(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.
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.
Everyday Goddess – Celia – Breathe
The Water is Wide – Tales from the Wine Dark Sea – Tom Caufield
Invocation – Steven Chesne w/ the Luminous World Orchestra – Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers
For the fifth year in a row Phil cobbled together a Blues program to fill the time slot for Murphy’s Magic Mess on KZUM. Every Labor Day Weekend KZUM preempts all programming for 83 hours of Blues. In the past this has been more of a challenge for Phil and the rest of the Mess, this year was different. The challenge was to whittle it down to two hours of music. Didn’t quite happen that way, he had 2 hours and 27 minutes of music and Murf joined the fun with another 47 minutes of music. Clearly not everything on their lists got played.
Kate was off for the weekend attending a family gathering. Michelle and her husband stopped in briefly to share the fun of Murf’s birthday.
The following is the played list of music.
MUSIC for 31 August 2014
Outside the Blues – The Bodhi Brothers – Organically Grown
Movin’ Out Blues – North Sound – Jazz Wolf
I Wanted You to Walk (Right Thru That Door) – Candye Kane – Comin’ Out Swingin’
City Streets – Lisa Hilton – Getaway
Los Angeles Blues – Ciro Hurtado – Los Angeles Blues
Homeless Blues – Linda Herschorn – Roots and Wings
Cello Noodle 3-1-14 – Betsy Tinney – unreleased
Boston + Blues – Lisa Hilton – Getaway
The Devil is an Angel Too – Janiva Magness – Bury Him at the Crossroads
Bury Him at the Crossroads – Janiva Magness – Bury Him at the Crossroads
History of the World – Coyote Poets – Pandora’s Box
I Got the Will (But I Can’t Find My Way) – Etta James – Seven Year Itch
Celluloid Heroes – Blackmore’s Night – Autumn Sky
Skye Boat Blues – Tuatha Dea – Kith & Kin
Reincarnation Blues – Skypilot – Under the Radar
Working Girl Blues – Reel World String Band – Mountain Songs
Talking Wheelchair Blues – Fred Small – Heart of the Appaloosa
Howie’s Norvegian Bluess – Tom Smith – And They Say I’ve Got Talent
Overflowin’ Cat Box Blues – Cynthia McQuillan – Bedlam Cats
I Used to be a Powerful Priestess – Leigh Ann Hussey – Homebrew (radio edit)
Hoopty Blues – Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Running on Empty
Black Swan Blues – SJ Tucker – Stolen Season Sneak Peaks EP
Blood and Bones – Coyote Poets – Pandora’s Box
On Sunday 7 September 2014 we’ll return with our usual Mess of music and fun, plus the second half of the SJ Tucker and Betsy Tucker interview from 19 August.
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.
This week on Murphy’s Magic Mess the Mama Dragon and her minions decided to take a walk on the Weird Side with their music. Starting with Walkin’ in the Woods by Elvendrums they took a path of oddness that hopefully entertained the listeners.
A special note about the third track, Madiba by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman: 18 July was the birthday of the late Nelson Mandela, an inspiration to his people in South Africa and indeed to the world as a whole. Madiba was the name given to him by his people, it means Father. This track comes from the CD Winds of Samsara. Samsara is from the Sanskrit for “cycle of life” or “reincarnation”.
As a tribute to the late James Garner, actor, we played the full TV theme from The Rockford Files.
Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Faeries
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.
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!
Father’s Day on the Mess was a fun and sometimes confusing mess. The Mama Dragon had two master discs to play from, so Phil found himself bouncing back and forth between the two. Along with those two masters was the collection of new age music for the first half hour and a variety of other selections from the KZUM stacks and the random CDs all three brought with them. The below playlist is courtesy the efforts of *K8, Phil has made any minor corrections that were needed.
Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Fairies
The Dreamer – Peter Calandra – Inner Circle
Heartstrings – Matt & Rebecca Stuart – Minstrel Streams
Sunrise to Sunset – Jennifer DeFrayne – By a Wire
Wondering – John Luttrell – The Dream Exchange
Paso Doble – Bob Ardern – Craftsman
Kaleidoscope – Lisa Hilton – Kaleidoscope
Lord Fenugreek – Sharon Knight – Incantation
Waltzing with Bears/the Neat thing about my Father was… – Rosalie Sorrels – What does it mean to love?
Daddy’s Little Girl – Heather Bishop – Taste of the Blues
The Undertaker’s Daughter – Mama Gina – The Undertaker’s Daughter
Ink Bah Tah/Horned Lover/7-fold Chant – Lady Rhiannon – Covenant of Kernunnos Chants (rough cut)
Sky Father – Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – I Am the Goddess
Mother Earth, Father Sky – Teresa Spirit Song – Hand of Time
He’s a pretty good man, if you ask me – Buffy Sainte-Marie – Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie
My Dad – Ray Stevens – All Time Hits
Dad’s Got that Look – John McCutcheon – Family Garden
Talkin’ to the Wrong Man – Eddie Blazonczyk’s (Sr. & Jr.) Versatones – Music Music Music
Man with the Weird Beard – Heather Bishop – Belly Button
Hymn to Herne – SJ Tucker – Blessings
Some Fathers Have Gone to Glory – Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt –
Alester’s Wake – Haze – Book of Shadows
Brothers Fallen – Saor Patrol and the Dolmen – Crann Tara
Cernunnos – Faith and the Muse – Shoumei
What’s up yours – Barleyjuice – The Barleyjuice Collection
Remember to tune in live every Sunday morning at 9am Central for two hours of New Age and Pagan music brought to by the hosts of Murphy’s Magic Mess: Nadine “Mama Dragon” Murphy, *K8 Smith, and “Rev. Moonbeam” Phil Kessler. Listen on the website for KZUM, on the radio (in the Lincoln, NE area) at 89.3FM, or using your favorite mobile listening app (like TuneIn). You can find the show on Facebook where the hosts share a rough-draft playlist immediately after each show and links to videos and Pagan news throughout the week.
Let us hope that the lamb March promises comes to us soon! Sunday morning greeted Murf and her Minions with a blast of COLD! And some tech and mechanic issues that made for an interesting morning at the Mess. Luckily everything worked out well enough and Phil’s vehicular woes are currently taken care of.
We’d like to give Sister Jasmine of the Glorious Gospel our thanks for helping Murf get set up as *K8 was running to get Phil to the studio after his van broke down.
A new segment has been added to the show recently. Or we should say a segment has returned. A bit of news and information on the Pagan community. Years ago Murf’s former cohost Diz did such a segment and after he left the show it just hasn’t been happening. Murf wanted to add it back, so we are doing so. We actually started this in February, but it didn’t become official until this weekend.
Phil updated us on the condition of Donald Michael Kraig, author and teacher, who is battling cancer. The prognosis is not bright. Our thoughts and prayers go to him and his family. May Asclepius be with him! And praises to the Gods of healing, Morning Glory Zell is able to return home after tackle kidney issues related to her cancer. She still need dialysis, but she can go home after each session now.
Phil also talked about the upcoming CD release from Mama Gina, “The Undertaker’s Daughter” and briefly about the IndieGoGo campaign to help fund Tuatha Dea‘s new project “Tufa Tales.”
A Circle is Cast – Libana – A Circle is Cast
Oh, Dark Mother – Abbi Spinner McBride – Fire of Creation
The Undiscovered Horizon – Harrison Edwards – The Undiscovered Horizon
Spring Reverie – Jim Gabriel – Sojourn
Sunny Side Up – Lisa Hilton – Kaleidoscope
Songbird in the Morning – Larken Lyre – Extraordinary Voyage
Blue Blaze – Masako – Call of the Mountains
Animal Spirits – Jack Gates – Voyage of the Troubadour
Parisienne Affair – Paul Higgs – Pavane
Light Heart – Betsy Tinney – Release the Cello
Come Back to Erin – Claire Hamilton – Celtic Favorites (compilation)
Grotteschi the Red – S.J. Tucker – Solace & Sorrow
A Flame in Avalon – Anne Lister – A Flame in Avalon
Green Mantle – LeighAnn Hussey – Home Brew
Tam Lin – The Bringers – The Bringers
Dream Time – Elvendrums – Gateway to Fairy
The Wild Hunt – Omnia – Crone of War!
Hex Hop – Marilyn T. – ??? If you know the album this came from, please let us know in comments.
The Brownie Song – Mama Gina – The Undertaker’s Daughter
The Tower – Austin Lounge Lizards – Go Ahead and Die
The Last DJ – Tom Petty – The Last DJ
Murphy’s Magic Mess airs live every Sunday at 9am on KZUM-HD 89.3FM in Lincoln, Ne. Drawing near to its 20th anniversary, the Mess is the world’s longest running Pagan content program on terrestrial radio. You can listen online at www.kzum.org or use your favorite mobile listening app on your smartphone or iPhone.
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