There is no formula to it because writing every song, for me, is a little journey. The first note has to lift you and make you go, 'What's this?' You play C, but why is it that one day it leads to G and it didn't yesterday? I don't know. It's everything. It's the walk you take in the morning, it's the night before, the meeting with people, landscapes, the chats, all of that evolves in some way into melody, but I'm not sure how it's going to happen. I'm dealing with the unknown all the time and that is exciting.
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PHOEBUS WAS ONE OF THE NAMES FOR THE SUN GOD, WHICH MAY BE MORE FAMOUS AS APOLLO. IT IS NOTABLE THAT THE SUN IS A MALE. THE WORD 'ITERNUM' DOES NOT EXIST; IT COULD EITHER BE A MISSPELLING FOR 'ETERNUM', WHICH IS UNLIKELY SINCE IT IS VERY RARE THAT AN ADJECTIVE BE USED AS AN ADVERB, OR FOR 'ITERUM' WHICH IS IN FACT AN ADVERB AND MAKES A LITTLE MORE SENSE. THE MEANING OF 'CURSUM PERFICIO' IS ACTUALLY BEST EXPLAINED BY THE FOOTNOTE TO THE LYRICS: ENYA WAS INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS SHE SAW ON MARYLIN MONROE'S LAST HOUSE, WHERE THEY WERE TAKEN TO MEAN "MY JOURNEY ENDS HERE". IT IS A RATHER "FREE" TRANSLATION, BUT IT'S PROBABLY A VERY GOOD WAY TO CONVEY THE MEANING OF LATIN, WHICH HAS A WAY OF SAYING THINGS THAT IS VERY DISTANT FROM MODERN-DAY ENGLISH. THE FACT THAT THOSE WORDS TURNED OUT TO BE PROPHETICAL ONLY ADDS TO THE POWER OF THE SONG.
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