Spring Equinox Song: The Freedom of Dionysos


Our group is back to doing Greek-focused rites for spring equinox, which is great fun, because it means I get to honor Dionysos, the happy god of wine, fertility, and general frivolity. And while yes, that's because he loves us and wants us to be happy, I've always thought there was more to it than just joy: when you're embracing the chaos both in your mind and in the world, you learn and discover that which cannot be learned from the more staid academic sorts of learning.

So, musically, I aimed to reflect that chaos a bit. Rhythmically, this song is downright nightmarish, shifting constantly between 7/8, 4/8, and 5/8 time. However, that's not because it's without patterns, and I intentionally kept the melody simple to help keep things under control. And to give myself yet more instrumental challenges, in addition to the rather difficult drumming, I've also aimed to imitate a lyre on an unusual ukulele tuning, and picked up the thoroughly appropriate but also hopelessly out-of-tune pan pipes that I was given a long time ago as a symbol for Bacchus energy in my life.

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Sheet Music

The Freedom of Dionysos


The Freedom of Dionysos

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