DAI-SSECTING THE SONG: Eye Of The Hurricane
Dai, I just came across your posting from 2018 about Wilcox's 'Eye of the Hurricane'. Nicely written and indeed the whole thing can be seen as a metaphor for relationship/love/life as you imply. However Wilcox himself has introduced the song several times as a metaphor for addiction. Now it's certainly fair to apply that addiction metaphor to relationships/love/life however it's also the case that you can apply it to, well, addiction (to anything...not just chemical addiction).
That's one of the cool things about the lyric. It can apply to whatever moves you and it seems to apply aptly to almost any form of addiction. Certainly at the base level of chemical addiction the whole thing stands up well; the eye being the momentary retreat from the hurricane of life that is found by the addict after consumption...you can take the rest of the lyric from there (to the inevitable ending).
I count myself among those who can relate to the song at this level having lost a family member to that particular hurricane. No less have I found my own personal life-hurricanes from time to time and the lyric works for those as well.
Every time I listen to this song I know how it's going to end, but for some reason can't help hoping that this time it's going to turn out differently. It's truly, as you say, a master class in lyric writing. Oh, and it's a catchy tune as well!
Thanks for the thoughts that you threw down in electrons about this tune, I found them thought provoking.
Glen Baker (www.coakley-baker.com)
Si Kahn: What You Do With What You'Ve Got
I reviewed a Si Kahn album recently. And with every Kahn album that has appeared these past 30+ years, one keeps looking for another masterpiece like this.
Quite unreasonable of me. One cannot expect pure gold twice from the same hand that penned this... youtu.be/FTHrokCKsrE
TTFN, Dai (about.me/daiwoosnam)
Na-Mara: Sisters & Brothers
Hi Tom, I just wanted to send a brief note to thank both Michael Moll and yourself for, respectively, writing and publishing such an encouraging review relating to Na-Mara's latest album Sisters & Brothers.
The review is greatly appreciated as is the colossal contribution that FolkWorld makes to folk music across Europe and beyond.
I am staggered by the amount of hard work you and your contributors must put into maintaining FolkWorld to such a comprehensive and impressive standard.
Best wishes, Paul McNamara
St. Brigid's Day
In honor of Brigid's Feast (February 1), here's a link to a playlist we've compiled in her honor: spoti.fi/2RyMVi1. It includes tracks from some of my own musical heroes including the late Eithne Ní Uallacháin of La Lugh and her remarkable original song Brigid's Kiss, as well as Joanie Madden,, whose beautiful whistle playing you can heard on the Celtic Meditation Music album, among others.
If you would like to explore the theme of Brigid of Ireland, we have an entire section of the web site dedicated to her: www.aineminogue.com/saint-brigid-of-ireland-feb-1!
If you have anything to add, please let us know, we would love to hear from you.