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Talamanca (I) Dedicada a mi amigo PEPE (Jovisur)

Listen Never-ending Road (Amhrán Duit) Loreena McKennitt

 

The road now leads onward

As far as can be

Winding lanes

And hedgerows in threes

By purple mountains

And round every bend

All roads lead to you

There is no journey's end.

 

Here is my heart and I give it to you

Take me with you across this land

These are my dreams, so simple and few

Dreams we hold in the palm of our hands

 

Deep in the winter

Amidst falling snow

High in the air

Where the bells they all toll

And now all around me

I feel you still here

Such is the journey

No mystery to fear.

 

Here is my heart and I give it to you

Take me with you across this land

These are my dreams, so simple and few

Dreams we hold in the palm of our hands

 

The road now leads onward

And I know not where

I feel in my heart

That you will be there

Whenever a storm comes

Whatever our fears

The journey goes on

As your love ever nears

 

Here is my heart and I give it to you

Take me with you across this land

These are my dreams, so simple and few

Dreams we hold in the palm of our hands

 

Aptly, it is an echo of Homer’s timeless Odyssey that introduces Loreena McKennitt’s seventh studio recording, the latest volume of a project she describes as “musical travel writing”. This time, the journey takes her in search of the Celts’ easternmost paths, from the plains of Mongolia to the kingdom of King Midas and the Byzantine Empire. Along the way, she muses on the concepts of home, of travel in all its incarnations, of the cultural intermingling that underpins human history and our universal legacies of conflict and hope.

 

Recorded at Real World Studios and featuring a host of acclaimed musicians, the album proffers a treasure trove of instruments, from harp, hurdy-gurdy and accordion to oud, lyra, kanoun and nyckelharpa (the Scandinavian keyed fiddle). Highlights include the seductive rhythms and Silk Road influences of first single “Caravanserai”; “Penelope’s Song”, a paean to steadfast love; and Loreena’s musical setting of Sir Walter Scott’s poem of star-crossed romance, “The English Ladye And The Knight”. Together, the nine songs that comprise An Ancient Muse conjure up a wide world’s worth of human stories that are as unique as they are unforgettable.

   

Talamanca es un municipio de la comarca del Bages, provincia de Barcelona, España situado dentro del Parque Natural de Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac.

Dado su carácter medieval y sus construcciones de piedra, tiene un gran atractivo turístico. Su población permanente es reducida, pero consigue un notable incremento en fechas de vacaciones y fines de semana.

Aunque se han encontrado restos de yacimientos ibéricos, la primera notica que se tiene de su existencia data del año 960 cuando Salla, el fundador del monasterio del Sant Benet de Bages hace una donación de tierras y casas al término del Castillo de Talamanca. Entre los años 878 y 897, cuando el conde Borrell y Wifredo el Velloso hicieron la repoblación militar fue cuando campesinos provenientes del norte se instalaron cerca de castillos e iglesias y repoblaron la zona. En esa época debió tener lugar la fundación del Castillo de Talamanca y la Iglesia de Santa María de Talamanca ya citada en el 1038. Las construcciones de casas entre el castillo y la iglesia dieron lugar al pueblo actual de Talamanca.

 

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