Enya is Not Cool.

Via Merete Mueller
on Jun 4, 2010
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Above, Waylon’s iTunes Enya list, finally exposed.

Yesterday, the elephant staff sat in the back sunroom of Waylon’s downtown Boulder home—ad manager Lindsey Block, two interns, Waylon and I—when there was a knock at the door.

Only a few minutes before, Waylon’s iTunes had been blasting 80s ballads, his favorite late-afternoon work music. (Just wait until 4:30 rolls around and his top three shirt buttons spontaneously pop open while he sings along to “Eye of the Tiger.”) But the shuffle had decided to switch to…Enya, all of us too absorbed in our work to notice.

Lindsey went to the door to let Jean, a prospective intern, in, and Waylon snapped to attention. He joked, “Oh no! I’ve got to find something cooler for us to be listening to.”

We giggled. A short pause. Then Matas, our resident hipster-i’m-not-a-hipster/music authority intern, said softly, “I sort of like Enya…”

Another pause. It was my turn to speak up. I had suddenly been feeling so much more…relaxed. “Me too,” I admitted.

One by one, we were nodding in agreement. We all, secretly, loved Enya.

It’s true. I own an Enya album. Except it’s saved in my iTunes under “Artist Unknown.” Waylon, more ironicly, has Enya saved under “Enya is Not Cool.”

Enya. She’s like a soft wave crashing onto the sand. A storm-filled sky over the Scottish moors. Like lovers having make-up sex in moonlight, while weeping on each other. (Waylon offered that last image, but it turns out that everyone has his or her own—search Enya on youtube and you’ll find montages of horses, budding flowers, anime superheroes battling evil.)

Personally, Enya reminds me of summer drives to the public pool. She was perpetually playing in my mom’s tape deck. And of Ted, the first guy in my high school (ever) to come out of the closet. He walked the halls with Enya in his discman because it made him “feel calm,” which I always sort of respected.

Enya is not cool. But chances are, you kinda like her.

Go ahead. Admit it.



About Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal's print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small", about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.


12 Responses to “Enya is Not Cool.”

  1. Nope I don't "sort of like her" I love her…no really I love her music , why are we so adamant about not loving something peaceful and relaxing? Now I have to admit that in my yoga classes you will almost always here an enya song…Of course you might also hear the beetles, the stones, jimi hendrix, billy joel, chopin, dave stringer, krishna das…and some other slightly varied types of music… Enya is awesome….it's OK to love calm and beautiful as well as "cool" (although I'm not sure I can see "eye of the tiger as cool – campy maybe but cool??? hard to swallow)

    to everything a season turn turn….enya may be the perfect music at certain times while metallic might be more appropriate at others —- like people all music has it's place and purpose stop the mindless judging and just accept and enjoy 🙂

  2. lorraineya says:

    I love Enya too and I'm not ashamed to admit it!!!

  3. "Stop the mindless judging!"

    Ironic quote of the week, anyone?

  4. Petra says:

    I love Enya and I'm not ashamed!!

  5. Dane Deasy says:

    I will admit I enjoy the occasional Enya.

  6. Jess says:

    "Eye of the Tiger"?! Really, Way?

    "Backwards couple skating only……grab a partner!"

  7. bittabuffalo says:

    I think this whole topic was covered well by the first season of South Park, was it not? 😉

    (ok, ya… but I still might have some Enya in my playlist *blush*)

  8. Howie says:

    I have also always loved Enya's music. I am not ashamed to admit it either!

  9. Aunty says:

    You were listening to Enya when you were visiting here in Virginia, Waylon. Had a known that Enya was not cool I would told you how much I like her. I like to think I'm incredibly un-cool. Now you've got me questioning myself!
    "Eye of the Tiger"???? Gag!!!!!!!! ;0)

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  11. shantishanti says:

    marete, can you please explain why enya is 'not cool'? i don't get it. if you like it, it's cool to you, no? tah!