Since the beginning of the lockdown this is the song that was stuck in my head the most. It’s one of my favorite Irish folk songs and dates back to 1903.
I’d heard the song many times before as Irish music played a large part of my childhood, but at around age 20, I decided to listen to Van Morrison and the chieftains version and something clicked.
My senses were heightened by the brilliance of the instrumentation and Van’s voice – Wow. The song is captivating and full of mystery. The paradox of freedom and imprisonment, expansion and restriction of the most powerful emotion and energy that exists – Love.
It’s frustrating being a musician and not being able to connect or play with your comrades, but I am fortunate that I can use software and create songs and videos on my own .
Video editing is relatively new to me, so please don’t judge my amateur skills! I’ve combined some footage taken on various nature walks this spring (during lockdown) with a bit of myself miming, then playing around with effects and learning about various things that can be done with the software. I hope I can do Justice to the song with my interpretation and comparing this story of love with the present story of global restriction and mystery.
I really hope you enjoy the video and song.
Irish mythology is a subject very close to my heart The Leanan sídhe is referenced in the song; “Like a love sick Leanan sídhe, She has my heart in thrall. Nor life I own nor liberty for love is lord of all.”
The Leanhaun Shee (fairy mistress) seeks the love of mortals. If they refuse, she must be their slave; if they consent, they are hers, and can only escape by finding another to take their place. The fairy lives on their life, and they waste away. Death is no escape from her. She is the Gaelic muse, for she gives inspiration to those she persecutes. The Gaelic poets die young, for she is restless, and will not let them remain long on earth—this malignant phantom.