PMP: Old & New, the Year Past & the Year to Come

KaliSara and RevKess did a 2014 review in the first hour of the show followed by a look at 2015. Though you can find a 2014 review just about anywhere in the Pagan blogosphere, as well as in the mainstream, the hosts wanted to take a look at 2014 through the lens of the programming here on PMPChannel. In these notes you will also find links to previous shows in 2014 that pertained to the topics at hand.

2014

  • Kenny Klein: Late in March, the author, musician, and teacher, a strong leader of the Blue Star Tradition, was arrested on multiple accounts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute. After the rather fleeting mainstream media coverage, many young women (and some no longer so young) came forward to the Pagan press and on social media to share their stories of uncomfortable situations with Klein, up to and including coerced sexual encounters. This lead to his ex-wife and son breaking their silence and visiting with the host of Green Egg’s podcast, currently not in production.
  • PaganPro and other organizations launched throughout the year to help address and combat issues similar to those brought to the fore by Klein and others. The hosts of PMPChannel visited with one of the founding members of PaganPro in December to learn more about this site and similar proactive groups in the Pagan world.
  • Community rally to support: It is clear that the Pagan community can and will rally to support each other and certain projects within the Pagan community. Over the years of this podcast the hosts have spoken with community leaders, artists, musicians, and others involved in various projects that were seeking the support, both financially and spiritually, to make those projects a reality.

2015

  • KaliSara and her husband Stormcrow moved into the new year by cleaning house, eliminating things they didn’t need, weeding out some of the toys their children had, creating more space within their home. Going with the idea of “less is more”.
  • The hosts discussed some off the future topics for the year, including a visit with author and historian Mike Nichols, a panel discussion on Racism in the Pagan community, and more.
  • KaliSara got personal with RevKess and asked him what his plans were for the year. RevKess revealed that he is looking for a better position in his employment and planning to spend more time writing. To that latter end, he will be writing a monthly article for PaganActivist.com – his articles will appear on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting with January 15.

MUSIC

  1. Cernunnos Rising – The Coming and Going – Wild Soul
  2. Leigh Ann Hussey – Witches Come Again – Homebrew
  3. Celia – Cleansing My Heart – Shaman Journey
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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.