Layne Greene: The Disappearance of the Glasses Reveals a Deeper Story.

Did you notice anything new with singer/songwriter Layne Greene? Yes and you’ll know why.

Canadian singer/songwriter had lasik early this year and that explains the disappearance of the glasses. Well, it is not just about the glasses that’s gone . He is working on an official debut album produced by a big name in the music industry. He Has been working on a couple of songs for weeks and I had the pleasure of hearing them although everything is pretty much hush hush until the official announcement. The new songs are different from his usual stuff. They are more ‘radio friendly’ or ‘mainstream’ for lack of better terms. But this is a good thing because it proves that Layne Greene is ready for a bigger audience. He takes his musical career seriously and has no qualms performing in big venues when the

Layne Greene:The album is almost done!

Layne Greene:The album is almost done!

album arrives.

Flash back two years ago. I met this wonderful kid who has a laid back attitude with bunch of songs on top of his head. He has written many but he made sure they got the craft and polish they needed before the release. This dedication to quality over quantity is reflected all over his life. And this extends beyond music. I’ve known him as a reliable fella with a heart of gold. Everyone who meets him can always attest to the fact that he is special and he has a keen sense professionalism.

He is working on the album quietly. He posts updates every now and then but the real bang will come when the album is out. It will be soon. I promise.

10 Reasons Why I like Enya

Picture from And Winter Came(2008)

Ok this is where I indulge myself in my most profound expression of adoration for this Lady of Perpetual Melody. Don’t smirk at me (though I know I have played her music again and again that makes you hallucinate and see intricate patterns on your wall).

10 Things I Like About Enya

1. She’s Irish and she got me started to this whole Celtic stuff (although I would really describe her music as Celtic).

2. I thought she was the new face of Lancolme  cosmetics a couple of years ago. That’s how pretty I think she was at that time and still is.

3. She made me sale away, sail away into an island of dreams.

4.I just love saying her name out loud: ENYA…ENYA.. this is my mantra when I feel so bad.

5. She does everything musically. Even how she controls the way she appears in the public. She is also stubborn(in a good way) in how she approaches her art, not allowing anybody-not even record executives-to tell her what to do. She did it her way and that’s what brought her 80 million records sold.

6. She belongs to a very musical family and grew up in a rural part of Ireland. She never let anything compromised her values. She never hang out with celebrities and lived in her own castle. And contrary to popular belief, Enya is more real than your Madonnas and Laday Gagas.

7. That beautiful voice is easily recognized due to her distinct timbre. Her voice can be simply described in two words: Ethereal and Beautiful.

8. She does all the backing vocals(layering) as well as play the instruments (otherwise, guest musicians are credited). She has maintained this close friendship with her producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan. This makes up the team Enya. This is a friendship and artistic collaboration that endured the test of time, album sales and harsh critics.

9. If you don’t like the music, it is OK, but you gotta respect the craft. Enya spends years and years perfecting an album inside the studio. If she and her producer think the song is not working out, they don’t have any hesitation of deleting the entire recording(even though it was worth 6 months of their toil) and doing it all over again. See? Who can do this? Your  bands? Your so called divas? No she is the real deal.

10. Centuries from now, people will forget who topped the Billboard charts or who made it to American Idol finals. But Enya’s music will endure. Because she does it quietly. And she does it for the love of music. And I love her music.