|FILK: Battle Dawn performed by Shandeen O'Neill
||[Jan. 4th, 2007|08:49 pm]
The World of Velgarth
I recently got the last of the Velgarth related filk music I was missing from Firebird Arts & Music. I uploaded it all to my computer, and set it to play. So there I am at work, when suddenly this song comes on, that just BLOWS me away. Song Track search, I discover this little song is called "Battle Dawn" from the Lovers, Lore & Loss CD. It's sung by Shandeen O'Neill, and the song is from the point of view of Queen Selenay struggling to walk the fine line between the rage she has for Ancar for what he did to Talia, and still be a ruler.|
Here's a snippet of the first couple of verses:
I must contain my anger, or I won't control my power
But gods how long I've waited, just to see this very hour
It's just as well I'm not the one who could cause a storm of fire
Or I would turn this battle plain into your funeral pyre...
The priests all say I must not hate, But I will not pretend,
I saw the wreck you made of her, my herald and my friend
The scars you left in flesh and soul will be so slow to fade
Oh would I had your coward heart beneath my naked blade.
I've always found the Velgarth filk to be hit and miss. Some have nice melodies but the singers kill the song (I absolutely HATE the singer for Talia). Others great singing, so-so lyrics/melody. Why? Because for the most part in stead of getting great vocalists, most of the singers are "cast" to be a character. So that voice follows us across albums usually, whenever a song has a verse by a particular character. No matter the quality of the song, I've always felt them a treat to listen to. There's only a few songs that really stand out amongst the others, and this is one. Excellent melody and instrumentation (guitar), with an amazing voice. Gods, I broke out with goose bumps, and the hair on the back of my arms and neck stood on end, it's so POWERFUL.
So now, I'm on the hunt for more music by this artist. I've discovered that she does stuff in Celtic circles, and used to (or still does... not sure on this) front the band Falls Road. But I'm not having any luck finding any CD's, because she impressed me that much I now want to track down her full catalog and discography and buy it.
All I was able to find was a listing on Amazon, but it's not available (even used). I also found an article that she is also involved with an Irish Pub.
So I'm hoping since it's Misty related, someone might know something more?