A DEADLY, LONELY GIANTESS WHO SINGS REALLY BADLY–COME HEAR HER!
I’m not sure why I added a song to The Mead of Poetry, a Norse myth I’ll be performing this month at Nova Arts in Keene, New Hampshire. It’s only a couple of years old, the song. I wrote it for Gunlod, the deadly giantess who guards her father’s elixir in a mountain cave. Poor lonely girl, she’s an unhappy virgin. That is until Odin arrives, disguised as a man. He’s there to seduce her into giving him a sip of the elixir–a mead of poetry and wisdom. I first urged an audience to sing it with me at a live show in Cambridge MA.
One soul, lost in loneliness
Down in the dark where nobody dares to go
One soul, none will ever see
My father’s will has now imprisoned me
Guard it, he says. Guard it, he says.
Guard it, let no one touch it at all.
The song worked really well when my audience at Grendel’s Den learned it in no time and sang it beautifully. And after two years of trying it out, I captured it on a live recording this year that will be out for Christmas 2022. ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS. You’ll find it at my download shop soon.
Most Norse myths are irredeemably violent. But not these two. I chose them from the canon for their humanity. Sort of.
Meanwhile, join me for a live version if you like. Maybe you can sing it even better.
SEPT. 24TH at 8 pm
48 Emerald Street