Pagan Americana: Murphey’s Midnight Rounders

There are many Pagan musicians I love passionately: Damh the Bard, SJ Tucker, Emerald Rose, Celia, Wendy Rule, Kenny Klein, Spiral Rhythm, Gaia Consort/Bone Poets Orchestra, and many more. But if you ask me which Pagan band I'm most excited about right now, I will tell you it's Murphey's Midnight Rounders.Brad, Teresa and Bonnie are doing something pretty unique when it comes to Pagan music. Though they draw from many sources of inspiration, and are solidly folk-rock, the overall … [Read more...]

Mishap, Magic, Minneapolis and Mabon

Yesterday I got to my bus stop on time only for no bus to arrive. And then the next bus didn't arrive. I waited in the sun for over an hour in high heels with no bench before a bus arrived, driven by a man more interested in reading his newspaper than keeping an eye on what was happening around him. As soon as I found a familiar neighborhood I bolted off the bus and dove into a sandwich shop to collect myself and fight back tears.No matter what you do, you will have a setback that makes it … [Read more...]

Embarrass Me. Please.

I really want the Patheos Pagan Facebook page to reach 4,000 by Saturday, September 22nd. We are so close, and I really want to hit that number. I am willing to embarrass myself to reach that goal.So here's the deal: if Patheos Pagan on FB reaches 4k likes by the 22nd, I will do a happy dance video for the entire length of a song. You get to vote on the song. (As of writing Bohemian Rhapsody is in the lead followed closely by Sexy and I Know It.)But wait, there is more: if we reach 4,500 … [Read more...]

Dar Williams’ In The Time Of Gods

I have been a big fan of Dar Williams since The Christians and the Pagans, and her lovely contributions to the first Lilith Fair album. Strangely, it was more acceptable for my sisters to listen to Madonna than for me to listen to Dar. Ironically, I think my mother thought Dar, and singer-songwriters like her, were more "gay."I have always liked Dar, but I have literally fallen in love with her new album: In The Time Of Gods. Inspired by Greek myth, it's a collection of modern songs. Had I … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Llamas (Or Lammas)

I think I owe you all a bit of holiday music. But first you get a Lammas llama.13. Damh the Bard - Lughnasadh12. Paul Giovanni - Corn Rigs11. Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends10. King Harvest - Dancing In The Moonlight9. Grease - Summer Nights8. Guy Clark - Homegrown Tomatoes7. John Prine - That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round6. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Fishin' In The Dark5. T.G. Shepard - Do You Want To Go To Heaven?4. Lisa Thiel - Lammas … [Read more...]

I’m Dumb as Mary Jane and Lois Lane: Teo Bishop is Matt Morris

Teo Bishop has come out as popular recording artist Matt Morris. I'm not merely surprised, I'm downright speechless. To echo my friend David Salisbury: This is like Mary Jane discovering that Peter Parker is Spiderman.Teo isn't merely internet famous, he sang on Ellen with Justin freaking Timerlake as his backup singer.So I'm feeling a bit dumb for not making this connection.But aside from being once again awed by his talent, I'm impressed by his bravery. He has come out as Pagan … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout Playlist and More Good Stuff

So I put all of the Pagan Hangout videos into a playlist, so if you want to catch up you can just hit play and watch while you're folding laundry. They are a lot of fun, so if you haven't watched you are missing out!P. Sufenas Virius Lupus discusses how Pride has become commercialized.The Wild Hunt notes a Wiccan has been denied clergy status by the state of Virginia (the same state the Jefferson was proud of including religious freedom in its consitution).Aidan Kelly has … [Read more...]

13 Songs for the Summer Solstice

I thought surely my readers were tired of these, but apparently not. The sun is reaching his zenith, the days are long, and the nights are warm. These are busy days!Tomorrow I will be hosting two different hangouts. One to discuss Sarah Whedon's new e-book Birth of the Labyrinth Path, and one to discuss the sun in Pagan practice.On Patheos Pagan today there is Steven Abell's first-hand account of Trothmoot, addressing the rumors that have been floating around. Gus diZerega discusses the … [Read more...]

Best Fundraising Idea EVER

I follow some atheist blogs so I knew a big fundraising campaign was gearing up for the Secular Student Alliance. Mostly it's bloggers who are urging their readers to give, but Crommunist over at Freethought blogs went one better: he's doing Youtube cover video requests in exchange for donations.I found it amusing to watch him do a cover of Josie and the Pussycats, and got a kick out of his rendition of Eye of the Tiger.As I watched the videos I quickly realized this was the best … [Read more...]

enLIGHTenment: Multimedia Meditation on Waxing Light

The summer solstice is nigh and the sun is waxing in strength. Everyone I know is in the process of scurrying off to festivals to bask and delight in both the heavenly sun and in the light of each other's company.So here's a different kind of post to celebrate the fulsome light. Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. - BuddhaI can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that … [Read more...]