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Bardic Circle - Volume 1 (2000)

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Bardic Circle - Volume 1 (weeks 1-7)
Volume 2 (weeks 8-13)

Bardic Circle Week #1  (12/25/2000)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Gaia Consort:
We Kick Bardic Circle at Witchvox off with an offering by Gaia Consort entitled " Secret of the Crossroads Devil". We have known Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney for a few years now and had the pleasure to meet them this past year at the Heartland Festival (Link)... We just knew they'd be cool and they were indeed. Gaia Consort is a first class act with powerful vocals and top notch musicianship.

Darragh Nagle:
The second offering is a tune called " The Realm" by Darragh Nagle. Wren and I celebrated the solstice with Darragh and his S.O. Kat (thank YOU). There are very few "proper" bards in the Pagan community (most are drifters/takers), Darragh IS one in the truest sense, gentle in spirit and strong with passion. Although a wonderful singer/song writer, Darragh has thrown us a surprise and offered up an instrumental piece. A beautiful composition and a riviting story.

Bardic Circle Week #2   (1/1/2001)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Anne Hill:
We Kick off this weeks Bardic Circle at Witchvox with an infectious melody line composed by Anne Hill entitled "Circle Round". Anne is a long time veteran of the Pagan community and along with Starhawk and Diane Baker, released one of last year's most valuable books (and CD)... the now famous "Circle Round". In a special treat, Anne not only offers up the title track from this CD but tells us the story of its creation. A quick excerpt...

"This song has traveled a long way already, to festivals, classrooms, concert halls, parks, and two magazines. Starhawk and Diane Baker and I used it as the title for our book on raising children in Goddess traditions, and it is also the title track of the CD of magical children's songs I put out in April. But I think the best feedback I've gotten on the song is from my younger daughter's old teacher. I had played it in his 1st grade classroom last school year, and this year he told me he's using "Circle Round" as the theme for his class for the entire year! And he's not even Pagan!

Bless YOU Anne for the magick that you bless us with on a regular basis and thank you for what you have done for us all. -- For the complete experience surf to Circle Round)

Loke E. Coyote
The second offering is a tune called "Labor Day of Love" by Loke E. Coyote. Trickster is one of the most creative and colorful lads we have. As a veteran of the festival circuit and a man with high ethical standards, his magick of the word is simply unbeatable. From the intro to his offering...

"There's a group of Pagan soldiers at Fort Hood who have organized an Open Circle so they can exercise their freedom of religion while they serve their country. One day an Austin newspaper ran a story about them and all hell broke loose. Unlike many previous stories, this one was overwhelmingly positive. It was a full page spread including pictures of military Wiccans jumping over a ritual fire, explained what Paganism is all about, beliefs and sabbats, and dispelling many of the myths that continue to plague us. Of course there were those, including US Representative Barr, who chose to complain about it. He was told that the army recognizes Wicca as a religion and that these soldiers had every right to worship as they please..."

Thank YOU Trickster for the putting that secret weapon (our delicate sense of humor) of the Pagan Community front and center. There would be a huge void without it. ( Labor Day of Love )

Bardic Circle Week #3   (1/8/2001)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Bootlegg Shaman:
We Kick off this weeks Bardic Circle at Witchvox with a beautiful piece by Bootlegg Shaman entitled "Wiccan Woman".

"This song is dedicated to my wife, whose beauty, devotion, and artistic talents are unmatched by any other woman in the world. She is from Delhi, Louisiana, down in cajun country. I'm from Columbia, a tiny town in south Mississippi. I moved to Atlanta in October of '87, and inadvertently met her briefly in Phase IV, my old rehearsal studio. The second time we met is a different story. I had begun my Magickal journey late in life, having no teacher; but I learned the art of prayer and visualization. At 29, I was lonely and tired of dating. With much meditation, I mentally conjured up the woman of my dreams. I knew I had to be specific, and I included every detail of her persona, from the sound of her voice to the shape of her hands, from her bare feet and gypsy skirts to the tone of her skin, and her likes and dislikes. It took a year."

-- For the complete experience surf to Wiccan Woman.

Vanth SpiritWalker:
The second offering is a tune called "The Goddess' Waltz" by Vanth SpiritWalker.

"This tune is a small lullaby which was composed as a birth present for Beauyn Alasdair, the son of a very good friend of mine and one of the most important people in my life, born Dec 25th 1999. Since I seem to see a lack of pagan lullabies around, I decided to offer this to the community. "

"The song is completely free, since I have this personal belief that music is a gift of the Gods and should not be paid for. It is not registered and anyone is free to copy it and distribute it, as long as the credit is given to the people who worked on it and to Beauyn, whom it was written for".

-- For the complete experience download... The Goddess' Waltz

Bardic Circle Week #4   (1/15/2001)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Michelle Mays:
We Kick off this weeks Bardic Circle at Witchvox with a beautiful piece by Michelle Mays entitled "The Promise".

"While gazing at the beautiful landscape of the Ozark Mountains and strumming my guitar, this song came out, as if the Mother Earth herself wrote the lyrics and music. It was written and complete in 5 minutes.

The promise we have for our lives, and the promises we make in our lives.. sometimes we forget.. we get distracted, but the promise is still there. In this busy rat race of a world we have made for ourselves.. the promise awaits us for fulfillment. The first Promise? Could it be... "

-- For the complete experience surf to The Promise.

Kari C. Tauring:
The second offering is a tune called "Remember Me " by Kari C. Tauring.

This song was written in 1990 as my "coming out of the broom closet" song. It tells of my journey as a young girl down the path to the Feminine Divine through the Willow Tree I grew up in, the moon I felt the connection to, and the statue of Mary at the Catholic Church accross the street from where I lived. ".

It is a song of thanks and praise to the Goddess who gives me the voice to sing and who put the words within my reach. The first recording was released under my first band's name, Rose Absolute, in 1991. It was a risk for me, at the time, to release it, for reasons many of you will know. But my parents interpreted the song for themselves and through their own filters and I saw no need to explain it.

-- For the complete experience download... Remember Me

Bardic Circle Week #5   (1/22/2001)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Reverend Rob:
We Kick off this weeks Bardic Circle at Witchvox with a beautiful instrumenatal piece by the Reverend Rob entitled "Artemis in Lime".

"The song was intended to elaborate on the mixed joy and sadness that was present in my life at the time due to work and personal issues; I often write pieces designed to be a ritual in and of themselves, to purge emotions both positive and otherwise, and let the thoughts and emotions in my head transmute themselves to sound.

The dense layering of the piece is intentional; it reflects the root chaos that was present at the time of recording, with the central theme of the piece reflecting instead the cyclic nature of joy contrasting the wildness of the universe outside myself. In its own way, it acknowledges my favorite time of the year, as autumn begins to fade and everything for a few weeks, regardless of other events or things that impede my appreciation of nature and the beauty of creation."

-- For the complete experience surf to Artemis in Lime.

Music for the Goddess:
The second offering is a tune called "Round and Round " by Wendy Sheridan and Vonorn.

Wendy wrote the chorus of "Round and Round" as a closing chant for the first ritual where she acted as High Priestess.

"The verses grew from a vision that Wendy had during a 3 hour drum circle during a Beltane party at the Portal of the Porcupine in Piscataway, NJ. Wendy remarks, "after attending my first Starwood this past summer, I realized in retrospect that the vision I had was of Starwood and the fire circles there."

-- For the complete experience download... Round and Round

Bardic Circle Week #6   (1/29/2001)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Alchemy VII:
We Kick off this weeks Bardic Circle at Witchvox with a powerful piece by the Alchemy VII entitled "The Magick".

"I wanted to write a song about the Magick in all of us. It started out to be called Magick Rise, but we decided that sounded like bread baking. So it became The Magick.

As with alot of our material I bring in an idea and some chords. The rest of the musicians are truley magicians when it comes to interpretting my version of chords. They call it the key of Gina. This song took a while to come together.

Some songs seem like they just happen and others struggle for birth. I believe we almost gave up on getting it to work. Then all of a sudden it came together and became the tilte song of the CD."

-- For the complete experience surf to The Magick bardic circle page.

Karen Has Krayons:
The second offering is a tune called "Oblivion Falling " by Karen Has Krayons. (love this name)

"This was really an exploration on my part, a challenge of how to link the animate world with ageless ideas. It was really a synthesis of putting oneself in the concept and outside the idea. A process of becoming a thought."

-- For the complete experience download... Oblivion Falling

Bardic Circle Week #7   (2/5/2001)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Rick Vartian:
We Kick off this weeks Bardic Circle at Witchvox with a (near 5 minute) "smokin instrumental" tune called "Ehwaz (Movement, Progress) " by Rick Vartian. All I say is WOW... Just grabbed this tune and took it for a spin... It is fabulous! The composition is actually interesting, sonically it very cool and the stereo imaging even had my cats looking around. Great piece Rick!

"This piece is one of the more lively numbers on this album, but I thought that the audience here would appreciate the emotion contained in this work. (it is becoming very popular on MP3.COM already!) But... If you like softer more mellow moods, I invite you, the listener to explore my section on MP3.COM to explore my entire collection of pieces from not only this first album, but my other two releases that are also available there. I think that there is something for everyone within my collection of works, regardless of your musical tastes. Most of my works however, tend to be dramatic and moving, since many of my moments of inspiration are of the spiritual nature. A feeling of connecting with the divine if you will."

-- For the complete experience download... Ehwaz (Movement, Progress)

Zorah Staar:
The second offering is a partial piece by the Zorah Staar entitled "We are growing". An inspiring pop tune with a haunting melody that leaves us yearning for more...

"I've heard it said that when we are children, our parents are like Goddess and God to us - our whole universe, our everything. When I was a child, my father was both a god of nightmares and a god of music. When he wasn't busy hurting, he'd be busy playing fast and free on a beautiful, golden, Gibson hollow-bodied electric guitar. And there was this guitar riff he'd play over and over, sort of like a wild trumpet call of power and delight."

"And so I always wanted to play guitar like that. I always wanted that sense of power and delight, and the freedom and courage to express it to the world. When I was well along my own particular pagan healing path, and also well into creating the music I call "pagan pop," it came to me that it was time to write a song for my father and myself. It would be a song to burn away all that needed to go in my relationship with him, a song to honour both our painful journey and the journey of all women and men, as we try so hard to grow, to "stumble free of our grief and confusion" into places of love and light."

-- For the complete experience surf to We are growing bardic circle page.


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