martes, 7 de diciembre de 2010


Llegamos, al viaje navideño de Loreena McKennitt. Estamos en Navidad, y por ello, me parece el mejor momento par hacerlo.
Comenzamos, por "To Drive The Cold Winter Away" (1987), y su primer tema: "In Praise Of Christmas". Una canción tradicional inglesa, del siglo XVIII, que Loreena versiona mágicamente. Y es que es un álbum mágico.
Loreena graba el álbum, en abadías y monasterios, de Irlanda y Canadá. Sin apenas arreglos. De echo, dice Loreena que, si escuchamos atentamente, puede oírse la vida a su alrededor, pero si molestar, como si fueran rastros de paja, dice Loreena, en un jersey de lana, que haya podido tejer tu abuela, para mantenerte caliente en invierno. Comparación, que a mi, personalmente, me encanta.
"In Praise Of Christmas" esta grabado en, La Iglesia De Nuestra Señora, en Guelph, Ontario,(Canadá).
Os dejo, con la letra y un video del tema.
Besitos navideños, y nos vemos en, "The Seasons".


Words and music traditional

All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year
And welcome the nights that double delights
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend
That doth but the best that he may
Forgetting old wrongs with carols and songs
To drive the cold winter away.

Tis ill for a mind to anger inclined
To think of small injuries now
If wrath be to seek, do not lend her your cheek
Nor let her inhabit thy brow
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks
Both beauty and youth's decay
And wholly consort with mirth and sport
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer
And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire
Each other in love to greet
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot
All sorrows aside they lay
The old and the young doth carol this song
To drive the cold winter away.

When Christmas' tide comes in like a bride
With holly and ivy clad
Twelve days in the year much mirth and good cheer
In every household is had
The country guise is then to devise
Some gambols of Christmas play
Whereat the young men do the best that they can
To drive the cold winter away.

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