Music Theme for November 4: Corvidae

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

The Raven seemed a natural to start off this post. I found it interesting how many musical versions have been made. I checked out three and thought this one was nice, although I was tempted by the one with Moonlight Sonata as a backdrop to the reading. Still, I wanted musical.

Calling All Crows (State Radio)

As I was exploring all the possibilities, this one attracted my attention for its call to action and the sense of empowerment. I was unfamiliar with this song (and this group), but I think I’ll be checking them out.

Cause I come from the land of the shaman
Where the innocent are taken to the pavement
Won’t somebody just tell them
Won’t somebody oh, won’t somebody oh oh oh oh oh…

Won’t you please look after my children
All the words that are coming from the mouths of the women
From the northland down to the rio grande
New England town to Oregon
Wont somebody oh oh oh oh oh

So we’re calling all the crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary come with me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free

Cause I come from the land of the shaman
Where the world is looking up you know it’s changing
Won’t somebody just tell them
Won’t somebody oh, won’t somebody oh oh oh oh oh…

So we’re calling all the crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary come with me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free

Said the rebel to the rebel
I will go if you come with me
I’m tired of living in a fable
Blue sky I’d love to see
The journey must continue and does not stop in me, no
Cause the rivers wide
but with all of us we can reach from side to side
and it is here that we must all ?

So we’re calling all the crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary come with me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free

It’s just a murder of crows
They comin’ in slow
It’s gonna be a show down
Said the rebel to the revolutionary follow me
And if you feel like you are witnessing a movement
Then get up girl and let them know you’re free
You got to get up girl and let them know you’re free
You got to get up girl and girl let them know you’re free

Pretty Bird by The Blackest Crow

theblackestcrowThe Blackest Crow is another group I’d not encountered before. According to their website, “Hannah Naiman and Emily Adam are an up-and-coming duo. Blackest Crow sings traditional Appalachian ballads and songs, as well as haunting close harmony original compositions.” The name of their 2011 album is Where Wild Birds Whistle. They don’t have a video, but I’ve included a link to the song.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theblackestcrow/PrettyBird

Birds on the Wires

I loved the idea of this story in which a picture of crows on a wire led Jarbas Agnelli to find what it would sound like if their configuration on the wire could be transcribed into music. To quote Agnelli,

“Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.”

The Three Crows by Gothicrow

Amazing crow art! And she has an Etsy shop. This piece is already sold, and no wonder. I love the combination of art and music.

If I Only Had a Brain (Wizard of Oz)

I can’t think of crows without thinking of the poor scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. If the truth be known, I can tie the Wizard of Oz into countless themes and discussions. You have been warned.

Bear has created an impressive of all things Crow at  Press http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/corvidea-within-wp/

At the moment, Links to Bear, Johnny and Willow.

Willow:  http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/muscical-theme-corvidae/

Bear: http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-music-themes/

http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-ii-music-themes/

http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/corvidae-iii-music-themes/

Eva:     http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/crows-black-dancing-and-counting-everywhere-catch-them-if-you-dare/

Johnny:   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/music-theme-all-saints-day/

Listening In Color

Color picture

(Photo credit: @Doug88888)

I’d like to introduce you to an interesting group of people who’ve started a musical challenge among themselves. They take turns choosing the themes, such as protest songs, wolves, mountains, travel, and other interesting concepts. Check out their lists on Colours and previous themes at  johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com (who chose the Colours theme), bearspawprint.wordpress.com, willowdot21.wordpress.com, and 47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com, In addition to their great music selections, they don’t limit the fun to themselves. They invite others to join in and submit their own lists.

With today’s theme, I just had to take the plunge. I enjoyed the creative exercise of making a list of possible songs and deciding which ones to include. Sometimes, I forget to keep enough music in my life, so this was a good reminder to surround myself with music. Thanks, again, to those listed above for the wonderful inspiration. And now, for my six colour-themed songs.

Color My World

In addition to fitting the theme of Color, I love the flute solo in this song from Chicago.

Lady in Red

I had a couple ideas of songs with specific colors. In a world where it’s easy to take people for granted, I like this expression of gratitude for his gratitude. It’s intimate and romantic without overt sexuality.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I selected Judy Garland’s rendition from the Wizard of Oz because I’ve used this movie in various writing projects over the years. This is probably the movie I’ve watched most often. For me, the juxtaposition of black&white and color in the movie adds to the theme of color in the song.

Colors of the Wind

What would the wind look like? Painting with the colors of the wind calls forth both imagination and responsibility. I like the challenge of this song, to change the way we view the world and to accept our place in that world without the constant need to control it.

True Colors

I like the use of the idiom, showing one’s true colors. Don’t be afraid to be who you most truly are. Being less than we are dims the brilliance of the colors that could be shining through our lives.

It’s a Wonderful World

There are so many great references to color combined with an upbeat message in this song. In addition, it is one of the songs that has been done by Playing For Change, an amazing organization that is using music to change the world. You can check them out at http://playingforchange.com/. Also check out this review: Playing (Great Music) for Change.