Music in Special Episode #01

In this Special Episode, we play two excerpts from the Prelude of Richard Wagner’s last opera (or rather “stage consecration play”, as the literal translation of his own German designation says). Before the interview with Thomas starts, you can hear the first part of this piece, after the interview the last minutes of it. Please note that this is a concert version with a special ending, in the opera the prelude flows directly into the first scene.

 

Featured Music in Episode #10

 

Damh the Bard

Source paganmusic.co.uk

Damh the Bard – is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality and love of folk tradition is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic tradition, his performances are both entertaining and educational, speaking directly to the heart, and never without a good splash of humour.

With eight outstanding albums, and singing and speaking engagements all over the world, Damh has become one of the most popular contemporary pagan musicians – a musical storyteller who works within the world of myth: where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer’s Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn, where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls to you from the shadows of the Greenwood.

Along with his musical concerts, Damh has also given talks, run workshops and participated in panel discussions at conferences and camps in the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA, with his favourite topics including Druidry, Awen and the creative quest, magick, treelore, and Arthurian lore.

Sabbat – from the Album “Sabbat” (2015)

The day is done I turn my gaze towards the setting sun,
I taste the incense on the air, I hear the sound of drums,
The chill of the evening descends.
All day long I’ve been working hard for the man,
But now’s the time to ditch this skin and be who I am,
Some people just don’t understand,
You can keep your Devil I’ll dance with Pan!

For I will fly free,
On the wings of ecstasy,
And I will dance free,
To the music of Faerie.
Imbolc, Beltane,
Lughnasadh and Samhain,
Equinox and Solstice,
On hilltops in forests tonight,
To the Sabbat I will ride.

I will dance with the Fearie Queen beneath the silver moon,
I will taste the honey mead and chant the Witch’s Rune,
My heart with the pulse of the land.
Witness now the union of chalice and of blade,
Of life and death and life again the union is made,
By power of land and of sea,
By power of will, so mote it be!

The night is done the sun will rise on a brand new day,
And I along with millions go out to earn our pay,
People see just what they want to see.
But I have danced with the Faerie Queen, shared the mead of the sun.
I have worn the Oaken Crown before the Horned One,
And I’ll know it’s time to return,

When I see those Pagan fires burn!

Obsession from the album “Herne’s Apprentice” (2003)

I am temptation
And I am the air
That you breathe

Mine are the lips
And yours is the skin
That I tease

When you close your eyes
I am the face
That you see

Mine is the voice
Inviting you
To lie with me

I am the vampire
At your door
Please let me in

I am the fire
That draws
The sweat from your skin

Tooth and nail
Bring the bitter sweetness
Of pain

Your love, I drink
Like the blood
That flows in your veins

Let me come to you
And be
The Sun in your sky

Under my heat
On golden corn
You will lie

The Moon may shine
But you are the Goddess
I see

And lying there naked
You wake up the God
Within me

God within me

The Spirit of Albion from the album “The Spirit of Albion” (2006)

An isle so fair
An isle so green
Known by
Many names

Feel the pulse
The pulse of the land
The blood boils
Within your veins

Someone go down
To the Holy Well
And raise the
Spirits there

Lay a feather
On a stone
With a flame
And a lock of hair

The crane
The wolf
The bear
And the boar

No longer dwell
Upon these shores
You say the Goddess and God
Have gone

Well I tell you they live on

For in the cities
And hills
And in circles
Of stone

The voices of
The Old Ways
The Spirit of Albion
Is calling you home

From Manwydden’s
Crashing sea
To the moor and
Te Highland Glen

From the Faerie Hills
Home of the Sidhe
To the veins of the
Broad and the Fen

Someone go down
To the Holy Trees
Of Oak and Ash
And Thorn

Utter a charm
In the verse of three
Till the Summer King
Is born

The crane
The wolf
The bear
And the boar

No longer dwell
Upon these shores
You say the Goddess and God
Have gone

But I tell you they live on

For in the cities
And hills
And in circles
Of stone

The voices of
The Old Ways
The Spirit of Albion
Is calling you home

Ride the white horses
Carved into the hills
Walk to the
Hanging Stones

Bow to the might
Of Cerne Abbass’ height
Feel the peace
In the Ancestors homes

Someone go down
To Wilmington
Where the Giant
Guards the way

Step into the
Otherworld
Into the womb

Where centuries
Pass like a day

The crane
The wolf
The bear
And the boar

No longer dwell
Upon these shores
You say the Goddess and God
Have gone

Well I tell you they live on

For in the cities
And hills
And in circles
Of stone

The voices of
The Old Ways
The Spirit of Albion
Is calling you home

Wendy Rule – Visionary Songstress

Wild, passionate and empowering, Australian Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule, weaves together music, story and ritual to take her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion. Drawing on her deep love of Nature and lifelong fascination with the worlds of mythology and Magic, Wendy’s songs combine irresistible melodies with rich aural textures and a rare personal honesty to create spiritual music.

Wendy has been kind enough to let us use her wonderful music as our intro and outro themes. Also, there will be regular appearances of other songs by her on our show. Thank you for the music, Wendy!

 

All information about Wendy can be found on her Website!

New meditation CD Vox solfeggio, just released, presenting Wendy Rule and her husband Timothy Van Diest.