Happy Celtic New Year to all!
Just a quick message to let the world know: I’m working on a Pagan Rap album, which will be titled Pagan Anthems.
I’m also really searching for beatmakers, especially pagan beatmakers. And perhaps collabs with other pagan artists.
Besides that, I’m preparing to work out an essay entitled Towards a Druidic ontology and epistemology.
Furthermore, if anyone wishes to contact me, you can do so either by commenting on this blog, or by contacting my account(s) on various platforms: facebook, youtube, soundcloud. Search for Mani De Bard.
Introductions is the first Folk Rap album by Mani De Bard. It combines rap music with traditional Irish Folk and Flemish music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
All tracks are recorded, mixed and mastered by Mani De Bard.
The album is free!
You can listen at: http://soundcloud.com/mani-de-bard/sets/introductions-1
To download the full album (without having to download separate songs): http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a113705/introductions
* 1 Is (3:47)
A song lamenting the sunken city of Is, or Ker-is (cfr. the Breton legend of Is).
* 2 The sea (3:28)
Original song, made for the beautiful blue eyes of a girl I’ve known.
* 3 Mo chailiín na gruaige doinne (3:39)
This was meant as a beat for a cover of the original song (text: cailín na gruaige báine), but I didn’t like how it sounded with vocals, so it’s the instrumental version.
* 4 Het daghet in den Oosten (4:20)
Old Flemish song which possibly dates back to the 11th or 12th century.
* 5 Bescheidenheid (3:01)
Flemish song from some time before the 16th century, the lyrics of the chorus are the original ones, the rapped lyrics are new.
* 6 No time for love (3:29)
Translation and adaptation from Jack Warshaw’s ‘If they come in the morning’. I discovered it through Christy Moore.
* 7 Thoreau’s The Old Marlborough Road (3:34)
Lyrics are from Henry David Thoreau’s poem ‘The Old Marlborough Road’, which can be found in his essay ‘Walking’.
* 8 Komt, vrienden, in het ronde (3:43)
Old folksong from Brabant.
* 9 Cronin’s hornpipe / Planxty (4:18)
Traditional Irish tune, made into a tribute to Planxty, to whom I owe so much. Planxty remains a huge inspiration and one of my favourite bands.
* 10 Seán Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna (3:25)
Traditional Irish tune and poem.
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Check out ‘Bescheidenheid’, one of the tracks of the album:
The album will feature songs in Dutch and English, many of them are covers of traditional folk songs, be that Irish Folk or Flemish music from the medieval and renaissance period.
3 The sea
4 Mo chailiín na gruaige doinne
5 Het daghet in den Oosten
6 No time for love
7 Thoreau’s The Old Marlborough Road
8 Komt vrienden in het ronde
9 Cronin’s hornpipe / Planxty
10 Sean O Duibhir a’ Ghleanna
More details on when and where you can find the album coming soon. Note: It will probably be released 21st of September (Mabon, the Autumn Equinox).
For my first post, I’d like to spend some time contemplating the subject of spirituality. It would seem that nowadays belief can be divided into two groups – active and passive belief.
Active belief refers to the amount of activity concerning one’s belief, that is to say: it is being lived. The shaman in the forest, busy studying himself and Nature, learning from the helping spirits, to use his knowledge for the benefit of his community, is an active believer. He will not lie to himself, and tries to improve himself in any possible way. Most of these people are spiritual masters, or are in training to become one. They know that spirituality, especially practiced by the masters, strengthens the person into serving Nature (or God, Gods, …) and his community.
Passive belief refers to the blind acceptance of dogmas, lifestyles and rites on the account of habit. It is bereft of critical thought. The Christian, going to church on Sunday, hearing the pastor talk about how a Christian should love his neighbours, goes back to his home, still carrying the same hatred, grudges and prejudices he did before. He does not strive to become a better man, nor does he have such a drive in him. How can you expect to ‘love thy neighbour’ when you drive a car to work, polluting the environment (and therefore mankind), giving children a higher chance of developing cancer, produce goods that nobody really needs (while polluting again) and downplay it with the act of habit (“spreading love isn’t going to get me money”). How can one agree to spiritual terms like ‘love thy neighbour’, but set it aside only seconds later out of convenience?
This division does not imply that nature-based belief is an active spirituality, while abrahamitic religions are passive waste of time. If one studies the New Age movement, one spots nature based belief, but also the amount of hypocrisy found in passive belief (no critical thoughts); and don’t forget the growing amount of secular Muslims who are questioning dogmas while not abandoning their God!
True spirituality, thus, can only be found in he or she who is striving to become a better person, because this requires critical thought and knowledge.
This site is dedicated to the community that I must serve; a global community to whom I reach out using technology. However, the only true human interaction is a personal (non-technological) one, so if we get the chance to meet up, we should. This post is the first stone gathered to build a new stone circle with. I wish to share my philosophy, music and interests with all who are willing to read or listen.
~ Mani De Bard
Philosopher, emcee, Bard, storyteller, Hiphop Philosopher and -Historian, and apprentice Druid.