Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dreaming of Galway Bay

Today's video is brought to you courtesy of the tremendously talented singing ensemble, Celtic Woman. Chloe Agnew is the soloist for this particular number, Galway Bay. I am mad about these women, mostly due to the fact that their singing is so pure and lovely, it literally makes me teary. This performance was filmed last year, from Powerscourt House And Gardens in Wicklow, Ireland. I love how the audience recognizes the song during the introduction, applauds, and how Chloe gives them all a knowing wink!

You may have read this post I wrote about the visit Alan and I recently made to Ireland, the home of my ancestors. We've been back from that trip six years now, and I can honestly state that it's still the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I remember, as we drove through that gorgeous emerald countryside, thinking about the horrible potato blight that ravaged the land back in 1850. Desperate and starving, many families had no choice but to leave their family farms and the home of their ancestors to make a new life, in the United States and other neighboring countries. As I stood and marveled at those breathtaking rolling green hills, I couldn't fathom how difficult it must have been to leave a place so beautiful.

This song, I believe, was written by someone who has fled, and still dreams of his dear home back in Ireland. It always makes me a little weepy, especially when it's sung so movingly by the tremendously talented Chloe.  My favorite is the last verse where she sings:

"And if there is gonna be a life hereafter
And faith, somehow, I'm sure there's gonna be.
I will ask my God to let me make my heaven
In my dear land across the Irish Sea."  Nice!

The "share" factor has been disabled in this video, so when you click "start," it will ask you to click again, to watch it on YouTube.  It's a tiny hassle, but I promise you it's genuinely worth the trouble!  Please enjoy...

17 comments:

Eternally Distracted said...

I couldn't see it here so googled it instead. Very glad I did :0))

CentFla said...

The vid did work for me. Great post honey.

Teresa Evangeline said...

What an angel she is, and you also, for sharing this with us. A beautiful way to start my day. I love the way she showed such sweet joy as she exited. She is a example to all of us of what love and beauty look like.

starnes family said...

Lovely! And, Ireland? Jealous!

Feeling Just Right said...

Awww! That made me cry and smile and get goose-flesh and laugh, all at once. This woman is so so talented! and no, I haven't heard her before.

Thanks Joan, it was totally worth it! :) :)

Bossy Betty said...

I can see why you get weepy! The images she uses in the song are so lovely!

blueviolet said...

Her voice is so sweet and pure!

Eva Gallant said...

That was a hauntingly beautiful video--and what beautiful vocalist!

Langdowns said...

Goose bumps! And not because we are in the throws of an Australian winter ...
Head over to Deep Fried Fruit for your Mind Blowing award.

ReformingGeek said...

That's a beautiful song.

Ireland has cooler summers than Texas. I think I'll book my ticket now.

Yeah, right.

;-)

KathyB said...

Lovely in every way.

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Well Joan, I really think the Irish Tourist Board should have you on commission! And yes Ireland is beautiful, so please come and visit us :)

Kellyansapansa said...

When I visited Ireland I used to tear up every time someone sang "Molly Malone", which was quite frequently since they seem to bring it out specially for the tourists. I just felt so sorry for that poor girl wheeling her barrow and catching a fever ... silly, I know!

The Empress said...

Oh, what a voice!!!!

Absolutely incredible. I had to click over to YOUtube. But enjoyed every minute.

Thank you.

Delana said...

Exquisite. Once again, thank you. As I travel, I often think about those that chose to leave their homelands...for whatever reason. And I am amazed at how brave they had to have been to do so at a time when they knew they could probably never go back.

Stacie said...

I love Celtic Woman! My mom heard of them first and saw they were going to be performing close to where we both live so we went to the concert. I was blown away by how amazing all 4 are but when Chloe did this song, I saw many people with tears in their eyes. Great post!

Millennium Housewife said...

How beautiful. Hanging my head in never-visited-Ireland-shame despite it being a ferry ride away...

Post a Comment

Wow! You're going to comment? Congrats, you are now, officially, one of the COOL people!! (And, thanks!)