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Musical Musings: Lullabies

Published March 12, 2016 by Lunapo

I had it all planned out when I was pregnant with Witchlette. I would sing her Tura Lura Lural because I decided that was my favorite lullaby and I wanted it to be Irish.

One day while prepping her nursery, I was listening to Pandora and I heard 1000 years. I sat down and cried with over whelming emotions of just how much that song rang true for me. I died everyday waiting to have her. I loved her before she was here and I will love her for all time. Fate brought her to me and made me her mom and I’ll love her forever.

That became her lullaby. I sang it to her almost every day. Then she started talking and we didn’t need a song anymore. We were having conversations with a back and forth and I didn’t need the musical filler to take up the silence in the room.

It is still a song I sing to her when she doesn’t feel well or is just generally in need of a snuggle. But the singing times were becoming fewer and farther between, especially since her brother’s birth.

My pregnancy with Witchling was much more of a whirlwind. I never stopped to plan a lullaby for him. Which works because I have yet to sing my planned lullaby to Witchlette. But I hadn’t sung to him at all until a few days ago.

A few weeks ago, I was changing his diaper when I had a strange sense of deja vu: I remembered changing a baby who wasn’t Witchlette on a blue changing pad wearing a light green creeper. I remember in my dream feeling this incredibly strong pull towards this baby but I knew it wasn’t Witchlette. I had dreamt of Witchling and everything was meant to happen and good in so many ways. It hadn’t fallen as perfectly  into place as Witchlette did, but it still fell into place.

A few days after my dream, I had the song from Sleeping Beauty, Once Upon A Dream, stuck in my head and I knew that was his lullaby. I know him, I dreamt of him before he was conceived. Things may not be as easy as they seem or as easy as they could be, but I love my boy and he loves his mama, just like in my dream.

This afternoon I found both songs on Prime radio and played them and sang them to the kids. Witchlette really liked hearing hers again and wants to hear it more often. I admittedly haven’t sang to her much since my second trimester with Witchling. And Witchling is captivated by his lullaby.

Because music is the language of the soul. 

Rainbow connection

Published December 1, 2014 by Lunapo

Last week there was a beautiful, big, full arch rainbow in my town. I saw it at Witchlette’s school and was able to snap a picture of it at a red light after picking her up.

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I pulled over just after pulling into my neighborhood and snagged another shot. I was really excited that, when looking at the rainbow from my neighborhood angle, it was a double!

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Last night we watched The Muppet Movie, the original first one. Witchlette loves Beaker and Animal. She was asking for more “Me-mes” aka Beaker on the YouTube channel and I didn’t think I could sit through more Ode to Joy a la Beaker at the moment. So we compromised.

I love the song and how true it is. Rainbows are something that is fascinating to us because while we understand, at least in modern times we understand, what it is, we still hold close the mythical possibilities of what they could mean. A visit from the gods crossing the Bifrost from Asgard to Midgard…A glimpse of a visit from a departed loved one…

Some day we’ll find it,
That rainbow connection.
The lovers.
The dreamers.
And me.

Musical Musings: Everything’s Magic

Published February 22, 2013 by Lunapo

Ok, so I needed something positive to move off of the Fox News updates that have taken over.

Inhale. Exhale. Relax. Refocus.

Angels & Airwaves is a side project from one of my favorite bands, Blink 182. Tom DeLonge, guitarist and vocalist for Blink, formed the band. Multiple interviews with Tom and Mark indicate Tom needed a change due to his new-found religion and Angels & Airwaves was his way of doing so. Many of the songs have a spiritual undertone, though I haven’t heard one yet that indicates blatant religious affiliation.

One of my favorite songs from this band is “Everything’s Magic”; it sounds a lot like how I live. Appreciate each moment. Every flower, every cloud, every moonbeam, every raindrop. Every experience, from the grand to the mundane, is all Magick.

And do you ever feel like you’re alone?
And do you ever wish you’d be unknown?
I can say that I have..
I can say that I have..
And do you ever feel things here aren’t right?
And do you ever feel the time slip by?
And I can say that I have..
And I can say that I have..

So hear this please
And watch as your heart speeds up endlessly
And look for the stars as the sun goes down
Each breath that you take has a thunderous sound
Everything, everything’s magic
Just sit back and hold on, but hold on tight
Prepare for the best and the fastest ride
And reach out your hand, and I’ll make you mine
Everything, everything’s magic

And do you ever lay awake at night?
And do you ever tell yourself don’t try?
Don’t try to let yourself down
Don’t try to let yourself down
And do you ever see yourself in love?
And do you ever take a chance, my love?
Because you know that I will..
Because you know that I will..

So hear this please
And watch as your heart speeds up endlessly
And look for the stars as the sun goes down
Each breath that you take has a thunderous sound
Everything, everything’s magic
Just sit back and hold on, but hold on tight
Prepare for the best and the fastest ride
And reach out your hand, and I’ll make you mine
Everything, everything’s magic

Everything, everything’s magic

So hear this please
And watch as your heart speeds up endlessly
And look for the stars as the sun goes down
Each breath that you take has a thunderous sound
Everything, everything’s magic
Just sit back and hold on, but hold on tight
Prepare for the best and the fastest ride
And reach out your hand, and I’ll make you mine
Everything, everything’s magic

Musical Musings: Kings of Leon

Published February 5, 2013 by Lunapo

Kings of Leon are a rock group based out of Tennessee. They are a family of musicians, with three brothers and a cousin. Dad’s name is Leon, as is Granddad’s so they are the Kings (sons) of Leon. Leon (the dad) is a preacher and the guys are very open about their faith. Some of their songs are blatantly Christian. These are the songs which I personally skip over. Other songs are just fun, or are spiritual with the intention of being Christian but are not overtly so. One song, Manhattan, is actually about Native Americans.

Frontman Caleb Followill explained on his band’s website that “Manhattan is actually a Native American word that means ‘island of many hills.'” The frontman added that his family has Native American blood. Caleb explained to The Village Voice: “The song is kind of about the unfortunate story that has happened that’s kind of been pushed under the carpet. No one really likes to talk about it. But yeah, the beginning of the song’s about the beauty and the freedom of the way that it was, and then by the end of it it’s about, you know, how it’s all been taken away. And you kind of still have the hope that, even though it’s been forgotten somewhat, you know, I like to think that some of us still have that spirit inside of us. You know, as far as the living your life with a smile on your face and wanting to go and dance and enjoy all the beauties we have.” http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=12987

I like to dance all night, and some of the day

But that’s how I play, yeah that’s how I play

I said who are you?

Don’t matter who you are

So we dance all night and dance all day

I say, I say

We’re gonna fuel the fire, gonna stoke it up

We’re gonna sip this wine and pass the cup

Who needs avenues, who needs reservoirs

Gonna show this town how to kiss these stars

I say, I say

We’re gonna hunt to kill, gonna skin the hide

A yelp and scream and away I ride

And every drop that spills on every plot of ground

It’s all for you for what you found

I say, I say I say, I say

It’s gonna take your head

And gonna drive you home

It’s gonna keep on, keep on, keep on

And then forever roam

Big Yellow Taxi

Published January 24, 2013 by Lunapo

One of my favorite look around and enjoy sings, “Big Yellow Taxi”. The point of the song is to take in the little things and enjoy every moment. Because you can blink and the thing you loved the most can be taken away.

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
And put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem ’em

Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away the DDT
I don’t care about spots on my apples
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Hey, now they paved paradise
To put up a parking lot
Why not?

Listenin’ late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took my girl away
Now, don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey now, now
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
To put up a parking lot

I don’t want give it
Why you want give,
Why you want give it all away?
Hey hey hey
Now you want give it,
Ah she want to give it
Cause she givin’ it all away
Now now now

Musical Musings: Dec the Halls

Published December 19, 2012 by Lunapo

So I’ve already discussed how most, if not all, of the “Christmas traditions” are stolen from Pagan celebrations.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,  For the Holly King
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Toll the ancient Yuletide carol,  The “ancient Yuletide carol”??!! So you’re admitting that it’s Yule!! 😀
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us, The blazing Yule [log]; another admittance
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus. Because caroling is a Pagan tradition.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure, Measure of harmony, see above
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Yuletide treasure! Another admittance!
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la

So, in summary, Dec the Halls is a TRUE Yule song. Not a “Christmas Carol”. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This one belongs to us! Let’s embrace it!!

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