Moon Music


The night time is ascendant at the moment and the days are short.  We have still been out and about. We did a lovely party down in Somerset for a 40th Birthday / Halloween celebration.  The band ‘The Mad Cows’, a Glastonbury Festival favourite, wowed the crowd with their great feel good music. The interaction with the crowd , which included an improvised start to the set with a song using a throwaway comment from one of the audience, was a joy to hear. Well worth seeing or booking for a gig.

Bonfire night saw us in the Cotswolds in the scenic environs of Stow On The Wold. We provided a yurt , a disco, laser lighting and glamping for a group of 12-13 year olds celebrating a birthday.

I spent most of yesterday painting a 5.5m Tipi.  It was a lof of fun and the weather was just right.  The Swallows in the barn roof seemed to take an interest in between nest building.  To get Kokopelli’s design on the tipi I erected a scaffold tower and used it to hang the canvas.

Tipi canva hanging from Scaffold Tower

Tipi canvas hanging from Scaffold Tower

I awaited dusk to use a projector to place the image on the canvas and trace round.  The canvas was then laid out on the barn floor and painting began at 4pm and finished at 11.30.  I painted nearly non-stop and was entertained by www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com playing some great music.  You can see the progress below. I added a red to the top of the canvas but it was too dark to take a pic.  The Tipi will be out this weekend and I will add more pics then.

Kokopelli is joined by our little promo tipi getting a lick of extra paint.

Kokopelli is joined by our little promo tipi getting a lick of extra paint.

Painted Tipi with crop circle design door flap

Painted Tipi with crop circle design door flap

So who is Kokopelli?

Kokopelli

I first met Kokopelli on a t-shirt dancing in front of a full moon.  He is a common site in the south western United States. I liked the little figure and enjoyed reading his legend.

Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player , who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.

More info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokopelli
http://www.drlamay.com/kokopelli.htm

Kokopelli has been a totem for friends and I for many years and has proved a lucky mascot.

The crew often listen to the Stuart Maconie & Mark Radcliffe music show on BBC Radio 2 while returning from jobs.  It’s a jolly show with good banter, pioneering great new music and introducing old tracks perhaps forgotten.  We were introduced to the soothing Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Raising Sands” album long before its award winning glory.

After spending Monday 23rd March battling the wind trying to put a Tipi up and then checking if our faithful vintage army marquee was still in good shape after 30mph gusts the crew headed home listening to the show.  

I’ve often thought of adding a contribution to ‘The Chain’, the feature on the show that asks for listeners to contribute the next song in the sequence and it must have a link to the previously played.  For me the previous song was “She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult.  My link was “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles.  The link being that Charles Manson, a cult leader in the late 60’si n California, thought the record had a secret message for him.

It was nice to chat to Stuart & Mark and say how much I enjoyed the show. As they often enquire as to how people’s day went I had a great opportunity to mention Over The Moon Tents.  Check out the show on line using this link.  If you listen within the week on iPlayer you’ll hear James on the Chain.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/radcliffemaconie/index.shtml

Spring is in the air and we feel like dancing. Try your ears out on the new mixes available for listening and download on our music player.

We’ve added a variety of genres. Dance music, Indie, Pop, Folk , Roots and Chill out. To download a mix click on the down arrow to the right of each mix title.

Click to hear Moon music.
N.B Wimply MP3 player doesn’t work in Google Chrome

DJ's at Wedding, May 2009, Coombe Farm Woods, Devon

DJ's at Wedding, May 2009, Coombe Farm Woods, Devon

We have uploaded a 7 minute video showing various events with bands, DJs and the lighting shows.  The film shows performances inside Intents.  We can provide a tailored music and lighting service for client’s events.