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This piece of music seems to be largely considered a satire or a parody rather than a legitimate piece of music, and if you click on the picture and enlarge it you’ll see ridiculous things written on the score like ‘light explosives now’ or ‘release the penguins’. I took about a year of piano when I was a kid so I’m not musically literate enough to know whether or not playing this would actually be feasible. It’s apparently some sort of phenomenon however and people are trying to play it on YouTube.

I found a blog post that is supposedly by this man’s nephew http://lostinthecloudblog.com/2010/03/13/john-stump-composer-of-faeries-aire-and-death-waltz/ so you can check out his story there.

This is a video of a group of people who actually play the piece. The first half of it is a history of the piece, so if you want to skip that the actual playing starts at 3:50.

This is one of the attempts. A few people put the notes through computer programs, so you can look those up if you so choose, but I find this to be more impressive. And it’s actually a really cool song! Like I would listen to it in my free time cool! I don’t know if it’s accurate or if it even resembles the sheet music (illiterate) but I don’t really care. It’s good.

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Some fairy themed Sabbath!!

The lyrics

Goin home, late last night
Suddenly I got a fright
Yeah I looked through the window and surprised what I saw
Fairy boots were dancing with a dwarf,

All right now!

Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies
Yeah fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes,

Well all right now!

So I went to the doctor
See what he could give me
He said son, son, you’ve gone too far.
cause smokin and trippin is all that you do.

Find courtesy of http://www.tonycicero.com/

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Ok, Technically this has nothing to do with faeries… but it’s a good song 😛 And if you use a little imagination, ‘Can’t you see the glitter in their eyes’ ? Definitely galmour 😉

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As it is the Christmas season I thought I’d feature some Christmas faeries. Namely, the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Sugar Plum Fairy is from the popular ballet, The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. The story of the Nutcracker is about a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker from her godfather as a Christmas present. That night she wakes up to find that the nutcracker has come alive and is fighting an army of evil rats. Just as the rat king is about to kill the Nutcracker, Clara throws her slipper at him to distract him and the rats retreat. The Nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince and takes Clara through the trees and across a lake in a nutshell boat into the land of the sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. After the Nutcracker prince tells the Sugar Plum Fairy of how Clara saved him from the mouse king and the court puts on a performance to honour the heroine. They then make Clara and the Nutcracker prince rulers of the realm. In the movie versions of the story Clara wakes up thinking that it must’ve been all a dream and then meets either an apprentice or a nephew of her godfather’s that looks strikingly like the Nutcracker prince and there are hints that they’ll fall in love.

Many of the songs from The Nutcracker are recognizable, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is one of them, if not the most recognizable.

There are a couple of Christmas films or tv episode specials but my two preferred movies are the 1993 version of The Nutcracker, which has Macaulay Culkin in it and is basically a filming of the ballet.

The second is Barbie in the Nutcraker. Many people may feel hesitant and superior to the Barbie movies, but they are great movies with strong heroines and actual orchestras for the soundtrack. In my opinion it is one of the best film series for your average young girl, and the Christmas films are no exception.

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This is one of my favourite songs ever. There is nothing better in the world than the first minute or so of this song. Truth. Amon Amarth is a Swedish band in the melodic death metal or viking metal genre. In general metal bands can be kind of ridiculous. If you’ve ever seen the documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey there’s a scene when Dunn is interviewing Alice Cooper and he says that it’s hilarious to see some of these death metal magazines with the pictures of different bands on the cover because they’re all trying to out bad-ass each other to almost the point of hilarity. (By the way if you haven’t seen the film go out and watch it, even if you aren’t in the slightest a fan of heavy metal. It’s a highly entertaining and informative documentary on one of the lesser discussed genres of music. And it’s done by an anthropologist so you know it was done well… no bias what so ever here……) Anyway. I find that this band is more pleasant to listen to than some of the other hard-core metal bands out there simply because of the melodic mastery. I also like the vocals. If you listen to even a small variety of metal you’ll notice that some, or most, of the singers have very sharp, piercing vocals that either remind you of a squealing pig or a vacuum tube with a hole in it. And everything has a time and a place I suppose, but in comparison the vocalist of this band almost sounds soothing and smooth. It almost has a sort of gravel-y aspect to it that gives it a sort of earthy feel. Also, and maybe most importantly, I love the poetic flavour of the lyrics. Songs now a days, I don’t care what genre… they don’t sound like this. Baby, honey, boo, girl, oh yeah, I got the money, you’re my life I’ll die without you, etc. Very rarely do you find a song with actual content and even more rarely is it as poetic and descriptive as this song is. I mean it’s no Yeats or anything, but I enjoy it.

The song itself is the retelling of a part of a Norse myth. A guy named Hermod (a sort of messenger for the gods) goes down to the under world on the mythological eight- legged horse, Sleipnir, to beg the life Balder (god of light, beauty, innocence and joy who was killed by Loki, trickster god, who was jealous of him) from Hel, a supernatural being who presides over Helhiem, aka house of Hel. So he pleads with Hel saying- the entire world is mourning the loss Balder, please let him go and give him life once again. And Hel says, well I guess if the entire world is feeling his absence… sure.

In the actual story though, Hel’s terms for Balder’s release was that everything had to weep for him, since he was so beloved, and if not everyone in the entire world, alive or dead, wept for Balder he would not be released. And when he was released almost everyone did weep for him, all except for Loki, the one who orchestrated his death in the first place. So of course he had to remain dead.

This video has some pictures to go with the story and annotations with all the lyrics, so enjoy!

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