Post by roguebiologist on Sept 29, 2013 2:52:53 GMT -8
I use different songs for different purposes, and in truth don't necessarily work Gods as often as the spirits, but here's a few songs and albums I find very evocative. Your mileage may vary, but I think these are kind of nifty. I tend towards more ecstatic type songs than trance though - I crank these at top volume because they help me lose myself and surrender to whatever deity or spirit I'm making devotion towards.
- Tomorrow in a Year by The Knife for work with spirits of the land or relating to age and death. Of the songs on this album Epochs (lyrics/youtube - warning for flashing images),Tomorrow in a Year (lyrics) and in particular The Colouring of Pigeons (lyrics/youtube - vocals start at ~3 mins) are extremely evocative for me.
- Industrial Love by In Strict Confidence is one that my house spirit seems to like and so I play it for him occasionally. I'm not sure what the appeal is there, but certainly technology spirits I've encountered seem to like it. (lyrics/youtube). I've found industrial as a genre tends to be quite good for dealing with those more urban spirits and deities, and the repetition is excellent for reaching altered states with.
- Release by George is extremely beautiful and full of joy, a wonderful ecstatic piece (lyrics/youtube)
- Storming New Caprica is an instrumental war ecstatic, with fantastic drums. I've used this as a meditation piece, and it helps me put in the right frame of mind for devotion to more physical or martial spirits or deities. (youtube).
- Lustmord and Wargasm by Cradle of Filth is likewise a war song but has no semblance of control, it is pure frenzy. (lyrics/youtube). I don't expect this one to necessarily work very well for most other people to be honest, there's very, very specific lyrics work for me, the rest I happily allow to dissolve into background screeching.
- My Brother My Enemy by Sassafras is something that I find incredibly beautiful and listen to out of respect for Loki (who I respect greatly but only rarely work with) and Odin (who one of my partners is a devotee of). I'm hoping to learn the song properly as the teaching album has just come out, and as I'll likely be learning to sing Loki's part primarily it does mean that my partner and I may well be able to learn this as a duet. (bandcamp link). The group is going to release an album soon based on the Eddas and I'm very much looking forward to it!
Wow, that was an extremely eclectic link-dump. >.> As you can tell my taste in music is a bit all over the place!
Post by David Dashifen Kees on Oct 3, 2013 5:59:59 GMT -8
I'm not a big fan of the typical Pagan folk-y music. I don't tend to actually use music during ritual as I find it a little distracting, but one album I do find particularly stimulating is Sully Erna's Avalon (amazon). Erna's the dude from Godsmack, which I also find stimulating but in a different way, but this is specifically an album that he wrote as "Pagan" music instead of the normal hard rock metalish fair of his mainstream band.