Jodee James

"If i could sound like anything it would be the wind and sky, maybe a bit of waterfall and craggy places"

Melangell  Podcast


May 6, 2018 - I finished a new song this week called Melangell. I had the guitar part down since last summer, and finally recorded the vocals, keys, etc. this past week. I was hoping to finish it a week or two before but having lyme has slowed me down - nonetheless, i'm happy to say it's up here on my page, as well as a little video I put together with it. Eventually it  will be on my new cd, but for now i will make it available for download on my music page. Here is the story -

Melangell, the patron saint of hares and small animals, has always been near to my heart. It's said that Melangell came from Ireland to Wales sometime in the 7th century and lived a life of seclusion with the wildlife of Cwm Pennant, seeking shelter and solitude. One day Brochwel, a prince of what is now Powys, Wales, was out hunting with his dogs when they began to chase a rabbit, suddenly, the dogs stopped abruptly, and there before them was a small hare running to take shelter in Melangell’s cape. So touched by this, Brochwel granted her the valley to keep as her safe haven. Later, as an abbess, she founded a community of women where her memory and love of hares, often referred to as “Melangell’s lambs”, continues today. In the remote little church that stands in remembrance, there’s a 15th century oak screen carving telling her story. Last week, May 27th, was her feast day. My mom painted this picture maybe twenty years ago or more, and it’s as special to me as if I was standing there today xxx

Melangell 

White is the flower I left by the gate
Ancient the path, it never fades
A ringlet of stories held fast by faith
Where words become shelter, refuge awaits

Draped, there by the door
Like an undisturbed journey of many before
I came here in wonder, I came here by grace
To stand in the walls of her healing embrace

Run to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time, we are born
Back to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time we are born

Small creatures rest at the touch of her hem
No hunters, no hounds, will dare enter in
Pure heart she stands like a light in this place
Behold asylum in the fold of her cape

Carry my soul back in the song of a wren
Where wild hares gather in the clearing again

Cover me, beneath the clouds and cloak of the day
Where carvings relive her sanctioned place
I whisper her name in silence so frail
Through hedgerows of time to the healing vale

Run to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time, we are born
Back to the place where each moment in time
Moment in time we are born

@2018 Jodee James/Halo Moon Creations

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Welcoming Winter - Digital album for download 

i decided to put together a few winter songs i've recorded over the years, some recorded live, others in corners of the music room, with the snowy wind for inspiration. Winter is my favorite time of year - actually it rivals with autumn, but still winter seems to always win out in my heart. i love the mystery of winter, the way it becomes the still, stark dream time, when all the roots and branches seem to be emptiest and forgotten, when in actuality they are thriving and flourishing with rebirth. And so born is Welcoming Winter - i hope it takes the chill off your busy thoughts x

It's available here 

 

Lady of the Fountain is now available!  


Yay!!! is all i can say!!!

My newest album Lady of the Fountain, is sitting on my dining room table ready to be mailed off for distribution and is available here in my Music Store -

A digital download of the album is also available here, and on CD Baby. They should have my CD available by the end of next week, and well me, i have them now! yay!!!

For those that might be curious, this recording is a little different for me, though i've still tried to capture the wind outside my window, adding bells and trinkets of wind chimes ha! - this time i've added keyboards, mountain dulcimer and a bit of harp, as well as touches of percussion. 

Two tracks are Welsh folk songs and the other six tracks i have written. The title track is based upon a wondrous story from the Welsh Mabinogion; there's a song inspired by the beloved story of Lady Joan and Prince Llewelyn ap Iorwerth; there's a song for the woodland animals partly recorded in the hemlock woods while spending hours watching them from my favorite spot or from the music room window; there's a song of hope and shedding off that winter darkness, a song for Avalon, where many of us have dreamed before; and finally, a poem/song that reaches out across my thoughts, down paths of unknown canvas, wondering where it will take me ;)  

There were two more tracks so close to being done that i had planned to add to the album, but my hands were a bit too sore with RA to rush and finish them the way that i wanted to, so i decided to add them to the next recording instead, where 4 songs of legends and enchantment are in various stages, patiently waiting. Now for me to do the same ;)

 

October 2017 -  

Finally, yay!! the CD (Lady of the Fountain) is done!!  i've been working on the CD booklet and finished the cover today...for the most part anyway. Also posted the first track of the CD, Titrwm Tatrwm/Hiraeth, here on my music page. i'll be setting up a store soon for downloads - hope to be back before too long with more info - meanwhile off to visit the pine woods, salt air and craggy places  x

May almost June ~ 

i have come to the conclusion i am terrible at blogging. All the while it looks like i've shrunk into the mist, but i've been here, busy away, still settling in, unpacking books, enjoying the greenery and finally feeling like i'm home. Meanwhile i've gotten four songs close to a final mix (Melangell, Summer Garden, Where Will It? and Lady Joan), ones i've written, as well as a new version of the Welsh folksong Titrwm Tatrwm. Anxious for next week - and a space of time to get back to it. See you in June x

Hello Spring ~ 

Months later almost moved in ~ this sure is the longest move yet but we're finally settling in. Got recording gear unpacked and put back up vocals, in addition to the other songs i sing, on the upcoming Dragonfyre CD - can't wait to hear the finished product. David Rich is doing a great job with it. Soon i hope to pull out my half done tracks and get back to my album.....just need to catch up on stacking wood, unpacking more kitchen and finding the bedroom ;)

Hello 2016 

Started the new year with a recent move. Wow, it's been a busy couple months packing and setting up but the music room is almost done - and that means soon i'll find my way back to working on my CD - yay!

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Previous events

Dec2

Jodee James/Welsh Winter Holiday Performance

Storrowton Tavern, West Springfield, MA

WELSH WINTER HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE Welsh American folk performer Jodee James will perform a Celtic winter holiday program at the Welsh Society of Western New England’s annual Christmas Holiday luncheon on Saturday, December 2 at the Storrowton Tavern, West Springfield, MA. In this performance, Jodee will sing songs of the winter solstice, Christmas carols, New Year's traditions and the Wales’ mysterious Mari Lywd. A singer-songwriter with a passion for folklore since a child, Jodee performs both traditional and original songs with guitar and vocals, many based on Welsh legends or heritage. The songs are in English and Welsh, and she explains the background and context of the stories. Jodee has performed in concert venues, festivals, colleges, and cultural events from Maine to Florida. Luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance (available Nov 1): $33 for guests, $31 for Welsh Society of Western New England members. For more info please contact WelshWNE@gmail.com before November 2, 2017.

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