's Real World studios, this CD serves as a travelog of sorts for McKennitt , musically detailing her travels during and She provides the musical and lyrical inspirations from each location she visited, utilizing the instruments and sounds she encountered on her travels.
Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. This is a wonderfully quiet time of the year to explore the city. I walked down the narrow inner streets and canal edges, damp with mist; an unworldly blend of sight and sound.
Upon his arrival, he was dazzled by an extraordinary pageant arranged in his honour: barges decorated with triumphal arches; rafts peopled by glass-blowers who created figurines as they floated past; paintings commissioned from masters of the era.
The book examines how knowledge was manipulated and withheld for the personal advantage of a few, and I am struck by thesimilarities of the dilemmas facing our present age. February 24, , Real World Studios: The news today is that science has successfully cloned a sheep called Dolly.
There is much debate about the ethics associated with this development, and who if anyone should have this knowledge. Some are comparing its significance to that of the development of nuclear weapons. September , Tuscany: I read that certain Sufi works held that the task of alchemy was not necessarily to turn base metals into gold, but to make the elixir, a perfectly harmonious substance in which all elements are in balance.
In the science of balance, the key to alchemy provided a method by which one might discover the relationship that exists in every body between the manifest and the hidden. There are good and evil results in each case. As in the Celtic culture, horses figure prominently amongst his people, the Abkhazians. It will be my first visit to the city which was a meeting point of West and East for so many centuries and, as it is figuring more and more prominently in my thoughts of late, I cannot resist the invitation.
Travelling alone, it is strange not to be able to have a conversation with anyone, but one learns how much can be conveyed through actions, body language, a look in the eye… I saw some men on the platform today and one resembled my father.
He had reddish hair and a long, very Celtic-looking face I would have expected to see in Ireland, not Russia… I am reminded again of the Celtic exhibition in Venice and the suggestion that the Celts may have originated in the Russian steppes. Perhaps the love of horses which began there is the very same that can be seen in County Kildare today.
What are we bringing them? One of the organisers of the Istanbul Jazz Festival reminds me that a certain section of the city can be traced back to Celtic roots… In tracing the mosaic of history, I am eager to learn of the influences that come from this place. April , London: The book, which pursues traces of early Christian life in the Middle East, is the account of his journey following in the footsteps of two monks who set off for Byzantium from the monastery of Iviron on Mount Athos in AD.
One of those monks, John Moschos, wrote about his arduous travels in a book called The Spiritual Meadow. January 1, , Stratford: I have just read an account of a mumming troupe which boarded a Polish ship stranded in the harbour in St. According to James Frazer in his book The Golden Bough , mumming has its roots in the tree-worshipping of the peoples who inhabited great regions of a forested Europe now long gone. Mumming usually involves a group of performers dressing up in masks sometimes of straw and clothes bedecked with ribbons or rags, and setting out on a procession to neighbouring homes singing songs and carrying branches of greenery.
September , Palermo, Sicily: Friends have brought me to see one of the last of a long line of puppet-makers by the name of Cuticchio. October 31, , Inishmore: Characters wander into the local pub, have a pint and sometimes a dance, but these everyday activites are made surreal by the power of their silence.
Outside, the roar of the Atlantic provides a suitably dramatic backdrop. May 1, , Padstow, Cornwall: May 15, , London: George which incorporates a hobby horse. September 13, , Tuscany: Monks occupied themselves with the copying of religious, literary and philosophical texts.
September 20, , Italy: How strange it was to view these very early Irish times in the museum at Bobbio and see the name of Saint Columbanus.
If one were to search for a place that was as severely isolated in the mountains as the Skellig Islands are in the Irish Sea, this region of northern Italy would be it. What is the part that isolation plays in encouraging some to reach closer to the essence of God? September , Dublin: With these ruminations fresh in my mind, I find myself returning to Trinity College for yet another look at the beautifully illustrated Book Of Kells on display there.
November 3, , Venice: This first trip to Venice has been fascinating, not only because of the extraordinary exhibition of Celtic artefacts I have just seen, but because walking through the city itself has heightened my awareness of just how important Venice was as a crossroads between cultures.
Threads of history reverberate around me, including the story of Marco Polo, the thirteenth century merchant-adventurer who claimed to have travelled all the way to China.
March , Real World Studios: At the beginning and middle of this piece, I have interwoven an authentic Sufi melody that I first heard performed by a group called Ensemble Oni Wytars. July , Stratford: This dramatic, tragic narrative, rich with the imagery of 18th century rural England, could be fun to work on at Real World, where the surrounding landscape seems to exude that very atmosphere.