Folklore of the Otherworld is replete with descriptions of "Glamour," the ability to shift what is seen, to bend shape, to confound mortal eyes. Faerie-Lore tells us not to depend on what we see, but to experience this world, and the worlds that intersect it, through music, rhythm, and motion.
In a twist on the changeling tale, there are now humans who try to place lifeless fairy-shaped plastic in cradles where folklore, music, and a sense of wonder were to be nurtured. Why? Because the faeries of ancient, living traditions always challenge the status quo. They force us to consider our actions in terms of centuries, not in the fashion of the day. Their stories make us mindful of our place in nature- that we must treat each place like it is someone's home, because it probably is. Faerie-Lore challenges the notions of who has power, and who has true beauty. From the seeds of movements for the rights of women found in the tales of wild faerie queens in the Victorian era, to the Radical Faerie movement for GLBTQ rights, to autistic self-advocates who relate to the tales of fae changelings living in a neurotypical world, traditional faerie ideas confront societal concepts of a person's "natural place."
These ancient tales even challenge what we believe about the nature of time and space. For ages before Einstein used mathematics and physics to describe the malleability of time for objects traveling at the speed of light, tales of the fae had described this phenomenon throughout the world, from the Welsh Mabinogion's descriptions of the movements of Rhiannon, to stories of the Immortals in China, to Mik'maq accounts of losing time among the Migamawesu. So it should be no surprise that Einstein told parents,
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
The fae music I hope to share with you has historical roots and cultural depth and people across generations and cultures may enjoy it, learn something new, and rekindle their sense of wonder.