As Close as We'll Ever Come
Treecat - October 2008
"I'm hungry to put the music on stage."
I have to chuckle when I read statements like that from Enya. Enya's been 'hungry' to put the music on stage since Watermark-if only the music could be orchestrated suitably, if the right staging could be designed, and if the right voices found and rehearsed to make up her lush multi-vocal background choruses.
Reading 20 years worth of interviews, I've laughed a lot over these statements from Enya, and from Nicky Ryan too, about their desire to put the music on stage. They've been warm laughs though, the kind you reserve for best friends who have a mission they will accomplish one day, if they can just find the right 'round-tuit' to help them along!
I'm not chuckling anymore. I'm reading a news report from Ireland's Hot Press magazine with the strongest statements I've ever read (or heard) before from Enya and Nicky about the possibility of a concert, one concert staged preferably in Europe and filmed. The statement was made on October 9th at a media press conference associated with the rollout of the Celtic songbird's latest album, And Winter Came. Even more significant than the strong statements that both Nicky and Enya made at that press conference is the fact that the Hot Press article has been linked in the News section of enya.com. If Enya and Nicky were merely speaking on a whim, why would they give their statements additional strength by providing a link to the article on the official website?
2008 marks the 20th anniversary of Enya's breakthrough album, Watermark. If it's truly Enya's desire to take the music to the stage, this is the time to do it. A concert now can draw on the spartan choruses of Amarantine. Many of the songs on A Day without Rain are not that complex in terms of vocal overlays. I'm sure there are nuggets that can be plucked from And Winter Came, too, that could be easily staged.
Mind you, it isn't imperative that Enya stage a concert. She was a success from the beginning, without the need to tour to support an album. Every album she's made has sold in phenomenal numbers without tours and concerts to back them. This is Enya. This is the woman who invented Enyanomics. But, if Enya truly does want to stand at the front of a stage and look her fans in the eyes over a microphone, now is the time to do it. Young artists who are hungry to go on stage are literally hungry-touring and concerts are the bread and butter that bolster their income. Enya doesn't need that. To do a concert for her is solely a matter of preference and desire, not a need to pay the bills.
Enya is 47 years old and more than comfortably well off. If a concert is a matter of preference, so is recording. If she wanted to, Enya could turn the lock on Aigle Studio and never walk into it again. Success has given Enya the means to travel, explore, and develop other interests outside of music. It seems reasonable to suppose that as she gets older, other interests will become even more important to her, and the desire to take the time away from her private life will be even less than it is now.
So, if Enya is going to do a concert, this is the time; now, not later. If a concert doesn't follow And Winter Came, hang up your hopes for one. At this moment there is a slender, but strong, thread of hope that a concert will be done. But even the strongest web loses strength with time.
Enya has sold 75 million records. Among the considerable awards and honors she's received are multiple Grammy and World Music Awards, and an Oscar nomination. For Enya, this is the last challenge-to perform on stage, as Enya, in front of a live audience. Enya said it herself: a moment lost cannot be found.
This is the moment.