Enya: “And Winter Came…”

OK, I know I can’t be the only Enya lover out there…I mean, the woman has four Grammy’s and an Oscar Nomination for God’s sake. But in our circle of friends and family (barring my Grandma Romero and my Dad), I am the only hard-core lover of all things Enya.

It’s not that Christine doesn’t appreciate some fine Celtic songsmithery now and again, because she does, but, for some reason…she’s just not that into Enya. Sad, huh? All I know is that before our little girl arrives on March 8th, my goal is to have her hooked on Enya…big time!

Enya "And Winter Came" #1

Seriously, I’ve been blasting those New Age Irish jams in the general direction of Christine’s belly every chance I get. And though our baby girl had no reaction to speak of when I played her Enya’s dreamy 2005 release “Amarantine”, she did kick up a storm to Elvis a few nights later. So…I have the sinking feeling she shares her mother’s feelings towards my beloved songbird.

Either way, Enya has a new CD out this year and for New Age Christmas music fans, it’s a doozy! Yep, that’s right, she may have put out a couple of holiday singles over the years, but 2008 marks the first time the fair maiden from Gweedore, County Donegal has released a full-fledged Christmas album.

And lemme tell ya, this record delivers on all fronts. Casual fans will love it, Enya haters will gag on their eggnog and true, dyed-in-the-wool Enya lovers from way back will be in weepy tune heaven. Seriously, there are some beautiful, shimmery Christmas jams here, amigos. Really lovely stuff…

Enya "And Winter Came" #3

Enya "And Winter Came" #2

Working once again with longtime-producer Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan, Enya belts out some amazing songs here, and even if they weren’t composed in the haunting Loxian language Roma Ryan and Enya invented for “Amarantine”, they do the trick. I mean, hey, if you dig the music, does it really matter what language the gal is singing in? Hell no!

So, if you’re in the mood for some sweet, Middle-earth-friendly Christmas tunes, pick this album up, pronto. I promise you, it’ll be the talk of the Shire…every Hobbit you know will be dying to burn it off you.


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5 responses to “Enya: “And Winter Came…”

  1. Ouch! I guess I must not be in your circle of friends and family, because I too am an Enya nut, owning pretty much every one of her albums (this one included, which I downloaded from iTunes earlier this month).

    I’ll try not to take it personally.

  2. wendy-mom

    Ditto James…..I too will try not to take the posting too personally. Although I did not purchase this particular album, I too am “hooked on Enya”. My clients at work can vouch for that!!!

  3. Ginger

    Triple ouch! Guess the fact that I own several Enya CDs too doesn’t mean much either. And, how about the scenes in “LA Story” with Enya’s music accompanying some pretty cool moments? Always enjoyable.

    I, like my friends listed above, now find myself wandering outside the once welcoming “circle”…

  4. OMG…so sorry, everyone. For what it’s worth, you are all very much in my “inner circle”. Ha! Ryan, Laura and Christine give me so much shit about digging Enya that I kind of lumped y’all in with them.

    A million apologies fellow Enya-ites…and “a trae yeath sharloe!” That means “Happy New Year to you and yours” in Loxian. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Tomas and Cristine,
    Just read through your blog-” oh what fun it is to laugh and sing a sleighing song tonight-HEY”. so fun to see you guys and get caught up on your life a little. I want to come out to Park City for the premiere. Are tickets hard to get, like for Sundance??? I will call you this week.
    Anyway, Enya was perfect when I was birthing our daughter in our bedroom. Really allowed me to relax and get into a zone when i wasnt swearing. Abigail ,for some reason, loves to go to sleep to her cd’s,too. So fun! Our daughter is 11 now. I am thrilled for you both and hope to see you in a couple of weeks. My friend Lisa(from the Gap days,too) still lives there.I was in SF last week and thought of you guys because I was at Laurel Village. Good times, Good Times.
    Love Janet

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