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The Memory of Trees through A Day Without Rain:
The Art of Saying Nothing at All: Enya and the promotion of The Memory of Trees.
Enya's promotion of The Memory of Trees is an art of answering questions without saying a darn thing. Reporters who have interviewed her in the past comment on a new-found confidence she exhibits, the sparkle in her eyes and the warm greetings they receive. Confident, warm and sparkly she might have been, but by The Memory of Trees, Enya had become a master of gliding past personal questions with polite but noninformative responses.
Enya not only "opens up her little book of answers" as she tells one reporter, but has stockpiled the book with pat responses that will become very familiar to her fans over the next 10 years. While The Memory of Trees is one of Enya's richest and most beautiful albums, her interviews during this time are plain boring. Part of the problem is that Enya was by and large interviewed only by the mainstream press, by reporters who came to the interview little background information on the singer and no musical expertise. Whether Enya avoided them on purpose, or they simply were not interested in her music by this time, she was not interviewed by Hot Press, Q, Keyboard or any other music publication whose reporters might have done more than scratched the surface.
The Enigma of Enya, The Irish Times. December 15, 1995. Kevin Courtney
Enya's Quiet Space, The Boston Globe
January 21, 1996. Jim Sullivan
All Things Considers, NPR Public Radio Interview. January 15, 1996. Noah Adams
Enya at Ease: A Day Without Rain
One of the Hot Picks of this era is Enya at Ease from the Winter 2000 issue of The World of Hibernia. The title sums up many of the interviews the singer gave at this time: Enya, relaxed and at ease as she steps into the spotlight. Reflecting the sunny, uptempo music of A Day Without Rain, Enya seemed to be more at home with the press than she had in the past--at ease. As at ease as a soccer mom chauffeuring her twelve little charges on the album on a promo tour around the world.
The music is front and center as the topic in the A Day Without Rain interviews, as Enya speaks extensively on the recording process, and her own more relaxed pace of life that is reflected in the music. The interviews won't make your heart pound with their drama but, like the album itself, they leave you with a warm sense of an artist who's come to grips with herself. A Day Without Rain finds an Enya entirely comfortable with the myriad choices she's made in her life.