TV Interview: The Pat Kenny Show
Interviewer: Pat Kenny
Kenny Show, (RTE Ireland) 15 November 1997
The referred person Pat is Pat Kenny, the host of the Kenny Show on Irish television.
Enya: is introduced and performs Only If... while seated at a piano. She is accompanied by two violinists and two cellists.
Pat: Enya, welcome back. Very nice to have you back on the show.
Enya: Nice to be back.
Pat: The extraordinary thing is the last time you were on was pretty much the last time you did a live television interview.
Enya: Yeah, that's two years ago, yeah.
Pat: You don't like doing these things, do you?
Enya: Well I think I feel when I have an album out like now the Best Of or two years ago when it was The Memory of Trees I find that it's important to promote the album and do a certain amount of interviews but then I like to call it a day at a certain date and therefore I don't do endless interviews.
Pat: You vanish back into the studio...
Pat: ....which seems to be all consuming. Now there are two new tracks on the Best Of album - does that mean there's a studio album on the way?
Enya: Eh, I think so because just working on the two new tracks as you mentioned I got the feel of wanting to go back to the studio shortly with the result I'll only be doing a promotional trip to the end of December this time.
Pat: Do you actually have anything to do with the Best Of album or does the record company just pluck the tracks or do you actually listen to them all again and maybe play around with them a little bit?
Enya: Well, they had suggested it was a good time to release the Best Of album but I must admit I decided what would go on the album. There was the obvious hits that would go on it but I've a lot of different fans and I found that I wanted to have Marble Halls, Watermark and so in the end it was wonderful to listen to all the songs and it's like reading a musical diary again - reliving that day when I wrote those songs.
Pat: It brings you back to the time and the feelings you were having and so on.
Enya: Very much so, yes.
Pat: Now you mention your fans. Is the Pope a fan?
Enya: Eh, yes. (laughs) Yes, yes.
Pat: The Pope is a fan of yours.
Enya: I was with him last Christmas actually. There was a performance I did in the Vatican and met with the Pope and he thanked me for coming to the Vatican to perform for him.
Pat: You've performed for other luminaries as well. The King of Sweden?
Enya: (laughing) Yes. Another fan.
Pat: What circumstances brought you to Sweden to play for him?
Enya: It was actually his birthday party and it was a surprise that I was flown in to perform at a special concert on his behalf.
Pat: Is that when you got used to the idea of perhaps living in a castle? When you met the King of Sweden?
Enya: (laughing) Maybe so, but, em, you're talking about the castle I bought.
Pat: I'll talk to you about your new home in a few moments time. I'm wondering about live performance. When you were on with us a few years ago you talked about the possibility someday of going on the road - doing a tour, bringing all the high tech equipment and masses of people and trying to reproduce in a concert situation the kind of music that you produce on record. Are we any nearer that day?
Enya: I hope so because the plans I have for next year is to go into the studio to work on a new album but to set aside time - myself and the producer Nicky Ryan would really like time to work with other musicians on stage to hear how the music will adapt for stage so it's something that's very much on my mind.
Pat: I believe George Lucas of Star Wars fame had some proposal for you.
Enya: He had. It's more to do with the visual side of it. He thought that because the music has been used for soundtrack that he could get involved with some of the visuals for touring.
Pat: Which would be extraordinary to have that kind of mind being brought to bear on your music.
Enya: It'd be interesting.
Pat: Now tell me about the castle.
Enya: (laughs) Well, em, it was a case of just... I had seen this castle many times and...
Pat: You were living relatively close to the castle.
Enya: Yes I was, yes I was. Em, it's been in the same family for fifty years so it was quite a surprise to see it up for sale and I remember being curious to see what it looked like because it is very beautiful looking from the outside and when I walked in I just felt very, very at home. It was so beautiful but it's not an intimidating, big ballroom castle, it's very much a home.
Pat: I actually got to go inside it...
Pat: ...on one occasion because there was an art gallery attached to it and I had to pick up something one day from the art gallery and I got a little guided tour. Up on the roof there are real castellations...
Enya: Yes there are.
Pat: ...as you look out but it tends to be, certainly on these days, shrouded in mist. Does that suit your music? A foggy castle?
Enya: (laughs) I just think that it's... with the grounds as well... the grounds are very important to me - the very mature, beautiful grounds - it's just somewhere that I got a sense that I could be very much at home in.
Pat: Will it mean a change in lifestyle for you, living in a castle?
Enya: In what regard?
Pat: Well I was just wondering maybe... I know that you had a romance going the last time we talked but that has finished has it?
Enya: Yes, it has, yes.
Pat: There's nobody else you've lined up to help fill the castle with...
Enya: I've been too busy at the moment but it's again something I'll be doing next year. I've been taking more time and in my free time I've ended up travelling quite a bit and so I think that that might entail not being entirely on my own (laughs).
Pat: I wasn't thinking of someone to pick the furniture - I was thinking of someone on a more, you know... a relationship perhaps and maybe even the prospect of a family some day.
Enya: Well I hope so. Yes. I hope so.
Pat: But there's no one in mind?
Enya: Not at the moment, no.
Pat: Alright. What are you intending to do now in the short term. You've got your castle so you've got to redecorate that. Professionally, back in the studio again?
Enya: Well, again I'll be touring for the next few weeks. I'll be in Japan, in Europe and in America and that's going to take me up right to Christmas so I think I'll have a break firstly but I think I'm quite anxious to write some more music.
Pat: To give people an idea when you get a theme, for example, for a tune how long does it take you and Nicky to actually create what we hear on record? I mean is it a weeks work, is it a months work, is it two months work for each track or what?
Enya: It can vary. It can vary because I take a while to write the melody and then on arranging it we like to take time to sometimes leave the song and come back to be a listener and that's a wonderful way to work with music but, em, they all vary so much. Sometimes you work maybe for two months on a song and the arrangement is totally wrong so... it's not enhancing the melody.
Pat: And you just throw it all out.
Pat: If you realise it's wrong it just gets junked and you start again.
Pat: You're featured on the Princess Diana tribute album.
Enya: Yes I am. It's the title from Watermark, Watermark itself. I had met with her twice and on one of the times I met with her she spoke to me about how this was a favourite melody of hers, Watermark, and I thought it'd be lovely if it was included on the album.
Pat: And so it is. Now, you have lots of nice titles... you've wonderful melodies but you've lots of nice titles and you're going to do a second song for us.
Enya: Yes I am.
Pat: And this is the title that you've given to the Best Of album... it's a beautiful, beautiful song.
Enya: (cautiously) Actually it's not that one. I think it's Marble Halls actually.
Pat: Oh, you're going to do Marble Halls for me.
Enya: Yes I am. I decided to.
Pat: You changed your mind.
Enya: Yes I did. There was a lot of requests that I would perform Marble Halls tonight so I hope you don't mind (laughs).
Pat: Oh no, I don't mind at all. I love Marble Halls but this new song is fabulous as well.
Enya: Thank you.
Pat: Paint The Sky With Stars. Absolutely lovely. Anyway you're going to do Marble Halls for now.
Enya: Yes I am.
Pat: Enya, thank you very much for being with us tonight.
Enya: Thank you.
Enya duly performs Marble Halls, alone and surrounded by candles, while Pat Kenny breaths a sigh of relief that she decided to play along earlier.
Note: Transcribed by Shane Purcell.