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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 08:07 PM
I have a project where I need to find songs that can relate to the stories of epics, such as The Illiad, odyssey, aenied, and the like. The one example the teacher used was an eminem song so they can come from every where. If any one has any suggestions please let me know.
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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 08:19 PM
The Odyssey. How about Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home". That about sums it up.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 08:22 PM
Do a song for Beowulf and Gilgamesh.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 09:49 PM
Check out a folk music site.

Lots of legends get referenced in Folk Music.

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 10:06 PM
How about Bob Dylan's temporary like Archilles?

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 10:11 PM
Tales of Brave Ulysses - Cream.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 10:22 PM
I think Freebird was about the Phoenix.

Or it could be.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 10:24 PM

I thought Freebird was about Duane...I guess I like the phoenix, too...

maybe Sailin' Cross The Devils Sea for the 7 Voyages of Sinbad...

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 11:00 PM
Freebird was written while Duane was still alive, it was just dedicated to him (and Berry) at shows after they were gone.

Jason, the album Layla borrows some themes from Persian poetry. Check the "LAYLA - the beginning" thread a little lower down on this same page for more info. I'm not sure it's technically an epic, but it might count.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 11:13 PM
As for the Phoenix, Wishbone Ash has a song titled by that name. If you consider Tolkien's Ring Trilogy an epic, then Led Zeppelin did three songs referencing his work that I can think of off the top of my head, you'll have to reseach what those are, can't do ALL your work for you.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 11:32 PM
I'm confused - do they actually have to reference particular epics (ie, The Iliad, The Odyssey) or are the songs themselves epics.

If they have to reference actual epics, bring up the entire soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou.

I think Traffic's John Barleycorn is another good one.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 11:34 PM
Frank Zappa wrote "Yellow Snow" based on Jack London's "Call of the Wild"

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 01:49 AM


Hi, Jason! Jeff Beck's been on Epic since the late 1960s. Since the mid-'70s, though, his albums typically don't have much lyrical content for comparative literary analysis (just lyrical guitar).

http://www.epicrecords.com/jeffbeck/

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 02:01 AM
led zep and tolkien:

ramble on
the battle of evermore

and probably Stairway to Heaven...theres some mention of "looking to the West", etc...might have been inspired by LOTR...

and thanks for the correction, Marley...



[Edited on 1/23/2004 by delta_chile]

 

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 03:16 AM
For the part in The Odyssey where Odysseus is tied to the mast as he wants to hear the alluring sound of the Sirens yet not succumb to their wiles, I would suggest the song "Echoes" by Pink Floyd. The song even provides the high wailing sounds of the Sirens, if you will.

"Aiolos, the god of winds, tries to aid Odysseus with a bag of winds. Odysseus actually sails within sight of Ithika but is blown back to sea when a disobedient crew member opens the bag from Aiolos." Here I would use the song "Lunar Sea" from the album Monn Madness by the 1970's group Camel. In fact, three albums by Camel contain wonderful soundtrack music, instrumental and otherwise, that would fit with the mythic tales of Homer. THose three albums are The Snow Goose, Moon Madness, and Rain Dances.


"They meet the Laistrygonians, cannibals who devour members of Odysseus' crew." For this encounter with the cannibals I would use the song, "Careful With That Axe, Eugene," from Pink Floys album Umma Gumma. It has the human screams that would fit the slaughter.

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 06:40 AM
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led zep and tolkien:

ramble on
the battle of evermore

and probably Stairway to Heaven...theres some mention of "looking to the West", etc...might have been inspired by LOTR...

and thanks for the correction, Marley...



[Edited on 1/23/2004 by delta_chile]



That was for gators to look up. We're doing his homework for him. There are actually two others that I was looking for besides Evermore, although I was aware that there were more than the three that immediately came to my mind.

[Edited on 1/23/2004 by CliffnTina]

 

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 07:08 AM
for odyssey, with the cyclops you can do "one eyed one horn giant purple people eater"

for circe the witch do "evil woman" by some classic rock band i cant think of (elo maybe???)

for the lotus eaters do "white rabbit" by jefferson airplane






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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 07:14 AM
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Do a song for Beowulf and Gilgamesh.




for gilgamesh you can do that "the lord said to noah there's gonna be a floody floody"
but change the name to utnapishtim.
"the lord said to utnapishtim there's gonna be a floody floody"

 

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 07:31 AM
XTC did a tune called "Jason and the Argonauts".

"Tangled Up In Blue" is an epic.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 11:58 AM
Rush's Xanadu is based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's (sp?) Kubla Kahn (or whatever the name was).

Sticking with Coleridge, Iron Maiden did a longish Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.

Yes's Tales of Topographic Oceans is based on a long Eastern Epic, though I don't know the name of it. Johnwott? Carlos?

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  posted on 1/23/2004 at 12:19 PM
Check out Genesis' album/cd "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"---chock full of lyrical references to ancient world epics, primarily Greek, and to literature as well

And as Marley pointed out, yes, the Layla story is one. It was originally a 6th/7th century AD story out of Arabia and spread along with the Muslim expansion.

It think Jon Anderson's first solo lp "Olias of Sunhillow" is also tied to JRRTolkien with repeated references to Rohan.

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