Music to read the Book01/07/2015 21:46
A major part of the story is the love story of Matthew and Judith which ends in tragedy, her early death poisoning the character of the young man. This part of the story is set in Shanghai and then continued into Hong Kong. Both these places played a significant role in my formation and the music that reminds me the most of this spot is the classic refrain of Butterfly Lovers.
In the Pagan religion the tree is a fundamental part. The Yggdrasil itself is believed to be an Ash. When you visit the Pagan sites and particularly wayland's Smith you will feel the influence of the Beech trees whose ability to stretch from the underworld to the heavens marked them in early society as an important symbol. We have lost much of our connection to these natural giants. Only when you are close up whether it be be a Birch, Ash, Beech or Oak they are living creatures of magnificence. Our destiny on this earth is intricately linked to how we treat these friends. The Cure must have appreciated this when they wrote 'The Forest' for it touches into the primeval side of these creatures. It is a song that i can never hear enough of.
The other record dominating my listening during the book is Tubular Bells which itself was written alongside the Oxford Canal that also features within the book. I imagine Mike Oldfield returning to his Pagan self as he penned those rythms and particularly when he sang the only lyrics. Finally, I am a strong believer in ecologoical balance. In the past half century, we have all but wrecked the Earth on which we live. Our greed for material and virtual goods has destroyed our appreciation of religion and nature. A music that can inspire a return to a more natural balance is the haunting tunes of Jean Michel Jarre in Oxygene.
The other element of the book is the sinister side of the Pagan culture and particularly how the Nazi SS movement made Pagan beliefs a core component of their culture building the mysterious Wewelsburg castle and the proliferation of ceremony and runes. One wonders how deep in the freemason culture such beliefs are embedded. The music of Wagner inspired many of the Nazis and though you cannot sanely support that side, the atmosphere of the Ring inspires. There is a connection between the myths that authors like Tolkein explored. I have no doubt that the Ring, the Holy Grail and the ancient sites of Britain are connected.