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Loreena McKennitt — Caravanserai
Album: An Ancient Muse
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Released: 2007
Length: 7:29
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This glancing life is like a morning star
A setting sun, or rolling waves at sea
A gentle breeze or lightning in a storm
A dancing dream of all eternity

The sand was shimmering in the morning light
And dancing off the dunes so far away
The night held music so sweet, so long
And there we lay until the break of day

We woke that morning at the onward call
Our camels bridled up, our howdahs full
The sun was rising in the eastern sky
Just as we set out to the desert's cry

Calling, yearning, pulling, home to you

The tents grew smaller as we rode away
On earth that tells of many passing days
The months of peace and all the years of war
The lives of love and all the lives of fears

Calling, yearning, pulling, home to you

We crossed the river beds all etched in stone
And up the mighty mountains ever known
Beyond the valleys in the searing heat
Until we reached the caravanserai

Calling, yearning, pulling, home to you
Calling, yearning, pulling, home to you

What is this life that pulls me far away
What is that home where we cannot reside
What is that quest that pulls me onward
My heart is full when you are by my side

Calling, yearning, pulling, home to you
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 goodenough wrote:
Bring back the Seventies. The best time ever for music, even if we did have to put up with Rollers!
 
Lol, shang-a -lang.
Her voice speaks to me on a level I was unaware of... Magnificent!
I think I prefer her ode to Elaine of Astolat

Aka Lady of Shalott.
Very good but with the voice of Kate Bush it will be great !
This is first time I have heard this song but the melody was instantly familiar and I knew I had heard something like it recently on RP - then it dawned on me... Donovan "Please don't bend".

So I searched the RP playlist for Donovan songs and went on to YouTube and played that Donovan song again - yep - same melody.

Not a crime - both songs are quite different in their lyrics and meaning but I just thought I would mention this to fellow RP listeners for you to compare and contrast. 

By the way I am not complaining - I like this song too and give it a 7.
One of my few "10"s......the music isn't the best...but the overall feel is awesome......toe tapping to say the least
One of the best vocalists out there.
Others on my list:
kd lang
Poe
Tracey Thorn 
Love the mood, love her music.  Takes me to a great place and love to hear it when my head is full and sore...very calming.  There is def a place for this music in our busy days.
 
 My feelings exactly..so soft, so subtle, so sweet. westslope wrote:
Sweet.

 


Sweet.
good song - i want to go there.
Quickly fumbled for the 'puter to change channels and escape this song.  Much to my relief and delight - Breathe, by Telepopmusik is on Groove Salad. 

Artist:Santana < more >
Song:Eternal Caravan/Waves Within
Album:Caravanserai < more >
Last Played:Jun 14, 2009 - 17:00
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This pseudo-whatever-it-is is getting tiresome.
Painful, miserable, slow moving. Shoot me now.
You have to admit she has an interesting, very characteristic vocal style. While she doesn't have a whole lot of range as an artist, I'm quite happy hearing a song from her every now and then.


She has a great voice...  sweet music...


Make that a very nice set of 4 songs on the same theme.
 mgoldman wrote:
This is the kind of "new age" crap that makes me nuts. Muted it after 30 seconds. Just boring and trite.
 
I, too, saw her a few years back, and it was unbelievable.  The couple we took with had never heard of her, and they were blown away.  What a great talent she is, with superb musicians that create an unforgettable musical experience.  Every song I hear of hers reminds me of that evening.  Sorry you don't like it.

I saw her in Boulder about 15 years ago and it was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Superb musicianship, great selection of songs. I have a lot of her music, but didn't know this one, so thank you. Nice piece.
all is great until she sings
The best version of this song is the live version, which can be found on the latest release: "nights from the Alhambra" - highly recommended! All the instruments blend so well together, and the hurdy-gurdy is so much fun to watch being played! There's also the tambla, kanoun, lyra, ones I'd heard of before but never seen in action. What fun!
prickelpit96 wrote:
maybe fine for your children...if there is any problem with falling asleep...
Truly is quite a bore...
brandog wrote:
I bought this album - what a waste.
maybe fine for your children...if there is any problem with falling asleep...
I bought this album - what a waste.
This is the kind of "new age" crap that makes me nuts. Muted it after 30 seconds. Just boring and trite.
I was listening to the intro of this while doing something else... and looked to see...of course. I thought I was in the still of dawn on some Moroccan plain in a Sultans tent there for a minute. Lovely!
Enjoyable song... Less so once she starts singing.
That was on VH1, so it hardly counts... :wink: celadonstone wrote:
Never on MTV, eh? Then what do you call this... (click here) 10 years ago (1997) was 'the mummer's dance'
This is a wonderful album. It is perfect for late nights, candle lights and a rhythm to help you...well, do whatever it is you are doing late at night with candles on...
MountainGirl wrote:
I absolutley love Loreena and her voice; I find her to be a very talented musician. Admittedly, she is different than anything played on this site, but that is what makes RP so awesome...the diversity. :good-vibes:
Right on, MG
I think I must have been living on another planet or something as I don't recall this artist at all. I am being severely influenced by this radio station and it's just too bad I'm not in town to enjoy it more, so I'll take this oppertunity of thanking several ordinary people for encouraging me to join up and also a big thank you must go to Radio Paradise for introducing me to such fine music. I do like Loreena McKennit very much. This track does so remind me of another time, another place and fond memories they are.
creativebones wrote:
That's because most artist with some real talent you won't see on CRAP MTV anyway :no:
MTV plays music again? When did this happen?
Moak wrote:
Perfect daydream for another frozen morning...
... and a balmy tropical evening :umbrella:
Boring: sounds like something from Disney's Mulan
Perfect daydream for another frozen morning...
Viva la Diversity! :group-hug: MountainGirl wrote:
I absolutley love Loreena and her voice; I find her to be a very talented musician. Admittedly, she is different than anything played on this site, but that is what makes RP so awesome...the diversity. :good-vibes:
I absolutley love Loreena and her voice; I find her to be a very talented musician. Admittedly, she is different than anything played on this site, but that is what makes RP so awesome...the diversity. :good-vibes:
Blech. Meh. I can find something to love about just about every artist played here on RP... EXCEPT for Loreena McKennitt, and her separated-at-birth twin, Kate Bush, too. Both are just too treacly (and, as someone stated eloquently below, melodramatic) for my taste. Mind you, this is coming from a theatre gal who's been described more than once as a "drama queen"...!
boring mass-produced pap she should stick to abusing her own culture (imho - ha ha)
Intro sounds like intro to Strangelove Addiction.
The intro sounds like something from the Princess Bride soundtrack – inconceivable!
oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh........ aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh........ reminds me of the crucifiction of a siamese cat in heat....... meeeeeeoooooooooowwwwwwwww.......
creativebones wrote:
That's because most artist with some real talent you won't see on CRAP MTV anyway :no:
Never on MTV, eh? Then what do you call this... (click here) 10 years ago (1997) was 'the mummer's dance'
radiojunkie wrote:
Me too. Unfortunately, this means we're OLD. EXTREMELY OLD.
If it makes you feel any better, Wikipedia says that Loreena is only 10 years younger then Sandy Denny would be, were she alive. That's not a huge gap. Their careers have just risen at different times.
The more I listen to this cd, the more I like it. Such a beautiful voice!
slowhand wrote:
Great unique sound. I have liked everything on this album so far.
yea, top album! :clap:
Great unique sound. I have liked everything on this album so far.
OompahLoompah wrote:
geez Ive been telling my wife about how cool RP is. So on first time listening to RP, this stupid song comes on......she walks right out the room and mentions that i have way to much time on my hands.......thanks alot bill!
Dear Mrs Oompah Loompah, RP is real cool... Honest. Yes the old man may indeed have too much time on his hands, that not withstanding, try it, you'll like it!
Got this album for chrissie! :music: thanx Bill!
radiojunkie wrote:
Me too. Unfortunately, this means we're OLD. EXTREMELY OLD.
Hence the album title...
I like her stuff when I'm in just the right mood... but doesn't it seem a little out of place here on RP?
algrif wrote:
I don't know anything about Loreena. But she sure reminds me of Sandy Denny when she was with Fairport Convention and when she went solo.
Me too. Unfortunately, this means we're OLD. EXTREMELY OLD.
OompahLoompah wrote:
geez Ive been telling my wife about how cool RP is. So on first time listening to RP, this stupid song comes on......she walks right out the room and mentions that i have way to much time on my hands.......thanks alot bill!
LOL! Its true though, I quite enjoy Loreena and I've always done, but this album brings nothing new to her repertoir m'afaid.
OompahLoompah wrote:
geez Ive been telling my wife about how cool RP is. So on first time listening to RP, this stupid song comes on......she walks right out the room and mentions that i have way to much time on my hands.......thanks alot bill!
Too Funny!!!
OompahLoompah wrote:
geez Ive been telling my wife about how cool RP is. So on first time listening to RP, this stupid song comes on......she walks right out the room and mentions that i have way to much time on my hands.......thanks alot bill!
:roflol:
jeofredo wrote:
really, really boring. sounds like an enya wanna be.
That's about the size of it - World Music Lite. Pleasant enough, but goes in one ear and out the other without leaving any sign of its passing. Of the tunes on this album played by RP, the only one that's at all engaging is the one (can't remember the title) where yer woman doesn't sing at all. The instrumentals are quite good, but her inane lyrics really detract from the songs. IMHO, naturally :)
really, really boring. sounds like an enya wanna be.
geez Ive been telling my wife about how cool RP is. So on first time listening to RP, this stupid song comes on......she walks right out the room and mentions that i have way to much time on my hands.......thanks alot bill!
this is lame and marginal. 2/10
closemindedmoron wrote:
I never saw her played on MTV. She must suck.
That's because most artist with some real talent you won't see on CRAP MTV anyway :no:
melody sounds straight out of Clothes of Sand.
She offers FLAC and good quality DRM free digital albums from her website. Even if you don't like her music (I do to a point) the web site is really a good model for other artists- a great service.
I must agree not much going on here djinnthespazz wrote:
Ouch. Speakers immediately go to low as they will go, and still emit something. This woman HURTS my ears. Doesn't matter that she sings SWEETLY. It's PAINFUL.
closemindedmoron wrote:
I never saw her played on MTV. She must suck.
Your name says it all moron!!! :moon:
Ouch. Speakers immediately go to low as they will go, and still emit something. This woman HURTS my ears. Doesn't matter that she sings SWEETLY. It's PAINFUL.
Tayto wrote:
No No No No No!
What? You don't like Loreena?
No No No No No!
I never saw her played on MTV. She must suck.
KevinM wrote:
You can view an live performance of this song HERE.
Very cool Kevin. Thanks for the link!
I don't know anything about Loreena. But she sure reminds me of Sandy Denny when she was with Fairport Convention and when she went solo.
you either like this stuff or you don't.. I do some listeners make little pukey faces every time anything remotely jazz like is played here, some guys are boob men, others like lots of junk in the trunk...I love that Bill puts something out here for everyone
Such a beautiful voice! I've seen her in person; she's a wonderful performer with great musicians playing strange instruments behind her.
You can view an live performance of this song HERE.
jksteacher wrote:
My thoughts exactly. Perhaps I've just not heard enough of her work, but everything sounds the same. I know this is an element of style, but just where does a "distinctive sound" end and "unimaginative" begin?
I bet you also hate Mozart because he never recorded a punk album. :rolleyes:
Hannio wrote:
Starts out nice enough. But then she starts singing. I really want to like her, because I like music with Celtic roots, but she is sooooo melodramatic. More than I can take.
My thoughts exactly. Perhaps I've just not heard enough of her work, but everything sounds the same. I know this is an element of style, but just where does a "distinctive sound" end and "unimaginative" begin? At any rate, not "my" style.
sweet cover.
A new album, cool!
Delicious! Neat that she's trying heavier percussion. Gotta pick this new one up. Thanks for this one, Bill.
Starts out nice enough. But then she starts singing. I really want to like her, because I like music with Celtic roots, but she is sooooo melodramatic. More than I can take.