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Friday, June 30, 2006

Will We Hear A Duet? 

Two women. Two musical stars. Two people who have touched the lives of countless millions. I wrote about them before - Enya and Lindsay Lohan.

The flower-covered elitist tsk me, saying, "Posh. We do not listen to Kissimmee-manufactured pop claptrap. We listen to genuine artists."

The pop fans tsk me, saying, "Who cares about some old Irish woman? Was she found partying in Miami late one night?"

Yet Enya and Lindsay Lohan must be considered together, in the same way that Brian Eno and Slim Whitman should be considered together (though hopefully not for the same reason).

I was going to tell you what appaloosa23 said about these two, but this particular blog has a prompt script that locks everything up. Nice. Maybe Ernst & Young will give you an award.

Empyrean Dream, in a long post, touches on both artists:

I have yet to expound fully on my liking for The Parent Trap. Since I seem more loquacious today, it shall begin hence. The Parent Trap is a testament to the fact that innocent, carefree movies cannot be consigned just so into the rubbish dump of bad movies. Merely because it lacks the "real world grit" of machismo-ridden, film noir angsty jungle-world Oscar-winning scions of the Great Directors doesn't mean that it is of little value, relevance or profoundity. The Parent Trap is a cohesive mixture of comic action, serious themes in life and relationships. Lindsay Lohan performs her dual roles with near perfect polish, rendered doubly noteworthy by the fact that her two characters are so different. Her acting is one of the best things about the movie and is a major reason why this movie is a must-watch. Besides, although including the inevitable reunion, the plot is not as cliched as I had thought it would be. All in all, excellent performances from all, and although six years old, The Parent Trap is as fresh and relevant as it ever was and will be....

With all this talk of OM, memories once again surface. I remember Iowa, Boulder, Chicago; all the American cities I visited; the bookstore at the Uni, the teen's party of such American exuberance, the trading of pins and T-shirts. The pain of OM. The utter agony; listening to Enya and Blue (Da Ba Dee) while working on props that seemed never to get done. Waiting in the Glenn Miller Hall and emerging sans a mask.

Funny how remembrance blurs the pain. And how merciless is time and transition.

Of course, any discussion of Enya and Lindsay Lohan has to touch upon Lindsay's long-lost Irish cousin.

"I transport myself through my imagination," admits the Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad Lohan. "In fact, I think it's my greatest asset." While Sinéad's other attributes -- her intuitive command of language, her strikingly inventive and effortless blend of musical materials from Celtic folk to trip-hop, the poignant otherworldly chime of her voice -- are certainly contenders for "greatest asset," it is the ineffable force and clarity of her imagination that gives her music its emotional range and dreamlike ambiance. Indeed, Sinéad's imagination is the source of her sensibility, providing a singular and expansive inquiry into the nature of consciousness and the secrets of the heart.

For some, the common last name of the two singers is too good to be true. In a Radio-Paradise discussion of Sinead's "Whatever It Takes," the following comments appear:

(Columbus, Ohio) Posted: Apr 05, 2006 - 11:38

Gish05 wrote:
Hmm, wonder what she thinks about Lindsay Lohan? ;)

Lindsay O'Connor is her nemesis
(Whitehorse) Posted: Jun 15, 2005 - 15:15

drH wrote:
MUCH better than that other Sinead.

much better than that other Lohan.
(Boston, baby) Posted: Feb 11, 2005 - 11:45

stevebeaver wrote:
We need more LINDSAY Lohan here. Now that girl can, uhhh......mmmmm...sing. Yeah....sing!

I always do a double take when I see this artist's name appear in the playlist. What an unfortunate last name.

But these comments probably sound familiar to fans of the American:

(Manchester UK) Posted: Apr 20, 2006 - 02:06

it does absolutely nothing for me. Bland with a capital B
Posted: Apr 05, 2006 - 11:34

It sounded great the first couple of times I heard this song, but now it just grates my nerves.

Doesn't she have another song that could be played?
Posted: Feb 26, 2005 - 05:31

It's OK - a happy song for the spur of the moment, I suppose. Nothing I'd listen to too often though. A 6!

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