Sunday, April 26, 2009

April 26, 2009

Heya, all! Glad to see you all listening. It was another fun Sunday morning at the Mess! I was going without sleep, which happens from time to time with me. So I was a bit goofy. I'm usually pretty good at playing the straight man to Murf (and now the Pocket Pirate/Damon), but today I was just plain silly. And of course in all the confusion of my lack of sleep, dead air time (we forgot to turn the gain back on for the microphones around 10:15), and an over load of sugar and caffeine, we forgot to do the TidBits and Quotes and the Calendar for the week. My deepest apologies.

So, what kind of fun did we have today? Hmmmm.... Well, we listened to a piece from the original movie soundtrack fro the Wicker Man, of course it was the original movie. The remake, as we all agreed this morning, is not all that good. Nice try, but the original is just so much better. The "Maypole Song" is a bit of Pagan ritual, actually. As it was depicted in the movie with Christopher Lee and Edward Woodard, the "Maypole Song" was done with a group of children and teenagers doing the Maypole dance. The song itself is an account of the cycle of life, from birth through death and into birth again. Very lovely visual if you listen to it while in a trance or meditative state.

the lyrics:
In the woods there grew a tree
And a fine fine tree was he

And on that tree there was a limb
And on that limb there was a branch
And on that branch there was a nest
And in that nest there was an egg
And in that egg there was a bird
And from that bird a feather came
And of that feather was
A bed

And on that bed there was a girl
And on that girl there was a man
And from that man there was a seed
And from that seed there was a boy
And from that boy there was a man
And for that man there was a grave
From that grave there grew
A tree

In the Summerisle,
Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle wood
Summerisle wood.

For the movie, the vocal was recorded by the actor Walter Carr, the song has since be covered a capella by Mediaeval Baebes under the title "Summerisle (Maypole Song". (source:

I love this song and am including it in the Beltaine ritual I am doing next weekend.

In other news:
S.J. Tucker is going to be in Lincoln on May 15th and Omaha on the 16th. You can get details of these appearances by visiting S.J. Tucker's web page and clicking on Schedule.

Lincoln: Friday May 15, 2009 — 8-10pm
Lincoln NE House Concert
Hosted by Joe and Jade
2348 D Street
Lincoln, NE 68502
$6-$15 suggested donation, please.
RSVP to Jade: (402) 613-7891

Omaha: Saturday May 16, 2009 — 8pm
The Dollhouse
4022 Lafayette Ave
Omaha NE 68131
Join us at Bryir's lovely Victorian home.
$6-$15 donation, please

CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the week:
29 April 2009, Wednesday: Birthday of Ed Fitch, Wiccan author

30 April 2009, Thursday: Walpurgis Nacht, traditionally the German Witches gather on the Blocksberg, amountain in northeastern Germany.

1 May 2009, Friday: Beltaine/May Day
Order of the Illuminati formed in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt, 1776

2 May 2009, Saturday: Birthday of D.J. Conway, Wiccan author
Saturday is also the monthly meeting for the Circle of Mystics Discussion Group. They will be meeting at 2pm at Here & Back Again in Lincoln. A $2 donation is requested to help cover the rent of the space.

Next weekend I will be putting the show together. I am not sure if Murf wanted me to do both hours, so I have begun putting together a collection of light instrumental leading into slightly heavier music and then a nice collection of songs including some new stuff for many of you. I hope I manage to put together a show that everyone enjoys. I will be sure to post a full play list from the show as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you want to know what we have played in the past, please check out Murf's web site.

Until next week! Keep listening to KZUM 89.3, take that cell phone out of your ear if you are behind the wheel, and remember to tune in Sunday mornings at 9am Central. Pax musica! -Phil

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