A Woman On The Verge

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Celtic Thunder

Good Bye My Friend….

How do you say good bye to someone who was a big part of your life, but you only met in person once? It has been a few months now but I finally feel strong enough to post this with out breaking down in tears.  This week has been the first time I have been able to hear his music and be happy for the contribution he gave to the world.

He wasn’t just like any friend he was a man who had touched the hearts of many including my own.  He was a musician a singer and song writer who I had to come to know through the group he performed in.

I thought long and hard about writing this blog, because you see I had really only met George once.  But I had been a huge fan of Celtic Thunder since they first appeared on PBS one night, like so many other fans really. I spent a lot of time on their website chatting in the “PUB” and getting to know the other fans and the lads as well.  I am such a huge fan that I volunteered to help moderate their forum-which I still do and I have actually travelled out of state twice to see them.  Oh and then there was the weekend road trip to meet other fans as well. Although in face to face company with people who aren’t such huge fans I generally only admit that I happened to want to travel to those places anyway because I don’t want to be branded a crazy fan.  Thing is, a lot of my friends who I have met as a result of this show know just how devoted and crazy I can be.

So with that being shared, the struggle to come to grips with losing someone I know was dear to everyone and who brought a little smile to my face with his tweets and posts on a daily basis. Not to mention just knowing I will never hear him sing a new song and I won’t ever get another famous George Donaldson hug.

Goodbye my friend, goodbye……


It’s About Seaweed!

I love music, when I was a little girl I was always singing in the car. I am fairly certain it drove my mom and dad nuts because I made up my own songs – I was five and six so I can’t remember those songs now. I also used to listen to all the records we owned over and over, I remember once when I was listening to Paul Revere and the Raiders and I spent an hour listening to just one song as I was trying to figure out the bleeped word in one of their songs. So now as an adult I still enjoy music.  I tend to gravitate towards independent artists, which as I have said in a blog before is because I grew up in Seattle and folks up there tend to be more free thinking in their tastes.

One of my favorite groups is Celtic Thunder, although group is so the wrong word to call them.  A whole blog could be written about that topic alone.  Their newest CD and DVD have been released and is titled Voyage.  I love the opening medley, Atmos, Druids, Deus Meus & Dulaman.  It is all in Gaelic and Latin (I am pretty sure I heard some latin in there.) and it is very intense and masculine sounding.  The lyrics for Dulaman are traditional Irish folk music.  It sounds really intense and in Gaelic it even looks pretty.

 A’nion mhin o sin anall na fir shuiri

A mhathair mhin o cuir na roithlean go dti me

Dulaman dulaman, dulaman na binne bui

Dulaman na binne bui Gaelach

Dulaman dulaman, dulaman na farraige

Dulaman na binne bui Gaelach

But the English translation just sort of leaves nothing to the imagination.

Oh gentle daughter, here come the wooing men

Oh gentle mother, put the wheels in motion for me

Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed

Seaweed from the ocean, the best in all of Ireland

There is a yellow gold head on the Gaelic seaweed

There are two blunt ears on the stately seaweed

The Irish seaweed has beautiful black shoes

The stately seaweed has a beret and trousers

Now I know the song has a lot of meaning, it is about the tradition of gathering the seaweed during lean times since seaweed is so nutritious.  But when you see the manly men of Celtic Thunder singing this song well my mind doesn’t go to that though at all.

Celtic Thunder Voyage – “Atmos, Druids, Deus Meus & Dulaman”

I still love the song, I just am less interested in remembering what it means in English.  After all who wants to wax romantic about seaweed?

July 21 Update:  I see folks looking for the translation of Atmos, Deus Meus.  Deus Meus is Latin for My God.  The translation of Atmos is still being researched, but it could mean Vapor in Greek.

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