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music for yule/winter solstice...

Postby Leanne » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:02 am

what music do you listen to at Yule? I dont like traditional carols with christian wording but sometimes its difficult to track down pagan alternatives. I have some, but its all packed in boxes! :oops: :lol: what do you listen to,any recommendations?
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Postby solsticedreamer » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:24 am

Hi Leanne :)

i was thinking this the other day...how funny!

I do listen to all the traditional ones, I just sift out the religious meanings and appreciate them as 'poetry' almost.
I have a tape of gregorian chants which to me sound lovely...i must look it out or get the cd version.
and of course the older chart songs-pretenders, pogues, wham etc :wink:

would love to know of pagan ones as well please :)
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Postby Sujee » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:59 pm

This is a good one! :D

I do like to listen to Carols - because the music is beautiful and the singing is amazing from the Cathedral Choirs.

I also put on Mediaeval Baebes and Steeleye Span and some old late medieval music which used to be my Dad's.

Otherwise, I do not really have much in teh way of pagan music - are there 'Carols' for the likes of us we can join in with and sound singalong-y?? I only have some CDs but they are general music.... hmmmmm....

Oh, love Christmas Songs too a la Pogues and Kirsty McCall, and anything I can belt out loud and prance about to! :lol:
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Postby Leanne » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:20 pm

ive found lyrics online- pagan themed lyrics to the tunes of the well-known carols, but havent found them recorded to buy. has anyone else?
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Postby Moongoddess » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:16 pm

Jethro Tull's 'Christmas Album' is quite good, some of the songs have a pagan theme such as 'Ring out the Solstice bells'. Blackmore's Knight also have an album called 'Winters Carols', have got this somewhere and can't find it :oops: :roll: Also there are a few Medieval Baebes songs, that are very old traditional winter songs that are lovely :D
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Postby Sujee » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:41 pm

Leanne, can you post the link to the website? I would like to see the songs and print some off, after all if they are using old tunes they won't be too hard to learn! :D
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Postby Sujee » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:58 pm

Ooh, try this one....

http://www.sanfords.net/Pagan_Humor_and ... _songs.htm

Seems to have some festive words here and the tune to sing it too as well!
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Postby Moongoddess » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:10 pm

Some good one there Sujee :D only trouble is....you've got me sing christmas songs now.... :? :shock: :roll: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Leanne » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:08 pm

theyre the ones i found!
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Postby iWitch » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:12 pm

During winter, my music changes and I tend to listen to the Mediaeval Babes (not just their Christmas album) and the soundtracks to the Lord of the Rings movies. The moods of both seemed more suited to winter.

Oh, and I also indulge in a little Lisa Gerrard/Dead Can Dance as well.
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Postby Greymalkin » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:14 pm

Leanne wrote:ive found lyrics online- pagan themed lyrics to the tunes of the well-known carols, but havent found them recorded to buy. has anyone else?


I found that website too and what I did was go onto something like Limewire and download the songs in Kareoke or instrumental versions.

You can print off the pagan lyrics and sing along yourself. Much more fun.

When I get more time I'll copy some of the lyrics on here then everyone interested can print them off and download the music if you like.
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Postby Carprimulgidae » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:24 pm

A blast from the past just for Moongoddess, but hope the rest of you enjoy :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgUw6t3b6oE
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Postby MPoppins » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:17 pm

I really enjoyed that Jethro Tull clip. I've been listening to a lot of Eliza Carthy recently, she's a credit to her family.

How about also listening to the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky for Christmas?
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Postby solsticedreamer » Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:46 pm

eliza carthy is amazing, i love her 'rice' album~ i really love waterson~carthy too
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Postby Felicity » Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:39 pm

Loreena McKennitt has a CD called WINTER which is Yule/season themed. It has some carols but is only a small CD.

'To Drive the cold Winter Away is longer but less Carol themed. I love her style of music, have posted Amazon links below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Drive-Cold-Wint ... sim_m_h__3

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Garden-F ... m_h__img_b

I have a book at home with some carol lyrics in - will hunt it out too!
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