One Tragic Love Myth

O deities of the underworld, to whom all we who live must come, hear my words, for they are true. I come not to spy out the secrets of Tartarus, nor to try my strength against Cerberus, the three-headed dog with snaky hair who guards the entrance. I come to seek my wife, whose opening years the poisonous viper’s fang has brought to an untimely end. Love has led me here, Love, a god all powerful with us who dwell on the earth, and, if old traditions say true, not less so here. I implore you by these abodes full of terror, these realms of silence and uncreated things, unite again the thread of Eurydice’s life. We all are destined to you, and sooner or later must pass to your domain. She too, when she shall have filled her term of life, will rightly be yours. But ’til then grant her to me, I beseech you. If you deny one, I cannot return alone; you shall triumph in the death of us both.”

These are the words sung by Orpheus, the greatest musician and poet of Greek myth. The lovely words spilled from his lips when he went to the underworld to plead with Hades for the return of his wife, Eurydice, after a serpent’s bite took her life.

Hades agreed to let her go back with a condition. During the trek back, Orpheus was to walk ahead of her and never look back. She followed, limping from the pain in her damaged foot. Unfortunately, Orpheus failed and turned to look at his beloved wife — and she was ripped from his arms forever, dying yet again.

Orpheus never recovered and his sad music broke hearts long after. There are different stories of his death in the end, but most aren’t pleasant.

I have a treat for the ladies. I say ladies because it may have a bit too much estrogen for my male readers. To make it plain, WARNING, MUSHY ROMANCE AHEAD! (g)

I go through periods where I listen to a lot of ethereal, electronic music. One such CD I bought for the cover. Seriously. Look.
Sleepthief’s CD, Dawnseekers, is an electronic gathering of different lead female vocals. It has a bit of an 80s feel in places, but I wasn’t disappointed in the purchase. There are a few seriously wonderful songs on it, including one called Eurydice sung by the talented Jody Quine. I first heard of her when I bought another CD called Balligomingo. (Yes, my music spending habits are intense.)

But, there is a heartbreaking video for the song. It’s a tribute to the love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Takes a bit of artistic license here and there, but still good.

You can also hear long previews of all the songs on Sleepthief’s site. (Click on previews at the bottom–I couldn’t get the videos to load there.) With each load of the site, you get a different image of dawn. Also, for anyone who loved Berlin in the 80s, they do a cover of the song, The Metro.

Sleepthief

BTW, Sleepthief’s CD has only been in the US since last month. There is a fantastic remix of Eurydice on their myspace site www.myspace.com/sleepthief . And if you like Jody Quine, check out her spot and listen to Superman. She doesn’t have a record deal yet, but it shouldn’t be long. www.myspace.com/jodyquine

14 Comments

  1. How wonderfully mysterious!

    Please do not think I am re-directing attention to me when I tell you that I just read an interesting (autobiographical) book on Berlin which I wrote about in my blog a few days ago; I only mention it as coincidence that you bring it up here.

    Were you ever in Berlin? I have only been to what was once West Germany.

  2. Never been to Berlin. Never been out of the US but I’ve been all over it.

    The Berlin I”m talking about is a band from the 80s. They did a song for Tom Cruise’s movie Top Gun called Take My Breath Away.

  3. Oops! That’s like when I asked my friend what she thought of philosophy (the make up line) and she thought I meant the social science. I think it’s time for me to do more listening to music, less reading of books.

  4. Ah, I thought it was cute. Not many people are going to remember Berlin– not unless they were into MTV heavily in the 80s.

    I actually like their version of The Metro better. Hmmm… I’ll have to see if I can find it.

  5. I warned you!

    I liked the video. Liked the metaphor use, etc.

    The entire cd has an 80s/early 90s feel. I pulled up a video of Berlin’s The Metro and it had the same sort of canned electronic feel. I may have to post that video for Bellezza. (g)

  6. I love this blog. It has everything–from classic literature to contemporary music clips and modern art links.

    What a well rounded post–solid way to pull the thought(s) all together.

    You’re great, Rinda.

  7. Chick flicks, chick lit, chick rock–where does it all end?

    Sad. This is a wonderful tune and a nice visual retelling of the ancient myth, no matter the viewer’s gender.

  8. It will never end because all of us lovely women are here to stay and you’re glad about that, aren’t you X? Admit it. You like us.

    I’m glad you liked it. The more I listen to the song, the more I enjoy it. If you get a chance, check out the myspace site. The video of the CDs creator, Justin, buying his first copies of the CD at Barnes and Noble is fun.

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