I ran across this video of Lindsey Stirling playing Celtic fiddle over dubstep. I loved it, and immediately knew I had some haiku for this video
I’ve always loved experimenting with eclectic music and bringing it together. The Moody Blues did an incredible job of bringing classical music into the Rock realm. Rick Wakeman added synthesizers to the classical music-rock. The Beatles and others introduced the sitar and Indian music into Rock. I’ve played around with classical themes embellished with synthesizer…
But Lindsey’s Celtic Fiddle played over synthesizers playing dubstep is amazing. Lindsey Stirling is hot as hell, her music is great——–her dance moves are erotic…. This was filmed here in Colorado (I was thinking Iceland or somewhere in the Scandinavian regions)—-but, yeah—–I dig this.
Celtic music has always given me a feeling of the spirituality that lies underneath—playing back to the old Celtic and Pictish indigenous traditional ways.
This video immediately made me think back to an old Tanka I composed—experimenting with that traditional style of Japanese poetry. (This is an old style, based on haiku, but using 31 syllables rather than 17). I liked the idea but did not care for the poem at first because I thought it was too descriptive—-but it was an early experiment, and it has grown on me. This poem is about Miko, the Japanese shamaness of long ago–Japanese maidens who called down the Shinto Gods—it could be one, it could be a group:
tani butokoro no
Miko kami oroshi ni
in a steep deep valley
the old shrine,
As the Miko calls down the gods
cry of the Horned Owl.
Here is another one:
yami no katayuku
A winter haze
heading into the darkness…
Ah! A Mountain Goddess
A Yamahime was a Shinto Goddess of the mountain. There was also the Yamatsumi, the God of the mountain. Shinto is animistic, and believes everything is alive. But older, more majestic things especially have gods living within them. In the mountains you could sometimes find little statues of the mountain god and/or goddess, placed in a special place in the forest—-the gods within that mountain. Then again, one might encounter the gods themselves…
Another Miko one—
Yama yuki ya
shiranu jinja ni
Miko no uta
The mountain snow!
in an unkown shrine
the Miko‘s song
The Miko‘s song, heard from some hidden shrine in the midst of the mountain snow, would be one of calling the gods to come down. If it is accompanied, it would certainly be with a drum, possibly bells and a whining high pitched wind instrument. It is fast paced but with restrained tones. Celtic music too, has a certain restrained tonal quality about it—-as if the hidden sacredness underlying all of reality, is at that particular moment, straining to pierce through the veil between the spiritual, and the physical—but for all except the few most deeply in tune, the veil strains, but remains closed, leaving only the slight hint of what lays within.
OK—here’s another one I just happened to find—I wrote it in December 2009:
yuki no yado nari
In the mountain forest
the old shrine
becomes shelter from the snow
Haiku is supposed to be experienced subjectively, and there are many experiences you could derive from this, but picture this, you are hiking through a mountain forest when a snow storm hits. You duck in to an old forgotten shrine, which protects you from the snow, but who knows what old spirits, what old gods, are lurking inside, and safe from the snow you are now in their world…
That reminds me of an old Japanese saying—-“you’ll never be cursed by the god you don’t touch.” (触らぬ神にたたりなし, Sawaranu kami ni, tatari nashi).
But I think this haiku really fits her video—-she’s playfully wandering through these ice castles (conjuring up spirits?)—but there is a little hesitation at times, maybe slight moments of fear——what is out there she seems to wonder…