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Thread #125093 Message #2767602
Posted By: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
17-Nov-09 - 05:40 AM
Thread Name: Film: The Wicker Man
Subject: RE: Film: The Wicker Man
Willow's Song was one of the first 'folk' songs I learned to sing - a couple of years ago now, when I bought TWM soundtrack along with an old Pentangle album I remembered from my early teens. Like Spleen, TWM soundtrack (along with Cruel Sister I think) made me look further into folk song.
Further to reductive tendencies in Neo-Pagan dogma, Willow's Song's been done and done again by Pagan stylee folkies. And I think it loses something essential in being treated too carelessly, like a kind of Pagan celebration of Earthly Love or something (which of course it isn't at all - if you consider the context.) I like to treat it as more of a sinister Siren's song than a celebration of sexuality, and it works much better for me when approached on that level.