As regular readers are aware, I've been a fan of Mike Oldfield's music since his first album, Tubular Bells, which came out in 1973. To date, he's released 26 studio albums, and is a giant in the field of progressive rock and many other genres. He's also given plenty of attention to more traditional forms. His 17th album, Voyager, released in 1996, celebrated Celtic music in a wonderful combination of acoustic and orchestral performances. It remains one of my favorites.
The final track on that album, Mont St. Michel, is a musical homage to the island monastery off the coast of Normandy of the same name.
I find it wonderfully evocative of the history and spirituality of the place. If you've ever visited it, you'll know what I mean. It's particularly fitting that a Celtic-themed piece should pay tribute to Mont St. Michel, because its first religious inhabitant was an Irish hermit in about the sixth century AD.
I find this track simply beautiful. I think that Irish hermit would nod approvingly as he listened, and say a prayer.
Meditative, inspired, and altogether lovely.