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    Beltane/May Day songs


    O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today
    Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.





    Next up on the calendar is Beltane and May Day, which have been pretty much blended together, over the centuries. Beltane started as an ancient pre-Christian Celtic festival, marking the beginning of Summer and the day the Tuatha De Danann first arrived in Ireland. The May Devotions came to us from Rome, and are dedicated to St. Mary, Queen of the May

    One tradition is making the May Altar for the home, decorating a representation of Mary with flowers. Another is the May Crowning, in which a figure of Mary is crowned with flowers. Here's an example...

    http://youtu.be/-Bw9DWvKd5Y

    Another tradition is selecting a girl to be the May Queen, who leads a parade and other festivities, with mummers and others wearing flowers and greenery. In Tudor times, people became competitive about who could get the most garlands onto a costume, eventually reaching the point where they had a man completely covered. Thus was born Jack in the Green, the May Queen's companion. And, of course, there's the Maypole dance.

    So, here's some songs for the day, either about it, directly, relating to it, or capturing the spirit of it with girls and flowers...

    Hal an Tow
    http://youtu.be/BlGAXm0ldSY

    Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance
    http://youtu.be/qxTpvA-pUG0

    Loreena McKennitt - Huron (Beltane Fire Dance)
    http://youtu.be/qdmQ9AKG9J0

    Loreena McKennitt - On a Bright May Morning
    http://youtu.be/apXEBjTxC9s

    T-Rex - Beltane Walk
    http://youtu.be/FDmmnMrteC4

    Jethro Tull - Jack in the Green
    http://youtu.be/HUZSwHXKu0Q

    Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
    http://youtu.be/ZxMoesasza4

    XTC - The Wheel and the Maypole
    http://youtu.be/Nuk8Ie8i3Pw

    The Cowsills - The Rain, the Park, and Other Things
    http://youtu.be/zrkG37NQ6GY

    The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
    http://youtu.be/NwrKKbaClME

    Godspell - Day by Day
    http://youtu.be/BfFdGbdlyzI

    O Lusty May
    http://youtu.be/OOAMDAGJglM

    Now is the Month of Maying
    http://youtu.be/39b-YAm2QXo

    Bring Flowers of the Rarest (Queen of the May)
    http://youtu.be/DLLaNrtToHk

    On This Day O Beautiful Mother
    http://youtu.be/jS86olptBAM

    Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above
    http://youtu.be/rEbGEpq_hmw

    Tis The Month Of Our Mother
    http://youtu.be/svFPnzYk8cY

    Ave Maria
    http://youtu.be/S3Ce0LbkSMI
    Last edited by perceval23; April 10th, 2012 at 09:04 PM.

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    Willow's Song (from The Wicker Man soundtrack)
    http://youtu.be/lMSFSG7NVIo

    and 2 songs that sort of blend spirituality and sexuality, appropriate for Bealtaine in my opinion:

    Mysterious Ways (U2)
    http://youtu.be/TxcDTUMLQJI

    Like a Prayer (Madonna)
    http://youtu.be/79fzeNUqQbQ
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