Spanish Celtic Music

There is power in letting go, the power in forgiveness… and in accepting that all beautiful things come to an end. There are times when I trust my pain more than my happiness. I think the first time I read the poems of  St John of the Cross I was shaking. The intensity of his writings shocked me.  I think nothing comes close to the beauty of  The Dark Night of the Soul:

Once in the dark of night
When love ignited me, I yearned and rose
(O stroke of sheer delight!)
And went though no one knows,
Leaving behind a house in cold repose.

In darkness all went right.
By secret ladders, in clandestine clothes,
(O stroke of sheer delight!)
In darkness I arose
Leaving behind a house in cold repose.

And in the luck of night
In secret places where no other spied
I went without my sight
Without a light to guide
Except the heart that lit me from inside.

It guided me and shone
Surer than sunlight in the noonday blue
And lead me to the one,
The one I truly knew
Who waited with nobody else in view.

O guiding dark of night!
O dark of night more darling than the dawn!
O night that can unite
A lover and loved one,
A lover and loved one moved in unison.

And on my flowering breast
Which I had kept for him and him alone
He slept as I caressed
And loved him for my own,
Breathing an air from redolent cedars blown.

And from the castle wall
The wind came down to winnow through his hair
Bidding his fingers fall,
Searing my throat with air
And all my senses were suspended there.

I stayed there to forget.
There on my lover, face to face, I lay.
All ended, and I let
My cares all fall away
Forgotten in the lilies on that day.


As our thoughts turn to Spain, nothing comes close to the beauty of the music of Carlos Nunez. I came across this very interesting interview article  about this legendary Spanish musician.


6 thoughts on “Spanish Celtic Music

  1. I cannot decide which has the most interesting forms of Celtic music, Brittany or Spain! If people know the history of the Celts they know that they were all over Europe including Gaul (France) and England at one time during the history of Europe.

    I loved the poem! So sensual and yet so very alive with faith. Lovely. You amaze me in all you know Bax! (Thanks again for the connection to Radio Celt!)

    For those who would like to listen to some of the various kinds of European Celtic music check out the radio program “Thistle and Shamrock,” with Fiona Ricthie online for some of the programs she’s done on the various “flavors,” of the music of the Celts!


  2. Sorry to be late in responding Christi. My schedule has changed to 3pm until midnight. Oh…the quirks of this job! Anyway I am really delighted with you responses and you encourage me to write more. Yes the poetry is very passionate and it really transcends borders.


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