The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.
I find I'm not one of these composers that are, you know, walking along a beach or walking on the mountainside in County Donegal that's, you know, 'Oh, a melody.' It's more a matter of eventually taking that moment with me to the studio, and it begins to evolve.
There is no formula to it. Writing every song is a little journey. The first note has to lift you.
As with anything creative, change is inevitable.
I have had death threats from people with fixations.
I find that music makes people just sit and listen, firstly. Then, they seem to interpret their own emotions with the music and it makes them ponder their own life a lot. And then they start to question: Am I happy in my work? Am I happy in my relationships? What am I striving for?
I'm not one for walking the beaches humming a melody. I love the discipline of sitting in the studio, writing and listening. That is my domain.
I am not reclusive. I just have a private life.
It's very homely, this castle. It doesn't have huge ballrooms. I didn't want a cold, cavernous place.
The Druids held the trees as very sacred.
When I was growing up, I'd be in the choir. My mum was the organist in the church, so I'd sing in the church.
Fame and success are very different things.
My core beliefs revolve around the idea that we should live to the best of our abilities-we should live and let live.
Singing in Gaelic is very, very natural to do. I think lends itself very much so to being sung.
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