Deep Dead Blue


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    Elvis Costello writes :

    “As director of the 1995 Meltdown Festival at London's South Bank Centre I was able to seek out and collaborate with the Brodsky Quartet, Fretwork, the Jazz Passengers and Deborah Harry, Donal Lunny, Anúna, Composer's Ensemble, Marc Ribot, June Tabor, Steve Nieve, The Fairfield Four, Jeff Buckley, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller.

    Guitar player and composer Bill Frisell and I also put together a short program of his transcriptions of some of my songs, together with tunes such as "Weird Nightmare" and "Gigi." We ended the set with some words that I had set to music that Bill had sent to me. The result was “Deep Dead Blue”. Our first public appearance together was recorded and later issued under that title on a limited-edition CD by Nonesuch Records.

    Michael McGlynn is a remarkable composer and leader of the choral group Anúna. He has also been a good friend and a fine teacher in helping me overcome my reluctance to master musical notation. This allowed me to work more freely on The Juliet Letters and subsequent "written" compositions.

    Most of Michael's pieces draw on Irish early-Christian and pre-Christian texts as well as traditional airs and lyrical themes. These sources are recast in Michael's beautiful and startling music. It was therefore something of a departure for him to arrange "Deep Dead Blue" for the group. As Bill Frisell and I are yet to complete another composition, it is great to hear the transformation brought about by this choral rendition of our solitary song.”

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    Years ago, on seeing Anúna perform at The Project Arts Centre, something drew me to their music - something quite indefinable. Whether it was the fact that they took chances with their material and their style I don't know, but I became a fan, and to this day have remained one.

    This album, while following many of the cues which prompted their earlier output, is by far their most accomplished record yet. Its material ranges from the title track, a joint composition of Elvis Costello and avant-gardist Bill Frisell, to readings of Irish traditional songs like 'Sliabh Geal gCua'. There are, of course, an infinity of experiences in-between. From the off the album emotionally engages the listener, solo voice or layered vocal, ancient Latin or English text, or modern lyric drawing one in to the very core of the music. That, I think, is what distinguishes Anúna's music from the rest - the tight connection to the heart and beyond. Mind you, it's not music to be flirted with; It demands a reciprocal commitment from the listener, which, if given, will not go unrewarded.

    This is beautiful, beautiful music and deserves the widest audience."

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released November 1, 1996



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Falling into no category easily, Anúna remain at the fringe of contemporary music after over a quarter of a century of life. Timeless, ancient and simultaneously relevant to this world.
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Track Name: The Green Laurel
I once had a sweetheart but now I have none
He's gone and he's left me in sorrow to weep and mourn
He's gone and he's left me for others to see
I know that he'll soon find another far better than me

I wrote him a letter both loving and kind
He wrote me an answer with sharp twisted lines
Saying, "Keep your love letters, and I will keep mine
You write to your love, and I'll write to mine"

Green grows the laurel, soft falls the dew
Hard was my heart when I parted from you
In our next meeting I hope you'll prove true
And we'll join the green laurel for the violet so blue

He passes my window both early and late
The looks that he gives me would make my heart break
The looks that he gives me a thousand would kill
Whenever he wanders, he'll be my love still
Track Name: Island
On an island I long to be
Gazing out upon the shining surface of the sea
I hear the sound of the ocean wave on wave
Crying, "You who have turned away from home"

Ascnam tar tuinn topur ndílenn dochum nÉirenn
(To sail across the wild sea back to Ireland)

Deus caeli ac terrae
(God of heaven and earth)
Maris et fluminum
(The sea and the rivers)
Deus solis ac lunae
(God of the sun and the moon)

On an island I long to live
Seabirds lament the coming of the winter wind
I hear the endless sound of sea on shore
Crying, "You who have turned away from home"

Deus super caelo et in caelo et sub caelo
(God above heaven and in heaven and under heaven)
Habet habitaculum erga caelum
(He dwells in heaven)
Et terram et mare
(And earth and sea)
Et omnia quae sunt in eis
(And all that is in them)
Non separantur Pater
(Not separate are the Father)
Et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus
(The Son and the Holy Spirit)

On an island I long to be
Evening brings a whisper of the summer breeze
I hear the song of the ocean wave on wave
Crying, "You who have turned away from home"

Ascnam tar tuinn topur ndílenn dochum nÉirenn
(To sail across the wild sea back to Ireland)

Inspirat omnia
(He inspires all things)
Vivificat omnia
(He makes all things grow)
Superat omnia
(He is above all things)
Suffulcit omnia
(He supports all things)