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Darkher is the alias of Jayn H. Wissenberg, a West Yorkshire-based singer-songwriter. Let us quote Metal Temple in order to introduce you to Darkher:
‘Her work weaves Gothic themes and eery atmosphere around a base of dark ambiance. It is hard to pick out individual notions between the mix of entrancement, sadness, introspection and soul-searching curiosity that washes over you’.
‘Ghosts tears’ is the first track of her first ep, ‘The Kingdom Field’. Singular music, isn’t it?
Just a couple of years ago we told you about the tradition of telling spooky tales upon a Christmas night. This time we are sharing with you something related with this.
From the Valentine Wolfe newsletter:
“Marley was dead, to begin with.”
This is the opening to my favorite Christmas Story, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. When I was a child, the fact that it is a ghost story wasn’t immediately obvious to me. But I loved it. I had storybook and record of the tale, and I generally would listen to side one (the ones with all the scary bits in it) over and over instead of turning the record over for the happy ending. And when the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol started coming on television, I never missed it, looking forward to the fog, the lanterns, and the ghost hearse. Especially the ghost hearse. A Christmas Carol was scary, and not like a horror movie, and while young me didn’t quite understand the distinction, I knew I loved this story the most.
It is easy, therefore, to imagine my delight in finding out that a cultural tradition around Christmas involved families gathering on the 24th of December and telling ghost stories. The notion of passing Christmas Eve in sheer terror of the return of the dearly departed sounded…well, fun. And instantly brought me back to memories of cold winter evenings and the spectral visage of Jacob Marley.
So in the spirit of the Ghosts of Christmas past, we’re offering you ten tales for your musical enjoyment this season. There’s nary a reindeer or a kindly old elf to be found, but there are memories and echoes of the past abounding, both in the texts and textures of the music.
This is not the first that The Goblin Market is featured on our blog (in fact, we are sure that you remember our fascinating interview with Aristotle Pramagioulis). When we read about ‘Year’s End’ on The Goblin Market group at Facebook, we could not help but think… what a delightful idea! And here we are, inviting you to join a new tradition for a very special day: Halloween.
It is true that Halloween celebrations tend to focus on the spooky and macabre aspects of this date, but we believe that beauty may be found in unexpected places. Including darkness.
We hope you find this idea as inspirational as we do. Enjoy!
‘Best be yourself, imperial, plain, and true’, said Robert Browning, one of the foremost Victorian philosopher-poets.
With historical settings, his poems are known for their irony, dark humor, social commentary, and challenging vocabulary and syntax. He married Elizabeth Barrett, one of history’s most famous literary marriages.
A true Master said ‘Best be yourself, imperial, plain, and true’. What else can we say?