Monday, March 05, 2012

Why the Raven, Val?

The raven is said to mimic, forewarn doom, trick, steal... Yikes! Well, we all have a dark side. Don't we? I know that this bird does. But, ravens get a seriously bad rap if you just stop there. I am drawn to the legends of the raven that define it as a symbol of intelligence, mystery, joy, and light. I love to learn, explore, give, and inspire. I love contrast. Light and shade, loud and quiet, old and new...

Too, the raven is said to be attentive and aware. I'm a constant seeker of information. I'm highly sensitive to everything that I come into contact with mentally, emotionally, and physically. I soak up vibes, sounds, feelings, and just about everything, all at a dizzying rate. I share the things that I find valuable, amusing, amazing, inspiring, and helpful.

So, the raven called to me, I listened, and I identify with it. I didn't choose it. It chose me.

Geeky Nature Stuff
The difference between crows and ravens:

Raven in Mythology

Oh yeah, this is predominantly a music blog! 

My dear friend, Kev @Atomic_Honey has given me the most amazing gift: "The official theme song of our lovely gate-keeper @ravenval" WOW! I love it and it means the world to me.

Ravenspeak (Instrumental) by Atomic Honey:

Below are some of the songs that I dig concerning ravens and blackbirds, via YouTube:

Strawberry Path - When Raven Has Come to the Earth -- Instrumental, from 1971

Dan Fogelberg - As The Raven Flies -- Dark, but beautiful

Alan Parsons Project - The Raven -- I prefer this demo over the original album cut.

Donovan - Guinevere -- Just magical

Bob Dylan - Love Minus Zero/No Limit -- Yeah, that's Donovan hanging out there :)

Joan Baez - Love Minus Zero/No Limit -- A lovely Dylan cover.

Jonathan Wilson - Desert Raven --  Pointed out to me by the grooviest DJ on the planet, Mike Newman. [His website: beyondbeyondisbeyond.comI love this song!

Gov't Mule - Raven Black Night -- I'm cheating a little with this one, since it's describing a night that is raven black, but it's such an amazing song, I have to include it.

David Bowie - The Dreamers -- It's DAVID BOWIE, singing a line about RAVENS. That's groovy. Right? Yeah.

Genesis - The Colony of Slippermen -- I'm flying my prog freak flag now. From the concept album 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway', released in 1974. a) The Arrival b) A Visit to the Doktor c) The Raven

Fairport Convention - Crazy Man Michael -- Sandy Denny had one of the most beautiful voices in music to ever sing a note.

The Misfits - Come Back -- A wicked bit of punk fun

Jewel - Raven -- Pretty, Acoustic

Scorpions - Yellow Raven A yellow raven? Why not?

And then, there's arguably the most famous of them all...

The Beatles - Blackbird -- No explanation necessary. Right? Right.

The Raven - A Bit Of Groovy!