MMM: Moon Warrior 12/7/14

This week on the Mess we celebrated both the Full Moon and honored the memory of those who died in the bombing of Pearl Harbor 73 years ago. Phil supplied the Moon music and Murf the Warrior music (with two exceptions in the Warrior set). *K8 handled typing up the original set list for posting to our Facebook page. Next week will return us to our usual format, featuring 15-45 minutes of NEW new age music in the first hour.

  1. Belladonna & Aconite – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Fairies
  2. Shine On Full Moon – Gandalf – Between Earth and Sky
  3. Crystal Moon – Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara
  4. Lady of the Moon – Kate West & The Hearth of Hekate – Elements of Chant
  5. Moon Path – Kiva – A Call to Beauty
  6.  Hail to the Moon – Wendy Rule – World Between Worlds
  7. Wolf to the Moon – Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Stranger in Us All
  8. Silent Moon – Damh the Bard – Antlered Crown & Standing  Stone
  9. Mouse and the Moon/Ink Pah Tdah – Dovie Thomason & Ulali – Lessons from the Animal People
  10. Siren Moon – Sharon Knight – Song of the Sea
  11. Drawing Down the Moon – Gaia Consort – Evolve
  12. A Flame in Avalon – Anne Lister – A Flame in Avalon
  13. Mort d’Arthur – Anne Lister – A Flame in Avalon
  14. Avalon is Calling – Peter Conover – Metamorphic
  15. The Last Hero – Michael Longcor – Boarding Party
  16. Battle of the Clampherdown – Michael Longcor – Boarding Party
  17. Battle of New Orleans – Coyote Run – Coyote Run Pleads the Fifth
  18. Among the Heroes – SJ Tucker – Ember Days (Original motion picture soundtrack)
  19. Coloured Ribbons & Tarnished Brass – The Cundeez – (single release)
  20. Warrior Queen – Kellianna – Lady Moon
  21. Earth Warrior – Omnia – Earth Warrior
  22. All My Relations – Ulali – Mahk Jehi

Dia Crabtree & PaganPro.org

2014 brought us many disappointments, but out of those cloudy events there is a silver lining.

The arrest of Kenny Klein on multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute child pornography, and the subsequent allegations of abuse of underage women and girls; the in your face reminder of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s complacency and alleged participation in child molestation while with her husband; continued discussion of Gavin and Yvonne Frost’s supposed support of the use of sexual initiation for minors; the list could go on and on.

As a response to these and other incidents within the Pagan community several organizations have been forming anew or adding councils and committees to address these types of situations. The Council of the Phoenix, started in part by Ariel Monserrat and Literata Hurley; the direct involvement of such groups and organizations at Pantheon Foundation and Covenant of the Goddess; state and regional groups such as Pagan Elders of Colorado. These and others have been forming or addressing this issues on their own.

Dia CrabtreeDia Crabtree and a team of others have taken a different approach and are working on creating an online database of elders, leaders, teachers, authors, performers, etc. This database would include background information and verification of claims regarding education, lineage (where applicable), curriculum vitae and much more. In other words, PaganPro.org would be available to the community as a means to vet leaders, elders, presenters, etc. Visit the site in progress to learn more and participate in surveys that can help build the site. Listen to the show in archives and hear Dia explain the reasons behind PaganPro and how the site will work when completed.

MUSIC

  1. Damh the Bard – Save Me – Spirit of Albion
  2. Omnia – Earth Warrior – Earth Warrior
  3. Cernunnos Rising – The Great World Tree – Urban Druid

Related Episodes of PMP from 2014

From The Hum and the Shiver to Tufa Tales

Finally, after years of talking about it, KaliSara and RevKess got Tuatha Dea on the show. Joined by author Alex Bledsoe, Danny and Rebecca of Tuatha Dea talk music, inspiration, and taking a novel and making it into music.

From the back cover of the novel:

“No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, yet when the first Europeans arrived, they were already there. Dark-haired, enigmatic, and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet loves in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be lost to history, there are clues in their music – hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.”

It was at a Pagan festival where Bledsoe and Tuatha Dea first met. As Bledsoe describes in the interview, he was sitting in his cabin, not intending to go to the concert hall, when he heard this amazing drumming echoing through the event site. He felt compelled to see who was making such a magical noise. When he saw Danny, Rebecca and the rest of the Tuatha on the stage he felt as if he was seeing the Tufa at one of their barn dances. After the concert he asked Danny and the family if he could include them in his next installment in the Tufa Tales. As one might say, that is when a legend was born.

Throughout the program, KaliSara and RevKess asked probing questions to get to the nitty gritty of creating not only the books, but the music as well. A true cooperative effort, Tufa Tales is an amazing mix of story and song, some of it taken straight from the pages of Bledsoe’s story.  In the program you will hear a small selection of music from the CD interspersed with back ground information and the inspiration of both projects. You’ll also learn a bit about Bledsoe’s other writings and the other music projects from Tuatha Dea.

THE MUSIC

KaliSara and RevKess focused on the music from the Tufa Tales release for this show. All of Tuatha Dea’s music worth a listen. At least in their opinions, and they are sure that you will agree. It should be noted that the version of Wisp of a Thing that was played on the podcast is available only as an mp3 download. The CD and video version of the song do not include the “siren” that starts the third portion of the set.

  1. Tuatha Dea – The Hum and the Shiver – Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae
  2. Tuatha Dea – Wisp of a Thing (Part 1, Primal Flight/Part 2, Curnens Lament/Part 3, Alive!) – Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae
  3. Tuatha Dea – Long Black Curl – Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae

Additional Links

Review of Tufa Tales by David Banach from Witches&Pagans

Cooperhead Road by Steve Earle Bledsoe used Copperhead Road in a workshop to explain how music can tell a story that covers generations. Similar to how Wisp of a Thing tells a tale over many years.

MMM: Mabon Mess 9/21/14

Photo: What happens when Murphy and I think too much alike for the music on Murphy's Magic Mess. "Turtle mode." Poor Kate.(Editor’s note: We are playing a little catch up with play lists. We apologise for the delays.) The Autumnal Equinox, Mabon, has arrived. The day before the celestial event Murf, *K8, and Phil put this show together for your listening enjoyment.

The picture to the left should be explained. Murf and Phil have been doing the show together for nearly six years. *K8 is the newest addition to the Mess. Often times Phil and Murf find themselves thinking along the same lines for show ideas, tracks to play, sometimes even saying the same things in unison. Sometimes these incidences scare *K8. This particular picture was taken after Phil commented to Murf that on his way into the studio he was thinking that some Lindie Lila would be great for the show, Murf had picked a Lindie Lila track for the show! And then they both spelled something out for *K8 in stereo. After which Phil said to her, “After five years with Murf, you too will starting thinking like us.” Thus, she hid inside her shirt. Going “Turtle” as she called it.

  1. O Dark Mother – Abbi Spinner McBride – Enter the Center   
  2. Hecate Cerridwyn – Inkubus Sukkubus – Beast with Two Backs
  3. Day Star – John Serrie – Day Star
  4. Return to Shamballa – Steven Halpern & Michael Diamond – Ambient Alchemy
  5. Yorkietown – Steven Chesne with the Luminous World Orchestra – Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers
  6. Structure – Matthew Schoening – Narrow Path
  7. Mahatma – Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara
  8. Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha – Lea Longo – Songs of s Siren
  9. Jai Ganesha – Emam and Friends – Jai Ganesha
  10. Bone Dance – Zingaia – Soles on Earth
  11. The Dreaming – Damh the Bard – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  12. Cauldron of Changes – Lindie Lila – Return of the Goddess
  13. Flower of Scotland – Red Hot Chili Pipers – Bagrock to the Masses
  14. Wytches’ Brew – Omnia – Alive
  15. Morrigan – Omnia – Crone of War
  16. Bewitched – Sharon Knight – Incantation
  17. Fire in the Head – Sharon Knight – Neofolk Romantique
  18. Antlered Crown and Standing Stone – Damh the Bard – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  19. Albion – The Dolmen – Whispering Winds
  20. Merlin – Kathy Mar – My Favorite Sings
  21. Turn the Wheel – Arthur Hinds – Dance in the Fire
  22. What’s up Yours – Barleyjuice –  The Barleyjuice Collection

Coming up on 7 October, a  Tuesday, Sharon Knight will be performing in Lincoln, NE at the historic Ferguson House. The same location at which SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney recently appeared. On Sunday 5 October the crew of the Mess will be airing an interview that Phil recorded with Sharon on Wednesday 24 September.

MMM: Phil’s Birthday Mess 9/14/14

(Editor’s note: We are playing a little catch up with our play lists. Our apologies for the delays.) Sunday, 14 September 2014 was Phil’s birthday. As such he got to pick all the music for the show.  Twenty-six of Phil’s favorites, from new age to Pagan rock, found their way onto the final play list. With almost six  hours worth of music to pick from, there was a lot that got chopped to fit into a two hour show. Tough choices, but a lot of fun was had by all.

  1. Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Fairies   
  2. Invocation – Luminous World Orchestra – Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers
  3. Calligraphy – Laura Sullivan – The Gathering II
  4. Andean Blues – Ciro Hurtado – Ayahausca Dreams
  5. Frolik – Matthew Schoening – Narrow Path
  6. New Normal – Adam Andrews – Road to Ambo
  7. Once Around – Ray Spiegel Ensemble – Moksha
  8. Demeter’s Daughter – Anne Lister – Spreading Rings
  9. Persephone – Mama Gina – Goddess Kiss’d
  10. I Am Isis – Celia – sampler 2
  11. Prayer for Isis – Omnia – Sine Missione
  12. Witches Tree – Cernunnos Rising – Urban Druid
  13. The Mummer’s Dance – Loreena McKennitt – The Mummer’s Dance through Ireland
  14. Ravens in the Library – SJ Tucker – Mischief
  15. Oak & Ash & Thorn – Kiva – A Call to Beauty
  16. Herne the Hunter – Pandora Celtica – On Thin Ice
  17. Waiting for John Barleycorn – Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Swede Hollow
  18. Don’t go Drinking with Hobbits – Marc Gunn – Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits.
  19. Do Virgins Taste Better Medley – Brobdingabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyznagian Bards – A Faire to Remember
  20. Tail of a Star – Colette O’Connor & Deb Anderson – (unreleased single)
  21. My Karma Broke Down – Three Weird Sisters – Hair of the Frog
  22. Talk Like A Pirate Day – Tom Smith – They Say I Have Talent
  23. Ladies in the SCA – Joe Bethancourt & Leslie Fish
  24. Jabberwocky – Isaac Bonewits  – Avalon is Rising
  25. Jabberwocky – Omnia – Wolf Love
  26. Dagda’s Club – Isaac Bonewits  – Avalon is Rising

#22 was selected because 19 September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Following just days after Phil’s birthday, he has an affinity for pirates. Who doesn’t??  #20 was selected for two reasons, a great song and Deb Anderson is the Goddess Mother of both Murphy’s Magic Mess and Lavender Hill on KZUM. She is the host of The Wimmins Show. Each track has a reason for it being on his favorites list, perhaps in a future posting he will explain each choice – or you can ask in comments.

World Goddess Day on the Mess

September 7, 2014 was World Goddess Day. An initiative started by Brazilian Dianic priest Claudiney Prieto. To celebrate the Mama Dragon and her Minions put together a collection of Goddess inspire music from new age and Pagan musicians. Include in the show was the second (and third) portion of Phil’s interview with SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney. On August 19, Sooj and Betsy were in Lincoln, NE to do a show at the Ferguson House, a concert sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Lincoln’s Wayward Concert Series and KZUM Community Radio. Sooj has been to Lincoln many times over the years, but this was Betsy’s first time. Featured along with the interview is a selection of music from both of these Goddesses on Earth.

Murphy’s Magic Mess airs live every Sunday at 9am Central on KZUM-Lincoln/KZUM-HD 89.3FM and online at www.kzum.org. Murf and her minions have been bringing the KZUM family new age and Pagan music for over 20 years and is the world’s longest running Pagan content radio program.

MUSIC

  1. Everyday Goddess – Celia – Breathe
  2. The Water is Wide – Tales from the Wine Dark Sea – Tom Caufield
  3. Invocation – Steven Chesne w/ the Luminous World Orchestra – Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers
  4. Crystal Moon – Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara
  5. Tal Sawari – Ray Spiegel – Moksha
  6. Upside Down Church – Adam Andrews – Road to Ambo
  7. (Sooj & Betsy interview)
  8. Rootless – SJ Tucker – (single)
  9. (more interview)
  10. Valentina’s Dance – Betsy Tinney – Release the Cello
  11. (more interview)
  12. House of Mama Dragon – SJ Tucker – Haphazard
  13. Song to the Secret Name of the Star Goddess – T. Thorn Coyle – Give Us a Kiss
  14. Ancient Goddess – Abby Spinner McBride – Enter the Center
  15. I am the Goddess – Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – (title)
  16. Fair Folk – Heather Dale – Fairy Tale
  17. Artemis – Wendy Rule – Deity
  18. Aleister’s Wake – Haze – Book of Shadows
  19. Gods are Not Crazy – Leslie Fish – Avalon is Risen
  20. A Touch of Menopausal Anarchy – Carolyn Hillyer – Weathered Edgge
  21. Jack the Slob and the Goddess of Love – Leslie Fish – Avalon is Risen
  22. Hey Goddess – Big Bad Gina – Amazon Warrior Princess

Thank you to *K8 to compiling the play list and to Michele for guesting on the show and representing the Order of the Red Grail, Church for Transformational Wicca-ATC.

September 14, 2014 is Phil’s birthday show on the Mess. Be sure to tune in for two hours of some of his favorite new age and Pagan music.

PMP: Kerr Cuhulain – Witch Hunts, The Wizard

KaliSara and RevKess were joined once again by Kerr Cuhulain, now retired from the Canadian Police, to talk about his many projects and the work he has done for the Pagan community. Kerr is the author of several books, including Full Contact Magick, How to Be Glorious, The Wizard, and Witch Hunts. The focus of this episode was on the re-release of Witch Hunts and the publication of The Wizard, both available through Dark Moon Press. In his previous visit we focused on How to Be Glorious, 15 December 2012.

Kerr was running a little late, so the first 30 minutes of the show has KaliSara and RevKess talking food. What better topic for a bunch of Pagans?

Both hosts have had the pleasure of spending some one on one time with Kerr Cuhulain at Heartland 2012. They sat together to observe his Armoring Ritual that year where he shared his duties with Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary. Towards the end off this episode you can hear Kerr talk about the armoring ritual, and modern knighthood, and some of the surprises he has had during that ritual.

Kerr Cuhulain was the first openly Wiccan cop anywhere in the world (1977). Though many may have been in law enforcement prior to his coming out to his superiors, Kerr was the first. He made a name for himself in Canada as the liaison between the Pagan community and the police during the Satanic Panic of the 80’s and 90’s. Since that time he has been asked to speak at many conventions of law enforcement and been involved in the background work on many cases, including the West Memphis 3.

Now that he is completely retired from his police work (most recently as a 911 dispatcher) he says that we can expect more books, workshops and other projects coming from him. He is a former Preceptor General of the Officers of Avalon and has been involved in the ground work for many other organizations for first responders who are Pagan. The hosts are looking forward to talking with him again in the near future, perhaps even face to face again.

MUSIC

  1. Damh the Bard – The Songs and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  2. Cernunnos Rising – The Witches Tree – Urban Druid
  3. Mama Gina – Waking Panther – (single, available on ReverbNation)