Celestial Stones CD

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Car Dia is pleased to announce that Celestial Stones is now available on CD Baby as a digital download please click here if you want to buy the album or selected tracks.


I am pleased to announce my CD Celestial Stones is now available to buy. It is only £8 plus £1.50 postage for UK.

It is £8 + £4.75 postage to World Zone One including America, and £8 plus £3.80 postage to Europe. Pay on Paypal as a friend to

susan.paramor@googlemail.com

and include your postal address please. 

And Celestial Stones will be posted to you.

 

 

Brightest Blessings

Susan

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About Car Dia

From an early age, singing and creating has been built into my DNA, At the age of eleven I was head of Dhekelia cathedral choir. I later went on to sing operetta and folk music.

the rock musical "Yours Truly Jack" and was lead actress in the same show, which was performed in art centres and theatres. 

My fellow actress and play write Lesley Albiston gifted me her musical "Seats in all Parts" (a great 1940's pastiche) which I directed and produced in Salisbury Art Centre. 

Having created several bands including Morgana a jazz blues band which came and went like the wind. I sang for years as the lead jazz singer in Get Wise with the lovely Ron Jull a talented saxophonist and in Hot Ice, a techno band with Graham Jull his son. At the same time I was a mother and a nurse, a market stall holder,  an actress in the role of a policewoman in "The Bill" and also working in Casualty, another television series. I also performed in costume dramas as a character actress! Whew, happy days!

In 1993 an idea for a Pagan musical of Gods, Goddesses standing stones and mortals formed in my head. At this time, I was directing and producing plays. 

The original concept started in the heavens with a comet falling to earth on the Orkney Isles. On the back of the comet, a God rode to earth and fell in love with a mortal. 

 

 

Avebury (The Journey) 

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Blessings

The story took me to Carnac in France, Malta and Ireland and I should have gone to Germany, Italy and several other sacred sites. A couple of years later I started to write the musical and created the characters and the dialogue, researching standing stones and myths on Orkney, The Isles of Lewis, The Isle of Anglesey and many more places. I was hoping to persuade someone to put it on at Glastonbury festival and tour it afterwards. After several setbacks Paul Gulliver suggested I just recorded an album of the songs.

As I was all set to go fate stepped in my beautiful thatched cottage  burnt to the ground in 2008. 

In 2010 Cerri kindly made me a God and Goddess for my new house and Damh and Cerri delivered it to me. Damh asked me about my musical past and asked why I wasn't creating, and this had a profound affect on me, so I started my journey again and in 2011 travelled to Slaine in Ireland to see my dear friends Oak and Heather and they took me to Newgrange and Loughcrew. "BANG" It started the madness of a song in my head, day and night. My next stop was Callanish, then on to other sites. 

The writing and developing of the songs is a story in itself. Visiting the sites and honouring them with my songs, was my path over the next six years.

As travelled on pilgrimage to the many stone circles and ancient trees, it occurred to me that I had walked in my ancestors shoes. Seeing the crowds at Stonehenge on Summer Solstice celebrating, and the solitary pilgrims who are drawn to faraway circles. We can be assured they will never stand alone as we walk on a new but strangely old path.

Car Dia


Lyrics

Callanish-Sacred Moon

Stood on the edge of distant Tir-na-nog

Your stony fingers reach up to the sky

An ink black night is pierced with sparkling stars

Like diamonds morphing daylight into night

 

Rhiannon like an arching comet rides

A blazoned trail cross dark mantled sky

A lunar beam fills open minds of power 

Draw in the tides of watery delight

Chorus 

Oh sacred moon with light so bright

Oh sacred moon shine forth tonight (rep)

 

The cuckoo hails midsummer rising sun

Stone avenues have waited all year long

To feel the heat of Sol the shining one

Who walks the land and all to soon is gone.

Chorus

Oh sacred moon so calm tonight

Oh blessed moon oh lady light (rep)

Over chorus. Dance naked in the moonlight

 

As Lord Sun dies a falling ball of fire

Released reborn a rising sacred moon

Her silvery trail slides over Mother Earth

Strong magic will a dark priest of the land

Chorus

Oh sacred moon ethereal light

Bathing in a sea of magic tonight

We dance the rite within your sight

Oh sacred moon bless us tonight (rep)

Over chorus. Dance naked in the moonlight

 

Words & Music Susan Marie Paramor copyright 2012

Music & Production Paul Gulliver copyright 2012

 

Stonehenge Winter Solstice Prayer

 

Kernunos you call to me

Rhiannon you are my queen

I look to the light am drawn to the dark

Both are deep in me

Rhiannon you are my queen

Rhiannon you know my name 

You ride in the night on a stead of pure white

Rhiannon you inspire me

Chorus

We've gathered here a thousand times to watch the sun to rise

Pale is the Winter solstice light on weathered stone and eyes

 

 Kernunos you call to me

From mountain and forest green

Grasping the snake at underworlds gate

Kernunos horned God in me

The Morrigan carrion dream

Dark Raven your shadow creeps 

On your wings is a soul born on your flight

Oh! Morrigan embrace me

Double chorus

The dark released its icy grip ten thousand voices raised

The priests and people call out loud Mabons reborn today

 

This sceptres isle is draped in white this earth of majesty

Stone temple crown of wisest ones a jewel for all to see

 

The old ones are calling me 

All buried in love and peace

Were laid to rest so stay to rest

For all eternity

Our ancestor ancient kings

The guardians neath our feet

Stone sentinels stand that circle our land

Exalted warrior priests

 

Words & Music Susan Marie Paramor copyright 

Music & Production Paul Gulliver copyright 

Sacred Witchy Tree

Help me sacred witchy tree I can not be here with thee

Watching humans is a farce, broken hearts within your grasp

Help me sacred wise old tree joining sky and earth below 

These are worlds that you do know these are worlds that you do know

Chorus 

I was here before the stones I was here before the bones

I was here before the cross I've been here long time lost

 

Tree of life history hold mighty trunks are gnarled and old

Lovers tryst beneath your boughs carving names in bleeding hearts

Ivy strangles church and cross standing stones are smashed and lost

Lift the veil and slip below lift the veil to slip below

Chorus 

I was not the only one we were great we were love

Grasping roots our branches long

Standing in a circle strong

 

Calling to me great God Bran steeped in earth since time began

Dapples arms reach out to me swaying veins of mottled green

Whispering spirits call me near secret language to my ear

Draw me to thy portal now draw me to thy portal now

Spoken word...............

Chorus

I stood here with raven black battle cry sword and drum

Morrigan takes mankind's dead

Roots are stained with life blood red

 

Anchor deep in earths domain yew immortal will remain

Ancient pillar of the realms sweet surrender to the dream

Endlessly the wheel goes round mortals tread on hallowed ground

Through the gate to mystery through the gate to mystery

Chorus

I am poison magic strong hissing snake around me twist

Song bird raven owl dark crow bliss eternal by my bow

Chorus

I was here before the stones I was here before the bones 

I was here before the cross I've been here long time lost (rep)

Words & Music Susan Marie Paramor copyright 

 

Music & Production Paul Gulliver copyright 

 

The candles lit, hard is the ground

Beneath our feet without a sound

Brighid stirs the sleeping land

Visions and dreams stir and grow

Green mantle touch the frosted earth

Deep in the belly of the earth

Deep in the belly of the earth

Visions and dreams stir and grow

Visions and dreams stir and grow

Green mantle touch the frosted earth.

 

The hearth is lit,we gather round

Words are rising in the smoke

Forging friendships hand in hand

Anvils hammer heart beat blows

Burning bright the sacred flame

Deep in the belly of the earth

Deep in the belly of the earth

Visions and dreams stir and grow 

Visions and dreams stir and grow 

Burning bright the sacred flame.

 

Bright arrow of the morning light

Songs are drifting on the wind

A bird foot Goddess leaves a sign

Fairy swan on ashes at night

Keep weaving signs of solar life.

Deep in the belly of the earth

Deep in the belly of the earth

Visions and dreams stir and grow

Visions and dreams stir and grow

Keep weaving signs of solar life

 

Gaze into the healing well

Reflecting coins go tumbling down

Make a wish it might come true

Red yellow ribbons on a tree

Daughter of Daghdha smile on me

Deep in the belly of the earth

Deep in the belly of the earth

Visions and dreams stir and grow

Visions and dreams stir and grow

Daughter of Daghdha smile on me

Words & Music Susan Marie Paramor copyright 

 

Music & Production Paul Gulliver copyright 

 

Tomb of The Eagles  

Chorus

Eagles fly and talons tear I would go there at early light

Watch the Eagles fly, watch the Eagles fly

Eagles fly and talons tear I would go there at first light

Watch the Eagles fly, watch the Eagles fly

 

A sky burial site with beating wings of flight

We'll honour you and bury you in the ground

The stories of your life In our hearts they will remain

Long binding tales of blood as legends grow

Your tribe is here, we have gathered young and old

Down the ages we will hold our truth

Chorus Eagles fly and talons tear etc:

Verse

Dark winter night tales of mystery and Giants

Old Magick mixed with dreams by a flickering fire

Drink wassail bowls as the wind outside it howls

Strange sounds of ghosts and fae are the lore of this land.

Bridge

Your tribe is here,we have gathered young and old

Down the ages we will hold our truth

Chorus. Eagles fly and talons tear........

Spoken word

As the ocean crashed from shore to shore 

The salt wind tearing at my body

I lifted my gaze to the sky and a familiar sound

I watched the sea eagles sour high rising on the wind

Swooping and diving.

In that moment my soul took flight 

as It joined them in their daily play of life.

 

Wake and feasting done place the bones with long lost friends

Take sustenance for journey to the other worlds

Fired vessels smashed seal the entrance to that realm

Walk away near, crashing ocean shores

Your tribe is here we have gathered young and old

Down the ages we will hold our truth

Chorus

Eagles fly and talons tear I would go there early light

Watch the eagles fly, watch the eagles fly

Eagles fly talons tear I would go there at first light

Watch the eagles fly, watch the eagles fly.

Words & Music Susan Marie Paramor copyright 

 

Music & Production Paul Gulliver copyright 

Bryn Celli Ddu - The Dark Grove

We talk of stone rings sages and kings

With guardians who will guide us

But how can I sing of the world and its kings

When always the past invades me

Hammered in snakes the landscape it makes 

A message in stone imparted

Chorus

Yn Ynys Môn there's a tomb of kings

We have always known it was there

The dark grove of the land

 

The light of the shore brings pilgrims and more

With offerings and care worn faces

Full throated the prayers for a summer so fair 

Will the gods of the land still hear them?

The brook close by gives freely her song

To a land bedecked in green

Chorus

Yn Ynys Môn there's a tomb of kings

We have always known it was there 

The dark grove of the land

 

The oxen is led to shaman and blessed

Then laid on the ground before us 

Dance round a fire, drum through the night

Till a chariot of light is pulled forth

Of Mage and sage drawing the threads of

The land that was so free

Chorus

Yn Ynys Môn there is a tomb of chiefs 

We have always known it was there 

The dark grove of the land

 

The Gorsedd close by lines rocks stones and sky

Hewn symbols repeat their message

So chant blessed be before a petrified tree

Remember the oaks will hear you

Keep an ear to the ground for a whisper or sound

For a vision of what might be

Chorus

On this magic land there is a tomb of kings

We have always known it was there

The dark grove of the land

We have always known it was there

The dark grove of the land (rep)

Words & Music Susan Marie Paramor copyright 

 

Music & Production Paul Gulliver copyright