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The Wheel of the Year
CD. Produced in 2012.
Song lyrics by Rose Blakeley.
Music by Garry Blakeley.
Mastering and sound production by Edd Blakeley.
Recorded at Gaz-Edd studios.
After writing an album focused purely on May, it therefore seemed natural
to commemorate the whole annual cycle in music and song, so The Wheel
of the Year was set in motion. It takes you from the dark cold nights of January,
with its wassailing and the echo of distant ploughboys, through golden summer sunshine and harvest cheer, to ruddy autumn leaves, which blow into the magic
of solstice snow before the blazing fires of Yule. The spirit of my lyrics has been animated by Garry’s powerful and atmospheric music: a collage of compositions, which are a beautiful combination of folk-rock arrangements, slow airs and
driving traditional tunes. This recording weaves a vivid tapestry of history,
folklore and mysticism. And finally, I have to say, this album was a sheer joy
to write, as there are endless aspects of the year to set the imagination racing,
so to lose myself in some of them was a pleasure. I decided to write them in the
the order of the months, and as I completed each one, I presented them to
Garry so the magician could do his work. Each time it was, and always is, a
very special moment for me, when my words reappeared, were sang and
decorated with beautiful music, its chief instrument being the fiddle. I find
this an incredible thing as a writer, for music breathes new life into the lyric,
and to eventually see it performed live with such a reputable band, is a privilege.