Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour – Dr. Mary Crowell

Dr. Mary Crowell describes the song as “a mythological girl band and support staff go on a cosmic tour,” and if that isn’t enough to make you want to give it a listen, I don’t know what to tell you.

Lyrics available on Bandcamp.

The Wrath of Achilles – Vanessa Cardui

“The Wrath of Achilles,” which weaves lines from The Iliad with Vanessa Cardui’s own interpretation of Achilles’ grief for Patroclus.

The song can be purchased on Bandcamp. Vanessa Cardui doesn’t have the lyrics up, but Google informs me that she takes the quoted parts from Fitzgerald’s translation.

A Thousand Ships – Ju Honisch & Katy Droege-Macdonald

“A Thousand Ships” by Ju Honisch and Katy Droege-Macdonald, a look at Helen of Troy’s side of the story.

Lyrics available on Bandcamp.

Longer in Stories than Stone – Sassafrass

As centuries crumble the whispers of ancients
Last longer in stories, last longer in stories than stone. 

“Longer in Stories than Stone,” the finale to Sundown, Sassafrass’s epic (pun intended) Norse Mythology song cycle.

The finale weaves in themes from a bunch of the earlier songs, making it a great sampler of all the cool stuff in the cycle, but I really recommend giving the whole thing a listen. Along with being gorgeous, it’s a great introduction to Norse Mythology.

Lyrics are available on Bandcamp. If you’re interested in learning more, the Sundown libretto and score are also available for purchase.

Merlin – Kathy Mar

“Merlin,” a fantastically creepy interpretation of Arthurian legend by Doug McArthur, performed here by Kathy Mar. If you’re familiar with the BBC TV show version of the character, this is… pretty much the exact opposite of that.

Lyrics are available here, and the song is available for free download from Prometheus Music.

Filksong Genealogy: Song from the Pig’s Side


(Series: Filksong Genealogy)
Above: another poem by Rudyard Kipling set to music by Leslie Fish: “Song of the Men’s Side,” a mythic story about how humankind rose above its status as prey for wolves by attaining a crucial piece of technology.
Below: Bob Kanefsky’s take on a … loosely related story, which is also about wolves and prey and technological advancements:  “Song From the Pig’s Side,” performed by Leslie Fish.  (Look at the end of the third verse for a sneaky shoutout to a different Kipling poem entirely – which, yes, has also been set to music by Fish.)

Filksong Genealogy: December of Cambreadth

 
Use your hooves and use your head
Don’t let down the Man in Red 

“March of Cambreadth” (lyrics), by Heather Alexander, is a classic battle song about killing as many people as possible.  “December of Cambreadth” (lyrics), a parody by Bob Kanefsky, is…also about maximization of output, but the similarities end there.  Except that the language is, somehow, equally vicious.
(Series: Filksong Genealogy)