I often like to post re-creations of ancient music. Supposedly, the “Song of Seikilos” is the oldest that has music and lyrics. It is Greek, dating from around 100 CE. The words can be translated as, While you live, shine … Continue reading
The trouble with most of the “early music” groups that I have heard is that they take stuff originally played by drunken peasants (setting aside Christian church music) and make it sound like it is played by anorexic graduate students. … Continue reading
• Finding a complementary relationship between Paganism and Tantra at The Pagan Perspective. Not this: My sabbatical led me down the rabbit hole of tantra, or rather neo-tantra, which turned out to be nothing more than a mobsterized store front … Continue reading
At The Mead Muse, reviews of a different Pagan musician or group each day for 28 days during February. First came Sharon Knight and Pandemonaeon, a solid choice.
A short documentary on contemporary Siberian shamanism from the Russian television channel RT. The interesting part is a young shaman and his friend composing a sort of “house” music (or so the narrator describes it) to try to bridge contemporary … Continue reading
Delhi 2 Dublin, playing and explaining panj-ab / Keltoi fusion music.
The wide world of academia includes Buffy Studies and edited collections published by serious presses on the legal aspects of Harry Potter’s world. So why not a quasi-academic symposium on black-metal music? He quoted lyrics from the face-painted, early-1990s Norwegian … Continue reading
My title is lifted from Charles Blow’s column in the New York Times, noting that the recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report on American religiosity shows that things are pretty darn heterodox in the pews (no pun … Continue reading
So Jason decides that he would rather blog about abortion than Iceland Paganism, which leads me to follow the Icelandic Paganism link, as I have read all the usual blather that followed the murder of Dr. Tiller. Thus I am … Continue reading
In the spring of 2018, M. and I were preparing for a week in Salem, Mass., so we watched several movies about Salem, witch trials, etc. One of them was The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers. At the time, I … Continue reading