Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Shangrila St. Patrick's Day, Finale - Lament

Jeff Danna has had an eclectic musical career, to say the least. He's scored a wide range of films, from action movies like "The Boondock Saints" and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" to thinkpieces like "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and "The Kid Stays in the Picture."

Danna's also collaborated with his brother Mychael on a couple of well-received Celtic albums. In "A Celtic Romance: The Legend of Liadain and Curithir" and "A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre," the Danna brothers created "soundtracks" to old Celtic myths, leveraging their knowledge of film scoring to evoke emotions out of well-worn source material.

The latter album, "The Legend of Deirdre," actually received its own episode on "The Thistle & Shamrock." In a marked departure from Thistle's usual format, Fiona Ritchie narrated the legend as tracks from the album played; the end result was an interesting, modern version of the oral storytelling tradition. The song I remember most came near the end of the legend, as Deirdre grieves over her love, Naoise:

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