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IJY Capricornus 2019

Welcome back to the IJY, the Imagination Junkyard, the musty old warehouse where the magic happens. I have another hour of oddness for you, and because ’tis the season, there’s quite a bit of x-mas music I have been working on. Capricorn is December 22nd to January 20 and is our ‘cardinal’ winter sign, which basically just means, we are starting winter off and now, guess what, us grasshopper fiddlers are never ready for it: find us trudging from house to house singing for warm food and drink and shiny things if you please.

My Capricorn show is definitely an exploration of cold — what makes music feel cold? Plus it's a world premiere of 5 tracks from the holiday album I always seem to try to make this time of year, far too late to make it available for people to buy before Christmas. Ah well.

This episode includes:

1. intro from the Winter Parade (2007)

2. sneak peak from next years holiday album, Arise & Go! -

‘Wren Boys/ Steamboat Quickstep/ Polca An Dreollín’

3. from unreleased ballet music, Birds of America -

‘the Great Cinereous Owl’

4. from Vrang OK Chromentary - ‘Muttonfat Jade’

5. Vrang OK Chromentary - ’Sepiatone’

6. recorded live at the Nyack Farmers’ Market - ’St James Infirmary’

7. unreleased soundtrack material: ‘Hyperboread’

8. from Arise & Go! - ‘Holie Eve’

(written in 1599 by Anthony Holborne)

9. Arise & Go! - ’Star in the East’

10. Arise & Go! - ‘Old Apple Tree Wassail’

11. Arise & Go! - ‘Wexford Carol’

12. Arise & Go! - ‘Medley of Medieval Carol tunes’

13. outro from the Winter Parade (2007)

14. Greasy Coat Productions: ‘Half Year’s Night’

Some of these tracks can be found for sale (cheap!) at

(There’s no feeling quite like disagreeing with one’s own ‘authoritative’ pronouncements, but after listening back to this podcast I’d like to offer these two corrections: it’s not the Golden Dawn peeps that connect ‘the Devil’ with Capricorn, just about every other tarot-mystic tradition makes that association but the Golden Dawn folks assign the ‘Justice’ card to Capricorn. Which makes better sense I think. Also, I mistakenly suggested that the tune ‘As it fell on a Holie Eve’ was written for the Masque of Oberon, which was a music and dance pageant put on by the Lords and Ladies at court back in 1611 that used some of the same characters made popular in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Holie Eve was written by Anthony Holborne and published 12 years earlier, and sure, its the same general era and milieu but there’s nothing to suggest that this tune was used in that production.)


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