Samhain Song: You Were the First


Years ago, I got to play the part of the Irish deity Donn at a Stone Creed Grove Samhain rite. And seeing the arrival of the newly dead through his eyes, and also was briefed with a small bit of lore about him being the first being to die and thus becoming the ruler of the land of the dead. Armed with this knowledge, I began to develop a small amount of unverifiable ideas about what his time on that land must have been like, and this song more-or-less expresses those views.

Musically, this makes use of some gospel swing rhythms I learned back with my time with Protestant church choirs - swing the 8th notes like you would jazz, but take your time and enjoy the 3/4 meter. However, unusually for that style, I've chosen a minor key and put the pitch near the very bottom of my vocal range with the goal of making it a darker mysterious feel rather than the more celebratory feel usually associated with that rhythm. If the key is too low for your voice, as it *nearly* is for mine, then feel free to transpose it a bit higher, of course.

All works are copyright by yours truly, but may be distributed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 4.0. That means, in short, you can use them yourself and your grove, and play the song to your heart's content both in private and in public, but must give credit where credit is due, and if you're planning on selling something involving this song we need to talk about that first.

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You Were the First


You Were the First

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