Sunday, July 03, 2005

Trance dance

Jason Pitzl-Waters links to an article arguing that "house music" and other descendents of disco are the true soundtrack of the Pagan movement. (There are some examples to be downloaded.)

Like the writer, I too, am tired of "boring stereotypes of what witchy, pagan music should be." And I can understand both the "Dionysian" argument and the desire to get away from fake old-timey ballads about the Queen of Elphame.

On the other hand, the late Gwydion Pendderwen, the first Pagan musician to have a national reputation in the 1970s and early 1980s, once left his usual folky groove to write a twangy Country & Western number that managed to conceal a strongly Pagan message in completely mundane lyrics, but it never became as popular as "Spring Strathspey" or any of his other Celtic Twilight-via-Robert Graves stuff.


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