Desert Island Discs: “Souvenir (1989-1998)” by The Rankins (2003)Posted: July 26, 2012
Raylene, I must confess, I have a life-threatening crush on. (But it’s a big secret, okay? She doesn’t know about it yet. Geez, don’t do something stupid like writing about it on a blog or nothin’…) Raylene takes the lead in several numbers including “Gillis Mountain.”
When we arrived on Gillis Mountain
You could see for miles in the light
The whitecaps on the sea of blue
Sparkled like diamonds in the night
They sparkled like diamonds in the night
Heather is the “little sister” of the group. One of her solo numbers, and one of my favorites on this collection, is “Bells.”
If only you would love me
Bells would ring,
And voices silent for a thousand years
Suddenly could sing
And the heart of a bandit
Would surely vanish without a clue
And the world would go on turning,
My darling, if only you.
Jimmy is the principal songwriter and the literal front-man in the group. Far from overpowering the voices of his sisters, though, his voice blends with theirs astonishingly well. Geez, almost like they were siblings singing together. Here he is on “Orangedale Whistle.”
Years ago, throughout this land
That line was laid by able men
But things are changed as time goes by
People drive, and people fly
Winds of change forever blow
Some things stay, and some things go
The falling rain must melt the snow
The Orangedale whistle will always blow
I don’t expect that everyone will find the emotional connection with “Souvenir” that I have. It was part of a very special place and time. But if you enjoy Celtic culture and enthusiastic, heartfelt music, you may enjoy The Rankins.
Sidebar: The three sisters own a small restaurant/music place in Mabou, the Red Shoe Pub. I made a pilgrimage, I completely geeked out and was a total fanboy.
When I asked if the sisters ever showed up there, the lovely and charming waitress gently informed me that no, they didn’t very often. Oh well, I had a delicious poutine, a Garrison IPA from Halifax, and I flirted with the waitress.
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