You may be a fan of Metallica’s One (1988 – a good year for Metallica). However, have you heard it sung by a Belarusian folk singer accompanied by traditional instruments like the lyre and the gusli? This may take a moment to digest, but we think it’s worth it. Watch it to at least the 2:00 mark before you give up on it if the flute turns you off. We reckon you’ll be glad you did.
The sextet (that’s ‘cuz there’s six of them in the band, not because it’s an orgy) has apparently been playing medieval folk music for over a decade now – to the tune of 8 albums so far. The band is called Stary Olsa (Стары Ольса). The clip is from a tv show called Legends Live (Легенды Live).
In the mood for more music?
“Here’s the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don’t find it anywhere else.” Bob Dylan
“Music is for every single person that walks the planet.” Robert Plant
“All of these situations involve aspects of a ritual where soldiers come together and participate, either by listening or singing/yelling along with the lyrics, in organized, pre-combat actions. Many times these actions are repeated before each mission or patrol. In this way, metal and rap are means of creating aspects of social ordering. The soldiers psychologically prepare themselves for the possibility of combat through the shared experience of music…Music is a means of establishing the identity of the group and supports the feeling of togetherness through a ritualized musical experience.” The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare.
“Music has been an integral part of warfare and the soldier’s life since the dawn of history. Even the instruments on which it is played have themselves acquired great symbolic power — a regiment’s drums are second only to its colors as an emblem of honor and tradition. In the 18th century, the act of enlisting was described as ‘following the drum…” William Trotter
Read Trotter’s Music of War here.