Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Trad Tuesday: Dacw 'Nghariad sung by Eve Goodman



This Welsh folk song is recorded as being collected by Mary Davies in 1908 from a village near the Welsh capital of Cardiff. 

Lyrics:
(Am)Dacw 'nghariad i (G)lawr yn y (Em)berllan,
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.
(Am)O na bawn i (G)yno fy (Em)hunan,
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.
(C)Dacw'r (Am)ty, a (C)dacw'r (G)'sgubor;
(Am)Dacw (C)ddrws y (G)beudy'n (Em)agor.
(Am)Ffaldi radl idl al, (G)ffaldi radl (Em)idl al,
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.

(Am)Dacw’r dderwen (G)wych gang(Em)hennog,
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.
(Am)Golwg arni (G)sydd far (Em)serchog.
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.
(C)Mi (Am)arhosaf (C)yn ei (G)chysgod
(Am)Nes daw (C)‘nghariad (G)i ngy(Em)farfod.
(Am)Ffaldi radl idl al, (G)ffaldi radl (Em)idl al,
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.

(Am)Dacw'r delyn, (G)dacw'r (Em)tannau;
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.
(Am)Beth wyf gwell, heb (G)neb i'w (Em)chwarae?
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.
(C)Dacw'r (Am)feinwen (C)hoenus (G)fanwl;
(Am)Beth wyf (C)nes heb (G)gael ei (Em)meddwl?
(Am)Ffaldi radl idl al, (G)ffaldi radl (Em)idl al,
(Am)Tw rymdi (G)ro rymdi (Am)radl (G)idl (Am)al.

English Translation
THERE IS MY LOVE

There is my love down in the orchard,
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.
Oh how I wish I were there myself,
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.
There is the house and there is the barn;
There is the door of the cow house open.
Ffaldi radl idl al, ffaldi radl idl al,
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.

There is the gallant, branching oak,
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.
A vision, lovingly crowned.
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.
I will wait in her shade
Until my love comes to meet me.
Ffaldi radl idl al, ffaldi radl idl al,
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.

There is the harp, there are her strings;
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.
What better am I, without anyone to play her for?
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al.
There’s the delicate fair one, exquisite and full of life;
What nearer am I, without having her attention?
Ffaldi radl idl al, ffaldi radl idl al,
Tw rymdi ro rymdi radl idl al._

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Book Review: Aquarius - The Book of Lifestyle Design by Court Reinland

Aquarius - The Book of Lifestyle Design is well-written, thoughtful, and thought-provoking.  The author has laid out a plan for overcoming current issues in the environment, education, family, work, and our government.
Mr. Reinland presents a somewhat Utopian view of working communities with members who opt to find each other and design their own lifestyles. It reminded me a little of my brief stint in the 1970s living in a commune in Vermont.  Rather than discussions as a group, the vision has been updated to make use of automation and has software designed to implement one's own vision.
With the current world crashing and burning around us, I found this book a refreshing and uplifting view of some ways we might make our lives better, as well as those around us.  Where I felt it fell short was in a vision for a transition, not that I have an idea of how to get there. The book left it up to us to elect this lifestyle, but there are so many obstacles in the way of that vision from outside forces. I hope the author follows up with a sequel that addresses this as he has a worthwhile vision of how our lives could be.

Link to Amazon

New Release: My Favourite Witch by Sharon Booth

The world is full of magic, if you know where to look.

It hasn’t been an easy time for Star St Clair. Her father has heaped disgrace on the family, and the man she loves rejected her when he discovered the truth about her powers. But the St Clair family’s magical heritage goes back centuries, and no one could be prouder of that than Star. Neither her father, nor Benedict Greenwood, will be forgiven.

Fate, however, has a shock in store for her. Not only is her errant father back in town, along with his new fiancée, but her ex has arrived home with a new girlfriend in tow. Maths teacher Elsie is everything Benedict seems to want – bright, steady, normal. How can Star possibly compete with her? Not that she intends to, of course. She is a St Clair, after all, and Benedict won’t get a second chance.

Benedict is an anxious man. Bad enough to discover your girlfriend is, in fact, a witch, but running out on her was probably a big mistake. Who knows what she’s plotting in revenge? Taking Elsie home to meet his grandmother is a test of nerve, and Star’s behaviour doesn’t exactly bring him peace of mind. Just what is she up to?

Star couldn’t be sweeter to Elsie, and even presents her with a bouquet of flowers to welcome her to Castle Clair, but Benedict isn’t fooled. Star is plotting something, and when Elsie suffers from a mysterious ailment, he is convinced that it’s all down to his ex-girlfriend. After all, everyone knows witches can’t be trusted.

But events are about to unfold that will challenge both Star and Benedict, and everything they believe to be true. In an attic room in North Yorkshire and a village hall in Ireland, unpalatable truths must be told, secrets must unfold, and life-changing decisions must be made.

Is forgiveness truly impossible? Are witches really that scary? And can a solution be reached before time, patience, and all the bourbon biscuits run out?

A story of pride, prejudice, and a whole lot of magic …