I've been thinking a lot about music lately, how powerful it is, how it makes you feel, how it can elicit such a deep and almost instinctual response. How it can take you by surprise and totally undo you and leave you in a sobbing mess. My mum tells me that when my brother and I were little, she thought I would be the musician and he the artist. It turned out the other way round...but not entirely, my multi-talented brother can still draw beautifully. And I wonder sometimes whether music is actually closer to my heart than painting or drawing.
But...that's all a thought (and quite possibly a much longer post) for another day. I've been sewing the last couple of days, making aprons for moi and for someone special's up-coming birthday (I don't think she reads my blog, but you never know). Also today, the munchkins begged to be shown how to sew with the machine, so I gritted my teeth, tried to breathe calmly and deeply (they probably can't really sew their finger by accident...I don't think), and showed them some basics. Pictures of aprons may follow in a couple days, but biggest munchkin wanted to put a CD on while I was sewing and chose a favourite I haven't listened to for a while, Loreena McKennitt's "An Ancient Muse". Listening to 'The English Ladye and The Knight' made me want to put down the sewing and pick up the guitar. So I did, and had a fiddle around trying to work out the chords, and which fret to capo, to be in tune. Took about half an hour of playing it over and over, but I finally found a combination that seemed to match well enough. Had a whack at recording it a little while ago. I'm just too impatient, I don't want to wait till I've practiced it properly I want to do it NOW, so the chords are very dodgy, and I was reading the words off the screen as I sang...and my nose is rather stuffed up. Not the best conditions, but what the heck. Here it is, and the gorgeous original is posted below!