I rediscovered an old friend yesterday, this Domnahl na Gruen low D whistle, handmade by Daniel McGinley in Knoydart, Scotland.
Domnahl na Gruen means ‘Daniel of the Sun.’ Another spelling of the tune is ‘Domhnall Na Graine.’ The lyrics paint a lovely and touching story.
A man was very ill, and he wasn’t getting any better. One night, he stumbled out of his house in total frustration. He came upon a man in the street who asked why he was so unhappy. He told the stranger that he was ill and couldn’t recover. The stranger told him he had a tune. If the ill man would learn the tune from him, mastering it by morning his sickness would be gone. The stranger lilted the tune so that he could learn it. The sick man spent the rest of the night burning it into his memory. In the morning, he felt well enough to pick up his fiddle and play it. His sickness had gone. https://thesession.org/tunes/1317
God often uses music to heal, to refresh, to provide hope to a weary soul. Think of David playing for King Saul. “And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.” (1Samuel 16:23)
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King. Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” – Psalm 98:4-7
This video will take you on a journey this morning if you let it. The voice, the sublime beauty of the instruments, the transition, the effortless flow…enjoy, embrace, experience Cara Dillon and her amazing band. Slainte, Lisa
Many different instruments can be used to create the wonder that is celtic music. Fiddle, tinwhistle, low whistle, guitar, accordian, bodhran drum, uillean pipes, hammered dulcimer, piano…..I’m sure I’m leaving out some, but you get the basic idea. The other day as I was listening to a recording I tried to decide which instrument was my very favorite…the one I would miss the most if it was missing. The winner?……..
The tinwhistles and low whistles…without a doubt. Very expressive instruments that seem to “sing” the Irish melodies with just the right amount of melancholy or joy, depending on the tune. I have some whistles, and have yet to capture the right sound. Oh, I can play most of the notes, but there is so much more than that…the small little turns and dips and expression that makes it such a wonderful instrument. But I’m glad I can’t play them right yet; it gives me something to work on to keep me out of trouble! 🙂
Enjoy whatever kind of music you’re listening to today, and sing to the Lord a new song! Slainte, Lisa