The «Huron Carol» (or «‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime») is a Christmas hymn, written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Christian missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song’s original Huron title is «Jesous Ahatonhia» («Jesus, he is born»). The song’s melody is a traditional French folk song, «Une Jeune Pucelle» («A Young Maid»). The well known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton. This version performed by Heather Dale, and sung in Wendat (Huron), French and English. Video Rating: 4 / 5
Fire and Water. Loreena McKennitt’s The Old Ways, opening with Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance, an instrumental from her second album Parallel Dreams. The Old Ways is a rich piece placed near the end of Loreena’s breakthrough album, The Visit. Inspired by one of her earlier visits to Ireland and the grave stature of the sea, Loreena repeats a passage several times both at the beginning and closing: «The thundering waves are calling me home, Home to you. The pounding sea is calling me home, Home to you.» Following the tragic passing of Loreena’s fiance in a boating accident many years later, the passage acquired a harrowing new relevance. While written long before the death, it’s difficult to imagine that anything else could be on Loreena’s mind when she now performs this song live. It’s a truly haunting experience, and a great song to begin with. Thank you for listening/watching.
A few Canadian National freight trains coming and going out of the Port Huron, Michigan tunnel along with one VIA unit with Amtrak coaches on August 18, 1999. Video Rating: 4 / 5
jtylerhelms.com (Unofficial) – WARNING This will potentially spoil the end of the movie if you haven’t seen it – Upon listening to the new Arcade Fire album, the last song in particular evoked an intense spaghetti western scenerio in my mind. I created a music video for the song with edited clips from Sergio Leone’s «Once Upon a Time in the West»… my favorite western. hi-res version: jtylerhelms.com Video Rating: 4 / 5