Songs from Jorthus Preview
Singer/songwriter from the musical group All Are We, Kate Elizabeth Davis, has lent her folk song talents to the world of Jorthus. In the past few months, she has written several chants and melodies for my book series, and we have recorded each one as a preliminary track to expand upon later.
Her first song is a chant that would be sung around a campfire or hearth to lull children to sleep. It is a song to honor the blue moon, Unara.
“Unara’s Chant” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRrauRkQNOs
Next, she came up with a round, based on the myth of the two moons, Unara and Rhaes. The old Jorthian tale of Time and Tide goes like this:
In the beginning of Time, all were but spirits in the MidRealms. There, a brash, young spirit named Rhaes fell madly in love with a generous beauty named Jorthus. She existed in the Realm with her two sisters, Quorrelles and Gerellus.
Rhaes had a sister as well: Unara. She was jealously protective of her hot-headed brother, and she always followed him, to see what mischief he was getting into.
One great day, the HighRealm spirits, Iym and Anom, called Jorthus to take shape in the Universe, along with her sisters. They were shaped into glorious planets, set to dance eternally around a bright white star named, Yimarni. Jorthus was happy, as she relished the opportunity to give life to other beings.
Rhaes, seeing his love taken from him, ranted at the Creator Spirits. He swore that he would not let Jorthus be taken from him. And so, he fled to the LowRealms without permission. He risked Their wrath to join her in her destiny. It was possible that he would not be granted physical form and would remain forever unable to communicate with his love, Jorthus. But, his meddlesome sister, Unara, pleaded to the Higher Spirits for pity upon his lovesick heart. They granted him shape; however, as his ambitions were smaller and more self-serving, he was clothed in barren rock and dust. Becoming a moon, he would be with his ladylove, circling her forever and always within her sight.
Watching their transformation, Unara felt left behind. She went to the Higher Spirits, once again, to ask that she be made into a satellite as well. Her desires were not for herself as much as they were for staying with her brother. So, Iym granted her wish, and Anom placed her beside her sibling, a large blue moon forever chasing the smaller red one.
“Sister and Brother Moons” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6X3z7zWO7k
The last one to share with you today is a tune that would most likely be heard around crowded taverns, as a precautionary tale to young or foolish wanderers. With an increasingly drunken slur, this song might bring smiles to the human patrons, but no one would forget its warnings! The Fae Woods on Jorthus are fiercely guarded, and not many non-fae that stumble off the path are ever seen again!
“Beware the Fae!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEa8i616Cr0
She has an accompanying chant for the Unara one: “Rhaes’ Chant.” The tune is still evolving, however. We are also collaborating on a festival round, for celebrating around the bonfires on the night of the Kalean Naegh; the night when young faerlins run free beneath the trees and stars to discover love and lust!
I am looking forward to what she has in store next, and I hope that you will enjoy what we have so far! 😀
— R D Hays