Kari Tauring | A Yuletide Celebration

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A Yuletide Celebration

by Kari Tauring

Medieval chants with drum jams, folk rock guitar riffs, lilting penny whistles and eerie violins; this collection of original songs plays out the many moods of the dark days of winter.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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1. Carolling Medley - Deck the Halls, The Log is Se
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2. Winter's Come
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5:05 album only
3. Be Born in Me
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2:52 album only
4. I Sing of a Maiden
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3:59 album only
5. Light A Candle
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2:39 album only
6. Yule Poem
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4:04 album only
7. The Wheel
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8. Starlight Yule Bright
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Listen to the CD that started the Discovering Origins/Building Traditions Project, a series of multimedia ritual shows developed and performed by Kari Tauring and Friends throughout Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1998 I was inspired to record the songs I had written for the Winter Solstice Season, heard randomly at gigs and dinner parties. This led to the shows and the rest is history! Read about it on my vast website.

This CD for the Winter Holy Days begins with musical meandering from the solitude of hibernation season to a Yule party of carolers and merry makers. These polarities tug at us through the dark days of winter. The impulse to isolate and the necessity to congregate.

"I Sing of a Maiden" can be heard at nearly every Discovering Origins/Building Traditions Ritual Show and in many churches throughout the Twin Cities area as it has grown to become a favorite. Pairing 13th century lyrics of praise for the Mother of God with a simple and catchy tune perfect for solo voice or voice and drum.

"Yule Poem" (aka "Underworld Grave") is a jazzy spoken word piece that explains the mythology behind winter starting on Halloween, the new year and beginning of Winter on the agricultural calendar. "Winter's Come" is another favorite. Haunting and cold, the violin and vocals chill you to the bone.

The astronomical points of the solstices and equinoxes hold Earth changes that affect everyone from the most pagan to the most atheist, from the trees to the chickens.

Do you need support in balancing out your life? Pay attention to the cycles of the Earth, sun and moon for a year and observe your feelings, habits, and rituals.

“The Wheel” is a danceable and lively song that affirms - the only stable thing is change! Do it lovingly and with music!

Blessings,

Kari


Reviews:

"'Winter's Come' is '...ethereal, lonely, introspective, and beautiful as a winter snowfall.'"

"'Starlight Yule Bright,' a truly lovely and harmonic melody with a gentle lullaby tempo. This one is sure to gain repeat play throughout the holiday season and also be selected by listeners well into the coming years."

-Murrday Fisher, reviewer for allmusic.com


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Jenneke

Excellent Yule music with a truly deep spiritual message.
If you are looking for a way to celebrate Yule with music that is not overly Christian in tone and message, this is for you! The singer has a great voice and managed to bring great variety to this collection, though there are only 8 songs (unfortunately :)

Stacey A

Great pagan holiday music
Starting off like a traditional holiday (Christmas) CD, Yuletide quickly moves into soft, rhythmic, meaningful lyrics which are perfectly suited for pagans wanting to celebrate the Winter Solistice. I highly recommend the album for anyone looking for alternative holiday music!

Robert Josephs

Wow!
One never knows what to expect when one buys a CD from an independent artist. The sound samples always help, but they don't give you a complete picture of the journey.

This CD starts with a racous medley of carolling that at first left me wondering if I'd made a mistake. It's not bad, it just wasn't what I expected. Once I was halfway through "Winter's Come", however, I knew I was in safe hands and it only got better from there.

These selections belong in everyone's mix of holiday music. They're a remarkable collection of songs that remind us of the origins of our holiday traditions.

Gwenn

Great CD!!
As a solitary practitioner, my Pagan holidays are always lonely. I was so glad to find some *real* music geared toward *my* beliefs, and it helped make the holiday season a little less lonely. I love the music, and her voice is hauntingly sweet. A good buy.

justis p. jones

Kari is a spectacular music artist!
This CD is one of the best Interfaith holiday discs I have ever heard. Kari Tauring sings with inspiration of an enlightened individual. Great work by all involved in the disc. I highly recommend A Yuletide Celebration.

Scojo - The Witch's Ground

A wonderful collection of selected songs for Yule!
After hearing Kari Tauring's CD "A Yuletide Celebration" I was blown away. This wonderfully composed CD brings the listener closer to the univeral harmonies that we all long to celebrate during this Yuletime season.

Thank you Kari for composing a holiday CD that can be enjoyed by anyone especially those of us walking an earth-based path.

Shirley

It's refreshing to hear music that reflects my belief system!
Thank-you for offering a CD that is spiritual, but non-Christian. Now I can truly celebrate the joys of the solstice.

Amelia

I love this CD!
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this cd is. The only improvement I can suggest would be to include the song lyrics. This is a must have for the Holiday Season!

Jim Mcguire

Original Yule Music!
This CD was a pleasant surprise. As a pagan, the "Christmas" season is a mixed bag. Our symbolism (trees, holly, misletoe) is everywhere, but the music is mostly secular or Christian (though many traditional carols have Pagan elements).

Kari's CD is full of original Pagan yuletide songs. The instrumentation is wonderful, her voice is incredible, and the lyrics are spiritual.

I highly recommend this CD.

Beth

Loved it!
The perfect yule cd for pagans!
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