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[quote] On 27-06-2005 20:05, Zalagar wrote: I thought I'd post this on a new thread, as sort of as a spinoff to the 'Music to MUD by' thread. When I play MUD, I don't usually listen to music that isn't from video games. I make selections from video games that fit the situation, for example, playing the Ocean theme from Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker when going out to sea, and playing either one of the 'fight at sea' themes when fighting the sharks. But, I can recommend a few artists I don't think that many of you have heard of, though you really should. First up is Heather Alexander), a very talented folk musician. Much of her material is completely original, and much of it is about fantastic subjects such as dragons, winter spirits (such as Jack Frost), and changeling babies. In addition, she sings about gypsies, pirates, war, love, and other popular folk subjects. Here are a few standouts I particularly recommend... 'Life's Flame', the title track of one of her live albums, is about the mythological phoenix, who dies and is reborn. I personally think it's a shame the one phoenix in MUD2 is kept in an area where few people are likely to actually see it. 'March of Cambreath', from the 'Midsummer' CD, is the middle part of a trilogy of war songs. It's a song about medieval warfare (axes, swords, that sort of thing) that one can easily imagine being in a Scottish movie just before a big battle scene. If a mobile bash is about to begin and you REALLY need something to get you in a bashing mood, play this song. (And yes, I've quoted it during a few bashes myself). The songs immediately preceeding and following, 'Tomorrow I Leave for Battle' and 'Courage Knows No Bounds' show a more human side of war's combatants. Also recommended is 'Wooden Toy Sword' from 'A Gypsy's Home', telling of the son left behind when his father goes off to war. On a lighter note, there's such ditties as 'Hapn' Frog', 'Cat and the Fiddle', and 'Eggs and Crumbs' (which tells how one can get an impostor changeling baby to give itself away). Heather's official page, with information on the above albums, including song samples and ordering info, is at http://www.heatherlands.com Perhaps you like your folk music to have more of a rock beat? Try Uffington Horse, Heather's folk rock band. So far, they've only released one CD, 'Enchantment'. One highlight is 'Animals All the Same', describing how much in common we humans have with animals. Another is 'Rock and Gold', which is sung from the point of view of a dragon. This dragon, unlike MUD2's dragon, appears to be one of those who lives in a cave sitting on a mountain of treasure (much like Smaug of Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'). If dragons were into rock-type music, this is the sort of song such a dragon would sing to visitors to its lair. Then there are two rather dark songs that kind of remind me of the HMS Essex. First, there's 'Water's in The Hold', apparently sung from the point of view of some evil water nymph to a ship's helmsman, encouraging him to steer the ship into the rocks so that everyone drowns. Or maybe it's all in the sailor's head, it's hard to tell which. Either way, it's a disturbing piece (and could it be how the HMS Essex met its fate?) And then there's 'Yo Ho!', relating the experience of being enslaved aboard a pirate ship. It has a singable chorus, but its account of life aboard a slave ship run by pirates is not for the faint of heart. For more info, see http://uffingtonhorse.heatherlands.com/ I'd like to make it clear that I'm not associated with either Heather Alexander or Uffington Horse. I'm just recommending music I think people here might like. Laura/Zalagar
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