PMP: Bone Poets Orchestra

Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney of Bone Poets Orchestra joined RevKess and KaliSara for a fun conversation about their music and more. Right off the bat, at the request of several listeners, RevKess asked Sue if she is related to our musical friend Betsy. The answer is yes. They are sisters-in-law.

Even with some connection and technical issues, everyone had a great chat about the music, the history, and the future of BPO. KaliSara was quiet for the show as she was battling a head cold.

Chris and Sue spoke at length about the history of Bone Poets and the music that Chris writes for the eight piece band. Once called Gaia Consort, BPO evolved into what it is today. With a collective of talented artists and 40 years of musical experience behind him, Chris has developed a sound that is uniquely Bone Poets. You can find some of Chris’s early solo work at his own website. He’s also been working on an orchestral piece for the last 35 years. The Octava Chamber Orchestra performed the working piece last summer and he is looking forward to the opportunity to have it performed in its entirety by a full orchestra sometime in the near future.

When asked about touring outside of the Pacific Northwest, Chris and Sue said that the would love to. But, the expense of transporting all the instruments, the band members, and tech crew is rather expensive. Got $13,000 to spare? BPO will perform anywhere in the lower 48 for that fee. Not exactly affordable, but not entirely out of the question for a music festival.

All eight members of the band have a long background in music, many of them with degrees related to music.

  1. Bone Poets Orchestra – Seven Sisters – Ecstasy in the Ruins
  2. Gaia Consort – Cry Freedom – Secret Voices
  3. Bone Poets Orchestra – Yes Yes Yes! – Belladonna Smiles
  4. Bone Poets Orchestra – Why Can’t We Just – single
  5. Gaia Consort/Bone Poets Orchestra – Face in the Clouds – Vitus Dance
  6. Gaia Consort – Ravens (live 2007)

BPO is working on their next album. Six songs have been written, one has been recorded already. Check back with the BPO website frequently for updates and find out how you can adopt a track and help the Poets record their next album!

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MP: African Sounds & Healing Journey

At long last, RevKess has brought back Musica Pagani. As listeners of PMPChannel well know, MP is somewhat infrequent, but RevKess does have a crazy schedule. He’s going to try his best to bring Musica Pagani to the listeners on a more regular basis.

In this 20th edition of the rebooted Musica Pagani, RevKess brought you just over an hour’s worth of new age and Pagan music. Much of it new to the channel, some a little more familiar. Check the playlist below and follow the links to learn more about the musicians.

Playlist

  1. Akasa – Paradise Reborn – Portal
  2. Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai – Space Within – Ritual
  3. Ricky Kej – Pieces of Heaven – Shanti Orchestra
  4. Hennie Bekker – Cry of the Wilderness – Temba
  5. Wouter Kellerman – Mama Tembu – Mzansi
  6. Wendy Rule – Let the Wind Blow – Black Snake
  7. Bone Poets Orchestra – Illumination/Secret of the Rain – Atheist Anthems
  8. Kellee Maize – Healing Tones – Integration
  9. Lis Addison – Solar Winds – The Song of the Tree
  10. Akasa – Hero’s Journey – Portal

To hear more new age and Pagan music on a weekly basis, tune into Murphy’s Magic Mess on KZUM-Lincoln/KZUM-HD, Sundays at 9am Central.

PMP: Chronilus, bards adrift in the ether of a timeless human experience

Chronilus joined KaliSara and RevKess on the show. Focusing on their music and how they are using it to build a tribal feel in the Pagan community.

Chronilus released their first EP in December 2013 to rave reviews. They reached #1 in the Celtic genre for the Seattle area and nationwide at #16 and world wide at #25.  Their music has been peer reviewed on ReverbNation.com.

Their sound is their own. With influences from many musicians and genres, they combine Celtic flavor with Eastern European and African elements. They twist it creatively around the idea of traveling through time (and space) to seek out certain truths and archetypes that outlive civilization. They appeal to history buffs, sociology and psychology interests, sex-positive adults, time travel and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts and generally people of wall walks of life and love.

Chronilus were podcast virgins before their visit with PMPChannel.  KaliSara and RevKess were pleased to be the Chronilus bandones to pop their collective cherry for this avenue of social media. Bone Deep the Bard, Manfred, Caera and Sonia were a real joy to have one the show. They talked in depth about their inspirations, aspirations, and beliefs. Representing a true Tribe of people, this quartet of musicians bring their talents to the stage on a regular basis. They are deeply involved in their local community – not just as Pagans, but as members of the local poly community and environmentalists.

They sent along some wonderful music for the hosts to share during the show. Including three pieces that are not yet released on CD. They can be heard on their website, but are not currently available for sale. Heave Home, Longing and The Rede. Christopher Bingham of Bone Poets Orchestra (formerly Gaia Consort) has graciously given Chronilus permission to cover songs from his projects. The Rede being one of those. Longing is a love song, it is not until you reach the third verse that you realize that it is a lesbian love song. Heave Home captures a taste of what Chronilus is.

  1. Heave Home – unreleased
  2. Brigid – Prologue
  3. The Rede (written by Christopher Bingham of Bone Poets Orchestra/Gaia Consort) – unreleased
  4. Longing – unreleased
  5. The Wild Hunt – Prologue

Chronilus EPTheir EP Prologue can be purchased as a CD or digital download from CDBaby. You can find their music on BandCamp and ReverbNation.

On March 21, 2014 they will being doing a benefit concert for Willow Moon, former head of the Everett Pagan Meet Up Group, at Soul Food Coffee House & Fair Trade Emporium in Redmond, WA. For those who cannot make it to the benefit show you can go online and make a donation for Willow Moon. The night of the concert you can also watch it streaming live on the Soul Food site.

UPDATE 3/10/14: Just learned that our friends have reached the #1 slot for Celtic music in the Seattle area again!

PMP: Avoiding the Holiday Rush

ImageTo start out the month of December, RevKess and KaliSara talked about ways to celebrate the Winter Holidays without getting trampled in the holiday rush. Covering everything from shopping to family gatherings to creating family traditions, the show was filled with fun and information. Visit the BTR page for Pagan-Musings and listen to this episode and other shows from the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel.

Music Play List:

  1. Damh the Bard – The Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  2. Spiral Dance – Solstice Evergreen – The Quickening
  3. Bone Poets Orchestra – Solstice Call – Atheist Anthems
  4. Emerald Rose – Santa Claus is Pagan Too
  5. Marc Gunn – Celtic Christmas Elf Conscription
  6. Marc Gunn – Christmas in Scotland

leaf and bark candlesAs we move through the Winter Holidays there is a lot of pressure for everyone to do more. Before the influx of consumerism that is Western Civilization, people would take this time of year to regroup, to reflect and to prepare.

During the show, the hosts spoke about how they are going to attempt to avoid some of the holiday madness when it comes to shopping. KaliSara mentioned browsing around on Etsy and doing other online shopping. RevKess talked about starting the holiday gift shopping as early as the December before. Both mentioned the idea of regifting.

They also spent some time talking about how some people feel that when it comes to the big holiday dinner that they have to do it all themselves and if it doesn’t turn out perfect it was a failure. This simply is not true. First, you do not have to make every single dish your self. Second, accidents happen and sometimes they make the dinner that much better.

RevKess’s family likes to do a potluck dinner for most holidays. This enables the host(s) to focus on their guests. By providing the main dish, or some central dish to the meal, the host(s) have more time to prepare their home and make things as enjoyable as possible. This also allows the guests to bring a dish or more that they feel is important to their holiday celebration. Not to mention assures that there will be at least one dish they will enjoy.

It has been some time since his family has all gotten together for a holiday feast. Being one of seven children and each of his siblings having children (and many of them grandchildren already), a full family gathering can be a logistic nightmare. But it is something that he is looking forward to doing sometime in the future.

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This is also one of the times out of the year where many Pagans take a little time to ponder and reflect on what they have accomplished in the past year. The Dark of the Year begins around Samhain and continues through (at least) Yule. Those who follow the Celtic calendar have already celebrated the New Year and those who follow the secular Western calendar are preparing to do so at the end of the month. During these two months many people look back over the year and what they have done. It is a time to analyze the events and things that they have in their lives to see what has served them and what has held them back. It is time to begin laying the ground work for the coming year.

In this time of family and celebration it is also a time for us to look to our past and to our future. What have we accomplished that has lifted us forward? What have we done that has held us back? What people and things have come into our lives that bring us joy and enlightenment? What people and things have come to us that do us nothing but harm? These are questions that we must ask ourselves from time to time. During the Dark of the Year seems just as good a time as any.

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