Enya: Publicity photo from California interviews

 

Today/Tonight

Canal 7 (Melbourne, Australia) 1 December 1995

Today/Tonight is a current affairs program that mainly deals with local issues within the city of Melbourne. Occasionally, the program presents national and international issues, but it is basically a program with a parochial attitude. (yeeecch! :-( )

The presenter is Jill Singer - a reasonably good journalist (she was very good when she worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). The reporter is an anonymous voice. It was not specified whether the reporter conducted the interview and because the questions asked were not actually shown, it cannot be determined whether or not the interview was conducted by the reporter. It is like one of these mini-60 Minutes reports: slick and plenty of post-production.

It was difficult to determine where the interview was conducted, but most probably in hotel room: a pretty plain wall in the background with a bouquet of roses displayed behind her left shoulder.

The report was aimed for the uninitiated. Plenty of images of Enya and the music sounds great even on the small box, so I think she may have some new fans over the next few months... and she is a beautiful lady.


Jill Singer: The haunting voice of the Irish singer, Enya, is moving millions of albums around the world. In its first week in Australia, her new album, In Memory of Trees [1], has already sold 50,000 to give it platinum status. In it, Enya showcases a range of her classical trained talents, she played all the instruments and all the vocal tracks.

[Snippet of 'Anywhere Is' videoclip]

Enya: To write melodies, for me, is very emotional, because I'm very private. But when I'm writing a melody, I open completely and, um, so it's very special.

[Snippet of 'Orinoco Flow' videoclip]

Reporter: When the very private Enya did open up to us, we gladly sailed away with her.

[More of 'Orinoco Flow' videoclip]

Enya: With the success of Watermark, it took everyone by surprise because the music was very different. When we finished the album, um, we were really happy with what had happened [smiles a little]. With what sort of songs we worked on, the sound that now is recognised as Enya.

Reporter: The sound of Enya has notched up worldwide sales of 18 million. It's a dreamy mix of lush vocals and haunting melodies, drawn from her Irish-Gaelic heritage.

Enya: There is a certain type of melancholy apparent in certain Irish music and I certainly feel it - in my music and my singing [2]. And, um, there is a great passion that Irish people have for literature and music and I think that people sense that as well.

[Snippet of 'The Celts' videoclip]

Reporter: Enya cuts across musical boundaries. Her audience drawn from lovers of rock and roll to devotees of classical; the very young to the very old. Australians, especially, have taken her to their hearts. In fact, she considers herself almost an honorary "Aussie" [3].

Enya: Well, I have an uncle who lives in Sydney. And, then, um,... my sister is immigrating to Sydney in February. So, umm... [Curious frown]. Yeah, it is like a home away from home for me [Frown replaced by a smile and a chuckle].

[Snippet of 'Exile' videoclip - the one with Steve Martin]

Reporter: Enya paints such vivid images with her music, it's no surprise she also worked on film.

Enya: I started writing music for filim [4] and my first project ever was with David Puttnam for The Frog Prince where I scored the music. And, um, then I worked with the BBC on The Celts [5], again, it was, ah, for visual. And then, we were approached by Ron Howard, um, for the end song for Far and Away [6].

[Snippet of 'Anywhere Is' videoclip]

Reporter: Enya now rivals the mighty U2 as Ireland's biggest musical export. But not for her the trappings of stardom: if you want to read about Enya, don't go to the social pages.

Enya: I choose to try and keep my private life, ah, to myself, because I give so much to the music. And, really, I had to sort of have some time to myself.

[More of 'Anywhere Is' videoclip]

Reporter: You'll be hearing a lot of Enya this summer. Her latest album is well on the way to emulating her previous hits. But there's one question: the album's title. Memory of Trees? [7]

Enya: Even though it comes from Irish mythology, it conjured up wonderful images to me and, therefore, I wrote the melody The Memory of Trees.

[Concludes with Enya vanishing in 'a box of clouds']



Note: Transcriber: Mik Lipcsey with comments below.  Posted to: alt.music.Enya - 11 December 1995

Typical of these current affair shows! Can't even get the album title right!!

Here Enya shows a more thoughtful side of her - something I haven't seen her do in an interview before. When she speaks that she feels 'certain style of melancholy' in her singing, she looks away a little and there is a little sadness in her voice.

Yeeech! More parochialism! :-(. Very typical of this show.

Filim is Irish for film. Enya uses the Irish pronunciation.

The Celts is not a film, but a television documentary series. In it, Enya appears during the opening credits briefly singing the title song, and in a videoclip format singing I Want Tomorrow.

The end song is the English version of 'Book of Days', which was available as a single, on the original soundtrack of Far and Away and on the more recent pressings of the 1991 album Shepherd Moons. The Irish version was available on the original pressings of Shepherd Moons which, I understand, is now hard to get.

They STILL can't get it right! Sheeesh!!! :-)