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Candice Night

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My guest today is the beautiful Candice Night, singer of Blackmore’s Night. She talks of songwriting, her love of Renaissance music and costumes, her collaboration with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, their fans, and how fulfilling it is to play the music you want to play – even when that means you can’t get your sound on the radio.

(And while we don’t talk about animals, Candy is such an animal lover, I’ve included some photos to show that.)


Tell me about your love affair with the Old World and its music and costumes.

Although I had always been a child of fantasy, with a wild spirit and active imagination, I had never heard Renaissance music before I met Ritchie. When we met, in 1989, he brought me up to this dark and mysterious old tudor house in the woods of Connecticut. The house had a minstrel’s gallery, tapestries, a very old world feel to it. He would always play these authentic purist Renaissance bands so that was the soundtrack to the visuals of this antique looking home as well as to the beginning of our relationship. So, still, that music conjurs up intense emotions for me of how this all began. It was music like I had never heard before. I was completely entranced by it and saw what a difference a different “soundtrack” can make.

Ritchie is much more into the true sense of history. He can tell you historical facts dating back centuries. But for me, it was the fantasy of it all. I mean, would I really like to live in the times of the plague, of no air-conditioning or sanitary conditions? No! But that imagery of the maiden waving a handkercheif out the window of the castle, the bonfires on the hills, the world lit by candlelight, sun and moon, waiting for the knight on horseback to return…all of it is so beautiful to me. No ambient noise, ambient lights stealing the stars from the sky, no road rage or air rage or cyber reality or sensationalistic, high intensity sales pitch at every turn…sounds heavenly.

When I see a man dressed in Renaissance garb…it seems to real, so honest. Its not a huge stretch, they do sell lace up shirts at Kohl’s you know! But I’d much rather see someone wearing their individuality on their sleeve than trying to look like everyone else and getting lost in the mass produced fashions that are forced upon us daily.

What were you like as a little girl, and what signs could people see that you were going to be a songwriter and an entertainer?

Well, because I was the 1st born of 3, I think my parents weren’t quiet sure what to do with me so they enrolled me into everything they could. Dancing, baton twirling, piano lessions, acrobatics, gymnastics, you name it. At age 4 they had enrolled me in singing and acting lessons which I took in Smithtown at Lillian Caran’s Masque Theater Workshop. I acted in little theater productions with her company until I was 12. My mother has often told me that I was singing full scores of broadway plays way before that, though. And I would always con my brother into doing musical performances with me for my parents when we were both very young. The picture I’m emailing you is when I was 4- my 1st on stage performance of Mary Poppins. I was a chimney sweep.

Candy, age 4. Role: chimney sweep, MARY POPPINS.

Tell me a story of one of the first times you performed.

The story attatched to the photo is that, as you know, chimney sweeps in Mary Poppins aren’t the main role, so I spent a lot of time off-stage waiting until it was my part on stage. At one point I got so bored waiting that I left the backstage area, walked out the front, past the audience and climbed into the bleachers. My parents saw me walk out and immediately thought something was terribly wrong, so they came to find me and climbed up into the bleachers with me. When they asked me what was wrong, I told them I was just waiting for my part and wanted to watch the play until it was my time to perform! I wasn’t content with just waiting around back stage–if I wasn’t in the show at the moment, I wanted to be watching the show.

It seems like you’re always learning a new (and unusual) instrument. Tell me about this.

When we first started this project it was new for me to be a “lead singer,” though I had sung backgound vocals with Deep Purple and Rainbow in 1993 and 1995-6. In 1997 we began writing, playing and recording these songs which was a huge departure from the music Ritchie had been playing for over 35 years.

Although there were some parallels, this was a much more gentle side, a side no one had seen before. I was nervous, and truth be told, when we started writing the songs, we did so for us first and foremost. We played some to our friends at parties and when they said that they would rather hear us do these songs than the usual old standards, we thought that maybe other people might like to hear them as well.

At that point, I wasn’t playing any instruments in the band. Only singing and writing lyrics. But the music was so relaxing that we quickly learned that, on tour, you can only do so many tranquil songs in a row before you’re in danger of putting the audience to sleep! So we started writing more upbeat songs.

It was during this point that we acquired a pennywhistle. It sat on the kitchen counter for 6 months before I picked it up. But when I did, and tried to play it, everything made sense. The placement of the notes, the breath, the sound–it all fit. So I started playing that on the records.

Meanwhile, Ritchie, who is obsessed by the sound of Renaissance double reed woodwinds, started collecting shawms, rauchpfifes, cornamuses, and crumhorns. It always saddened me to see them hanging on the wall collecting dust when they were created to play music! And since we do pull a lot from the Renaissance times, we also felt as if the music was missing something without the sound of authentic instruments.

Since I was already playing a wind instrument, and Ritchie had the others in the house, I started picking them up and playing them. It works really well with the other instruments we use. It gives us a sound that you don’t often come across, but it also affords us the capability to sound very purist, which is a nice vibe to pull on. We’re now even incorporating them in our louder songs. For example: I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Anymore is a rock track, but the riff is played by me on a bagpipe chanter! You don’t find that often in rock songs…

Blackmore’s Night has a very distinctive sound, mixing medieval music with a modern sound. How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?

I like to call it Fantasy Castle Music. Ritchie calls it Renn and Roll. It’s really some rock, some folk, some Renaissance, some tavern songs, some ballads and some instrumentals. The great thing about this music is we don’t fit into a neatly packed box with categories stamped on them. It’s incredibly freeing to play anything you want to, anyway you want to play it. The bad thing is, people are so used to boxes that sometimes you fall through the cracks because you can’t be catagorized.

Do you find it’s difficult to get airplay when your music is outside the box?

We’ve pretty much resigned ourselves to the fact that we probably won’t have a hit on commercial radio. It’s not because some of our songs can’t be played and fit in in certain genres. It’s because you have to have a major record label who knows all the right people and does all the right favors for the corporations that run the radio stations. We do get some play on NPR, and Public Broadcasting Stations nationwide aired our dvd this year, so occasionally you slip in.

But I think that there is a lot of brainwashing going on with today’s music. There is so much repetition on what they want “hit” songs to be, that before you know it, you are humming along or singing the words to a song just because you’ve heard it hundreds of times throughout the week. Not because it’s good. Because it’s familiar after hearing it so often. But then, because you find yourself singing along, you think you like it and go out and buy it! You’ll probably listen to the album a couple of times, and then it gets left in a corner until they start the process all over again. It’s rampant.

With our audience, we usually get the independent thinkers. The ones who tend not to listen to the radio because they can’t stand what they’re hearing. They are looking for something new and different, and usually a friend of a friend will tell them about us. I’d rather have those people as fans anyway, because once they find you, they are very loyal and passionate about your music. We have sort of a Grateful Dead following. People follow us around the world and our audiences are so familiar, it’s almost like a family reunion at this point.

The Village Lanterne

Tell me about the new album.

Our new album was released in April of this year. It’s called The Village Lanterne. Two seperate people last year gave us artwork with an olde world lanterne and the words stating that friendship is like a lantern lighting up the dark of night. We thought that was so beautiful, and we feel sometimes as if that is what our music is doing, too. Music has always lit the way in a dark world for me.

The album probably has the most variety of any album we’ve done to date. We’ve covered some songs from Ritchie’s past, also done a remake of the Ralph McTell song Streets of London. I think my favorite track on the album is “Windmills.” I am always drawn to the story songs and I feel the lyrical content came out just the way I wanted it to on this one. It is loosely based on the story of Don Quixote, but, as with my other lyrics, when delving into legends, myths or fairytales, I try to write the lyric in such a way that you won’t only be thinking about the story that has already been told, but you’ll be able to see the parallels in your own life and be able to relate to it or see someone you know in the story.

“Faerie Queen” is another favorite on this album. It really embodies the magic of being in a forest surrounded by fireflies and the incredible beauty that surrounds you. The album has done really well so far. We’ve been on top of the charts in a number of countries and we’ve even done some of the songs in German (“Old Mill Inn”) and French (“Streets of London”) for those markets. We’re still touring on this album, although we also have just finished a holiday album that will be out end of the year.

Oh, why not post a cute picture of Hugh Jackman when you can? Does there have to be a reason?

Any good stories from your latest tour? (I hope you include German castles!)

Well, as you know, we are very much into the supernatural so we often look for places that are rumored to have ghosts. At one 12th century castle we went to recently, we were looking out onto the courtyard from the 2nd story and it was about 1 a.m. All of the sudden we started hearing rattling of chains and loud moaning! It went on for about 10 minutes before it died away. There was no one there, no wind, nothing. We captured the audio on tape. It was very eerie! But right up our alley!

Can you tell me what you do when you feel exhausted, ill, cranky, hoarse, or any of the other things that would make being on tour difficult?

This is a common problem since your voice will portray all emotions you are experiencing. I never go out late at night on the road. I’m pretty boring like that. But if I get sick or lose my voice, the whole tour grinds to a halt so I have to be very careful. Lots of tea with lemon and honey and a drop of Tabasco. Lots of Ricola throat drops. No creamy foods or dairy products the day of a show. When you’re exhausted, you take ginsing and feed off the energy of the audience. That will wake you right up. When you’re cranky, I get a separate room from Ritchie. Space sometimes is a very good thing. Hoarse or ill, I don’t speak to anyone and quarantine myself. Its really pretty much common sense, but sometimes you get sick and there’s no reason why …you just have to struggle through and try not to sing so loudly or so much you strain yourself. Till you have time to heal.

Let’s talk about songwriting. First, if you could share some samples of your lyrics, and then, would you talk about how those words or songs came to you. Do you start with an emotion, an image, a melody, a string of words?

The king, he sits upon his throne,
The world’s weight on his chest,
When your mind begins to race, you’ve got no time to rest,
“Where is my clown – I need him now to chase my troubles away,”
The harlequin rushes in as his work begins for the day…
Who holds the riches, the jester or the king?
A fortress made from fool’s gold or the tears that treasure can bring?

That was from a song called Fool’s Gold, which was on our second album. I think that I incorporate a lot of different techniques when writing lyrics. Usually Ritchie will start with the music, and when he has a set melody in mind, he’ll play it for me. Then I take that tune into another room, sit quietly by myself and close my eyes and see what pictures the melody paints in my head. Often it will take me on a journey and tell me what it wants to be about. I just try to channel that visual.

When I get the idea in my head and start to write, I try to pay a lot of attention to what words I’ll use, how they flow. It’s also really important to me to not only tell the story in the song, but to have the listener hear the words, feel the moments, identify with the character and see through their eyes. I don’t just want them to hear the story, I want them to be part of it.

But I also want the message to be important. So, most of my songs will have a moral or a life lesson to them. Even if it isn’t very obvious. Like the idea from Fool’s Gold is clearly not all that glitters is gold and that you should appreciate what you have and not be envious of someone who has more because “more” often means more problems and responsibilities. Or in a song called “Ivory Tower”–in which I wrote the lyrics and the music on piano–my favorite line from that is, I feared not in the Ivory Tower, Imprisonment you’ll find, Lies within your heart your soul, your spirit and your mind. Because I feel that we have a tendency to create our own cells, our own prisions. Once we realize that, we also come to the realization that we hold the key to that cell and can free ourselves.

There have been times, though, where I have referred back to old poems I’ve written or old notes and taken an idea or a line from a piece of paper that I wrote 5 years earlier and that has sparked a whole new song. So, the process will sometimes vary for me. But it’s always the music that gives me the direction.

When did you first start writing lyrics? And do you do other kinds of writing?

I have been a closet poet since I was about 7. I still come across old writings in “child print” from then. My favorite thing in school was my English classes. I had friends who hated poetry, so when the assignment was “Write a sonnet” or prose, I would write mine and then write them for my other friends so they didn’t have to. I’ve attempted writing a short story too, in class as an assignment, and I just love being swept away into that other world of writing from someone else’s perspective. Perhaps it’s because I was enrolled in acting so young that it made it easier for me to “become” someone else. It’s more comfortable that way, sometimes. I still write a bit of poetry, though these days I tend to use bits and pieces of finished works to create songs.

What kinds of themes do you find recurring in your lyrics or other written work?

I am very inspired by nature so I find myself drawing on spirits of nature and writing often about the moon, or stars. I love finding out about old legends or myths or weaving history into the lyrics, again, that someone could relate to today.

I wrote a song called “Hanging Tree” about an old gnarled tree that used to be out here on someone’s lawn. Was it really a tree used for hanging people centuries ago? Probably not…but maybe… I love taking a story and turning it from black and white into color.

There’s also the recurring theme of love, of course. Of strength. And of magic, mystery and being in awe of the beauty that surrounds us every day.

I also find that most music on the radio these days is either really aggressive or overtly sexual with those girls shakin’ their thangs in our faces all the time. I think we have enough extremism going on today–we don’t need any more anger or over sexuality. So, in my words and our music, we’re trying to put healing and beauty into a world that sorely needs it right now.

Tell me about your involvement with Deep Purple and Rainbow, and how a heavy metal background evolved into Blackmore’s Night. Also, could you talk about how you’ve adapted a few of the classics to sound like Blackmore’s Night?

I met Ritchie when I worked for a rock radio station on Long Island in 1989. I went on tour with him in 1993, which was to be his last tour with Deep Purple, unbeknownst to us at the time. I was working for the radio station because I always wanted to be around music–it was my great escape–but I never thought I’d be singing in a band!

I was singing around the hotel room and Ritchie asked me if I would sing a background part over his Beethoven guitar solo part. They set up a mic behind curtains and in Czechoslovakia I sang (well hidden) to 15,000 people. The next day the reviews said that Jon Lord must’ve had a female voice sampled into his keyboards!

After Ritchie left that tour, he reformed Rainbow for 1 album. They recorded the album in Massachusettes in winter at a farmhouse and there was nothing around for miles and lots of snow. I guess the singer was going a bit stircrazy and had a hard time finding inspiration, so Ritchie called me at home and asked me to come up to visit. I spoke to him while I was on the Port Jefferson ferry and he told me the problem and asked me to try to write some words, knowing my passion for writing. He played me the backing track and by the time I got to the other shore I had written 14 verses. They picked 4 and a chorus out of that, and that song became “Black Masquerade.” It was a similar thing for “Wolf” to “The Moon,” “Hall of the Mountain King” and “Ariel.”

While we were in the studio, waiting for the other band members to do their parts on the songs, Ritchie and I would sit by the fireplace and come up with songs of our own. “Be Mine Tonight” we wrote up there as an anniversary gift for my parents. It was really playing as an escape from being put in that same rock box he had been in for decades. As I said, when our friends heard the songs they loved them. He was due to record another album for Japan so we asked how they would feel if it was this new kind of music? They said they’d love to put it out there as long as Ritchie kept his name in the title of the band so people knew who it was. If it was up to us we wouldn’t have our names as the band name, but that was the deal. So the name stuck.

Ritchie had been listening to Renaissance music since about 1972 when he 1st heard David Munrow and the early music consort of London. It’s all he listens to around the house and in the hotel rooms, though these days it’s Des Geyers, not David Munrow as much.

Some of the classic Renaissance tunes came from Ritchie’s favorite composer Tielman Susatto in the 1500s. Songs like the melody line from “Renaissance Faire” or “Clock Ticks On” were melodically Susatto’s. “Fires At Midnight” was originally by King Alfonse the 12th in the 10th century in Spain. “World of Stone” from the new album was originally a song called “All Voll” from Germany. “25 Years” was a sheperdic song from the Balkans. We basically take the shadow of the song and still utilize the melody line, but add other instruments, new arrangement and new lyrics. It breathes new life into an existing purist melody.

Once you and Ritchie feel you have a song, how do you involve all the other instruments and vocalists? Does each musician write in their own part? Is it tightly choreographed or does it evolve like a jam session?

Actually, a lot of what Ritchie and I write we do behind closed doors in a hotel somewhere around the world. We tend to absorb the enviornment, the architecture and the spirit of the place, especially if it’s a castle, and turn the energy we absorbed into a song. We never force it, though, we can only do it if it’s trying to come through. We wrote a song called “Queen For A Day” in Schloss Rabenstein, and “3 Black Crows” in Schloss Waldeck in Germany. So, our songs are all already written before we go into the studio. But it’s the skeleton of the song. We’ll have most of the idea in place, but when the producer comes in, he does the orchestration. Then I can add the woodwinds and Ritchie will do the guitars, hurdy gurdy and percussion.

The band never usually knows about what the songs are or how they sound until we either bring them in to perform on the track, or the 1st rehearsal for touring. But on stage, everyone injects their own personality to it. We all come from such different musical backgrounds, it makes the sound of the band really unique. The twins are operatically trained, so is the keyboard player, who is a church organist. The drummer has a punk background but also plays in theater orchestras. The bass player/rhythm guitarist used to play for Mink DeVille and we found him in a wedding band. And then you have me and Ritchie. It’s quite an interesting group.

What’s your wish for the band?

To keep going in the direction our journey is taking us. We touch so many people and get so many letter thanking us for being different in this world of cookie cutter bands; for helping them get through hard times with our music. It’s amazing.

It would be nice if our record label would think outside that box and think of more inventive ways to get people to hear our music besides only getting us reviewed in rock magazines because of Ritchie’s past.

Our audiences range from 4 year olds who still have the innocence to want to be princesses and Robin Hood, to teens who are into fantasy culture and Lord Of The Rings, to goths, to nature lovers, to Wiccans and Pagans, to career women looking for an escape from stress, to men who love Ritchie’s playing, to older people looking for a good melody. So, we will continue braving our path and reaching out to new people with each cd.

What’s your wish for the world these days?

So many people are so stressed and so rushed these days that they never take the time to stop and see the beauty all around them. See the colors of a sunset, watch a firefly, feel the breeze on their face or the grass under their feet. Without these simple gifts you can’t recharge your batteries to deal with the stress of the next day. I wish the world would slow down a bit and appreciate all that is around them. I wish this world healing and peace. To see through the eyes of a child with as much wonder. I wish it innocence. And I hope it’s not too late for that.

And finally – because a lot of people who read my blog are writers ”“ want to share the names of any of your all-time favorite books?

I love “Gifts From Eykis” by Wayne Dwyer. Also The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, which I just finished reading. And Renaissance poetry, too. Henry the 8th had some excellent stuff.

Thanks, Candy! xox


Be sure to “friend” Candy and Blackmore’s Night over at MySpace. See you Friday for the Weekly Wrap.

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  • Myfanwy Collins
    October 18, 2006

    What a totally fascinating and utterly entertaining interview. Thank you both. I so admire that they are continuing on their path even though they know commercial radio will likely not play them.

  • Katrina Denza
    October 18, 2006

    I loved this interview–and I loved Candy’s wishes for the world.

  • Elen Cristina
    October 18, 2006

    Hi Susan,

    I just want to thank you for this incredible interview with Candy, I love her, I love her way of see the world, the music, the life!

    She represents an idea that lives in my heart for a long time, she is our voice, because she shows to the world that magic is here. The love for the simple things.

    Candice Night are teaching people to think and remember about their promises when they were children, when they dream about “What do I go to be when I grow up?” Because in this crazy world a lot of them just forget their dreams, their innocence, their good thoughts and hopes.

    So, great interview!
    I read a lot of Candy interviews, but this is the best Candice Night interview ever!

  • Kasper
    October 18, 2006

    A delightful interview with an imaginative and charming musician. God bless music and music-makers who can’t be easily categorized! I love the sight of all those acoustic instruments– but you know me, Susan. Thank you, Candy.


  • Susan Henderson
    October 18, 2006

    Myfanwy – I thought it was fascinating, too! And I’m very glad BN has gone with their unique sound rather than trying to pare it down and remove the character so it will fit in the latest pop genre. It’s a brave thing to stay true to yourself.

    Katrina – Thanks, Kat!

    Elen – This is the most heartwarming comment, beautiful Elen. Thank you!

    Kasper – Aren’t those some crazy, wonderful instruments! I know you’ve got quite the collection, too.

  • Carolyn Burns Bass
    October 18, 2006

    Candice is as lovely on the inside as she is beautiful on the outside.

    Of course I’d heard of Deep Purple and even Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, but Blackmore’s Night was a mystery to me until I discovered them on Susan’s MySpace. I am now a devoted fan. My novels are historical; I seek out music of the period to play while writing. Listening to Blackmore’s Night make me want to take a spin to Elizabethan England when I’m done with my Victorian WIP.

    Writers, musicians, songwriters, photographers, we’re all artists—kindred spirits. Thanks, Susan, for opening the LitPark gate and inviting our cousins to play.

  • Melissa Caterson
    October 18, 2006

    Greetings Susan,

    Your interview with Candice shines like a full moon! Her hopes and dreams for the world are as beautiful as the woman wishing them. Like many a fan of Blackmore’s Night, I share in Candice’s same vision: a love for nature and all of her beauty…inspiration from the days of yesteryear…an appreciation for finely crafted tunes…and the magic of friendship.

    In my humble opinion, the hauntingly beautiful music of Blackmore’s Night has been a gift to the world. I thank the merry band of minstrels for inviting us along on their magical journey with each new release. The Village Lanterne is a many faceted gem that should be heard! If it’s meant to be, we will hear this intelligent music played on the radio one day. If the corporations that control the radio stations decide to feel the music again, that is. Until that day, the ones who love and appreciate this music already will continue to spread the magic of Blackmore’s Night through friendship. I applaud both Candice and Ritchie for staying true to their hearts and avoiding the soul-less trappings of being packaged into another’s vision for Blackmore’s Night.

    Thank you Susan, for sharing your conversation with a good friend and for realizing there is no special reason needed to post a picture of Hugh Jackman, lol.

    And thanks to Candice, for again, sharing your spirited soul with us all. Oh, and that wonderful photo of your debut as a chimney sweep, too!

    A fellow moon sister,

  • Sarah Roundell
    October 18, 2006

    Wonderful interview! It’s so incredible that Candice and her bandmates stand up and say “this is the type of music we want to make and if you don’t want to put it on commercial radio that’s fine”. If only more artists were as open to following their hearts rather than chasing the buck. Blackmore’s Night makes lovely music and I hope more people discover them through interviews like this one. What a beautiful soul Candy has and I couldn’t agree more with her wishes for the world.

  • kenn
    October 18, 2006

    Now I not only LOVE Susan Henderson, but I’m in LOVE with Candice Night too!!!! “Damn you Ms Henderson, Damn you to Hell!!!!!!”

  • Aurelio
    October 18, 2006

    This was great fun and I loved being able to hear the music as I read along. Candy is a gem and inspiration – excellent interview!

    I’m with Candy on the pace of the world – we would all do well to slow down and savor things in life rather than gulp them down. Our culture has made us fat in more ways than just physically because we let it.

  • Juliet
    October 18, 2006

    Powerful interview. Certainly an expression of Candy’s love of what she does. I was struck, reading of her four-year-old self, what an incredible thing it is that our art expresses itself in our lives even before we learn to express our art.

  • Robin Slick
    October 18, 2006

    I don’t think Candy is pretty enough for your blog, Susan…we need to put a bag over that head of hers so she stops scaring us.


    Very cool stuff, and definitely fits in with your Out of the Box theme for sure. Even more out of the box is that you guys play soccer. I love it!

    Okay, going to listen to some of the music now. I’m looking forward to it. For some reason, Tam Lin keeps running through my head. As in Fairport Convention. And now I have an urge to pull out my John Renbourne vinyl, too. Any old hippies here wanna reminisce?

    Did I just spell reminisce right? Sorry. I’ve had wine. Anyway, seriously great interview and I’ll get back to you after I’ve had a listen to the music.

  • Susan Henderson
    October 18, 2006

    Carolyn – I’m so happy to hear what their music does for your writing!

    Melissa – Welcome! Thanks for your wonderful note!

    Sarah – It’s inspiring, huh? What if we, in mass, started being true to our hearts and artistic instincts and stopped trying to please all the publishers? I wonder what would happen.

    Kenny – Wait a minute. Did you just say you were IN love with Candy but only LOVED me? That’s it. I’m pulling Candy’s hair! And wear your shin guards Sunday.

    Aurelio – As one who never ever slows down, I should probably learn a lesson here.

    Juliet – What a wonderful thing to pull from the interview – about the young artist within.

    Robin – I love Fairport Convention! And who needs to know how to spell remminiss. We’re done with fourth grade and now we have spell check!

  • Lance Reynald
    October 19, 2006

    just lovely.

    real, genuine and lovely.

    thanks to both of you for sharing this with the rest of us.


  • michael r. williams
    October 19, 2006

    Very cool interview and that concert ticket from the 1982 rainbow concert in Norman Oklahoma very cool as I was there. She is a great artist and so is Ritchie, thank you so much.

  • Jim
    October 19, 2006

    What a pleasure to read the interview, Sue, to meet Candy and her music. She is so authentic in her art, and that comes through crystal-bright. And I so love being able to hear their music while reading her words!

  • Billy
    October 19, 2006

    Now here’s some great, courageous music. From the moment I heard it, I wondered, who is this? It’s different, original–far to unique for what radio is today.
    What a great blend of talent–and most eclectic one at that. Splendid interview and web site as well!

  • Susan Henderson
    October 20, 2006

    Lance – Thank you!

    Michael – What fun to think you were there!

    Jim – I’m glad you enjoyed playing the music. Candy and Ritchie were VERY generous to let me post it.

    Billy – Nice to see you here. I agree it’s courageous. Are you still drumming?

  • David Niall Wilson
    October 21, 2006

    I couldn’t be more jealous…seriously. Ritchie is responsible for a lot of the 30 years I’ve been playing guitar…a lot of my life has Deep Purple as a soundtrack…but I’ve told you (Susan) this before. I also love the music that Candice and Blackmore’s Night are playing…particularly the haunting covers of old rock songs…

    Thanks for a wonderful interview. I’m trying to get back in touch with everyone. I lost my job back in June, but everything is a thousand times better now than it was PRIOR to that time…so it’s all for the best…


  • Susan Henderson
    October 21, 2006

    David Niall Wilson is back from the land of missing persons! I’m happy to see you!

  • Ken Albin
    October 22, 2006

    Thank you for a wonderful interview with Candace! She and Richie do so much for animals in their private and public lives. A percentage of their concert proceeds have been donated to the WWF. They also have assisted a number of local shelters and have two
    beautiful cats at their home. This is
    just one aspect of their wonderful sense of caring.

  • Lise Winne
    November 1, 2006

    I’ve been following this band for awhile since I began making my own recording of interpretations of Renaissance songs in 1997 when “Shadow of the Moon” came out. If it weren’t for Blackmores Night bringing the genre (if you can call it that) into focus, I’m sure that this kind of music would live in a pretty dark closet with absolutely no one listening.

    Renaissance Music is also my heart’s first desire as a musician. And I also love it when people discover that they like it too. I also love finding that obscure recording by artists who have the same desire.

    Comments to Candy: I love your vision of the world without road rage, ambient lighting, being able to see and note the magic of fireflies. This world will probably be here sooner than we all think (peak oil). Also, I spent a lot of time hiking and camping in the mountains as a kid, no air-conditioning or outhouses even (of course), with pine needles for a mattress, and the moon for a light and companion, and my own muscles and a carved walking stick as my mode of transportation, and it can be a wonderful experience to be that enveloped with nature. I hope you give this kind of experience a try and realize air conditioning is not so wonderful or necessary as we have all come to believe. I’ll tell you of some great magical mountains.

    Thank you again, Candy, for sharing your vision, your music and your spirit with all of us.


  • Susan Henderson
    November 1, 2006

    Ken and Lise – Welcome! And thanks for your wonderful notes!

  • Candice Night
    November 9, 2006

    I just wanted to thank you all for your comments! And thank you Susan for sending the questions. I enjoyed answering them and reading what your readers thought. It’s so great to see so many people living outside the box….We are not alone!
    Love and light to you all,

  • Susan Henderson
    November 10, 2006

    Thanks, Peep!

  • Tina
    December 4, 2006

    I’ve only come across this interview today, but it’s never too late for a big smile and good feelings. I’ve loved BN’s music for years, and even more since their beautiful concert at Helsinki’s House of Culture (would love to see one of their castle concerts some day, though…).

    Thanks to Candice for her spirit and authenticity. For music to touch hearts, it must first come from the heart, and her music surely does.

    If any descendants of Lothlorien still walk among us, Candice Night must be one of them…

  • Katerina
    January 27, 2007

    Susan, thank You for this interview with Candice!
    Candy Thank You for the music you are writing! You are the best 🙂

  • Susan Henderson
    January 29, 2007

    Tina and Katerina – Welcome! I’ll let Candy know about your messages as soon as she’s back from Florida.

  • kakha .
    August 2, 2007

    i dont know youll read that letter or nor but i want to say Richie blackmore youre the guitarist in hole world and im playing guitar like you and youll be te best for ever and ever and ever I live in Georgia and youre the best of the bests that are the words of my soul good bye and all see you if not in this world than in another

  • Susan Henderson
    August 2, 2007

    Ritchie’s in Germany another couple of weeks, but I’ll make sure he sees your message when he gets back.

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