The early inhabitants of Ireland, the Celts, were very musically talented. They were masters of ancient music and poetry. The rich and colorful Irish music was developed during the growth of the national culture. After the 18th century, the Western European music was gradually boosted in Ireland. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, became an important center of music in Europe. And Irelandwas the only country that hosts so many music festivals every year in the world. Today’s sharing will start with the cheerful music from theIrish band-Westlife Boys, andshow you the colorful Irish music culture.
西城男孩（An introduction to Westlife）:
Westlife, an Irish male band formed in County Sligo, Ireland in 1998. It is composed of Kian Egan, Sean Finan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne. Westlife has 14 No.1 singles in the official UK Singles Chart and 7 No.1 albums in the Official UK Albums Chart. They won the Best Pop Performance at the 26th and 27th Brit Awards, which is also the band that has played the most concerts (23) at Wembley Stadium. Westlife shall be entitled as the memory of an era.
由西城男孩演唱的这首歌已成为了经典的英文歌曲。看过歌名的人肯定会认为这是一首描写爱情的歌，加之歌中反复演唱My love (吾爱)，更让人觉得这是一首怀念已经逝去的爱情的歌。殊不知，这首歌的灵感来自于人们对祖国爱尔兰的挚爱，歌词中有许多描写爱尔兰家乡美景的部分，所以这首歌其实主要抒发了他们对家乡的热爱。
The song performed by Westlife has become a classic English song. People who just read the title would certainly consider itas a song about love.Besides that, the song repeats about My love, which would make people think that it is a song about missing the lost love. However, little did they know that this song was inspired by Irish people's love for their motherland. There are many descriptions of the beauty of their Irish hometown, this song is actually about their love for their hometown.
An empty street
An empty house
A hole inside my heart
I am all alone
The rooms are smaller
I wonder how
I wonder why
I wonder where they are
《Swear it Again》—英国单曲榜冠军
1994年4月9日，Westlife的首支单曲《Swear it Again》经过简单的宣传便问世了，《Swear it Again》评为VH1英国15年来100首英国最佳冠军单曲，还获得南非“最佳爱情歌曲奖”。这首歌采用了抒情流行风格，从歌词中也能体会到那浓浓的爱意。
On April 9, 1994, Westlife's first single,Swear it Again, was released with simple advertisement.Swear it Again was honored as one of the VH1 Top 100 UK No.1 singles in past 15 years and italso won the Best Love Song Award in the South African. This song used a lyrical pop style and it is easy to feel the love in the lyrics.
I wanna know
Whoever told you
I was letting go
The only joy that
I have ever known
So you should know this love
We share was never made to die
I am glad we are on
this one way street
《Season in the sun》—英国冠军单曲
The Irish accent, the use of bagpipes, and the perfect cooperation of the singers,these all promoted this song to the top. This song has been the champion of British music charts at the turn of the century for four weeks. The lyrics describe the scenarios that the singer met his old friends in their innocent childhood, which is the best memory ever. Time has changed,they have their own responsibility, but the feeling has not changed. The beautiful scenery of Ireland has purified people's hearts and made their feelings even more sincere. How desirable it is! People have to grow up and move on but the feelings and memories will always stay forever, warming their hearts.
Goodbye to you my trusted friend
We have known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we have climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABC’s
The power of the song is breathtaking. Through the music, we get to know about the singers’ stories andexperience their feelings, followed by the emotions and resonance of our own.Asthe epitome of Irish musical culture,there is no absolute style in Westlife's songs:sometimes lyrical pop, sometimes poetic lyrical pop.Hope today’s sharing can ignite your enthusiasm forIrish music and hopeyoucanexperience morein not only the musical culture but also vibrant life in the future.