Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday Night Videos: Songs of the Aquarian Order
So here is a brief selection of songs that get me in the mood to write and play.
First up is a favorite of mine, but a newer song.
The Sword know how to do witchy imagery well. The protagonist of this song, "The Veil of Isis" is an Aquarian Sister if I ever saw one.
A lot in this book is what I like to think of as "left-over hippie shit". The 70s were a heady brew of occultism, psuedo-science, emerging technology and science fiction. If that was the stew that fed my creativity then this is the broth. The 5th Dimension recorded "Age of Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In" in 1969. It featured prominently on the soundtrack for the musical Hair. I never liked Hair, but this song I always kind of enjoyed.
True fact. I love Psychedelic Rock, especially if it is in that sweet spot between 1968 and 1977. If sounds like the band took a lot of drugs and traveled in space then I am there. The Amboy Dukes really only had one hit, "Journey to the Centre of the Mind". But it is exactly the sort of thing I enjoy.
Slightly earlier, but no less awesome, was Procol Harum. "Whiter Shade of Pale" is just one of the songs that seems to call out to me from some great distance of time and space that I can't quite transverse. An echo of something I should have heard, but have no idea what it was and only have the memories. I think it is the Hammond organ to be honest.
On the other side is 1979's "Children of the Sun" by Billy Thorpe. It is almost so corny and campy that you would assume it was a parody song, but Thorpe meant it in all earnestness. From the album of the same name it was one of his biggest hits in the US. I can honestly say this. The seeds of the Aquarian Order are here. I remember the summer of 79, I was out riding my bike and I heard this song and thought about a group of Space Wizards. Interestingly enough the album was released by Capricorn Records.
Even getting further away, but still close enough to matter to me, is April Wine's "Sign of the Gypsy Queen". Something about this song really gets to me.
If Stevie Nicks is an archetypical witch then Grace Slick is an archetypical Aquarian Sister. I have had a long and complicated relationship with Jefferson Airplane/Starship. "Winds of Change" hits a lot metaphorical notes for me. From 1983 it fits into my timeline for solid D&D/Chill game playing.
"Sleeping, not yet dead."