Music Review

The Beat of her heart/Greek Mythology

“The Beat Of Her Heart”

This song began as a short piano piece by John Arndt, who has played with us for years, and who wrote a lot of the songs on this album with Lisa and I as well as assisted in producing the album.

Orpheus and Eurydice

She was a tempest
Her beauty a storm
Oh her eyes they were filled with the sun
She would dance while I played her my songs
The earth stood while she danced alone

He was a tempest
His craving a storm
He lusted her body from deep in the grove
Enraptured or captured
Betrayed or betrothed
She would be his
She’d be his alone

So she ran, oh she ran from the satyr’s chase
She ran for her love and her life
She tred on a snake
Venom replaced both the beat of her heart and the song in mine
The beat of her heart and the song in mine

The music was morning
A requiem cry
I wept with my songs for the love of my life
It broke all the hearts of the gods in the skies
I played my guitar and the earth opened wide

How I played, oh I played in the underworld
Oh, I played for my love and her life
Oh, I pled with the gods
Give her back
Give a beat to her heart and a song to mine
The beat of her heart and the song in mine

Hades responded, a glint in his eye
I grant you your plea
You may leave with your wife
With one small request
I suggest you obey
You musn’t look back as you walk away

So we ran oh we ran to the dawning light
Oh we ran for our love and our lives
Once again I would hear the sweet sound of the beat of her heart
And the song in mine
The beat of her heart and the song in mine

My mind was a tempest
My doubt was a storm
I turned back to see
She really had come
Just as our eyes met
She faded from sight
That’s when I knew I would never find
The beat of her heart or the song in mine

There’s this musician named Orpheus who deeply loves his beautiful wife, Eurydice. One day, Orpheus is playing his lyre and she is so moved by his music that she begins dancing through a meadow. She is watched and pursued by a satyr. (Which I guess is some sort of freak-goat-man-thing) She runs from him, steps on a viper, gets bit and dies. Orpheus is deeply grieved and begins to sing so beautifully and mournfully that the gods weep and convince Orpheus to travel to the underworld to retrieve his beloved wife. On his arduous journey, he uses his music to convince the powers that be to give her back. Consent is given but only on the condition that he must walk in front of her without looking back until both had reached the upper world.

All he has to do is walk out of there and not look back. Sounds easy enough, right?

Yet, how you can he not look…? I mean, he doesn’t KNOW that she is actually following him. All he has is the word of Hades… And how trustworthy is that word, really?

Hades is best known as the ruler of the underworld.

It became his dominion after he and his brothers drew lots for their share of the universe.
According to Iliad, Hades’ dominion lies between secret places of the earth.
According to the Odyssey, one must cross Ocean to get there.
Though Hades supervised the dead assigned to his realm, he was not one of its judges. Three demi-gods served that purpose instead.
Hades was depicted as stern and unyielding, unmoved by prayer and sacrifice.
Hades had a cap or helmet that made its wearer invisible.
His wife was Persephone, Demeter’s only daughter, whom he kidnapped and made his queen.
He was also called the God of Wealth or “the rich one” because he possessed the precious metals of the earth.
Pirithoüs, friend of Theseus, detrmined to have Persephone (the most carefully guarded lady in all the universe) as his bride. To this end, the two friends journeyed to the underworld, but Hades thwarted their plan. He invited them to sit on the Chair of Forgetfulness, which cause its occupant to forget everything. Hercules rescued Theseus, but the King of the Dead held Pirithoüs there for trying to steal his queen.
Cerberus was a three-headed dog who guarded his realm; the ferryman Charon was another one of the underworld’s attendees.
Though Hades is the King of the Dead, he should not be confused with Death itself, which is personified by Thanatos.
Cronus and Rhea were his parents.
Poseidon and Zeus were his brothers.
Hades rarely left the underworld. His presence was not welcomed by men or by gods.
Hades took pride in collecting “subjects” for his kingdom and was disinclined to let anyone leave.
His dominion was separated from the land of the living by the following rivers: Styx, Lethe, Acheron, Phlegethon, and Cocytus.
Hades employed the Furies, who were responsible for torturing the guilty.
Hades is described by some sources as the god of the earth’s fertility.
The narcissus and the cypress are sacred to him.
In his kingdom, Hades sat on a throne made of ebony and carried a scepter.
Hades was known for his involvement with Sisyphus, the man condemned to the underworld to forever roll a boulder uphill. According to legend, Hades allowed Sisyphus to return to earth long enough to arrange his own funeral.
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Michele Renee

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