Here you will find some of the music that has inspired me over the years! Some of it’s old, Ohhh Ok, most all of it’s old! For now I will post videos that have inspired my creative process with this story project. Eventually, I will post some of my personal favorites in general!
Enjoy this music by Steve MacDonald as provided by Arlene Radasky in her book, The Fox!
Steve McDonald – Sons of Somerled
Stone of Destiny
Christmas Music December 2014
A bit of additional music to enjoy while you travel through time! A variety of early medieval music, Celtic Carols, and Norse folk music to accompany our travels back in time while exploring the history of Christmas! If you have been reading the Christmas posts, you will know that we have traveled back to early medieval Britain, Scotland and the lands of the ancient Norse. I have tried to provide you with a sample of all.
The Middle Ages saw the emergence of great changes. After fall of the (Roman Empire) the violent times of the Dark Ages had led to a primitive society lacking in engineering skills or refinement. The traditions of Western music can be traced back to the social and religious developments that took place in Europe during the Middle Ages, the years roughly spanning from about 500 to 1400 A.D. Because of the domination of the early Catholic Church during this period, sacred music was the most prevalent. Beginning with Gregorian Chant, sacred music slowly developed into a polyphonic music called organum performed at Notre Dame in Paris by the twelfth century. Secular music flourished, too, in the hands of the French trouvères and troubadours, until the period culminated with the sacred and secular compositions of the first true genius of Western music, Guillaume de Machaut.
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Blackmore’s Night Christmas Eve
Blackmore’s Night Lord of the Dance Simple Gifts
Celtic Woman – Carol Of The Bells
Celtic woman Christmas Pipes
A journey in the North (Nordic folk music)
Duan Nollaig – A Scottish Gaelic Christmas
The Pipes of Christmas
This Christmas, travel to the Celtic lands of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with the Pipes of Christmas. This annual holiday favorite raises funds for music scholarships for students studying Celtic music. For more information visit http://www.pipesofchristmas.com
These next few are not medieval, nor all that historical in any sense… but they are a few of my favorites and when I listen to them, I am able to easily travel back in time and enjoy the memories they bring to me!
Anything by Bing Crosby immediately takes me back to my childhood memories of Christmas. While our annual tradition is White Christmas, this particular song is my all time favorite!
I’ll be home for Christmas
I can not leave without including some Christmas music from another favorite musician of mine.
Rod Stewart Silent Night
Rod Stewart Auld Lang Syne
Rod Stewart Silver Bells
October 24 2014
Every once in a while you hear something that moves you so much that you feel a need to share it with others. Many of us Outlander fans feel this way about the Outlander experience? We are so moved and inspired by the timeless and unending story that herself, Diana Gabaldon has created. It touches us in many ways and it makes us want to share the experience and the legend with the world around us. What I find so interesting about all of it too, is that it gives many of us the courage, and the confidence to step out of that fantasy world and explore our own world more in a variety of ways from learning more about history, other cultures and countries, to experiencing life in ways we might never have thought of before. Her fantasy story of Claire, the Sassenach, traveling through the Stones and time to experience and embrace a new life is one that many of us can relate to on so many different levels. I look at those Stones as a metaphor for facing our own fears, taking a leap of faith at times, closing our eyes and going through to a whole new world.
There are so many fans out there who have used the books as their inspiration to create in order to share the legendary experience that Outlander has become. From blogs filled with writing and artwork, to crafters of beautiful and meaningful representations of the rich history presented throughout the books, to fun and whimsical creations. Recently I was so touched by a piece of music that I felt I had to help the artist share it with others! Like many of us, this talented artist was just trying to share her thoughts with us, and I don’t think she had any idea of what a really wonderful thing she had accomplished in just a short time. She posted her video clip on our facebook group and many of there were so touched by it that we wanted her to share it somewhere so it could be shared by more people.
She has finally posted it on youtube for us! Here is the video, Ode to Claire by Belinda Apps!
What I found so truly amazing about this video is the fact that Belinda wrote the song, sang it, and put together the video montage in just a few short hours! Belinda is not a professional singer, has had no formal voice training or writing courses. As she puts it, she is a novice at all of it, including the Outlander experience and obsession. Where some have been true fans and fanatics for as long as Diana has been writing them- over twenty years, Belinda admits to being somewhat of a new comer to it. “I’ve been obsessed with Outlander for almost two years now, so I am a novice really. When you think about how long some people have been on the Outlander Train I’m still in the back carriage, I haven’t made it to First Class yet!”
Another thing I found so moving about this video and Belinda’s voice is the fact that her voice and the song so quickly immersed me in a feeling of the eastern U.S. mountain folk music which includes the area where Claire and Jamie eventually settled on Fraser’s Ridge. I could easily imagine this song being written back then by one who knew them and their legendary love story, such as Roger…imagine it being sung by those so close to them and being passed down through generations as most folk songs are. Belinda has captured that all so uniquely and so well without ever having been near that place or being that familiar with Early American Folk music. Belinda has never been to the U.S. “I’m from Australia and, no I’ve never been to Eastern Us or anywhere else overseas! 🙂 I didn’t do it intentionally but I don’t mind that I sound like I come from the US mountains at all, some of the best music in the world came/comes from places like that!”
When I asked Belinda about other hobbies, she shared, “I love art too and paint and draw whenever I can. And I’ve now added amateur writer to the list! I’ve been working on my very first attempt to write a book for a few months now and I think its going ok. Only time will tell I guess!”
I hope you enjoy Belinda’s creativity and talent as much as I do! Thank you so much Belinda for allowing me to share this with everyone! I think you were a Bard and a story teller in some past life and Diana has brought it back to your memory and your heart!
Today’s music courtesy of Rod Stewart!
Tonight’s music brought to you by….
Avalon of the heart
Loreena McKennitt – The Bonny Swans
Loreena Mckennitt – The Mists of Avalon
And, while you’re listening, you could check out Melusina’s story here if you haven’t read it yet!
Fields of Gold
Morag of Dunvegan – Gibson Fireside Pipes
Andre Rieu – Scotland The Brave – Amazing Grace
Albannach – The Fire and Thunder of Scotland
This reminds me of Brennie’s destiny to be a story teller, a singer of songs and a keeper of history!
Battle of Culloden Moor
Years ago, I was introduced to this group by a friend and I have been swept up and away to the past by them ever since! You can find out more about them on their official website:
Under a violet Moon
Shadow of the Moon
Interview with Ritchie Blackmore
Where are we going from here?
Some Versions of The Water is Wide
Van Morrison has long had a special place in my heart and my soul
Here he is with the Chieftains:
I do love everything on Van Morrison’s Moondance album but this one is my favorite.
One last bit of inspiration for today! Ahhh once upon a time… a long, long time ago when I was oh so young this song played on my radio and set my thoughts to wandering. I hope you enjoy it now as much as I do every time I hear it!
Brandi you’re a fine girl
Today’s song: Years ago when I was a little dreamer, I heard this song and it’s been with me ever since. I wished back then that my name was Jean… and, my daughter should probably feel happy that she did not end up with the name of Bonnie Jean?! I thought about it when naming her, but then decided that I needed to give her some family names to hold on to instead.
I’m sharing the song today because it reminds me a little of Brennie as she searches to find her way and her purpose in her new life.