Friday, August 14, 2009
The Big Riff
Japanther said this the other day :
"..in a hark back to your drum post, just wanted to say that this week is "O-Bon" in Japan, which is when ancestors come back from the spirit world and there are festivals all over the country with traditional dancing etc and loads of fireworks. There is a festival happening outside my house as I type this and the sound of the Taiko drums are resounding around the flat.......a beautiful sound indeed! "
which brought to mind the Mexican Day of the Dead and got me wondering about music rituals that honour and celebrate the dead.
which ties in with thinking how nice it would be if loads of geetar players got together for a big Les Paul jam along the lines of World Guitar Day, the Thanks Jimi street festival and annual Guinness Guitar Record where the pic up there is from
Does anyone know of any other ways music is ritually used to pay tribute to ancestors and to mark the passing of someone ?
This is a bit different from someone's playlist for their own funeral (which surely must have been discussed here already, hasn't it?)