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Inspired by Bonny Swan by Loreena McKennit

Inspired by Bonny Swan by Loreena McKennit
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klswoot


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Re: Inspired by Bonny Swan by Loreena McKennit


Sorry had to resubmit this one. If you voted a couple of minutes ago, can you vote again.

A beautiful yet tragic song by Loreena McKennit about a princess who is drowned at the hands of her sister and then transformed into a swan. The swan drifts ashore and is made into a harp. The harp is then taken to play music in front of the her father the king, mother the queen, and her 'false sister Anne, who drowned her for the sake of a man."

Lyrics which inspired this design:

He made harp pins of her fingers fair
with a hey ho and a bonny o
He made harp strings of her golden hair
the swans swim so bonny o
He made a harp of her breast bone
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play alone
the swans swim so bonny o

He brought it to her father's hall
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And there was the court, assembled all
the swans swim so bonny o
He laid the harp upon a stone
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play lone
the swans swim so bonny o

And there does sit my father the King
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And yonder sits my mother the Queen
the swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my brother Hugh
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And by him William, sweet and true
the swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my false sister, Anne
with a hey ho and a bonny o
Who drowned me for the sake of a man
the swans swim so bonny

SailorButterfly


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Re: Inspired by Bonny Swan by Loreena McKennit


revoted!

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klswoot


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SailorButterfly wrote:revoted!


Thanks! Sorry about that!

AttilaTheMom


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Re: Inspired by Bonny Swan by Loreena McKennit


I should have guessed you'd be a fellow loreena mckennit fan. beautiful job.

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klswoot


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AttilaTheMom wrote:I should have guessed you'd be a fellow loreena mckennit fan. beautiful job.



Yes. I love her lyrics and music. My brother turned me onto one of her CDs decades ago and I've been a huge fan ever since. Mask and the Mirror is one of my favorites.

Do you dance to her music? I would think her music would be great for a lot of different dances.

klswoot


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I found a version of Loreena's Bonny Swans on YouTube if anyone wants to hear the song. I've never heard her sing it live, so this was a nice to see and hear.

edit: Mystic Dreams sounds great live too. This one has wonderful lyrics also.

heartluce


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I used to listen to Loreena McKennit a lot. Love celtic music and it's very mystical too. Excellent design, kls!

klswoot


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heartluce wrote:I used to listen to Loreena McKennit a lot. Love celtic music and it's very mystical too. Excellent design, kls!


Thanks Heartluce. I agree about the mystical component of her music. I find it inspiring and I like to listen to music when I paint....and this music is so captivating and enchanting...it's great 'painting music'.

heartluce


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klswoot wrote:Thanks Heartluce. I agree about the mystical component of her music. I find it inspiring and I like to listen to music when I paint....and this music is so captivating and enchanting...it's great 'painting music'.


Yep used to paint to it as well!

AttilaTheMom


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klswoot wrote:I found a version of Loreena's Bonny Swans on YouTube if anyone wants to hear the song. I've never heard her sing it live, so this was a nice to see and hear.

edit: Mystic Dreams sounds great live too. This one has wonderful lyrics also.


we warm up to her music quite often. I turned my mom and stepdad onto her music, which is kind of funny when you consider my stepdad is a former biker dude and listens to led zepplin and lots of country, but he loves loreena mckennit's voice and music. They went to see her in concert this past fall when she came to columbus.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH........ whatever.

klswoot


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Re: Inspired by Bonny Swan by Loreena McKennit


AttilaTheMom wrote:we warm up to her music quite often. I turned my mom and stepdad onto her music, which is kind of funny when you consider my stepdad is a former biker dude and listens to led zepplin and lots of country, but he loves loreena mckennit's voice and music. They went to see her in concert this past fall when she came to columbus.


I would love to see her in concert. After seeing the live performances on YouTube, I searched for the PBS recording for the live Alhambra performances in Spain. I found them on Amazon and bought them. They will make great background music while I paint. I can only imagine how inspirational they are for a dancer. Must be great warm-up music.

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