My Odinic Playlist — yes, I was bored today. lol

I’ve never had the zen of connecting to the Gods via music, not unless we count galdr, which is in many cases the most dissonant thing imaginable. I’ve always been a bit envious of those who could whip out a playlist for their Gods seemingly with no effort.

Part of the problem of course, is that having been trained as a classical ballet dancer, but also as a classical musician (I think my mother held out hope i’d give up my ballet career for one in music, but that equally harsh master was not one for whom I had the necessary talent, though I did have the ear) I just don’t relate to music that way. For me, it’s an intensely kinetic thing, something requiring full body focus. While I can use it to open me up to the Gods, I rarely see it as reflective of Them. It takes me places. It’s a journey tool. Anyway, so I decided to push myself today and see what I could come up with for Odin.

Some of these are fairly obvious, some not. I’d welcome suggestions along the way. Music does have an enormous effect on my mood, and in that way, I can see the value of having these playlists, particularly one that I can use to prime myself for engagement with the Old Man. So…here goes nothing. 🙂

1. Seeker Divine by Hagalaz Runedance. This one is pretty much a no-brainer. It’s an invocation to Him.

2. Song for Odin – also pretty straight forward

3. Runatal

4. Runaljod

5. Broken Crown – there’s something about this, a bitter thread, that reminds me of the Old Man.

6. Volven – i do find this opens me right up to the work.

7. Redemption

8. Won’t Back Down — just…because

9. Riders in the Sky (sung by Christopher Lee! ): american version of the wild hunt

10. Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit

11. Gods Gonna Cut You Down

12. Nick Cage Red Right Hand

13. Der Erlkoenig (esp. with Fischer-Dieskau singing) – it catches the mood of some of my interactions with Odin.

14. Possession

15. Moondog – Invocation (very easy to hit an altered state with this, and I added it more for that reason than that it summons Odin to mind readily, though that’s not hard.)

It’s funny: sometimes it’s the lyrics that bring me to the Old Man, sometimes the feeling evoked by the song itself, regardless of the lyrics. So, what songs would y’all associate with Him?

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on January 19, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Well, I absolutely love this one (and the video too), which is composed of many of His epithets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqjYOasI6YI

    I also have for Him, all in German:
    Zeit nach dem Sturm by Faun
    Rabenballade by Schelmisch
    Das Wilde Heer vom Horselberg by Waldteufel

    And on a more modern musical note:
    Darkangel by VNV Nation

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  2. I actually got permission many years ago to record a version of “Seeker Divine” in the days when everybody was still chatting on Yahoogroups; never happened with my group because the group broke up, but I might still do it solo. One of my favourite songs. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Recommendation: pretty much the entire “Blood on Ice” album by Bathory, but in particular “The Lake.” In the song the protagonist sacrifices his eyes to the well of Mimir, at the recommendation of a “one-eyed old man” for the power of the Sight so that he can defeat his enemies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45-spf_cdm4

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  3. One of the more recent-ish playlists I composed for Him is here: https://wytchofthenorth.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/odin-themed-music-ask-me-about-odin/

    This is by no means complete, though! I also love Dark Angel by VNV Nation, The Trouble I’m In by Mama Gina LaMonte (a specifically Odin song), and there are many others that pop up from time to time for various reasons. I’m going to check out some of the ones on your list that I’m not familiar with.

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  4. Wow! I’ve listened to some of these songs, and they are very powerful indeed! I wish I had a drum so I could drum along.

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  5. I don’t have a devotion to the Old Man, but when I think of music in connection with him, I think of the Nordic jazz of Jan Garbarek. One of his albums is, in fact, called I Took Up The Runes, and Twelve Moons features some Saami joiking.

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  6. For some reason, this one came to mind:

    I can also highly recommend this:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Soul-Great-Viking/dp/B001CWWMKG

    It’s Eddic poetry set to trance-y music…

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