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 Author: WitchVox    Posted: 10/20/2002   Times Viewed: 1,595,182 

Bardic Circle Featuring Emerald Rose...

Freya Shakti
(by Arthur Hinds and Brian "Logan" Sullivan)

Audience Count: 13,969


The Story...

Arthur's notes: The chant that this tune is based on, came to me while I was lying on my back at the the top of Blood Mountain(Georgia),panting from the climb, and staring up at the sky. I had been searching for a Goddess chant to intertwine with a God chant I had written. It turns out that it doesn't match the God chant very well, but it stood well as a chant on its own. As time went on I sang it at several camp fires, but it was still just a chant and not a song. I brought it to the band and asked them to make it song. It was very cool to finaly hear the round sung someplace else other than in my head. At this pointI think that I will turn over this tale to another hand.

Logan's notes: I heard Arthur's chant at a campfire, and really was taken by the melody. Soon, I noticed that the tune and words would NOT go away - which was an indication to me that it was a really good song! I felt that the song needed another part to manifest the images that it brought to my mind when I heard the chant. When Arthur brought the song to the band, I began working on a set of lyrics to indicate the nature of the Goddess mysteries. I also wanted to write images that would show the universality of the archetype across time and culture. The original lyrics for the verse came quickly, but my wife and priestess Danae had problems with them. Originally, each line of the verse started with "I know a woman...", to indicate the mystery involved. Danae kept insisting that those lyrics were not "right". After several rewrites and some serious meditation, it was changed to "She is a woman...", to be a song more directly about the Goddess herself, and her associated images.

The band began arranging the song in different ways, and performed it live for the first time at Pagan Spirit Gathering 1999. An initial live recording was placed on our website, but later removed when we released the recorded version of the song. Recording was done over a time period of several months, starting with guitar and drum tracks, and later adding vocals, electric guitar, assorted sound effects and percussion, and finally, bass guitar. Thanks to support from witchvox.com, in November of 2000, "Freya, Shakti" reached #1 on mp3.com's Spiritual Pop chart, and also ranked in the top twenty of the sites' much larger Pop charts. At this writing, our song still ranks highly in mp3.com's Spiritual Pop charts (usually top twenty), and is played on many of the sites' mp3 radio stations. Emerald Rose has also made an effort to supply this song to any internet or broadcast radio stations that choose to include it in their playlist. Interested DJ's with viable station connections can get a copy by contacting us at sullivan@starband.net.

Recorded: Feb -May 2000 at Railroad Earth Studios

Guests/Players: Arthur Hinds- acoustic guitar/vocal/light bulb, Brian "Logan" Sullivan- Vocals (verse, acoustic and electric guitars, bass. Larry Morris- percussion/vocals, Clyde Gilbert - vocals/percussion, And a special guest appearance by Glen Weinstein on the didjeridu

Technical Notes: We used two acoustic guitars,one electric,congas and various other percussion instruments. For the big crash sound, we grabbed every drum we could find and then added the sound that a light bulb makes when dropped onto a brick.
Logan's Notes: The electric guitar was used only in the opening introduction of the song. I used an Ibanez Artist, ca 1982, run through a 1980's Fender amp. The engineer recorded my goofing around before the actual recording began, and it sounded very good to us, so we tracked it into the song during mixing. We used our main guitars (Arthur - Takamine Acoustic/Electric, Logan - Gibson EC-10 Acoustic/Electric). I laid down the bass tracks as a final touch, after the song was recorded, using a Squire bass run through a Hartke amp.

Artist Profile: Emerald Rose is a Pagan/Celtic band from the mountains of North Georgia.

Saint Patrick's Day 1997 was the occasion for the first official performance by Emerald Rose, a natural outgrowth of four friends' love of music and interest in the traditions of their ancestors.ÝThe band has been assisted and encouragedÝall along the way by a supportive community who share the band's desire to help keep the Celtic musical heritage alive and carry it on into the future.

They are rapidly gaining a local following around Georgia, and also received a very enthusiastic reception at the 1998 Pagan Spirit Gathering in Ohio. Their music is a mix of Celtic traditional and original songs, many with Pagan/Wiccan themes. The sound is driving, high-energy, with rich guitars, vocals, world-beat percussion and pennywhistle. Emerald Rose has just released their first CD, Emerald Rose, available through New Leaf and Circle.

Website: http://www.emeraldrose.com
Email: larry@emeraldrose.com

LINK to the mp3 File: Click HERE

Freya Shakti
(words & music by Arthur Hinds and Brian "Logan" Sullivan)

An invocation to the Goddess in her many forms and faces throughout the world.

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,
Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan
Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,
Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan

Chorus:
High, raising up the Goddess
Oh, fill my soul
High, raising up the spirit
Oh, make me whole

She is a woman crowned with a crescent
She is the mother of all that lives
She is the Earth that is spinning in starlight
She is the Goddess of all that is
(chorus)

I know a woman stirring a cauldron
She is the source of the heart's deep core
I love a maiden dancing in moonlight
She is the key to the ancient lore
(chorus)

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon...




copyright 2000 Emerald Rose



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