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Music to Live By!

Postby butterflymelody » 04 Mar 2016, 17:18

Since I live mostly as a solitary druid I find it very important to keep some sort of a connection with the community and music is one way to do that. It can get your blood flowing and spark your imagination! I have a bit of a collection already, but I’m always interested in what other artists people have discovered!

Some are explicitly Pagan while some just makes me feel Pagan! I included music that I like to use for rituals too. There is a range of styles from more folk to new age to modern interpretations of old music. For some of them, I have noted songs that I like in particular!

Adrian von Ziegler
Agnes Obel
- Riverside
Albannach
- Unleash the Albannach
Blackmore's Night
- Village Lantern
Collide
- Wings of Steel
Damh The Bard
- The Hills They Are Hollow
Dervish
Eivor (Eivør)
- Trøllabundin
ELUVEITIE
- Omnos
Faith & The Muse
- Arianrhod
Faun
- Diese kalte Nacht
Eve Goodman
- Dacw 'Nghariad
First Aid Kit
- Wolf
Gaia Consort
- Just Because
Garmarna
- Vanner Och Frander
Heather Dale
-The Maiden and the Selkie
Julie Fowlis
Kellianna
- Warrior Queen
- I Walk With the Goddess
- Morgana
Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola
- Bean Phaidin
Lisa Thiel
- Mabon
- Yule
Loreena Mckennitt
Meav
- The Dark-Haired Girl
Mediaeval Baebes
OMNIA
- Fee Ra Huri
S.J.Tucker
- Witch’s Rune
Solas
- Pastures of Plenty
Spiral Rhythm
- I Am Pagan
- She Makes a Place for Me
Sully Erna
The Moon and the Nightspirit
Tina Malia
Tracey Hewat
-Firelands
Wardruna
- Helvegen
** Wardruna is featured heavily in the TV series Vikings. It's the only show that I think has treated Pagan religion with respect and seriousness and has truly made it seem real. Usually movies featuring pagans ignore religion, turn it into a prop with no real value (Troy), or make it into some weird pseudo-Christian thing (Gladiator). But Vikings puts Paganism and Christianity at the same level, so it's a pretty interesting watch. You can sign up for Amazon Prime's free trial and binge watch it! **

What about you guys? What music helps you connect to your faith?

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby butterflymelody » 04 Mar 2016, 21:08

Here are also some albums that have various artists:

- Brave Hearts, New Scots Music (http://www.amazon.com/Brave-Hearts-Scot ... cots+music)

- Music of Ireland, Welcome Home (http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Home-Musi ... lcome+home)

- Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Abundance (http://www.amazon.com/Abundance-Alasdai ... e+alasdair)

- Riverdance (http://www.amazon.com/Riverdance-Music- ... riverdance)

- Enaid & Einalem, Celtic Nights (http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Nights-Ena ... ghts+enaid)

- Celtic Treasure - The Legacy of Turlough O'Carolan (http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Treasure-L ... c+treasure)

- Pure Moods II (http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Moods-Vol-Va ... e+moods+ii)

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby malcolmb » 04 Mar 2016, 21:17

I cannot imagine life or being Druid without music and I am constantly surrounded by song. The whole natural World is alive with music and I would rate the song of the Blackbird greeting the Sunrise well above any humankind song.

Butterflymelody - that is a wonderful list and there are names there that are new to me - I must search them out. But you have certainly covered many of my favourites. Anything by Faun, Loreena Mckennitt or Damh the Bard. S.J. Tucker's "Witch's Rune" is a constant inspiration to me. And the music of Eluveitie makes even me want to dance!

This Forum had a "Music" section in the "A Path through the Forest / Creative Bardic Pursuits" part of the Forum prior to the software update. Sadly this has now disappeared and it seems that all it's content may have been lost. A real shame as there were a lot of useful comments by members on such things as selecting and buying harps and other instruments, how to write music, people's favourite music and so forth. There is some uncertainty about whether to add a new Music section. In its absence, I find it interesting that a number of music-related thread have recently been started in various sections of this Forum, so clearly there seems to be a wish by members to talk about music. With sincere apologies to Butterflymelody for raising this in your thread, I would be very interested to hear peoples views.
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My original "Druid Music" CDs (all proceeds to the charity "Pagan Aid":
https://lylemusic.bandcamp.com/

My original Celtic / Folk / Jazz music at:
http://www.soundclick.com/lylemusic
http://www.soundclick.com/malcolmbrown
http://www.youtube.com/user/LyleMusic

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby butterflymelody » 04 Mar 2016, 21:35

malcolmb , no worries! I was actually surprised that I couldn't find a music section since there's even a forum just for the different languages. I think it would be really beneficial to have one for music so people could discuss finding and creating it!

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby winterfire » 05 Mar 2016, 14:09

I agree. We need a music section. It could include a 'Tweet of the day' from our feathered friends? :)
Thank you for that list butterflymelody, lots of exploring to do for me!
And enjoyed links to music from people like yourself malcolmb.
It's good to share our efforts at creativity as well as those of others.
Blessings.x

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby malcolmb » 05 Mar 2016, 16:01

Winterfire - "Tweet of the Day" - what a lovely idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=997RTKzc39c

(while trawling through and listening to a few videos to pick one to post, all the birds around my house burst into song - Our Mother's choir - pure perfection.)
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My original "Druid Music" CDs (all proceeds to the charity "Pagan Aid":
https://lylemusic.bandcamp.com/

My original Celtic / Folk / Jazz music at:
http://www.soundclick.com/lylemusic
http://www.soundclick.com/malcolmbrown
http://www.youtube.com/user/LyleMusic

“So many Gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind. While just the art of being kind, is all the sad world needs.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby Whitemane » 05 Mar 2016, 16:21

I like a lot of the music listed, not to forget malcolmb's lovely musical contributions, but one must remember that the best music is the music that works best for the individual. For example, anybody remember Steve Hillage? I loved his hippy ramblings, alongside a good Grateful Dead jam like "Dark Star." My all-time favorite album is "Starless and Bible Black" by King Crimson, and it would be hard to imagine as less Druidic album: desolate, harsh, despairing, and thunderous, my musical world be unimaginable without it.
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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby winterfire » 05 Mar 2016, 17:51

Beautiful blackbird! I remember the first one I ever heard. My family had moved from a small terraced house (think Coronation Street!) to a new Council estate on the edge of town. I loved birds from an early age, but my exposure to them was limited to sparrows, starlings & pigeons and an old bird book in black and white (even the Latin names seemed thrilling). Imagine, our first garden and me (about 5 or 6 years old) just past bedtime, early evening in summer, suddenly hearing this wonderful song outside my bedroom window..I thought it was one of those Nightingales I had read about! Or an angel.. Truly a moment of the Spirit I will never forget. That song still stirs my heart. Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby illion » 06 Mar 2016, 06:11

:hiya:

Thanks for sharing your list :) I had to search and listen for the Blackmore's Night song you listed, as I love Rainbow and know them from their covers of that band. A really nice song.

Other favourites of mine from your list are:

Damh The Bard, of course. I like everything by him, and "Merlin, am I" is my favourite, it gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes, because it makes me very humble.
- The Hills They Are Hollow

Eivor (Eivør), she is such a wonderful and powerful woman, and "Trøllabundin" does just what the title says: Enchant you.
- Trøllabundin

Faun - is very nice, but I don't understand the german language, and I like to contemplate the lyrics to the songs that I listen to. It is a very important part of my experience.
- Diese kalte Nacht

Lisa Thiel - My favourite music for the holidays.
- Mabon
- Yule

Loreena Mckennitt - :cloud9: My favourites are "The old ways" , "The dark night of the soul", "Samain Night" and "All souls night"

Wardruna - connects you to the primal forces, no more, no less. My favourite is "Løyndomsriss" but be careful you might find yourself in av very deep trance. The video for this song is fantastic.
- Helvegen

I have a few other favourites worth mentioning:
Within Temptation: Stand my Ground
Disturbed: The Sound of Silence
Alan Walker: Faded
Røyksopp and Robyn: Monument
Gåte: Bendik og Årolilja
Donkeyboy: City Boy
Vamp: Månemannen

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby Màiri » 06 Mar 2016, 08:06

Hello,
wow, that's quite a list ! I only know five of the interprets.
I like Lisa Thiel a lot. Do you know "Flook" ?

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby butterflymelody » 08 Mar 2016, 18:57

Thank you illion for the extra songs! I've never heard of them, so I quickly looked them up and added them to my to buy list! I always need a variety because I seem to go through cycles, starting off wanting the light-hearted folk music of singers like Damh the Bard and then needing more heavy hitting, and like you said primal, music of Wardruna. I go from wanting fairy-like harp music to thunderous drums; I guess it's just the scorpio in me to need both, haha.

Hello Màiri!
Yes, I'm quite a music collector, this is just my Pagan music list, haha. No, I don't know Flook! I looked them up and they have some great tunes! The ones I came across were perfect for Spring! Thanks!

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby Maienfalke » 14 Mar 2016, 15:58

Thanks for your lists! Some songs and artists I new already - like Damh the bard, Omnia, Faun, Riverdance and stuff like that. Some others are new and I have to listen to them carefully now. But thank you!!

I might give you some more ideas:
- Nightwish - songs like Wishmaster or Deep Silent
- Luxuria - my own band, doing german folk rock ( https://www.youtube.com/user/VivaLuxuria )
- enyja - always good, i think
- and i like the movie and the soundtrack from Ronja Robbersdaughter :D

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby illion » 17 Mar 2016, 05:43

Oh, Nightwish :cloud9: I love "While your lips are still red" with Marco on vocals. That's my favourite :)
I will definitely check out your band Maienfalke.

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby Màiri » 17 Mar 2016, 12:15

Hi,
I love Nightwish, too. Bless the Child is one of my favorites and Sleeping Sun but I've got nearly all cd's.
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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby butterflymelody » 19 Mar 2016, 00:36

Hello Maienfalke!

Thank you for your additions! Yes, I put down some that I thought everyone might know, but who knows? Maybe some of the younger generation wouldn't know things like Riverdance; it isn't as popular here as it used to be.

I also checked out your group! It's pretty awesome that you can get together with like-minded people. What instruments do you play? :)

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby Saphidha » 22 Mar 2016, 04:25

Thank you for the list! I am a huge Eluveitie fan and can't wait to hear them in concert in a few months time!! I love folk metal and am regularly listening to new releases to find more bands I might like. I also like gothic and viking metal. So if anyone has any other suggestions I'd be interested to hear.

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Re: Music to Live By!

Postby Maienfalke » 27 Mar 2016, 12:53

Hello butterflymelodie!
Yes it's great! Im playing bagpipes and flutes, whistles and stuff like this. What about you?


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