Terra Nostra (My World)
Scotland's Best Kept Secret... Composer Tim McGowan's 11th Instrumental CD to date.... The front cover of Tim McGowan's CD, "Terra Nostra - My World", is based on the Claddagh ring, which is traditionally given to those who have gained one's heart, trust and love. The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The expression which was associated with these symbols in the giving of the ring was: 'With my two hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my loyalty.' or 'You hold my heart in your hands, and I crown it with my love.' Yet, the expression, 'Let love and friendship reign forever' can be found as another meaning for the symbols. 'With this crown, I give my loyalty, With these hands, I offer my service, With this heart, I give you mine' has been a popular expression when exchanging the ring in marriage. The Claddagh ring belongs to a widespread group of finger rings called "Fede Rings". The name 'fede' comes from the Italian phrase mani in fede ('hands in trust' or 'hands in faith'). These rings date from Roman times, when the gesture of clasped right hands (dextrarum iunctio) was a popular design style. Fede rings were popular in the Middle Ages throughout Europe and rings are often cast in the form of two clasped hands, symbolizing faith, trust or "plighted troth."...the betrothed... The one who has one's heart. The content of Tim McGowan's CD "Terra Nostra" encompasses the passion, the love, the trust and loyalty that the Claddagh symbolizes, in a musical journey of the most important human emotion, feeling and expression...LOVE. Whether you are yet to find love with your soulmate in life and beyond, or, you have long since basked in the warmth and glory of finding that one person who is your whole world...You will fall in love with the music of "Terra Nostra". Dim the lights...discover, rediscover... "All you need is love...love...love is all you need" - The Beatles.