Magpie, the folk band

Staying with the musical theme this week, I decided to look up bands with corvid-related names and came across a lovely folk duo, Magpie with Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. I am a big fan of folk and indie music. So let me share Magpie with you.

Magpie

Play one song here (click the little triangle below)

The Magpie by Magpie

From their own website, a biography of their band and themselves,

Magpie – Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino a brief biography

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by. Terry was a student in her senior year at Kent State University in the fall of ’73, and when she graduated the following spring, she and Greg packed Greg’s VW bus and moved to the Washington, DC area. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.

Crow’s Commentary (a song by CorvidCanine)

I would like to share with you an original experimental metal song by CorvidCanine called “Crow’s Commentary” written and performed by Matthew Borders a.k.a. CorvidCanine. Matthew warns us to listen to it at a low level at first… you can download Crow’s Commentary here.

Crow’s Commentary

Original Artwork by Matthew Borders a.k.a. CorvidCanine

Crow’s Commentary lyrics:

Knocking at your window
But only for a treat
Or perhaps a gleaming treasure
To adore and to keep
Black-blue like the midnight sea
Clever, mischievous master of the sky
Poor human in the window
Who sees not, we share the same tone
In our eyes

Matthew (CorvidCanine) wrote, “the album still has a way to go before it is finished, but I’d like to go ahead and share this song.”

You can learn more about the special project here. Or you can hear all of his music here.

Thank you for sharing Matthew!

The Crow Song

Crow, originally uploaded by russthedutch.
“The Crow Song”
There were three crows sat on a tree, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
There were three crows sat on a tree, Oh Billy Ma-gee Maggar!
There were three crows sat on a tree,
And they were black as crows should be
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
II
Said one old crow unto his mate, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
Said one old crow unto his mate, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
Said one old crow unto his mate,
What shall we do for grub to ate?
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar.
III
There lies a horse on yonder plain,
Whose by some cruel butcher slain,
We’ll perch upon his old backbone,
And pick his eyes out one by one.
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar.

Here is one version of this song sang by Burl Ives:
The Three Crows by Burl Ives

Album / CD Covers with Ravens

Ravens are also revered in our culture. Much like the crows who adorn our album/cd covers–ravens are a popular icon for musicians as well. Here are some of the album / cd covers we found with ravens:


When the Raven Has Come to the Earth


The Raven by The Stranglers


Raven’s Nest
by Everwood


Shadow
of the Raven

by Nox Arcana


Seven Ravens: Unvarnished Tales from the Brothers Grimm


Raven in the Snow
by Bill Miller


Raven Flight
by No Man’s Land


Raven by John Williams & Dean Magraw


Of Raven & Ruins Bound to Prophecy



When the ravens fly over me by Dantalion


Odin’s Raven Magic by Sigur Ros


Beneath the Raven Moon by Mary Youngblood

If you know of other albums or cds with ravens (or crows) on the cover art — please email us at corvidcorner at g mail dot com or leave us a message to this post! Thanks!