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The Old Ways

Features of This Track

folk roots
heavy use of vocal harmonies
groove based composition
a twelve-eight time signature
intricate melodic phrasing
paired vocal harmony
acoustic sonority
minor key tonality
melodic songwriting
a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin'
an emotional female lead vocal performance
acoustic rhythm guitars
a smooth female lead vocal
solo strings
prominent percussion
narrative lyrics
triple note feel
emphasis on instrumental arranging
intricate arranging

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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So sad and beautiful
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The very title celebrates her connection to her heritage. The tone of the first 1:30 is almost like an anthem. Her unmistakably ethereal vocals leads right back to it in the end. This is my favorite piece by her.
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I think this is my favorite McKennitt song. It gives me chills every time I hear it. I have this album and usually replay this song 2 or 3 times in a row. It's just breathtaking .
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The vocal is of a nicer world than this one.
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Celtic tunes! I love it!
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I cry every time, she has the most beautiful and evocative voice, the song is so sad.
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Absolutely Stunning! A masterwork by a master musician.
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Loreena has the best voice
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Oran Mor...
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I die..a bit..every time I hear this song...
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exemplary
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gone, gone, gone...I stand enchanted.
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Agreed! This takes my breath away. Wow.
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there's no one like Loreena..
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Love this! Highwayman and this tie!
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woodsnwater1
Simply amazing performance by this incredibly gifted woman!
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I love this version of the song. I can't find it anywhere now!!
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butkusb
Love this song. By far my favorite McKennitt song.
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This woman is so incredible. I sincerely hope I get to see her live somewhere.
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incredibly mystic
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I've been lucky enough to see her live twice, both shows were amazing. She is the ONLY artist that I will listen to live recordings. Everything she does is incredibly powerful, beautiful, haunting. This and "Mystic's Dream" are the two most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. Check out her website.
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Golflion says: One of the songs and album that got me to acquire just about all she has done. Super
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Wow. Wow. It's so...hauntin g ?
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I definitely like the live verison from "Nights from The Alhambra" better than the old studio recording from "The Visit"...it just sounds more genuine. More heartfelt and REAL.

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