As promised. This list is shorter, as it’s harder to find good Samhain-appropriate material (“good” in this case being defined as “I like it” :) )…for me, Samhain is not about death per se, or even Death, but about loss, remembrance, and turning inward; and I rely on this mix to help me set the mood.
Once again, I’d love to hear your suggestions!
- “Mistress Mine/Come Away, Death” – John Harle with Elvis Costello
- “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” – John Cale
- “Gilgamesh Laments for Enkidu” – Tony Garone
- “Verdigris” – Jonathan Byrd and Dromedary
- “Mama’s Hands” – Three Weird Sisters
- “Samhain Eve” – Damh the Bard
- “Memento Mori” – Rhea’s Obsession
- “The Scythe” – Gaia Consort
- “Don’t Fear (the Reaper)” – Unto Ashes (this is a really meditative, downtempo version)
- “The Captain and the Kid” – Jimmy Buffett
- “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” – Libera *
- “Some Friends” – John Cale
I also listen to the fantastic compilation “All Souls Arise” from the (now sadly defunct) company Woven Wheat Whispers; almost the entire disc is perfect for this holiday, but there are a few tracks that I have woven into my permanent mix:
- “Samhain Song” – Doug Peters
- “Let the Fire Begin” – Mary Jane
- “Welcome Cold November” – Pig’s Ear
- “Night Falls on Summer’s End” – The Owl Service
* The words to this remarkable poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye:
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.