Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dante's Prayer

I posted a few days ago about my trip to Ireland in 1998. A friend asked to see the composites I had made in the depths of my despair... over a multitude of things... living here and not there, suffering the inattentions of a boyfriend with no clue, unemployment with no job looming on the horizon, and in general, the post-mountain-top-experience blahs.

I played Loreena McKennitt's Book of Secrets over and over (continuous loop) until I knew every word of every song on that album... but whenever Dante's Prayer would cycle through, I'd stop whatever I was doing on the computer and sing along:

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me...


So... for what it's worth, here are five of the original six composites (one got lost a few years ago)






I also found a You Tube video of the song if you're interested. What this song has to do with Legolas Greenleaf or Orlando Bloom is beyond me, but it was the only decent one I could find:

7 comments:

Pat said...

This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Rebecca said...

WHAT A GREAT TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE!!!! HOW IMPORTANT THOSE DAYS WERE FOR ME - AND HOW I RETURN TO THEM SO OFTEN IN MY MIND'S EYE. . . THOSE CLIFFS ON INISMORE - AND WALKING THE LANE TO GLENDALOUGH FROM OUR "LODGE." I REMEMBER MEETING A CATHOLIC NUN TAKING A WALK - IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY MORNING - AND SHE TALKED OF HOW THE "SPIRIT NEEDS MORE ROOM!" I CONTINUE TO THINK ABOUT THROUGH BUSY DAYS - - THANKS YOU AS ALWAYS - B

Claire Joy said...

Pat: She also has another on another album about John of the Cross... it's amazing too.

Becky: (Damn, girl. Use caps and lower case!) I'll never forget that day on the beach when we saw all those rocks with the spirals. That trip is probably more magical in retrospect... but what a memory. (Sigh.)

cajunvegan said...

CJ, Is Becky yellin' at you?

Claire Joy said...

Nah... Becky and I is good friends. We met on that trip.

Haus said...

I love these, one of my dream trips is to go to Ireland.

Claire Joy said...

My favorites are 1, 3 and 4