Artist – Enya
Album – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year – 2001
Genre – New Age
Welcome to part 2 of soundtrack songs you should have on your ipod! Today’s song is a beautiful song from the incredibly talented Enya off The Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
Now I think we all know what an absolutely breathtaking voice Enya has, and how she’s probably one of the best and beautiful voices in music, but this song takes it to a whole other level.
The melody in this song is my favorite in an Enya song for sure. Her voice is absolutely perfect in this son. Every note, high or low, is just effortless and ethereal. If you listen to this song, you will find out just how out of this world she really is.
May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
What beautiful words in this song. Though the lyrics are meant to reflect the film for sure, I love how the words can be a guiding light for anyone who has faced trouble or hardship. The message is a very uplifting one: no matter what trouble and darkness you face, may you find the strength and courage to find the light in your life and to embrace it. As she so elegantly says:
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun
The music is very typical Enya, but that’s what make the feel and mood of the song so potent. In typical new age fashion, the song is overlaid by vocal “aaahs” and layers upon layers of strings and synths. However, the result is a lush, gorgeous sound that’s full of light and atmosphere. This, over the top of Enya’s heavenly singing throughout the song makes for a truly memorable song.
Side note for all the LOTR geeks out there, she sings some elvish in the song during the chorus! When I first heard it, I thought is was ancient Celtic since she’s been known to sing in that language. But nope, after I looked it up, I was surprised to see the insertion of LOTR languages!
This is a beautiful song that can pick you up after any fall, and the message is as wonderful and full of hope as the music is. No shame in having Enya on your ipod, everyone. No shame at all.
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