Jessica Victoria


SONGS OF THE SUMMER REALM: Arthurian Celtic Fusion Album

by Jessica Victoria

My third album features my original music with words from Arthurian legends, and I'm singing two pieces of Scottish Gaelic mouth music!
Songs of the Summer Realm takes us into the world of King Arthur, showing him to us as a true model of the Servant Leader--a leader who has much to teach us in the twenty-first century. I wrote some of the lyrics myself, but many of them come from familiar Arthurian legends.

The idea of the Summer Realm itself comes from the Arthurian world of Steven Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle. These are some of my favorite books; you really should check them out. I cannot thank Mr. Lawhead enough for his kind permission to use his title, and some copyrighted excerpts from his books, which I have used as lyrics for several of the songs. I also set to music G.K. Chesterton's poem, "The Myth of Arthur." An excerpt from "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" provides the lyrics of "Christmas at Camelot," and Alfred Tennyson's Idylls of the King is the basis of two more songs.

To complete the album, I will be singing some Scottish Gaelic mouth music, which is traditionally known as Puirt à beul. I am doing this because I love languages; I wanted to learn some Gaelic in my free time; and I thought mouth music would be an awesome addition to a live show!