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Enya on the Saturday Early Show's Second Cup Café

Transcript by: only-time (Enya Fan Studio)
Aired: CBS (USA) (March 11, 2006)




[ Tracy Smith is the host of the show ]

Tracy

Enya's music is often described as New Age, but that hardly says it all. With complex compositions and vocals sung in several different languages, the Irish native has won 3 Grammys as well as an Oscar nomination. She also has sold an astounding 70 million records worldwide. Her new release, Amarantine, hit the stores in November and already has gone platinum. Enya, welcome to our Second Cup Café.

Enya

Thank you.

Tracy

It's such a pleasure to have you here.

Enya

Thank you for asking.

Tracy

I think of a lot of people recognize your sound. Right when they hear it, how did you come up with such a unique beautiful sound?

Enya

It's the work I do with the producer, Nicky Ryan. He had this idea of getting to use my voice like an instrument. I would sing songs, but then he builds up with my voice on harmonies and even on the sounds of the music. It's this kind of a build-up and it's very difficult to know what suits each song. So, each time for us, it's like trial and error in the studio.

Tracy

It's a process.

Enya

Yes. It is. Yeah.

Tracy

How long does it take? [ Enya giggles ] How much work goes into one song?

Enya

Well. It's 5 years since the last album, but on this album, Amarantine, we worked on it for 2 years.

Tracy

For 2 years.

Enya

Which, for some people, it's a long time. Yes. [ giggles ]

Tracy

Yes. And you actually invented a new language for several of the songs?

Enya

Yes. Yes. When we worked on the soundtrack with Peter Jackson, the director on Lord of the Rings, I ended up singing in Elvish, which was beautiful. It's a fictional language that Tolkien created. So, my lyricist, Roma Ryan, decided to write a fictional language to suit this album and it's called Loxian language.

Tracy

Loxian language.

Enya

Yes.

Tracy

Can you say, "I love you." in Loxian?

Enya

Not really, but I can say a little. It's "Syoombraya", is 'where the water..the water shows the hidden heart.' That's the first line that she wrote.

Tracy

Oh. It's beautiful! It's beautiful!

Enya

Mmm.

Tracy

Alright. So, now you're going to perform Amarantine?

Enya

Yes, I am.

Tracy

Alright. Take it away.

Enya

Thank you.

Tracy

Ladies and gentlemen, Enya.


[ Enya performs "Amarantine", leaving out the third verse. ]


Tracy

Thank you so much. That was absolutely beautiful. Thank you.



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