August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over


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In That Song

it’s in hearing that song
that brings you back to the time
when you felt you lived
inside that song

its lyrics somehow
reflected what was going on
around you

the ache for things to be different
no matter how many prayers
your heart whispered,
they went unanswered

each prayer seeming more like
a shovel full of dirt
tossed to the side
to deepen the hole
in an attempt to bury your hopes

or maybe discover
water down there
to make a well

where you could stand
and listen to others
whisper down their prayers

you could softly answer
with that song
that wraps around them
and says the ache
is part of you

and it can help you treasure
the good times.

now the ache is a memory
among many memories
sweet and sad and precious
brought back by the melody

in that song.

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A Rare Orchid

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I wasn’t planning on posting about Prince, but I changed my mind after hearing musical tributes to him and remembering the amazing array of songs he left us. This looking back reminded me of David Bowie’s passing, in how impressive the compiled output was. The range of styles, the depth of lyrics, the catchy melodies that slipped into your head and stayed there. Both of these musicians were role models in how they plunged into their creativity and crafted spectacular works that grabbed from various inspirations of what came before them — and then they inspired works to come afterward. Prince may not have been on the top pop music charts in recent years, but he reminded us of his prowess when he rocked the SuperBowl’s Halftime Show. Thank you, Prince, for making the soundtrack of our world sexier, groovier, and funkier.

Photo by Al E. (Flickr).


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Ride of the Valkyries

We’ve sampled visual delights in Bavaria through photos, so now let’s turn to delights for our ears.

A pivotal scene in my erotic novel, Bavarian Beauty, includes music from Richard Wagner’s four operas comprising Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung, or Ring Cycle). The four operas are Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).

The most recognizable music from the operas might be “The Ride of the Valkyries.”

Maybe you recognize this tune from “What’s Opera, Doc?” starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd (in a Warner Bros. Cartoons short directed by Chuck Jonze in 1957):

I can’t help but smile when Elmer chants “Kill the wabbit!” (it happens later in the cartoon from this clip). It reminds me of the other cartoon, where Bugs and Daffy Duck go back and forth: “It’s wabbit season!” “Duck season!” Classic, just classic.

Ahem. Moving on…

What’s a valkyrie? Wikipeda says:

“In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja ‘chooser of the slain’) is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle (the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s afterlife field Fólkvangr), the valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin.”

A character in my novel — Gretchen — is described as a valkyrie by the narrator, Simon. He does this in a scene that’s a sort of battle — not with swords, but between the two characters. More like a battle of wills. And a battle takes place within Simon himself, too.

The last opera in The Ring Cycle is Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), which sounds like it could also be the title of a righteous rock album (and it might already be one). But I digress.

Wikipedia offers a background about the title:

“The title is a translation into German of the Old Norse phrase Ragnarök, which in Norse mythology refers to a prophesied war among various beings and gods that ultimately results in the burning, immersion in water, and renewal of the world.”

This isn’t what literally happens in my novel, but Simon (the main character) does go through a burning (of sorts, more like a stinging) and a renewal.

A taste of the music in Götterdämmerung:

This was “Siegfried’s Funeral March,” and, again, it’s not a literal occurrence in my novel, since nobody dies (spoiler alert). But there is a death, of sorts, and Gretchen serves as the valkyrie as she takes Simon to Valhalla. All symbolic, that is. And Simon takes her to Valhalla, too — it certainly isn’t one-sided.

But that’s enough peeking under the hood for symbolism in the novel. I hope you enjoy the music from these clips!