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Song Lyric Sunday: Fear

As the great musical poet Kiki Dee once said, “I’ve got the music in me.” Seriously, music is part of my daily life, so I participate in Song Lyric Sunday. This week’s theme is fear.

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The first song that popped into my head for this was Kid Fears by Indigo Girls, but I’m not in an Amy Ray angry singing mood today. The second song was Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden, but I’m not in a loud metal mood today (I’m usually not — I just happen to know some of their songs). Then, it came to me — a song that mentions the word fear, that is quiet and mellow, as I’m feeling today and as I think is good for a Sunday.

I first became aware of this artist thanks to figure skating. Michelle Kwan skated to her music back in the day for her exhibition performances. Several years later, in my previous life as an arts writer/freelance journalist, I interviewed this artist for a newspaper article. She’s never been on a major label. She grew her audience on her own, one cassette tape at a time (in the beginning). She makes a nice living doing what she loves, though Beyonce-like millions may not know her name.

And she writes beautiful songs.

Breathe life into this feeble heart
Lift this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We’ll rise above these earthly cares

Dante’s Prayer (click for lyrics)
by Loreena McKennitt (click for her website)

Learn more about this song and its meaning here (including a video using the entire song from the CD — it’s actually longer and includes a Russian choir).

If you’d like more musical ramblings by me, check out:

    • Woke Up Singing, my new infrequently frequent series about what I… woke up singing (updated yesterday!).
    • Musical Memoir, my contribution to this year’s Blogging A to Z Challenge.

This post is part of Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday. Read this week’s theme post here. Listen to her choice for this week here.


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