I haven’t posted in a while as not a lot’s been happening but I’ve just had the copyedited manuscript of Abbey of Death sent to me from Amazon Publishing so I’ll get that all sorted and hopefully it will be out soon.
The Druid is coming along nicely, with new ideas coming to me all the time. Hopefully I can make this my best novel yet. As you know I’ve been doing a lot of research into the period around 430AD and the general folklore of Britain and here is the latest addition to my library: Folklore Myths and Legends of Britain.
Fans of Jethro Tull might be aware of this one already, as it was the book that inspired much of their 1977 album “Songs From The Wood”. Coincidentally, my copy is the 2nd edition from that same year, and 1977 is also when I was born. Funny that. The flute I bought a few years ago was also “born” in 1977. Still haven’t really learned to play it though…
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Of course, druids were often bards and entertainers as well, so it’s only natural that “my” druid, Bellicus, should sing a few songs and, since we’ve no records of any from that time, I’ll have to make some up myself. I doubt very much though, if I’ll be able to come up with lyrics as good as the ones Ian Anderson, famous minstrel in the gallery, wrote after reading this book. Like these, for example:
“Have you seen Jack-In-The-Green, With his long tail hanging down? He quietly sits under every tree, In the folds of his velvet gown.” (Jack In The Green)
Or “Ask the green man where he comes from, ask the cup that fills with red. Ask the old grey standing stones, that show the sun his way to bed.”(Cup of Wonder).
Or, “Let me bring you all things refined. Galliards and lute songs served in chilling ale. Greetings, well met fellow, hail! I am the wind to fill your sail. I am the cross to take your nail. A singer of these ageless times, with kitchen prose and gutter rhymes.” (Songs from the Wood).
Anyway, this is a great book with loads of information in it that I’m sure will inspire my writing in much the same way as it did Ian Anderson’s songs. If you’re interested in British history at all, find a copy of the book (on Amazon HERE), you’ll love it. And check out Tull too, starting with the song below. Turn it up!
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