Spirit Nation by Gypsy
Reviewed by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Yesterday I opened a package from my old friend Gypsy in
. It contained her new CD: Spirit Nation. I was personally excited about
this latest release, because I’d arranged permission for her to cover
Gwydion’s famous Pagan anthem, “We Won’t Wait Any Longer.”
So I put it on our sound system in our
, got all comfy, and settled in for a wonderful and inspiring musical journey
into the Underworld, and back out to a triumphant reclaiming of our Pagan place
in the world!
I was delighted to discover that not only Gypsy and Gwydion wrote lyrics
for this album, but also my dear old (in the sense of having known each other
for four decades) friends Erinna Northwind and Isaac Bonewits.
The journey begins, appropriately enough, with a powerful Rite of
Initiation. This is followed by a tribute to the Starwood festival where so many
of us have met and danced around the bonfire for the past 30 years.
The Elements are invoked and stirred into the cauldron with William Gray’s
energy- (and hair-) raising “Mill of Magick.” This is followed by an
exquisite love spell to call one’s true Wiccan Soulmate. The note says it’s
by Gypsy for Richard, her own Priest and lifemate.
Next comes an “Esbat Meeting Song,” evoking many Full Moon
s I’ve known. And this takes us to a poignant paean for the “Fallen
Angel:” “Believe in yourself and make miracles.”
But the true Great Work of this album, and the piece that brought me to my
knees in joyous tears of recognition, is “I Am Thy.” This is the perfect
love song that can come only out of a lifetime shared with one’s true Soulmate
and Magickal Partner: Priestess to Priest; Witch to Magician. I could not but
think of Morning Glory and our 36 years together!
And then (appropriately enough at this Samhain season), we journey into
the Underworld in memories of “Jack and All Our Dear Ones” departed beyond
the veil, whom “we’ll meet and know and love again in Avalon.” There we
meet The Morrigan, for “without the touch of your white wings, we cannot have
rebirth.” This song is by Isaac, and it always sends chills up my spine.
And finally, the rousing and triumphant Pagan Anthem by our own beloved
Bard, Gwydion Pendderwen: “We Won’t Wait Any Longer.” You’ve heard it a
thousand times, but never—I guarantee—like this!
So I say, buy this CD, and play it in your
It’s FABULOUS! You rock,