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My inspiration for listening to this music has everything to do with my old friend Bjorn. He used to live high up in the mountains of San Diego County, California with his wife and daughter. They often invited us up to stay a few days, especially during the cool season when they would occasionally get a pretty significant amount of snow. The atmosphere was wonderful. Snow covered pine trees, a warm and very unusual mountain home, and all the Charles Shaw, "two buck Chuck", Cabernet wine you could possibly drink. Bjorn used to put on this online radio station called Ancient FM (not sure if this station still exists) which often played music by the Mediæval Bæbes. I became enchanted with this group and the genre. I would sit there with my wife, and on the last trip with our couple of months old son Shai, and simply enjoy the moment. We eventually moved to Japan, and although we are no longer in contact with Bjorn, those days up on the mountains will always be a wonderful memory for us.
Mediaeval Music

Medieval music is Western music written during the Middle Ages. This era begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and ends sometime in the early fifteenth century. Establishing the end of the medieval era and the beginning of the Renaissance is difficult; the usage in this article is the one usually adopted by musicologists.

Instruments used to perform medieval music still exist, but in different forms. The flute was once made of wood rather than silver or other metal, and could be made as a side-blown or end-blown instrument. The recorder has more or less retained its past form. The gemshorn is similar to the recorder in having finger holes on its front, though it is actually a member of the ocarina family. One of the flute's predecessors, the pan flute, was popular in medieval times, and is possibly of Hellenic origin. This instrument's pipes were made of wood, and were graduated in length to produce different pitches.

Medieval music uses many plucked string instruments like the lute, mandore, gittern and psaltery. The dulcimers, similar in structure to the psaltery and zither, were originally plucked, but became struck in the 14th century after the arrival of the new technology that made metal strings possible.

Source: Wikipedia - Medieval music
Mediæval Bæbes

The Mediæval Bæbes are a British ensemble of female musicians founded in the 1990s by Katharine Blake and included some of her colleagues from the band Miranda Sex Garden, as well as other friends who share her love of mediaeval music. The lineup often rotates from album to album, and ranges from six to 12 members.

Source: Wikipedia - Mediæval Bæbes (link is not working)
All For Love of One
All For Love of One (Beowulf)
Come My Sweet
Erthe Upon Erthe
Love Me Broughte
Maiden in the Mor Lay
My Lady Sleeps
Salva Nos
The CIrcle of the Lustful
Mediaeval Baebes - Official Site
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Mediaeval Baebes - Lyrics


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