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Finnegan's Wake, a Glance at Irish Mysticism through Lyrical Satire

Posted by Lojah on July 1, 2017 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Finnegan’s Wake is amongst my favorite traditional Irish songs and it has been a staple of the Irish balladeer’s repertoire since the middle of the 19th century. Over the past several decades it has been covered by great and legendary Irish bands like The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, the Pogues, and most recently the Massachusetts-based Dropkick Murphys. However, like much of Irish lyrical tradition stretching back to the ancient bards “Finnegan’s Wake” is in reality a work of deep esoteric value cleverly disguised as a silly drinking song that only the initiated were likely to fully comprehend. (Read More)

Mento Music: Reggae's Granddaddy

Posted by Lojah on June 26, 2017 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Mento music is a little known style of folk music and dance native to the island of Jamaica that saw its commercial peak in the 1950s. Sometimes called Jamaican Calypso, it is closely related to that Trinidadian musical form. (Read More)

These Woods

Posted by Lojah on April 17, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

These woods are like home to me. Whenever I return it is as if I have come back to my spiritual center. This is where it truly began for me. I was a misguided youth full of angst and hostility, disillusioned by the world, and spiritually injured. But these woods are a place of healing and renewal, and they changed me. Over the years I’ve seen other people changed by these woods as well. (Read More)

Happy New Year from Lojah

Posted by Lojah on January 5, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey folks,

 

Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to 2017. It’s going to a great year. For starters I’m embarking on a series of shows throughout the year, and the production of a new ep in the spring and I’ll be giving away a painting from my facebook page as part of the release.

 

My next show is this Friday, January 6, at the Back Porch Bar and Grill – 710 Palafox St in Pensacola. If you’re in the area come on out and party with us. Or if you live further away and you’d like me to visit your town, let know where to play and I’ll consider putting it on my tour list for 2017.

 

You can keep up with me by following me on facebook, https://twitter.com/Lojah" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">twitter, and https://www.instagram.com/j.lojah/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">instagram or visit Lojah.com for access to my music and art. You can also follow my blog The Moody View where I cover a wide range of topics from art, music, and culture.

 

Happy New Year, once again. I hope you have a great 2017.

 

Until Next time,

 

Lojah

 

Yuletide Greeting

Posted by Lojah on December 20, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey folks,

 

I almost can’t believe another year has gone by and so much has changed, but it feels really good to be moving forward into the next phase of life.

 

I have a couple 2017 shows booked already and a few more tentative dates coming up. If you’re in the Pensacola area you should come hang out.

 

2017 Dates

Jan 6, Twelfth Night at the Back Porch Bar and Grill

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day at the Back Porch Bar and Grill

 

Check Lojah.com for details.

 

In the spirit of the season you can swing by the Moody View and read my most recent post on the Yuletide and the Real Reason for the Season. After that there are some interesting subjects on Eight Christmas Characters Most Americans Don’t Know, and Wassailing, the Roots of a Christmas Tradition.

 

I wish you all a great Yuletide season and I look forward to seeing you in the coming year.

 

Until Next time,

Lojah

 

US Veterans at Standing Rock Apologize for History of Genocide

Posted by Lojah on December 6, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

The demonstrations ongoing at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline have brought a wide assortment of passionate supporters committed to stand with them against the destruction of sacred and historical sites, and to protect the fresh water supply of the Missouri River.

 

It began with a small group of Lakota from the Standing Rock Reservation and eventually attracted supporters from many of the over five hundred federally recognized tribes in the US as well as countless members of the numerous state recognized tribes across the country. (Read More)

Thanksgiving, Legend and American Indians

Posted by Lojah on November 24, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanksgiving is one of the United States’ most significant national holidays. It’s probably second in popularity only to Christmas. Like most Americans, I grew up with it. There’s really not much to it other than cooking a lot of food and having a feast in the middle of the day, during which we are supposed to express our appreciation for all our good fortune as Americans. It has a slightly religious tone to it, but that is overshadowed by its more nationalistic implications. (READ MORE)

Spring Greeting

Posted by Lojah on April 3, 2016 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello friends and family!

 

Spring is finally here and I think the weather is actually going to stick around. It has been a little while since I last sent out an update, because I’ve been so heavily involved in working for Veterans Healthcare reform, and some pretty significant life changes that I let my regular updates slip by.

 

Well, I’m back at it again. So far 2016 is proving to be a great year for me and I have some really cool updates to share with you.

 

MY ARTIST PAGE

For starters I opened up my artist page on Lojah.com where you can view and purchase my personally hand painted artwork, inspired by Indigenism, nature, arcane symbolism and personal vision. It’s still in its formative stages but it’s going to be great as it grows.

 

THE MOODY VIEW

I consolidated my old blogs into a single blog called The Moody View, easier to follow and keep track of. It’s a place where I talk about art, music, culture and modern critiques. I’ll be covering a lot of my experiences as I create more art and further explore life.

 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.


Until Next time,

Lojah

 

Easter Rising, Easter Lily

Posted by Lojah on April 1, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As Easter week draws to a close I thought I’d write a little bit about my most recent painting “Easter Rising.”

 

The Easter Lily is a calla lily, adopted by Irish republicans symbolically to commemorate the revolutionary combatants who died as a part of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is traditionally worn at Easter time. It is also used by various factions of Irish republicanism to commemorate the deaths of their soldiers and activists. (Read more at The Moody View)


 

I Started Painting: My Four Turtles

Posted by Lojah on February 1, 2016 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I recently started painting. As a creative person I’ve dabbled in and experimented with several different media over the years. Along with performing arts, I’ve drawn and sketched avidly throughout most of my life and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at painting, a serious attempt far more than dabbling, but I never knew where to start and was always too busy with other pursuits to really explore this particular (read more at the MoodyView.)


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