From the recording Celtic Lamentations, Healing for Twelve Months And A Day….
This is the last tune composed by Carolan, the famous 18th century blind harper considered Ireland's national composer. He wrote this piece knowing that he was going to die, and this song contains both a sense of mourning and deep passion. Emotionally, the tune seems to go through the five stages of mourning within itself.
Carolan lived an extraordinary life, in spite or perhaps even because of the challenges caused by his blindness. Though he was not a great harper, he achieved great fame through the beauty of his compositions. His was a life of challenges and losses, channeled into creating beautiful music.
"I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost