More on Songs and Spells

I was going to try to write two entries for the next two weeks, but somewhere along the way on the way home to do so, I got distracted by Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire. I couldn’t figure out the words but I really liked the beat and the voice, it was sexxxxy. So, coincidentally are the lyrics. Naturally, I was then curious about the video. Dear lordess! Why was I not sent the memo on how dirty/sweaty/sexy hot the lead is, all writhing around on a mattress? (I’m looking at you, Gordon, you’re remiss in your platonic husbandly duties, they’re super popular in the UK)

So, um, yeah let’s pretend this is a legitimate magical entry and not an excuse to stare at my new pretend boyfriend. Right then. A while ago, I talked about Songs as Spells which also was totally not an excuse to listen to more Florence and the Machine. In case my entry titles and general rambling doesn’t make it obvious, I’m obsessed with music which is sort of funny since I as only passable in playing the flute and my voice resembles my totem, Crow (which is why I think the story about the crow and the cheese I read as a child resonated and my first memories are of crows as well as my unrelenting desire for cheese, but that’s neither hither nor thither). My senior druid noticed I seem to see ritual through popular music a lot. I thought everyone did that, but apparently it’s weird enough to notice in a grove full of weirdos. I make mix cds for the gods and rituals (I know other people who do it too so that part is less weird) and significant others.

In my other sekrit life, I’m totes a smut riter (digression: writing the pr0ntastic parts after the first few times is totally a drag fo’ real. People who don’t write smut think that opinion is strange and means I’m in the wrong field. People who write smut Get It because basically it’s like trying to have sex while whistling the entire time. Yes, it’s still sort of sexy but it’s also about choreography, making sure if the skirt came off it stays off, word choice, how many synonyms can you find for “hard” “vagina” “pleasure” “cock”, do men wear buttons on their trousers at that time do women wear panties, etc., etc. So I dread writing them like a dreading thing and put them off like whoa but once I successfully execute it, I’m like, I’M THE QUEEN OF THE MOTHERFUCKING WORLD! I PWN ALL OF YOU! ALL OF YOUR ORGASMS BELONG TO ME! Like normal writers do) and I knew I wanted this scene to have a certain feel to it, like Florence’s Drumming Song so I played it over and over again on repeat while writing it and now I have a completed Steampunk romantica (which is super popular right now for the curious) to submit for an anthology with plenty of time to edit again just to make it perfect before submitting it.

So if music can work as spellwork and getting one through porn writing, wouldn’t it stand to reason that it could also be integrated into one’s serial killer board/transformative process? I mean, Grant Morrison manifested some truly freaky shit when working on The Invisables even by freaky shit standards and now he has hordes of fangirls throwing panties at him, partly due to his work where he told himself he was as cool as James Bond. I’ve been trying to tell myself I’m as cool as Joan Holloway with only marginal success. So I started thinking today when I was inspired by another song, maybe for me, a theme song would be more helpful. I have decided on Cake’s Short Skirt, Long Jacket because of these lyrics:

A girl with/ the right allocations/ Who’s fast and thorough/ And sharp as a tack/ she’s playing/ with her jewelry/ she’s putting up her hair/ she’s touring the facilities/ and picking up slack/ a girl with/ Uninterupted prosperity/ who used a machete/ to cut through red tape/ with fingernails that/ shine like justice/ and a voice that is dark/ like tinted glass. . . .

Which basically describes a modern Joan Holloway. So that’s going to be my theme song and we’ll see where that takes me. This is a Charmer experiment! Pick a theme song that describes what you want to be as a person, something you’re trying to achieve, about rabbits, whatever, play it semi regularly and see what happens in addition to your other magical workings.

Which song are you going to use?

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


4 Responses

  1. That video is yumilicious!!!!

    I am in love with the Drumming Song! Totally dig it `;~) I love the Cake song too!

    My personal anthem has always been Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves`;~)

  2. I know right? I was like, why didn't I get the memo on him?

    I hear drumming song in my sleep, I swear 🙂

    Aww, I really dig that as a personal anthem!

  3. Yeah sorry about that… They're actually used in some promo videos we cut for Discovery Channel so I now have a complicated memory relationship with them.

  4. queenaquabubble

    I'm conducting an experiment based on this post. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

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