After a week of agonizing, trying to choose between seven songs, I have voted for Melancholy Interlude.
This may be one of the the shortest songs on any album in my collection but it is outstanding for its beauty and simplicity. It captures perfectly the mood it tries to portray and the words - 100% Hayley's words - are the perfect compliment to the original music by English late Renaissance composer (16th/17th Century) John Dowland.
Hayley's lyrics are an essential part of what makes this song so gorgeous and by painting a broad picture, leaving the details to the listeners' imagination, for me it just works. I absolutely love it to bits. Wow.
Hard to pick between "Abide with me" and "Le Notte Del Silenzio", as they're both such wonderful songs, but have settled on "Le Notte Del Silenzio" as my favourite. For me it's just a beautiful & moving melody which Hayley sings to perfection, both solo and in the duet.
I think I have finally decided. I have settled on 'Summer Rain' because I think it's brilliant, not to mention gorgeous. I love the 'and I know, and I know, and I know' part. Hayley's songwriting is exceptional! But it was tough choosing between 'Summer Rain', 'Let Me Lie', 'Sonny', and 'Abide with Me'.
- Cathleen -
'Majesty, majesty Your grace has found me just as I am Empty-handed but alive in Your hands Majesty, majesty Forever I am changed by Your love In the presence of Your majesty'
If you watch closely the poll's current results, almost each song got at least one vote. It clearly shows how complete this album is. Yet, if I could vote twice, I would definitely give my support to "Sonny".
Before getting the album, I thought 'Sonny' would be the winner... now, having heard 'Let Me Lie,' 'Summer Rain,' 'Danny Boy,' and 'E Pari Ra,' I'm not so sure!
Give me a few days!
Well, it's been more like a few months, but I've finally reached my decision:
Abide With Me
Hayley sings it so angelically and unpretentiously. 'Angelically' because it sounds like heaven on earth -- it's full of hope in God which is what faith is all about. 'Unpretentiously' because it's so real ... for example, Hayley could have held that last note for several seconds ("meeeeee..."), but instead she kept it simple and short, and it sounds like a real prayer and not just a perfectly timed and rehearsed song. It's so full of soul.
I don't know if I'm making sense, it's half past eleven and I need to go to bed. But I just thought it was finally time to vote!
P.S. I agree 100% with everyone else's choices too!
I voted Sonny but i also love the same way Le Note del Silenzio...
By the way, I think the correct title may be "Le Note del Silenzio".. I read everywhere in the web except the official site Le Notte, but it doesn't mean everything.. "Le notti" in italian is "the nights", but le notte is.. only wrong
Well, Hayley's albums are so good from head to toe, that it is very difficult for me to choose one specific song. I have chosen E pari ra, perhaps because all maori songs by Hayley bring me a sort of naïveness, simplicity, that I appreciate.
On the other hand, Bist du bei mir would be my second choice. It is perfect. Olga is rehearsing this song at the choir, and is using Hayley's version as reference, as what it should be the perfect perfomance, and it is helping her very much.
I still smile every time I think about the first time I heard that song (Let Me Lie). I had picked up the CD when with a friend, and we went to his house afterwords, so I put it into his somewhat less than ideal stereo....I have always had some issues interpreting Hayley's accent - at least until I have heard a song a couple of times. She seems to clip the word "earth" a bit, so it kinda runs into mother on an inferior system....
Anyway, the first time I heard this song, I could have sworn that the opening line was: "Let me lie on grasses green, on my motherth Eileen"
I knew that couldnt be right
Last Edit: Jul 24, 2008 23:41:23 GMT by milewalker
Nothing in life is perfect - and I thank God for that. When we say that something is perfect we are also saying that there can be no growth because any change must be for the worse. In the end, it is our errors which declare and affirm our humanity.