February 8th, 2016


Five-Part Loreena McKennitt Series: Prologue

"A project conceived in October 2014 and forgotten about for over a year (until I put a bunch of her music on my dad's first MP3 player), oops."

For reasons to be outlined shortly, I have 5 Loreena McKennitt CDs in my collection, and a couple of times a year I find myself falling in love with them all over again and feeling compelled to share this love with the world, because just listening to these works of art isn't enough. I enjoy pretty much every single song on every single CD, a feat few if any other artists have managed. So for the next [undefined period of time] I'll be going in chronological order and reviewing 1 CD track-by-track every few days. Hopefully it's at least kind of interesting? If nothing else, it might help me better recognize her instrumental tracks by title.

This series will assume you are familiar with the CDs and/or proficient in YouTube searches because I sure do not have the time to link you myself.

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While it's fresh in my mind...

I watched the Super Bowl last night and was pleased that the Broncos won solely because from what I heard, people were rooting for the Panthers and I live to be contrary, even though the Panthers' costumes are way prettier. Also, I stopped knowing who any active football players are in 2001, so Peyton Manning's familiar existence made me happy.

I almost never watch this, honestly, but I was tired and worn down from my work weekend and it was sort of entertaining to watch it (not even just for the commercials!) with mom (who also never watches it) and nobody else home. I don't know what is happening at any given time or what any of the ball-throwing terms are/mean, but it's mildly entertaining to look up and see dudes sprinting or smashing into each other (bonus points for exciting personal fouls) when the stakes are this high.

Fave Super Bowl commercial: Kevin Hart, Comically Threatening Stalker Dad. I've watched it 5 times and I'm still laughing. (it was for a car that starts with H, but not sure if Honda or Hyundai. I love it when over-clever advertising departments fail at their sole objective)

Runners-up: Dog-Tested Subaru, Snekey Grocery Store Dogs (srsly cutest dogs I've ever seen) for...Doritos?, happy weiner dogs (Heinz), and singng sheep (I have literally no idea. It was for a truck).

Hate To Love It: Puppy-Monkey-Baby. That is the creepiest and most grotesque creation I have ever seen (kind of like the pop/juice blend product it's selling), but I cannot stop chanting its name.

Weirdly Patronizing Commercial: that one featuring "loans for great people." They kept dismissing "not great" people in the crowd (my fave was "his mom thinks he's great"), and I kept wondering if it was supposed to sound like "Lots Of You Are Poor And Fail At Credit Cards, Be Advised That We Don't Want You; This Is A Service For High Class Folk."

Five-Part Loreena McKennitt Series: ELEMENTAL

"In which I immediately curse my decision to go in chronological order instead of the order I listened to them"

I am embarrassed to say there was a period where I forgot this existed. It was actually the last one I discovered as a teenager, and for a long while it was my least favorite because it's all covers and mostly of more "folk" songs rather than the magic/mystical sound of her later work. Recently, though, I have come to really appreciate its lightness, relative simplicity and classic content.

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