Once upon a time, two children overheard their parents plan to abandon them in a forest, as they could not afford to feed them. But the children cleverly gathered small white stones, and on their journey into the forest, they secretly dropped them onto the ground. At nightfall, left alone, the moon illuminated the white stones, and the reflection became their guiding light. So the fairytale about Hansel and Gretel goes. Maybe each song on this album can be compared to a white stone? Listen – and let them lead you into your own secret garden.
As on the first album, all the music on “White Stones” is composed and produced by Rolf Lovland. “When you’ve discovered your own musical identity and seen your music communicate to, and connect with people all over the world, you really don’t want to change the concept”, says Lovland . “The greatest challenge writing the this material was to stay truthful, protecting the intimacy and the simplicity of our ideas. White Stones is not like Songs from a Secret Garden, but it’s coming from the same heart. The seeds are the same – the crop is new.
Tracklist, Lyrics & Purchase
Selected Audio Clips
A fantasy of rhythm in 5/4 time. The Celtic melody inviting the Latin rhythm for a dance. The Irish whistle and the Spanish guitar blend the two elements into a sound of mystery and excitement.
A song without words – an unspoken story. We listen with our ears – we understand with our hearts.
Hymn To Hope
A song to remind us that there is always hope, even in despair and sorrow. Inspired by the melancholy of the traditional Irish Air, expressed by the Uilleann pipes.
Hidden rituals in a dark forest. Mysteries that can only be felt, never seen. A dance of silhouettes to a never resting beat.
First Day of Spring
Written on the first day of February, the day the Irish refer to as the first day of Spring. The atmosphere of the music relates to the magic of the season, and the dawning of new life.
Passacaglia a is Baroque variation form. In this piece the melody develops into a 6 part polyphonic arrangement through the nine sections of the song. Passacaglia was written in memory of my father.
An impression of the evening as it transcends into night. The simplicity of the Lullaby, a resting Berceuse as you drift into the land of dreams.
A melody based on the Dorian scale, where a rhythm of four restlessly plays against a counter beat in three. The twists and turns of the tune flows along as a feather carried by unpredictable winds.
Music can conjure up images of dramatic and sentimental scenes for our inner
eye. A melody accompanying the drama of a film never seen.
A Rhapsody of Norwegian melody accentuated by an eastern European rhythm. The circus-like arrangement of the soprano saxes and the orchestra create a Gypsy feel.
A sanctuary can be a sacred place for meditation and quiet contemplation. In this song it relates to the secret garden inside us. A place to seek refuge – a spiritual inner room where we can light candles for our own private reasons.
Dedicated to Ben Sherry
The beat of a distant drum invites you to a celebration. A feast on a midsummer’s night, the brightest night of the year. A Norwegian soundscape coloured by the Hardanger fiddle and the traditional whistle.
Edvard Grieg collected and cultivated Norwegian folk songs and gave this traditional material a classical format. This music is past my own roots. I feel fortunate to be able to tap into it, and carry it with me in my own way.
Nocturne was the centerpiece on our first album Songs from a Secret Garden. It opened doors to the sentiments and emotions of the night – dark and mythical. Follow the white stones as they “illuminate” the path out of the darkness – into your own secret garden.
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Hope you’re having a great summer holiday☀️
We’ve spent the first half of summer recording part two of our Christmas Album “Sacred Night”.
We released part one last year with 7 songs. The second half consists of 5 new recordings to complete the album.
The first songs will be available from October.
Here is a peek view of the recording in studios in Norway, Ireland and Macedonia.
Full videos of the recording will be released later.
Best, Fionnuala & Rolf.
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Looking forward to another fantastic collaboration of talented musicians and singers to create another winter album. Norway looks pretty darn beautiful this summer on the photos so it would be hard to concentrate on work.😀
A ver si hay suerte, y alguna vez podéis venir dar conciertos en España y si es posible, Madrid. Muchas gracias por vuestra música.
Thank you! Something to
Look forward to😎. Hope Fionnuala is feeling well😊
We shouldn’t wish our lives away but can’t wait for October, Fabulous news
Looking forward to October. Recently discovered your wonderful music and can’t get enough. Thank you both.🎹🎶🎶🎶🎶😍
I can’t wait ! I love the one from last Christmas …thank you so much for all of your beautiful music 😀
Hey guys I know this is random but I want to take this time to say evensong is legit one of the best songs ever written in the world (which is crazy cuz it’s hard to top nocturne and sleep song but evensong is just perfect). that’s all thanks!!
I’m looking forward to hearing from your new album. Love you
And now I know there's a musician named Bernt Rune Stray and it's everything!
I am looking forward to part two of your Christmas album "Sacred Night", your enchanting music with lovely vocals ! ❤
We are in the studio again at the same time! When you were recording Storyteller I was recording Red Sky Prairie (summer of 2018). Now you’re doing part 2 of Sacred Night and I’m in Stockholm working on my second album! I love being the charts alongside you and creating music at the same time. 😉 ❤️❤️
I'd have waited and put them all on one album as there weren't that many on Sacred Night, plus some of us didn't get the album until mid Jan, despite ordering early
Sacred Night Part 1 was my go to Christmas music last year. I will admit that I was still playing it in March (Sagnet om Julerosen was my fav track). I cannot wait to hear Part 2. Stay well.
Nothing compares to hearing a new composition for the 1st time
Cany wait to hear the new album
Can’t wait for the next album!
I have not stopped playing Sacred Night Part 1! Can't wait for part 2!
What wonderful news ^^ ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 I'm so exited !
너무 너무 멋진곡들 말로 다 표현현할수없어 안타깝습니다 ~
El segundo álbum contará con las mismas canciones del primero pero con otras adicionales?
Sometimes some special and rare versions of ‘You Raise Me U’p appear.
This version by Natalia di Luccio is certainly one of them.
She has recorded in collaboration with musicians from the Angami community of
Nagaland in the beautiful valley of Khonoma in North-East India.
It’s such a thrill to the ears and the eyes!
Natalie Di Luccia is an Italian – Canadian singer known as “Bollywood’s soprano”
known for her unique renditions of Indian classics.
This year is the 20th anniversary of ‘You Raise Me Up’. The journey it’s taken
around the world, across all cultures and traditions, is just far beyond what
we could ever expect.
Thank you all of you who have been part of this amazing journey.
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This is the happiest news I could ever wake up to. Thank you so much for appreciating our rendition. You have written one of the most beautiful songs in the history of music. I am honoured. Your appreciation has made all the hard work worth it. Thank you so much.
magnifique version d'une magnifique chanson, émouvant..
Wonderful and very special indeed ❤
Just incredibly beautiful!!
This singer is wonderful and these musicians are spellbinding! I've never seen anything like that before!!
Does anybody know if this melody was recorded as an instrumental before the lyrics were added.?
Caroline McKenna. Remembering when we went to see Secret Garden in Dublin, many many years ago 🙏
Congratulations, from Italy!
That is amazing!
The original version is the best!🥰
‘You raise me up’ is translated into more than 40 different languages. This beautiful Creole lyric version (Kenbem), recorded by Haitian-American singer Malou Beauvoir, is one of the resent ones.
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A wonderful version of a wonderful and unforgettable Sacret Garden song ! ❤
Heard this live in concert when you came to Sydney Australia, oh so many years ago. One of the best concerts my hubby and I have been to.
C'est magnifique ♥️
I follow you from Québec ♥️!
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Belíssima interpretação! 🇧🇷
Wonderful sacred voice and spirit. ⚘❤ m.youtube.com/watch?v=txD5rRzSaJ4&feature=youtu.be
Thank you so much for this post which I just discovered now. I am honoured and deeply touched, Rolf, for the beauty and grace of your melody was the inspiration and of course Brendan Graham’s spiritual lyrics. Thank you for this song .. in it’s initial version.. Secret Garden’s.. which opened our hearts in the first place.
It is so touched to listen the songs of “You raise me up” as well as “Strength” that Secret Garden performed together with Espen G. Especially so far there are still many Countries are still suffering from COVID-19 pandemic, we truly need the Strength to rise again! Right now we listen to these songs every day to comfort our mind, appreciated Secret Garden as well as Espen G. to perform these songs so nice, especially we think Espen is the best one to perform You raise me up together with Tracey Campbell, thank you very much!
Hello, regards from Ukraine. I am a fan of your music and just writing to inform you that a shameless person here, in Ukraine, in a city of Mykolayiv, plagiarized your album "Song from a Secret Garden". This woman is called Olga Skvirskaya and she published a book called "Song from a Secret Garden", using the visual concept of your album in the cover of it.
Brendan Graham and Rolf working on ‘You Raise Me Up’ 20 years ago.
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Such a great song, thank you
My daughter walked down the aisle at her wedding to this amazing song. It was perfect – my son-in-law had recovered from a life threatening accident that put him in ICU followed by weeks of rehabilitation. My eyes always mist over when I hear it – the words evoke so many memories and emotions. ❤
What a song! Amazingly talented songwriters and musicians who chose the best for the original release with Brian Kennedy’s vocals. This original version still remains the best in my opinion. Secret Garden & Brian Kennedy. Pure excellence!
The most beautiful song 🎵I know of
This song can still makes me emotional at special moments, even after 20 years! Thanks guys for giving us such a beautiful song 💖
Thank you for such a beautiful song ❤️
Not a bad combination when you put an Irish person and a Norwegian together lol.
Yes, the original version is the best of all! Thank you so much for this gorgeous song!
Heel mooi, ook om zelf met het koor te zingen
Thank you for sharing your talents with this wonderful song.
Thanks for giving Us such a Great song
Thank you for the most beautiful song ever written ❤️
That hymn is an anthem for me! So thankful you received the inspiration to write it!
The most beautiful song ever written ❤🎶🎶🎶🎶
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For Beautiful Inspiración
Fantastiske låten 💖🙏🏼🎶