Ghosts Groove in the Dark

“My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.” ~ Ray Charles

Music—like most art—dances somewhere between light and darkness. Those who know me well get really nervous when they see me listening to music in the dark. For I seek the darkness when my soul is heavy with emotion I can’t express with words… and during those moments, music is the only thing that can rip the feelings out of my heart. But I tell them not to fear. I know the ripping is rarely pretty, but music and darkness soothes and cleanses my witchy soul.

The first of today’s All Hallow’s Grim 2013… So Good, So Dark giveaways comes from Paradise Music. Yep, the recipient of Best New Age Album, Best World Album, Best Healing and Innerspace Album and Music of the Year Award is offering the gift of music (or words) to a lucky Wicked Darling. The winner gets to pick one from the following three:

Ghosts – Music inspired by true Ghost Stories of the UK. “More Ghosts are recorded in the UK than anywhere else in the world. The unique ancestry of Britain must certainly play a part in this phenomenon. Selecting nine true stories Llewellyn has composed a music album that interprets the emotion surrounding… Ghosts.” 
Magickal Nights – “Magickal Nights is not only mystical and romantic in its production but has been put together with great sensitivity and love for the Goddess. Andreas creates the perfect ambience for those wishing to bring the things we want into our lives through working with magick or simply losing themselves in a velvet night sky of enchanting music.”
Ghosthunting Workshop – “Practical advice and tips for the budding ghost hunter including: Location/permission, Clothing, Essential Equipment, Recording Progress, Protection meditations.”
Giveaway
Ghosts, Magickal Nights, or Ghosthunting Workshopwinners choice

To enter, do the following: Share the title of a song that becomes your gentle light when darkness threatens to blind, and turns into your soothing darkness when the light promises to burn. In case you are curious, the latest song to fit that description in my heart is “Through the Trees” by Low Shoulder    

For Extra Entries – Worth one entry each
2. Visit Paradise Music, peruse through their selections, then tell me if you could have just one of their products (music, workshops, natural sounds, books…) which would it be, and why?
3. Be a Wicked Darling. Follow Pagan Culture (this blog).
* Enter by Oct 24th at 5:13 pm EDT. Visit the Giveaway Rules page for eligibility and details.   




So Good, So Dark PartiersPlease leave the links to your All Hallow’s Grim 2013 entries as comments on the original announcement post. Links left on other posts will be deleted. Gracias! 

70 comments:

  1. Ever so Lonely. Sheila Chandra Like a warm bubble bath for the ears, full of jasmine and sandalwood.

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  2. WOW! I would so want Ghosts if I won!!!
    Old folk song calms me..."Dear thoughts are in my mind, and my soul it soars enchanted. As I hear the sweet lark sing....in the Clear Air of the day"
    Recorded by many artists over the years it is a soft gentle melody forming in a high energy spiral that lifts the darkest mood.
    :D XXX

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    1. Ghosts is pretty amazing. I listened to all the clips, and wow!

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  3. So many treasures in their collection.....Wolf Lore or Spirit of the Mermaid are calling to me right now :D XXX

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    1. Must go and check them out ;-D

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  4. LOL, why not ask which child is my favorite? Or you to pick only one book to love? It definitely varies by season. Recently, the one that's been the most comforting to me is the stupid viral Fox song by Ylvis, because it gets me to laugh when I think nothing else will. Another one I love (and it serves well when I want to curl up in soothing darkness or step out into light) is from an anime I love. The song is called Aoi Jyuu Shiroi Nozomi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UavBfdovBPY LOL, maybe the reason it works well is I have no clue what they are singing. I'd probably like the Buddha Gold CD for the chakra work.

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    1. I hope you know that because of you I've listened to the Fox song way too many times. Now I'm walking around the house making strange noises and throwing moves that are more like twitches *sigh*

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  5. So good so dark is magnificent and i\ just recently found the lovely talented Magic Crow so I don't think I should win I'm brand new plus I live in Quebec and people in Quebec can never win anything or so I'm told anyhoo have fun, good luck and happy Pagan Culture...I love trees?

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  6. Such treasure to add to the soundtrack of my life. Haunting, indeed.

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    1. I think I will create an entire soundtrack from all the yummy songs people are sharing. And every time the Fox song comes up, I will kick Kestril.

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  7. The song which comforts me is the Elemental Chant by Wendy Rule. It empowers me and and brings me back in focus with my core energies.

    If I won I would love Magickal Nights by Andreas. Such a haunting, beautiful album.

    If I had another to pick from Paradise Music, it would have to be Moon Spells by Llewellyn with Cassandra Eason. I have another of Llewellyn's work and am inspired by Cassandra Eason.

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    1. I have Moon Spells and I LOVE it!

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  8. I forgot :) I already follow you!

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  9. 'Gentle' !? Hmm..ah! Dvorak's New World. I follow you wherever you go!

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    1. I was listening to "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" earlier, to unwind... "gentle" is in the ear of the listener ;-)

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  10. Paradise Music does a lot more than Music! I like their nature sounds and can see me using them during writing and creating art.

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  11. In my younger days, the piece that did it for me was not so much gentle as cathartic - Yes' Relayer album, side 1. It was (obviously) a long piece that would get increasingly frenetic and more angry, and then drop into a slow melecholy very suddenly that very slowly started to uplift and feel a little hopeful, but not saccharine. Helped me keep the angst at bay. These days, the song that soothes is Damh the Bard's Cauldron Born (what a surprise!) along with just anything he wants to sing. lol

    "We call to the powers of Earth, Sea and Sky,
    Of Dragon and Faerie and Shades of the night,
    We calls to our ancestors of blood and bone,
    Of womb and tomb, and standing stone."

    I've been enjoying listening to the clips on Paradise Music - I really like the Avalon Moon CD. Bridget McMahon has a lovely voice!

    I follow! I follow! Where we goin'?

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    1. Always good to meet another Damh the Bard fan!

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    2. You've created a new Damh the Bard fan. I LOVE that verse. Must own it!

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    3. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Someone else who loves 'Relayer'! I thought I was the only person on the planet! I play it a lot, when there's no one around. And all that violence and conflict contained in it just melts away serenely at the end. Lovely stuff. Damn, I miss the concept album ;)

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    4. Huzzah for old and new Damh the Bard fans! And WoooooooooW, a fellow Relayer lover - I get a lot of blank looks when I mention it, even amongst other Yes fans. I am going to have to pull it back out again soon, so perfect! I am very glad to have have come up in the era of the concept album - I don't think it's something that can happen with mp3's on shuffle.

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    5. *does a little dance and joins in*

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  12. Open Secret by Dennis "Asha " Quinn, this song never fails, it is truly beautiful.
    Here is a utube link to it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRLHEYJWib4
    I already follow your blog and if I could choose any one item from paradise music it would be Earth Goddess by Juliana, it is just such a calming and tranquil CD.

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    1. Juliana's voice does something to the soul...

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  13. Aaarrggghhh - I will be following the links and suggestions in all of these comments. I love discovering new (to me) music.
    I am old school. When I need a burst of renewal I turn on Bob Seger.
    Love Turn The Page.

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    1. I was just thinking that I will add all these titles to a playlist and name it So Good, So Dark ;-D

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  14. I am a follower and as good as this party is, I may just move in.

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  15. So many choices on the Paradise page! I would be looking at options for the rest of the month.
    I do like Fairies, so for now will mention LLewellyn's Fairielore.

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    1. I have Fairielore, and I love to listen to it while I'm gardening. Yum!

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  16. My brain switches to usually wordless music when required, often before I know it, I am tunelessly channelling 'Brazil' or believe it or not the Star Wars or Indianna Jones themes, woo, didn't realise how bizarre that was until you asked...

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    1. It is you, love. Never bizarre. Just awesome ;-D

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  17. I just overloaded in the store and started humming the theme from Star Wars to calm down!!! Celtic Landscapes looks awesome (actually EVERYTHING does) but seeing this time last year we were trekking from stone to stone on Harris Lewis & Skye I gotta go with that... I honestly think there are some great affordable Chrissy presents in the store, I loved the Native American sounds, and meditations also the CD cards (great idea) and some of the workshops are really exciting, especially living in regional areas where you often can't access anything like what's available here!!!

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    1. I'm pretty sure that the Star Wars theme song was what made my Piano Man want to be a classical pianist ;-)

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    2. Then he is special (I KNEW IT!!!), the force is strong in him, that man must always be kept close to your heart... & closer to your body :)

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    3. Yes, you did. And yes, I WILL!

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  18. Yes that was me outside the Irish Pub... ;) Still Stalking...

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  19. This is hard! I love music! I love music that gets my blood following, like songs from Earth Wind And Fire. I love the song Howlin for you by the Black Keys. Really, it all depends on me. Today, my mind has not been with me! I have been off in another world! I have been listening to songs from the Matrix movies!! Lots of instrumental songs.

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    1. Must listen to a little Howling!

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  20. I love "Moon Card One". I love cards and this one is stunning! With the owl on the side, the moon and the bird flying above! Breath taking!

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  21. You know I follow you, right???? LOL!

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    1. I thought it was me following you!

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  22. So many songs elicit feelings ....though I don't turn to music as mush as I should.
    This one gives me chills no matter when I hear it....."Never Let Go" by Josh Groban.

    Thanks for doing these fun posts....helps keep the Season alive :)

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    1. My playlist is getting to sound delicious!

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  23. Ghosts would be so wonderful if I won.

    It's so hard to name any one song, there are so many that will vary from each moment of the day, all depending on my mood and how I am feeling. I can easily say that I favor very much instrumental music as I can just close my eyes and get lost in the notes.

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    1. It's all about the "feeling" ;-)

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  24. The song would be "The Gospel According To Darkness" by Jane Siberry.

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    1. Oh wow, Wen, I just looked for the song, and I LOVE it!

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  25. I follow via email and GFC.

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  26. I would have to go with the The Little Sleep Meditation Album because I am plagued by insomnia.

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  27. Every party deserves great music. Here, we have sound effects as well! These are great soundtracks for my days leading to Samhain

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  28. Richard Wagner's Tannhauser Overture is a piece of music that has haunted me from childhood with the ability to either elate me or reduce me to tears.

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    1. You and my Piano Man would understand each other well...

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  29. "I Am" by Desert Wind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eweKircAWA

    I don't know why that video is 10 minutes long, the song isn't. LOL. I'm also partial to Wardruna and Arkona music, although most of Wardruna's stuff is pretty dark, IMO.

    I would like that Native American Prayers CD. It hits home, right now. I'll be post some about that in November.

    I will follow you even in death I have a feeling......I hope that didn't sound creepy. :P

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    1. What a total yum! It makes me want to dance ;-)

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  30. Someone has mentioned Dvorak's New World Symphony, which I love along with Beethoven's 7th Symphony 2nd movement... both very moving pieces. "The Night" by Song for Wendy is balancing for me.

    I love the Natural Sounds Series at Paradise Music.

    I follow on GFC.

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    1. Dvorak's New World Symphony has always made me want to put on really bright colors and leap about the room as the music carries me high!

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  31. The Ghosthunting is right up my alley! But you asked for a song and I shall give you one. It is not from a Pagan musician however. There is one song that has always lulled my soul, whether in the darkness or in the light, and t is "More Than This" by Roxy Music. It is meditative, takes me to other locations, and is part of the soundtrack of my life.

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    1. Did you see my choice of song? Yep, from Low Shoulder. I think that what touches us just does regardless of genre ;-D

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  32. I love Adele Rolling in the Deep!!! It gets me in a good mood!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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    1. I can't think of a better reason!

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  33. I would love the CRYSTALS BOOK, just because I didn't know that crystals could do all that stuff and I want to try it out!

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