eldritchhobbit: (LOTR/Road Goes Ever)
As you may already know, I am a sincere fan of Giuseppe Festa and his band Lingalad. I've had the great fortune to write/publish about the band's Middle-earth music, hear Giuseppe play live on several occasions, and even be a part of his film on the American West, Oltre la Frontiera. I know some of you are fans of Lingalad's work, as well.

I'm happy to report that Lingalad has a new album, Confini Armonici (Harmonic Borders). It's gorgeous! I highly recommend it.

Here's a new video to give you a taste: "Occhi D'Ambra" ("Eyes of Amber").

I just had to share. :)
eldritchhobbit: (Dancer)
I have just returned from an exhilarating time in South Dakota, making a documentary on the U.S. West and Native America for Italian television, filmed by Francesco and Massimo Piccioli of Filmaker and hosted by author, educator, and musical artist Giuseppe Festa. For the part with which I was involved, we managed quite a bit of travel, visiting the Badlands, the Pine Ridge Reservation, Wounded Knee, the Black Hills (including Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, and Sylvan Lake), Buffalo Gap, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.

Here I am with my friend Giuseppe, where we filmed one of my segments in Custer State Park in the Black Hills:


We spent a good deal of time at the Wounded Knee Cemetery, which is a truly heartbreaking place:


And, of course, we took in lots of Western flavor, including this saloon in Scenic, South Dakota:

Longhorn Saloon

I found it to be an intense and deeply moving journey, which I was fortunate enough to share with wonderful people. I am so happy I could be involved with this project!

You can see all of my pictures from the trip here.

I will be catching up with everyone as soon as possible.

"Perhaps you have noticed that even in the slightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in different ways." - Black Elk
eldritchhobbit: (Dancer)
Happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] theladyrose! May you have a fantastic day and many more to come!

I am off tomorrow morning before the crack of dawn to go to South Dakota. There I will join my friend and one of my very favorite musicians, Giuseppe Festa of Lingalad (see my previous post about him here), and filmmakers Francesco and Massimo Piccioli. They are shooting a feature on Native America and the West for Sky TV, and they kindly have invited me to appear in the documentary as the "guide" for Giuseppe (who will be hosting the show) as we make a whirlwind tour of the Badlands, the Black Hills, and the Pine Ridge Reservation. We will get to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and the scene of the Wounded Knee Massacre, among other places. Needless to say, I am thrilled at this opportunity to share the West in general and Native America in particular with an Italian audience, in a trip that I know will be profoundly meaningful and emotional for me, in the homeland of Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Black Elk, and much of the modern American Indian Movement. I will be offline until Monday morning, and I plan to bring back many pictures to share.

A couple of quick notes before I go:

* Maria Lectrix has begun an unabridged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.

* Night Shade Books is currently having a 50% off sale (with a minimum four-book purchase).

* Tom Burns of The Deadbolt has posted "Seven Things We Want from The Hobbit."

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

"Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop."

- Black Elk
eldritchhobbit: (fairytales)
First, a couple of personal notes:

* I have thoroughly updated my website, including my recommended links page.

* The information for Tecumseh: A Biography is now up on the Greenwood Press site and Amazon.com.

Now, on to music news:

I am a sincere fan of Giuseppe Festa and his band Lingalad. You can read my review of the first album here at Revolution Science Fiction and my interview with Giuseppe here at Pop Thought. I've had the very good fortune of hearing Giuseppe perform his nature- and Middle-Earth-inspired music live on several occasions at various Tolkien-related international events, and each time has been wonderful.

Now a new book from Bastogi - La Musica dei Lingalad: Da Tolkien ai Segreti della Natura, or The Music of Lingalad: From Tolkien to the Secrets of Nature - is available, and it comes with a Best of Lingalad CD, which includes 19 classic songs and 3 new ones. I contributed a section to the book, as did others, including Lord of the Rings artist John Howe and actors Craig Parker and Bruce Hopkins. There is more information about the book and CD here. International buyers should email info@lingalad.it for pricing and shipping details. Additional information about other albums appears on Lingalad's main website.

I'll leave you with some Lingalad:

Here's one more video by Lingalad.

While snow the window-panes bedim,
The fire curls up a sunny charm,
Where, creaming o'er the pitcher's rim,
The flowering ale is set to warm;
Mirth, full of joy as summer bees,
Sits there, its pleasures to impart,
And children, 'tween their parent's knees,
Sing scraps of carols o'er by heart.
- John Clare, December


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