Awakening the Muse and happy New Year in advance
With all the things I have to prepare and the arrival of New Year’s celebrations, I’ll probably share much less clips here until early January. Therefore, I think it’s a good idea to offer you all my best wishes for Christmas and 2017 in advance. With this aim in mind, I would like to tell you a story that led me to write this post. I recently had a very interesting discussion with a friend who absolutely wanted to use the term “Xmas” on December 25. And as a French, I really didn’t understand why she said that. She then explained to me that the X refers both to indeterminacy and the abbreviation of Christ, because the letter is pronouced “chi” in Greek, so everyone can use the term, including non-belivers. It’s a bit like the word “Noël” in french that gives a more pagan coloration to the celebration. It made perfect sense, but by intentionally forgetting the birth element in the commemoration, we also forget that Christians have assimilated a huge part of Ancient Greek Culture and Dionysus/Apollo (faith and reason) references in their Liturgy. So is it relevant to say “Xmas”? I don’t know, it’s up to you to decide. I just want to use this opportunity to make a random analogy and remind myself that, sometimes, the respect of a specific tradition can bring us much closer to the Ancient Greek universe than we think.
Speaking of Ancient Greece, and therefore of the Sapphic world, I recently discovered a group called Lyre ‘n’ Rhapsody (x), an acoustic female ensemble formed in Athens. They revisit a series of lost songs from the classical civilization. Their debut album titled Awaking The Muse was released in May 2013. The music performed comprises Ancient Greek Lyrical Poetry and Greek Traditional songs. The 12 strings Lyre is ideal in enhancing the Sapphic spirit, while the Daouli highlights the Lyre with it’s groovy and powerful beat. Fragments from ancient composers, such as Seikilos, are also interpreted by the four women. What better gift could I have found? Their voices inspire me so much, I hope they will give you enough ecstasy to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions. The playlist includes a live performance, Awakening the Muse full album and their last work called Kirke, a precious album opening on a Lovesong from Lesbos.