(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.
Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Fairies
Invocation – Luminous World Orchestra – Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers
Calligraphy – Laura Sullivan – The Gathering II
Andean Blues – Ciro Hurtado – Ayahausca Dreams
Frolik – Matthew Schoening – Narrow Path
New Normal – Adam Andrews – Road to Ambo
Once Around – Ray Spiegel Ensemble – Moksha
Demeter’s Daughter – Anne Lister – Spreading Rings
Persephone – Mama Gina – Goddess Kiss’d
I Am Isis – Celia – sampler 2
Prayer for Isis – Omnia – Sine Missione
Witches Tree – Cernunnos Rising – Urban Druid
The Mummer’s Dance – Loreena McKennitt – The Mummer’s Dance through Ireland
Ravens in the Library – SJ Tucker – Mischief
Oak & Ash & Thorn – Kiva – A Call to Beauty
Herne the Hunter – Pandora Celtica – On Thin Ice
Waiting for John Barleycorn – Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Swede Hollow
Don’t go Drinking with Hobbits – Marc Gunn – Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits.
Do Virgins Taste Better Medley – Brobdingabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyznagian Bards – A Faire to Remember
Tail of a Star – Colette O’Connor & Deb Anderson – (unreleased single)
My Karma Broke Down – Three Weird Sisters – Hair of the Frog
Talk Like A Pirate Day – Tom Smith – They Say I Have Talent
Ladies in the SCA – Joe Bethancourt & Leslie Fish
Jabberwocky – Isaac Bonewits – Avalon is Rising
Jabberwocky – Omnia – Wolf Love
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.
The Pagan Weekly News is, as the name implies, a weekly news program from a Pagan perspective. Over the years the show has moved around a lot on the weekly calendar, but RevKess and Zaracon strive to bring the listener the news in a timely manner. At its current day of the week, PWN is trying to settle into a new routine. The time of the live broadcast may continue to fluctuate, but for now it will be on Thursdays.
Just in time for Throw-Back Thursdays, KaliSara has been posting links to past episodes of programming on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. You can follow those listings through our Facebook page of the channel or by following RevKess on Twitter. This week’s TBT episode is Herbs and Some of Their Uses from 6 February 2010. Might be time to revisit the topic.
Pagan Pride Day season is about to start. It officially runs from August 1 through October 31st. With events all around the country, some states having more than one event, and reaching across the globe, PPD is quickly becoming one of the largest and most popular Pagan outreach celebrations. One of the largest PPD events in the world is held the first Sunday of August every year since 2009. the UK’s PPD is in Central Nottingham with over 1500 Pagans attending and more coming every year. With any luck maybe one or more of the PMPChannel hosts can make it to one of their local PPD events.
Links to topics covered
One aspect of PPD is something akin to interfaith outreach. In the interest of interfaith work, Dr. Karl E.H. Seigfried guested on a Muslim, A Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy. Dr. Karl writes the award winning Norse Mythology blog.
Extremist Christians in the United States stepped away from any semblance of interfaith work and disrupted a church service in New Orleans to protest abortion. Operation Save America has been visiting New Orleans this week as part of their annual conference. On Sunday the 20th of July many of them attended services at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, interrupting the service and exposing the youth of the church to disturbing images, the kind commonly used by anti-abortionists. RevKess got up on his soap box for a little while on abortion. A UU minister in Missouri wrote about the incident in NOLA.
Over on Patheos this summer there has been a conversation about environmentalism and whether Pagans are truly doing their part. Taylor Ellwood has this article on the Agora forum, you can read more through this page.
SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney will be in Lincoln on 19 August 2014, Tuesday. They will be performing at the historic Ferguson House, a concert sponsored by KZUM and the Wayward Concert Series through the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.
It has been five years since RevKess dragged KaliSara online to do the first episode of Pagan-Musings. Hard to believe it has been that long! And yes, RevKess had to “drag” KaliSara. He was unemployed and going stir crazy, trying to find something to fill his time while waiting for potential employers to get back with him. So he asked her, “Wanna sit in on my first podcast? I don’t know what I am doing, but it could be a lot of fun!” Five years later and they’ve hardly missed a week (those that have been missed have been due to technical difficulties).
Both hosts enjoy doing the show. They enjoy the music and meeting them musicians. They enjoy the books and talking with the authors. They enjoy sharing news and information with their listeners. On a deeper level, RevKess feels that the show, indeed almost everything he does with PMPChannel, is part of a calling that he has to teach. For KaliSara she feels that she has something to share with others, with the hopes that what she shares will be of benefit to others.
Along the way both hosts shared some of their favorite topics and guests. As you can see from the list below, PMPChannel plays host to other shows, some of them as one-off’s, some as series. PMPChannel plays home to the podcast version of Murphy’s Magic Mess and Lavender Hill from KZUM.
Its been kind of breezy around these parts the last several days, so Murf thought it would be an awesome idea to use Wind as a theme for this weekend’s show. In the playlist below you will find a collection of mostly “windy” music. This is part of a monthly series of shows that will address the elements. Expect us to do Fire for August, Water for September, and Earth for October.
With quite a bit of the music in the first hour or so being music that Phil has podcast permission for, you can click on the image to the left to listen to “Selections from the Mess” and hear some of what you might have missed (or enjoyed live) on Sunday 13 July 2014. With any luck, Phil will be able to do these “Selections” on a regular basis again starting with this edition and continuing on. This edition of Selections was edited and posted to the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel on Wednesday 16 July 2014.
Playlist for the Mess
Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Fairies
A Sign of the Dragon – Steven Vitali – Language of the Soul
On Gossamer Wings – John Luttrell – The Dream Exchange
Clear Night – Jennifer DeFrayne – by a wire
Air – Louis Colaiannia – Closer
Whispers in the Dark – Peter Calandra – Inner Circle
Gone with the Wind – Blackmore’s Night – Under a Violet Moon
Wild Soul – Cernunnos Rising – Urban Druid
Let the Wind Blow – Wendy Rule – Black Snake
Wind Across the Ridge – Dale Bacon – Poems
Thank you to *K8 or typing up the original playlist as posted on Facebook.
Remember that you can tune into Murphy’s Magic Mess live every Sunday morning at 9 Central on KZUM-Lincoln/KZUM-HD (89.3 FM on radio in the Lincoln, NE area).
Murf, *K8, and Phil are always happy to try to meet requests from the listeners. Leave a comment here, on Facebook, or call us during the show (402-474-5086) to make a request. Even if we do not have the music with us that Sunday we will do our best to meet your requests for the next show.
Last year started a new membership drive at KZUM, the Soundbackers Union. An exclusive group of member-listeners who get special benefits from KZUM – including discounted concert tickets, elite swag, and other exciting benefits. For one week every June the station does a fund raising campaign for the Soundbackers Union. Murphy’s Magic Mess put together a special playlist for the event. The campaign for the 2014 membership of the Soundbackers ends on the 23rd at midnight Central time, but KZUM is always open to new member-listeners and donations to support Nebraska’s first and only community radio station.
Tracks 7 and 8 were arranged in honor of Sparky T. Rabbit, one of the voices of Lunacy. Sparky passed away a little over two weeks ago. As Murf said during the show, “what is remembered never dies.”
God is Alive, Magic is Afoot – Buffy St. Marie – Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Gift – Louis Colaiannia – Closer
Orange Sky – John Luttrell – The Dream Exchange
Summer Reunion – Jennifer DeFrayne – by a wire
Songbird in the Morning – Larken Lyre – Extraordinary Voyage
One and Only – Lisa Hilton – Kaleidoscope
For the Love of All Who Gather/Floor of Heaven – Betsy Tinney – Release the Cello
Shango – Lunacy – Lunacy
Noon of the Solstice – Damh the Bard – Spirit of Albion
Down in the Garden – Damh the Bard – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
Flowers to Make into Wine – Alan Austin –
Flower of Ireland – Spiral Dance – Over Nine Waves
Family Garden – John McCutcheon -Family Garden
Crying for the Honey Bee – Cernunnos Rising – (unreleased)
The Garlic Waltz – Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt –
Salad of Doom – SJ Tucker – Mischief
Fin and the Old Man – John Redbourn – Wheel of Fortune (story)
White Rabbit – Tuatha Dea – The Tribe
Little Which House – Serpentine – Rock the Goddess
Pagan Born – Inkubus Sukkubus –
House of Mama Dragon – SJ Tucker – Haphazard
Murphy’s Magic Mess airs live every Sunday morning at 9am Central, bringing the listener two hours of new age and Pagan music from around the world. Celebrating 20 years with KZUM, Murf, *K8, and Phil are thrilled to bring you a unique collection of music every week!
Thank you to all our wonderful artists we get to play every week on Murphy’s Magic Mess on KZUM-HD in Lincoln, NE. We’d also like to thank all our wonderful listener-members who either renewed or became members of KZUM this past week during the spring 2014 pledge drive. You are who we do this for every week.
Phil was in a sky and Spring mood Sunday morning, and the first several pieces reflect the sky and many of the rest reflect the call for Spring. Murf selected most of the second half of the show with a few contributions from Phil and some suggestions from *K8. A big kudos to *K8 for typing up the play list during the show. Phil has gone through any made any corrections that might have been needed.
It was a real joy to see Sister Gladysteen in the studio. She is one of the hosts of Glorious Gospel on KZUM and one we do not get to see on a regular basis. We are looking forward to seeing here again now that Spring is starting to make itself known in our area. The first piece we played was for her, as Paul Spaeth’s CD is very spiritual. It was also selected to honor Dr. Rock who ended his tenure with KZUM – he hosted the six hour program Dr. Rock and the Medicine Show.
To Say GoodBye – Paul Spaeth – Redemption
Above the Sky – Jeremy Weinglass – Choose Love
Moon Goddess – Jack Gates – Voyage of the Troubadour
Skies and Openings – Vin Downes – Unlike the Stars
Aspiring Emptyness – Yang Ying – Elixir
One Day I will Go to the Stars – Larken Lyre – Extraordinary Voyage
Watching the Clouds – Masako – Call of the Mountains
Song of the Siren – Paul Higgs – Pavane
Liberty Elephant – Betsy Tinney – Release the Cello
Behold – Abbi Spinner McBride – Fire of Creation
Ritual Dance – Allan Scott Bachman – Gaia, Earth Goddess
A Call for Spring – Alexis Kochan – Ukrainian Songs
Life’s Wheel – Heather Alexander – Merlin’s Descendants
Mishiamagu – Tuatha Dea – The Tribe
Regnal – Anne Lister – Root, Seed, Thorn, & Flower
Dancer & the Moon – Blackmore’s Night – Dancer & the Moon
Beyond Us Is the Cost – Cernunnos Rising- Urban Druid
Pagan Ways – Damh the Bard – the Cauldron Born
Mannanan McLir – Eachdraidh – Angel and the Canadian Celtic Cowboy
Urban Elements – Ginger Doss – From Love to Love
Throughout the program we updated you on a couple of Elders in the global Pagan community. Donald Michael Kraig is in hospital and battling pancreatic cancer, the prognosis is not good. He is in good spirits, though. His family and friends have been at his side as much as possible and number of Pagans around the world have been lending their energy to him, to ease him and make him more comfortable at this time. Morning Glory Zell has also been in hospital, she is battling complications from her recurring cancer. She’s doing well. Will hopefully be returning home soon. A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with the medical expenses incurred during MG’s hospital stay.
Lastly, we spoke briefly about the murals at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in England. Alder Hey is slated for demolition. The beautiful murals that are risk were painted by volunteer artists from across England, including singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist George Nicholas. George is the front man for Cernunnos Rising, whom we played a piece from towards the end of the show. There is an online petition to preserve the murals, you can find out more here.
KaliSara has an essay coming out in the Moon Books publication Paganism 101: An introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans, released February 2014. Her essay is in response to the topic of the Pagan priesthood. She shared her essay on the show while encouraging the listener to pick up a copy for themselves, available in Kindle and paperback.
We dived into a discussion of an idea proposed by Christine Kraemer on her Sermons from the Mound blog on Patheos.com. She proposes that bloggers and commenters sit down to coffee or some such and talk face to face. Great idea, but many bloggers and commenters rarely have the opportunity to do so, most of them living long distances from each other. But it does inspire a good idea…. Instead of spending all our time on Facebook, Twitter or wherever, we should spend time with people. Face to face.
Shauna Aura Knight was supposed to join us on the air, but a scheduling conflict came up which prevented her from doing so. We carried on as best we could without her direct input while discussed some of her recent articles on leadership in the Pagan community. Three articles in particular are available in the series as of show time.
In her Grassroots article, Shauna makes reference and links to an article by Ivo Dominguez Jr on the Pagans&Witches site about being the agent of change. She has also recently published an article on PaganActivist in which she talks about that dreaded idea, “paying for services“, which prompted RevKess to remember an article he wrote on the same topic for Off the Beaten Path.
Kellianna – The Ancient Ones – The Ancient Ones
Cernunnos Rising – The Great World Tree – Urban Druid
Frenchy and the Punk – Catapult to the Highlands – Thread & Stone
SJ Tucker – In the House of Mama Dragon – Haphazard