In the weeks leading up to the first Okeechobee Summer Solstice Pagan Festival I was keeping tabs on what was going on event wise. You can read what the Mead Muse and others have to say on the hubbub leading up to the festival as well as their post-festival coverage. What I want to share with you here is some of the wonderful music that I discovered while following that story for the Pagan Weekly News. Namely, Mama Gina!
Mama Gina gives her listeners a taste of the divine and the humorous with her debut CD. From the first track “Summer of the Fae” I was hooked. “Summer” shows Gina’s light side while “Come Trance with Me” shows her spiritual side. “Sisters Waiting” will bring a tear to your eye and “The PSG Song” will leave you laughing.
“Come Trance with Me” is a wonderful little piece to help get you in the mood for meditation, exercise or ritual. It will sooth the spirit just enough to get you into that perfect start of a trance state. Or, you can just listen to it to listen to it.
“The PSG Song” is very fitting for anyone who has ever attended a large out door Pagan festival that has the freedom of body that PSG and other similar festivals do. It could almost be renamed the “Pagan Festival Song” and fits right along with Loke E. Coyote’s “Pagan Polka”.
From what I know from talking with Mama Gina herself, she has been going to Florida based Pagan festivals for some years, performing at many of them. Friends and listeners at these events had been encouraging her for some time to record her music, she finally did so this year. The CD came out in time for the Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Pagan Festival and was officially released in July to rave reviews from the listeners.
Hosting Musica Pagani and cohosting Murphy’s Magic Mess on KZUM means that I am constantly looking for new music to share with the listeners. I came across Mama Gina through postings related to the Okeechobee event earlier this year and liked the sound. With guitar and drum, body percussion and voice there was no doubt that I would be adding her music to my collection. I didn’t even know that she had a CD available when I reached out to her to ask to use her music on the shows. I was pleasantly surprised when she offered to send me a copy of the CD.
I do hope that if you pick up a copy of this CD that you enjoy it at least as half as much as I do.
Get a taste of Mama Gina’s talents at her ReverbNation page.