Welcome In Our Circle Stay

Song and prayer have always been interwoven for me. I was raised Jewish, and I still love to sing the beautiful hebrew prayers which I learned as a child. When my path turned towards paganism, I lost that for a while, but I was lucky enough to find a pagan choir after moving to Vancouver. Now, none of my personal rituals are without a song or two. I’ve even started writing my own. This is an original song which I wrote as an invocation of the four elements.

Blessed Be.

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The Rains of Castemere – Game of Thrones | Ocarina Cover

In anticipation of Season 6, here is my rendition of “The Rains of Castemere.” This foreboding ballad, immortalizing the fall of House Reyne of Castemere at the hands of Tywin Lannister, is most infamously remembered as being played during the Red Wedding. Sung and performed on the ocarina by Callum Pengelly.

I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, so of course I had to do this one. BTW, I’m available for any and all wedding events 😉 After I heard Bronn sing this song in season two of Game of Thrones, I replayed the episode and learned the lyrics. I’ve been singing the Lannister Song ever since, just “with no one there to hear.” But now their is someone there and I hope you enjoyed it. If not, remember: “The Lannisters send their regards.”

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The Dragonborn Comes – Skyrim | Ocarina Cover

The epic ballad sung in taverns all across Skyrim heralding the coming of the mighty warrior known as the Dragonborn, sung and performed on the ocarina by Callum Pengelly.

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The design is inspired by the dwarf axe head from Lord of the Rings.

Skyrim is hands down my favourite video game. I was hooked the moment I heard the music playing in the main menu screen. It’s been a while since I’ve visited Tamriel, but when I bought my beautiful new 12 hole ocarina, I knew which song I wanted to try first. Sven is a bard who frequents the Sleeping Giant Inn who performs several ballads, one of which caught my ear: “The Dragonborn Comes”.

I found the sheet music online. However, after I had transposed the song to a more workable key, I went a little bit overboard, adding an accompaniment and vocals (both harmony and melody). GarageBand came installed on my mac so I used it to combine all seven unique tracks. I had to learn the basics of mixing (an area where I have so much yet to learn). Even though I had finished the song, I wasn’t ready to leave the project behind. Out came the trusty sewing machine and soon I had myself a set of makeshift black hooded robes complete with warpaint! Luckily, I had the materials already on hand, so I didn’t have to spend any money on the costume. Kching!

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