I'm 30: Enya, SHEPHERD MOONS
It was November 4, 1992, when Enya released her third studio album, Shepherd Moons. It was the artist's first full-length following the unexpected international success of her second LP, Watermark, and the breakout single, "Orinoco Flow." Like both albums that came before it, Shepherd Moon was created by Enya with collaborators Nicky Ryan and his wife, Roma Ryan.
"Myself and Nicky will combine a lot of keyboard sounds, I then try to play it like it's an instrument, and try to incorporate as much feeling as possible," the singer explained during an interview in 1991. "With the voices, I sing it all in real time, and emotionally this can be quite draining to feel for each vocal. Especially if you'll going to sing maybe five hundred vocals, which I've done on a track. It's a process that I enjoy, and you get very, very involved with it. And so it doesn't feel like you've sung five hundred vocals; it feels like you've become a part of a song."
Shepherds Moon was another hit for Enya, soaring to #1 on the UK charts, and cruising into the #17 on the Billboard 200 in America over the week of March 28, 1992. The top album in the country that week: Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind.
In celebration of the album's 30th anniversary, Enya hosted a special watch party on Youtube; a playback of songs and videos of the LP were augmented by the singer herself leaving various thoughts, remembrances and facts in the comments section. While the actual party occurred at 7:30 AM PT, fans who were still asleep while it was happening can still tune in for the experience below.
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