My attached music/video, is a new song by ‘Sigur Ros’, from their yet to be release album, coming out on December the 8th… Their music here is a perfect example of how even though we don’t understand the language and lyrics, the musical performance and their glorious sound is a pure delight to listen to…. I hope you enjoy this 8 min piece of music excellence…

Music (a Haiku)

Live music matters 

As we climb every mountain  

Proudly, all shall sing 

Ivor Steven (c) Nov 2020

The theme of Sigur Ros’s song…
Composed in the 14th or 15th century Odin’s Raven Magic is an Icelandic poem in the ancient Edda tradition (Edda – a term that describes two Icelandic manuscripts which together are the main sources of Norse mythology and Skáldic poetry) its anonymous author clearly had an intimate knowledge of the Edda literature and mythology which alludes to a number of pagan motifs which are now lost. The poem recounts a great banquet held by the gods in Valhalla while they were absorbed in their feasting, ominous signs appeared that could foretell the end of the worlds of the gods and men. The album ‘Odin’s Raven Magic’ is an orchestral collaboration between Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir which premiered 18 years ago at the Barbican Centre in London and is now finally almost two decades later being released. The performance honours the poem, dramatic and beautiful, classical and contemporary. A stone marimba was built especially for the performance by Páll Guðmundsson. Odin’s Raven Magic – the poem – had been relegated from mainstream ancient literature ever since 1867, when Norwegian scholar Sophus Bugge claimed it was a 17th century fabrication. This theory has since been toppled with literary and linguistic arguments and new research has concluded that Odin’s Raven Magic was indeed authentic and has finally been reintroduced to the Edda.

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

55 thoughts on “Music”

  1. A beautiful tuneful musical trio of photo, haiku, and video!!! 🙂
    Thank you for explaining the theme of the music. It is gorgeous!
    (I have Norwegian and Danish relatives. 🙂 )
    Oh, guess what?!?! Live music always gives me smiles and goosebumps!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. I’m the same Carolyn, it’s a real adrenaline rush… And I’m so pleased you liked Sigur Ros,… I think I might get their new album… The 2 songs I’ve heard so far, are exquisite… Actually I’ll probably put the other song with my poem/post tomorrow ((hugs)) 💙🌏

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      1. SO discouraging. And when I think of the absolute joy a favorite song gives to me – over and over and over, I feel like most musicians are not compensated nearly enough. And that’s when there’s NOT a pandemic!

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  2. Oh, my goodness, that stopped me in my tracks! That xylophone-type instrument sounds amazing – so earthy and natural. And that growling sound was fascinating. That was surely music to make my heart sing. And do you want to know something crazy? As I watched it from my 2nd story office, a huge murmuration of starlings swept past my window and swirled around and around in the field behind my yard. Such fitting music to such a wonderful sight! Thank you for sharing, Ivor.

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      1. Thank you Ivor. I was 9 when i saw The Sound of Music in the theater (we actually watched it twice we liked it so well) and developed a serious crush on Julie Andrews. Replacing the crush i had on Angela Cartwright (who was one of children) who also played Penny Robinson on Lost in Space.

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      2. On day while walking home from school i looked up at the full moon (visable even in the afternoon light) vowing to myself; that when i grew i would launch into space and find Penny Robinson. I was 8 yrs old at the time. 🤓

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