The Wonders of Celtic Music

When exploring music in either Spotify or iTunes, there are so many genres to choose from — orchestra to metal, pop to indie, instrumental to acapella, and the list goes on. The music industry is a huge place for every individual to experience new or old music to find what he or she is looking for. It could be music for working out, a house party, doing assignments, or even for all-night work, but at the end of the day, the individual should always choose the type of songs that he or she can feel something about. It can be something that he or she can feel like dancing to or singing with; something that makes him or her feel energetic when working on a project; something to keep him or her awake while driving; or even something that he or she can relax to, to the point of possibly falling asleep.

Easy listening, a popular music genre that emerged in the early 1940s to 1950s, is the kind of music that creates a soothing ambiance which would make the listener feel calm and relaxed. Unlike most songs, easy listening music is usually instrumental, have an average to slow tempo, whimsical sounds, and yet is rather loose regarding the melody. Considered as soft music, easy listening music is also used in business places such as spas and salons, and for spiritual meditation. Under easy listening music lies a few traditional forms of music due to its simple yet highly melodic sounds.

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Celtic music, a type of a traditional folk form of music that originated from Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, is considered as easy listening music due its loose melody and tonal chords. Usually arranged with string and wind instruments such as flutes and harps, Celtic music easy listening can either be purely instrumental or with vocals which sing tales of love, war, separation, and folk lullabies. It commonly listens. Samples of this music are found in movies such as Braveheart (1995) and the famous Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003).

In Celtic music today, this genre has expanded, evolved, and fused with a few other music genres. Samples of modern Celtic music bands are The Corrs, Orthodox Celts, and Albannach. There are some songs in this genre which are catchier and more melodic due to the fusion of jazz with it. Examples would be Dalla’s “Tane An Gove,” Subterranean Jazz’s “Streets of Perth,” and “S’Och A’ Dhomhnaill Oig Ghaolaich” or also known as the Waulking Song by Capercaillie.

Other songs are blended with the rock genre, retaining a few traditional Celtic instruments, with the song lyrics either being translated into English or not. Samples of such songs are Alan Stivell, Tri Yann, Dan Ar Braz, Servat and Armens’s “Tri Martolod,” Gaelic Storm’s “Lover’s Wreck,” and The Mahones’ “Shakespeare Road.”

Lastly, some songs have a combination of electronica, creating a dreamlike or mystical vibe. Examples are Roger Shah’s “Morning Star,” Loreena McKennitt’s “The Mystic’s Dream,” and Enya’s “Only Dream.”

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