This has been a week of visiting friends, harping, sleep, walks outside on windy days, and of course, an opportunity to write and take stock of the year that has passed.
I am fortunate to be awash in music right now: music that I want to sing, hope to play, and music that is moving through me all the time. Something that has been slumbering has awoken, and I am the grateful beneficiary of the muses’ largesse.
A few summers ago I visited the Boyne river valley in Ireland, and walked around at Dowth, the lesser-known mound with a Winter Solstice alignment. It’s within easy viewing distance of the more famous Newgrange. Perhaps there will be recent photos added soon.
Settle down with some mulled cider and candlelight, and enjoy the following:
My friend and teacher, Simon Chadwick, plays a spare, beautiful Advent tune, Veni Emmanuel, from a 13th century French manuscript.
Vicente de la Camera Marino, who lives in the Canary Islands, recorded a piece entitled “Bid to Me,” by Lawes. Here he is playing his handsome MacDonald clarsach.
A joyful solstice to you all, and a Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it.