Goodness, I’ve been really delinquent this time! I apologize for the lateness. As usual, I’ve been really busy working on items for the craft show this (THIS) weekend. I also celebrated my birthday which kept me away from the computer.
Anyway, here are some Winter Solstice tunes!
First off, the Daws of ADF composed a Winter Solstice song. If you’re an ADF member, you can see the lyrics and even listen to an audio clip! The Daws are wonderful, musical people and I love to show off ADF’s talent. I apologize to the non ADFers who weren’t able to sample their piece.
Second, I give you “Once Upon a December” from the movie “Anastasia.” Ok…so the fictionalized recovery of a Russian princess isn’t particularly festive or Pagan, but I’ve come to view this song as a seasonal favorite. It’s all about memories associated with winter. We all have them – a song, scent, or object triggers our memories and we remember something from our past. Sometimes it’s dreamlike. Did it even really happen? There can be magic to it, as in the magic of childhood we are forced to recall this time of year.
Speaking of memories… and Russia… I can’t help but post “Trepak” aka “The Russian Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. It’s short but amazingly sweet. I used to play the viola in high school and we traditionally played this every December. Once upon a time, I could play parts of it by memory. One of these days I’ll buy a viola and this sheet music… Anyway, I associate this with the holidays. Really, any Nutcracker music. Although the characters start off celebrating Christmas, the focus moves to a magical world inhabited by all sorts of spirits – outsider-like rat spirits, a plethora of fairies, and sprites associated with everything from different cultures to household sweets.
Finally, a new favorite of mine from the ever inspiring Damh the Bard – “On Midwinter’s Day.” It’s another great song for Pagans and our more open-minded monotheistic friends!
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