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, 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:
 If you want to know a LOT more about it, go <a href=”http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=4024“>here</a>
The following is a thought that’s been chasing around in my head for a while; Continue reading
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…
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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
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! Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading