Such is the strong impression this song had on me I used it to conclude a family DVD I created for my son’s third birthday (image inset). Call me sentimental, but I think it is one of the most beautiful tunes I’ve ever heard. A Day Without Rain comes from Enya’s 5th studio album called (low and behold) A Day Without Rain released on the 20th of November 2000.
According to Wikipedia: In the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, sales of the album and its lead single, “Only Time”, surged after the song was widely used during radio and television coverage of the events, leading to its description as “a post-September 11 anthem”.
Enya Patricia Brennan known professionally as Enya, is an Irish singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. She began her music career with her family band Clannad, but left in 1982 with their manager and producer Nicky Ryan to pursue a solo career. She has sung in 10 languages; eight more than me. The commercial and critical success of Watermark (1988) propelled her to worldwide fame. You could describe her music as new-age Celtic.
In 2001 she wrote and performed two tracks for the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) at the request of director Peter Jackson.
I was a fan in the early days, but “Lord of the Rings” songs left me disappointed.
I was also a fan to some extent in the early days. I don’t think much of her music has aged well tbh because of its over-production. She hardly sung live and if she did she lip-synced most of the time. Having said that, I don’t grow tired of ‘A Day Without Rain’. I agree with you also about the Lord of the Rings songs although it has been a while since I saw those movies. I imagine those movies are a national treasure in NZ for obvious reasons.
I’ve never seen the Lord of the Rings films; nothing like a movie to destroy the imagination!
Gee wizz Bruce! I’m lost for words, considering how much NZ features / and had a hand in the making of it. I understand perhaps your reticence given Tolkien’s books and your not wanting to infringe on your imagination. Even still, these are high-quality and relatively faithful book adaptions to screen.
I saw the first 20 minutes of the first one when Sir Ian McKellen bumped his head on the rafter of a hobbit’s house to show the audience how tall he was and how low a hobbit’s house was… this after him sitting on scaffolding with either Mt Ruapehu or Queenstown’s Remarkables Mountains in the background while he played with a Gum Emperor Moth. I thought it was pathetic. I left. Besides, I believe, the film made very little of the highly important Tom Bombadil and his wife!
Obviously the books left an indelible mark on your memory and love for the story. I understand your reluctance to embrace or even tolerate the movie just after 20 minutes despite their overwhelming critical and public adoration.
I am not an Enya-head by any means but I do enjoy that album and her best of.
I was telling Bruce I was a fan to some extent in the early days. The music hasn’t aged well. But I’m a big fan of this song and like you much of that album and greatest.
I haven’t heard her name much in the past decade. in checking only 1 album since 2008 and in 32 years only 8
Beautiful and haunting
That, which it is. I’m glad you liked it.
I’m glad you like it Bad. It’s exquisite. I never grow tired of it.