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This song kicks ass

Posted by Erik on September 5, 2012

Actually it’s two songs, Sorrow/Babylon. The first one, “Sorrow”, is a (sub?)standard, rather namby-pamby folk-protest song, but around the 3:45 mark hold on to your seats because you’re going on a journey… into awesome!  The full title of the second song is “Babylon Is Fallen”, an old Shaker hymn from the early 19th century[1], and in a way it’s odd that I should like it so much, because it’s full of the kind of triumphalism that helped turn me off Christianity in the first place; but the music just grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Isaac Bonewits and Real Magic did a fairly clever parody/reinvention called “Avalon Is Rising”, where they not only rewrote the words but actually inverted the chorus so that the melody rises instead of falls; some day I would love to put together a band and give that song the treatment it deserves. For now, though, “Babylon” remains one of the true pinnacles of the folk/rock movement, and deserves to be remembered in all its glory:

[1]  If you want to know a LOT more about it, go <a href=”http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=4024“>here</a>


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A short note on syncretism

Posted by Erik on April 9, 2010

The following is a thought that’s been chasing around in my head for a while; Read the rest of this entry »

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Playlists for the Gods

Posted by Erik on March 10, 2010

A long time ago Ruby Sara suggested making and sharing playlists as a spiritual practice. I’ve been doing that here for three years, but it never hurts to do more! So, rather than just individual pieces and links, here are a couple of longer playlists for your enjoyment…

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A change of heart

Posted by Erik on February 10, 2010

I have said – repeatedly – that I am a huge fan of Leonard Cohen’s writing, and an equally ardent fan of NOT hearing him sing… until just recently Read the rest of this entry »

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A pastiche*

Posted by Erik on January 28, 2010

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of The Decemberists; I love the storytelling of Colin Meloy and his mad, morbid muse. A part of this song popped into my head the other week, and the rest has been slowly emerging ever since. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Erik on December 30, 2009

A few weeks ago I posted about the Greek band Eleusis. Well, I got their CD as a Solstice gift (thanks, sweetie!) and have been listening to it quite a bit, and I can report that it definitely lives up to the samples! It’s not quite in the same category as Daemonia Nymphe as far as being useful for worship, but a number of tracks are quite suitable for that or for meditation, and the rest is still cool and interesting… and the last track, the hymn to Athena, is quite awe-inspiring.

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A song for Hades

Posted by Erik on December 12, 2009

Kula Shaker, “Shadowlands”. I’d listened to the song before without making the connection, but today I listened to it right after their track Persephone from the same album, and it absolutely hit me over the head – this is His love song to His Queen! Read the rest of this entry »

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Orphic club music

Posted by Erik on November 30, 2009

As I was poking around looking for an archive of the (now apparently lost) GeoCities page with Athanassakis’ translation of the Orphic Hymns, I came across the site of a Greek band called Eleusis Read the rest of this entry »

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Athens v. Sparta

Posted by Erik on November 15, 2009

This is a remarkable recording – in about an hour, Charlie Roadman and friends give a reasonably comprehensive overview of the Peloponnesian War, with a decent soundtrack even. Read the rest of this entry »

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A very quiet Samhain

Posted by Erik on November 1, 2009

Spent time with my family, soloed Stephen Chatman’s “Remember” (from his “Two Rossetti Songs”) at our UU church’s Service of Remembrance… it’s a gorgeous setting of a poem by Christina Rossetti, poem and a link to a choral performance below. Read the rest of this entry »

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