Samhain Song: The Sea of Compassion


The late fall season is upon us. The last bit of crops have been brought in, I've been busily winterizing my house in preparation for the deep cold of winter, and there is a sense of the world dying as it turns towards darkness. As is typical for modern pagan types, this leads to a focus in this season on our beloved dead, particularly those who have been lost in the last year, and hence the main idea of this song is our friends' souls heading off to join the others who have gone. In many mythologies, the place where they're headed is somewhere across the ocean or sea, and they are bringing with them all they learned in this life, and the song calls to them in the hopes that they can teach future people what they know.

Musically, the main thing that's stretching for me on it is that a friend of mine asked to leave a drum set in my home, and I let them on the condition that I be allowed to play it. So this becomes my first attempt at making a decent rhythm on a very simple drum set (bass, snare, hi-hat, ride cymbal, high tom, floor tom): I definitely didn't play it like Ringo, but I played it like ... well ... somebody. Other than that, it's in D Dorian, a mode that can be very haunting because it's not quite minor.

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The Sea of Compassion


The Sea of Compassion

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