Have you ever had a song that was so precious you were hesitant to listen to it too often for fear of losing those memories it evoked? Well, this is mine.

The album by Kiltartan Road, which was inspired by the poetry of W. B. Yeats, was shared with me many years ago. Long before I moved to England I had a small one bedroom apartment in Hobart, Indiana. Next to the railroad tracks and conveniently located on the path home from the local bars. Add to that my career as a wine merchant and needless to say, it was a pretty popular place for late night gatherings. But of all those who gathered there for wine and song, one was more precious than the others.

Danny could always be counted on for bringing good poetry and good music. Though most often the music came from his own guitar and my very out of tune vocals, one night it was this. I still have his cd, though I’ll never be able to return it. Sadly, he was killed in a car accident in 2011.

So thank you, Danny, for introducing me to such beautiful music. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

by W.B. Yeats