Saturday, January 14

Music for Pagan Children - Revised

Since the beginning of the ITHOMS blog, back in 2011, the most popular post has been this one.

I would update it often, renew links, add photos, and filter suggestions. However, the grander it became, the more this post was a mirror of our 'Music & Audio Tracks for Pagan Children'.

So, if you are looking for a straight list of links and titles, click
HERE.

The rest of this post is simply commentary on the Pagan music scene and my journey towards finding spiritual music for my children, sometimes in unlikely places.

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Back in the 2000s, when Doodle Bug was born, Pagan children's music was non-existent. We were working with some privately recorded chants I'd learned around the fire and some folk songs about nature.  I knew of a few well-worn cassette tapes scattered amongst the Pagan families we huddled with at festivals, but to get a copy of our own was nearly impossible. These were one-off projects, out of print, etc.

I did my best with circle chants and songs we made up on the fly, but my son didn't much care for those when compared to the seemingly endless stream of Christian children's songs.  This was magnified at the holidays. 

It's been a decade since these struggles and the Pagan music scene has changed.  It moved away from droning chants and continuous drum tracks.  Musicians got bold and brave.  The brought style and celebration to Pagan music.  Large stage presences have sprung up in the void.  There are now many options for Pagan adults to buy spiritual music across the internet.  The wave of adult music has hit and there will be more.  However, the wave of children's music is still far off.

It's not like people aren't trying.  A few albums have come out over the years.  There are a few nice YouTube channels.  But it really comes down to the conundrum of "What is Pagan, anyway?"  People are picky about what their children see and hear, so if that cool new Pagan CD for kids doesn't mention the right deities or calls a holiday Imbolc instead of Candlemas, parents are not likely to buy it.  These are the problems of such a personalized, living faith. 

Music that suits a Pagan or Nature/Goddess-based childhood is very important.  It helps the child learn the ways of the faith.  It validates the family's way of life.  It reinforces morals and values. 

I have a core collection of about 50 songs that I use with my own children.  Some are from the few actual Pagan children's albums that have come and gone.  Some are from out-of-print cassettes tapes recorded in homemade studios.  Some are folk songs sung by Christian artists.  Some are science songs.  We make them work. 

The journey is long, but hearing your 3 year old daughter sing, "There's a little witch in every woman today...", while playing with her dolls is pure magic. 

Please visit our recommendation page for a list that includes:

Bonnie Lockhart

Tom Chaplin

Anne Hills

Sarah Pirtle

and more...