Music for the Goddess debut CD

Goddess Mandala CD cover

We are proud to announce the release of our debut CD, Goddess Mandala, on Moon & Star Records.
In this hour of original music, you will find songs of celebration,
songs of love, songs of loss, songs about initiation, and about life.
This CD celebrates the Goddess in song.

The songs

We've recorded eleven songs for you. Click here to listen to the sound clips from the entire album (2 MB... You need the RealAudio player to listen to this file.

These are the clips:

  1. Round and Round
  2. Calling the Quarters
  3. In the Belly of the Mother
  4. On Eventide of May
  5. When Gaia Wears Purple
  6. Shaman's Dreams
  7. Wizardwood
  8. Baby I'm Falling
  9. Miles Before Dawn
  10. Love Has Nine Lives
  11. Goddess Mandala

Here are some song descriptions that you won't find in the liner notes.

Round and Round

Wendy Sheridan writes: I was
drumming in a drum frenzy at a Beltane party, and after 3 or so hours of
drumming, my spirit was transported to this place in a magical forest
where there was a bonfire and dancers, and all manner of things. This
song commemorates that experience, and incorporates elements from the
closing of our Wiccan rituals. We say "The circle is open, but never
broken. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again. Blessed be."

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Calling the Quarters


This is a song of invocation. In the
opening of a Wiccan ritual the four directions (East, South, West and
North) and elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth) are called to join the
circle as the candles are lit. You are also invited into the circle with
the Goddess and the God in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Guest guitarist Jim Incollingo adds his bluesy melodies to the endeavor.

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In the Belly of the Mother

This song commemorates the major Sabbat of
Imbolc (the return of the sun). This Sabbat occurs on February 2nd every
year. It is a time for cleansing and celebration, for we notice that
the days are getting longer, and spring will soon be here. It is the
festival of the Goddess Brigit, patroness of poets, bards, and
musicians, Goddess of the fire: candles, forges and the internal fires
of creativity, Protector of pregnant women, midwives and women in labor.
We dedicate this song to Her.

In the Belly of the Mother features Rich Sheridan on lead vocals.

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On Eventide of May

This previously unrecorded work is from
Daxe's catalog, written by Daxe and Michelle Augustyniak. Beltane, or
the Rites of Spring, is a fertility festival. It is the celebration of
the Sacred Marriage of the God and the Goddess. It is the time of
planting in the fields. The celebrations can be wild and passionate. And
sometimes there is a price to pay.

Wendy Sheridan sings lead vocals on this track.

When Gaia Wears Purple

Another song of Daxe's from his "One Vote Zygote" CD. We just had to do our version of it. The Old Womyn of the Forest shows off her creativity.

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Shaman's Dreams

This instrumental peice is a rythmic excursion from the brains of Daxe and Vonorn. A different version of this song appears on the Daxe CD "God Doesn't Play with Dice".

Wizardwood

This is a song about an initiation. It is not based on any particular Wiccan or Pagan
tradition. Rather, it is a metaphor for self-discovery and personal and spiritual growth.
The theme of spending some time alone in a sacred place where you confront yourself and
learn to come to grips with your dark side is a universal one.

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Rich Sheridan is the featured vocalist on this track, and guest artist Bruce Katz provides the wonderful guitar work. (Bruce and Rich performed together in the
original heavy metal band Axcelerator - Click here for Air Raid, by Axcelerator).




Baby I'm Falling

The Wizard from the previous song is ready to return to the "mundane" world and find the magic that is part of everyday living. This song was written as an admission and question
to a new love. It is unabashed pop from the song catalog of Wendy
Sheridan and Bob Lame.

Bob Lame plays guitar on this one.

Miles Before Dawn

Can you remember a time when all you wanted to do was stay up all night with someone and just
feel good? When you weren't looking for a relationship or a commitment?
Then this song (another from the Sheridan/Lame catalog) is for you.
(Wendy wants to point out that she loves horn sections - even if they
come from a module).

Guest guitarist Bob Lame appears on this track.

Love Has Nine Lives

When everything is dark, this song reminds us that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It was written in the aftermath of a very intense relationship. From the songwriting
duo of Sheridan/Lame.

Bob Lame plays guitar on this track as well.

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Goddess Mandala

We think no one has attempted something
quite like this since the "album sides" of the 70's. During the fifteen
minutes of this work, you will hear some familiar Pagan chants, and some
melodies that appear in other songs of this album. We also invoke the
names of over 150 Goddesses
uncovered with the assistance of "Goddesses in World Mythology, a
Biographical Dictionary," by Martha Ann & Dorothy Myers Imel. We
will be including information about these Goddesses shortly. We invite
you to listen and meditate, dance or whatever strikes your fancy.

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Namaste.


About Moon & Star Records

Moon & Star Records publishes and distributes music for the global neo-pagan community, and proudly supports Music for the Goddess. Future releases will include more Pagan Rock, New Age, Goddess
Spirituality, Feminist music, Children's music and spoken word recordings.

For inquiries, contact msr@musicforthegoddess.com, or write to:

Moon & Star Records
PO Box 1825
Rahway, NJ 07065

Please note that we are not accepting unsolicited material at this time.


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