Round two of Tunes for Rad Witches, featuring all of the songs I either didn’t know about or didn’t think fit into the first playlist. Links lead to lyrics, translations, and band pages where appropriate and available.
Colossus (Instrumental) — Afro Celt Sound System
Trotto (Instrumental) — Estampie
Fee Ra Huri — Omnia
Hunter’s Harp (Instrumental) — Dirtwire
Rego Rejtem — The Moon and the Nightspirit
Desert Phase (Instrumental) — Kaya Project
Dance of the Satyrs (Instrumental) — Daemonia Nymphe
Witches’ Rune — S. J. Tucker
Deo’s Erotas (Instrumental) — Daemonia Nymphe
Pagan — The Moon and the Nightspirit
Oyneng Yar — Faun
Diese Kalte Nacht — Faun
Remember What You Told Me (Instrumental) — Rising Appalachia
Hello! I may have been busy working on a new painting and celebrating my birthday with some pie in the woods today, but I do still have a few curious things for you:
Oddly alluring poison mushroom figures with stomach cramps warn us to be careful of what we eat — And I kind of want a whole bunch of them. I would put them in the neatest terrarium.
We Put the New Star Wars BB-8 Toy in a Room Full of Puppies — Complete with video! Watch the cutest droid roll around with some of the cutest baby dogs.
3eanuts — “Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.”
And lastly, have a song that’s been in my head lately:
I’m an inveterate list-maker. I’ll even write To Do lists including things I’ve already done, just so I can have more stuff to put on the list and the pleasure of crossing them off. My list-making habit is very much in evidence on my Spotify account, where I’ve got an endless list of playlists organized by mood, environment, type of weather, and time of day. So, I figured I’d put some of them to good use and share the occasional collection of Things I Thought Were Thematically Close Enought To Warrant Putting Them On A List Together.
This one’s a compilation of songs about witchcraft or mythology, by pagan or folk bands, or that explore some themes in my branch of paganism. Links listed below are for lyrics, translations, and artists’ websites where applicable. Enjoy!
— S. J. Tucker
Granny’s Bedtime Tonic
— Tuatha Dea
Fodder for the Raven (Instrumental) — Cuélebre
— The Moon and the Nightspirit
Bierdna (Joik) — Hedningarna
Navdi/Fasa (Joik) — Hedningarna
Kurgan (Instrumental) — Cuélebre
— Corvus Corax
— The Moon and the Nightspirit
Since apartment-hunting has kept me from giving this site as much love as I ought to and I’m preparing for a pretty big meatspace move, I figured today might be a good day to give this place a little freshening up! While I futz around with images, color schemes, and theme stuff, here’s what I’m listening to to keep myself sane while I break things over and over. You might like it, too.
If you suffer from chronic pain and I tell you that it is most likely impacting your sleep quality, you’re probably going to go, “Well, duh.” I was actually given amitriptyline to help manage some of the symptoms of my idiopathic intracranial hypertension, but (because I am also an enormous, terrified pansy when it comes to taking new meds) this has primarily led to me having a fetching new pillbottle-shaped paperweight on my nightstand and continuing to have terrible, painy sleep.
Supposedly, binaural beats can help cause the brain to try to match or follow the wavelength of the phantom beat. The end result is that you can supposedly trick your brain into whatever brainwave state you desire just by listening to what sounds like some drunk Aliens tapping out Morse code on a Casio someone dropped in a pool. One of these is the delta state associated with deep sleep, which many people suffering from chronic pain have a hard time getting and maintaining for a sufficient period of time.
Still, whether they work or not, some of them are kind of pleasant. There are even some layered with sounds like a cat’s purring, stormy weather, ocean waves, or birds, so they’re even relaxing to listen to on their own. There are other “pure tones,” which I’ve listened to alone or with music. I don’t know if they work because my sleep schedule is unorthodox at best, but I have noticed an uptick in the number of dreams I have that involve using trained Allosauruses to sniff out coal and uranium deposits inside of dark caves (think like pigs and truffles, only larger and mostly mean). Unfortunately the Allosauruses were really difficult to manage and not very tractable so we ended up having to go with using helicopters outfitted with some kind of radio-frequency device instead (which we completely should’ve done from the beginning, but the technology just wasn’t caught up yet).
Pictured: not a viable way to detect either fossil or nuclear fuel sources in caves.
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It’s almost weirder than the time falling asleep after a bunch of Slenderman videos made me have a dream about playing volleyball and eating this really fancy carrot cake on the shore of a beach covered in baby seaturtles. Almost.
If you want to try this binaural stuff out for yourself, there are some Youtube videos devoted to it, some sites for free beats, and a veritable buttload of tracks on Spotify.