Solitaire

by Mama Gina

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David Banach, The Magick Jukebox Podcast reviewing for witchesandpagans.com says this: "It's hard to believe that Mama Gina is still a relatively new artist in the world of Pagan music. With her third album, Solitaire, due to be released very soon, she is soon to be no longer be known as the new kid on the block, but rather take her place in the pantheon of Pagan music royalty.

Solitaire has depth and character. Gina'a soulful voice shines in this well mixed and engineered album. The addition of backup players and singers brings a 1970's pop feel to her song "Goddess Walking". I honestly was reminded of the band America. Since they are one of my favorites, that's a good thing. "Old Ways" takes an intimate look at the spirituality in modern times. "Weed" shows off her bluesy side while telling a great tale. She gets to her tribal roots with the powerful "Old Snake Woman" and gives the listener a smile with "Mama Gaia's Going Through Menopause".

Solitaire is a strong album, and a must for your collection. It's combination of blues, folk and pop songs make for a listening experience that is as diverse and deep as you want it to be.

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Mama Gina talks about "Solitaire": My spirituality is so deeply personal … I walk this road alone. And yet, my spirit is linked to each and every one, and this connection sustains me in ways that I am only now beginning to understand. This is my journey … never a straight line, but a dance. Sometimes I move alone; sometimes I revel with my tribe. Between the first step and the last, I find myself drawing down the moon, acknowledging the Divine in my own heart and others. I fall apart, shed my skin, change, rest, rise, listen, learn, and remember.

Funny that a CD entitled “Solitaire” should be the one that took a community to create. My deepest gratitude to John Seda at Rising Sun Music who went above and beyond … I hear things in my head … he helped me shake those things out of my head, out of my heart, and into the world. Sachiko, thank you for always having a beautiful smile and cup of coffee at the ready. Big thanks to Diane, Meren, ESA ESP, and the Songdogs for inspirational and quiet spaces where songs were born. A great big thank you to Courtney for helping me find my marbles! And thank you to each and every one of you who host and attend the concerts, gatherings, and festivals; purchase the CDs and the digital downloads; let me sleep on your couch; and who support this independent original musician. This Bardic journey would not be possible without your love, enthusiasm and support.

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released January 1, 2015

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Track Name: Solitaire
Solitaire
© G. LaMonte 11/2012 (written at FPG Samhein 2012)

Wildings run and dark wings beat
In reflected glow, the moon she speaks
In semaphore flashes between the trees
And I drive this road alone

The owl takes wing and her pretty takes flight
Hunting hounds and the doe’s eyes bright
My full heart against darkening night
And I drive this night alone

Illusion conveys what the sunlight conceals
The world’s silhouette and the mysteries revealed
What they don’t know, they never can steal
And I walk this path alone


The wind she blows and howls my name
Candle wick, wax and flame
Bone in my limbs and blood in my veins
I dance this night alone

Full moon shines on this circle of one
The powers I bind will not be undone
The secrets I keep with this solitaire’s tongue
I am this night alone

Beyond this time and space I’ll run
Weft and warp ‘til weaving’s done
I’ll give my heart, but hold my own
And I dance this night alone

Full moon shines on this circle of one
The powers I bind will not be undone
The secrets I keep with this solitaire’s tongue
I am this night alone
Track Name: Blood Moon
Blood Moon
© G. LaMonte 4/2014; written @ Raven’s Shire Coven Ren Faire & Beltane Festival in Pikeville, TN

Standing ‘neath this crimson moon in a crystal clear sky
Dogwood blooms like snow on her limbs
Mother Moon asks me, “What is your wish child?”
And I cry, “I don’t know where to begin.”

I want to be more than I am without losing my soul
Want to bend like a willow, I want to be harder than stone
I want to dance in the rain from the tears in my eyes.
I want to sing down this blood moon tonight

Crimson moon shinin’ on the cold earth at my feet
Water falls and melts away stone
Mother Moon asks me, “What will your wish be?”
And I say, “Can I have more than one?”

I want to be brave when I’m frightened, and humbled when I’m wrong
I want to love sweet, want to speak truth, want to be strong
I want to be darker than shadow, and brighter than light
I want to sing down this blood moon tonight

I want to be more than I am without losing my soul
Want to bend like a willow, I want to be harder than stone
I want to dance in the rain from the tears in my eyes.
I want to sing down this blood moon tonight

I’m gonna pray for the right prayer, I’m gonna stand in her light
I’m gonna sing down this blood moon tonight

I’m gonna soul dive so deep, I’m gonna get this love right
I’m gonna sing down this blood moon – sing down this blood moon – I’m gonna sing down this blood moon tonight
Track Name: Goddess Walking
Goddess Walking in This World
© G. LaMonte 11/2013; written @ FPG Samhein 2013

Nothin' to repent, dear
Nothin' to repay
Nothin' to be sorry for
You were never broken, anyway
Let go what don't serve you
And make a joyful sound
You're the Goddess walking in this world
Get up and stand your ground

They say this world is evil
And you were born in sin
But they forgot that truth and light
Is the best place to begin
Love is the commandment
And it’s the only one that counts
You're the Goddess walking in this world
Get up and stand your ground

You're the Queen of all that's in your grasp
Never want to see you on your knees
Unless it's for your pleasure
Then, it's anything you please

There is no path before you
But the one that you create
So walk that stuff you're talkin' girl
Get out of your own way
You can walk the straight and narrow
Or tread this circle round
Anyway you choose
Stand up and you can't lose
You're the Goddess walking in this world
Get up and stand your ground.
Track Name: Weed
Weed
© G. LaMonte 6/2014; written in D. Lonsway’s back yard

I feel like a wildflower no longer wild – I been planted in medians for mile after mile
You want a crazy that you can predict – But I fly apart when I stand in the wind

I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed

I know that you love me but you need me to change – I can’t live by your rules and I’m causin’ you pain
You wanted crazy, but you don’t want this – Maybe, baby, I’m not here for you to fix

I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed

You think that you’re here to help me ease my head – Maybe, baby, I’m here for your soul instead
I’m pullin’ the poison right out of the ground – Why can’t you just love me and let me fall down

I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed

Can’t put them petals back, just let me go – Let me be who I am and let that wind blow
I’m ready to fall apart, I need you to see – I’m becoming more every day of what I’m supposed to be

I promise you it won’t get better than this – And that’s the only promise you’re likely to get

You see, I fly apart when I stand in a breeze – You can call me your dandelion, baby, but I’m just a weed
Track Name: Mama Gaia's Goin' Through Menopause
Mama Gaia's Goin' Through Menopause

She's hot and gettin' hotter
And her mood is set to swing
We all run for cover
'Cause any little thing
Will get her hot and bothered
And make her bare her claws

Mama Gaia's changin'
Yeah, Mama's rearrangin'
Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause

You can call it global warmin'
Or blame it on the man
Cuttin' down the forests
And pavin' what we can
I'm tellin' you get ready
No matter what the cause

'Cause Mama Gaia's sweatin'
And there ain't no forgettin'
Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause

I'm goin' through the change myself
It's my advice to give
You will do what Mama says
If you want to live

I've had me some night sweats
And I will tell you true
There ain't enough St. John's Wort on this whole wide planet, baby
For what she's goin' through

She's rockin' out them solar flares
She's crankin' up the storms
She's meltin' down a bit each day
And, hey, it's gettin' warm
Get ready for the summer
That never seems to pause
I say we take our clothes off
And violate some laws

'Cause Mama Gaia's heatin' up
The temperature is creepin' up
And Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause

Mama Gaia's changin'
Yeah, Mama's rearrangin'
Mama Gaia's goin' through menopause
Track Name: A Prayer to Morpheus
A Prayer to Morpheus
© G. LaMonte 7/2014

I blew out the candle and lay myself down and prayed to the King of Dreams
My soul was weary and I’d lost my ground; I prayed for one peaceful night’s sleep
I ran through the house all hallways and doors, pursued by something unseen
Every childhood nightmare and ghost from my past was inside the inside of my dream

Morpheus, King of Dreams – Hold your lover near
We’ll shimmer in starlight, no shadow to cast – Let me sleep past my fear

I shaped the key to my hand with a thought, and I followed the thread to his lair
The key to the lock, and I stepped in the room, and I found my Drowsy King there
Was a silver-eyed, silver-haired God of my dreams, as my fingertips touched his disguise
He smiled, “We are not here to make love, my sweet. We are here to bring your dreams to light.”

Grey-eyed Warrior, Grey-winged Love – You could be flawless, but you know me well enough
To leave every scar of change and time upon your skin – Spider-web thin

He kissed my third eye as I slipped in the sheets; I heard his voice as I drifted
“You must wake thrice and you must wake true. Sweet dreams.” And the spell was lifted.

I woke once in fear and I knew it was false – I woke once in tears with salt on my tongue
I woke last in daylight and all was not lost, but the fear that would fade in the Sun

Morpheus, King of Dreams – Hold your lover near
We’ll shimmer in starlight, no shadow to cast – Let me sleep past my fear (2x)
Track Name: Ravens of the Nine Worlds
Ravens of the Nine Worlds
© 9/2014 G. LaMonte – Huginn and Muninn chased me all the way to Meren’s house in Asheville, NC

Ebon wings are chasing me down highway and back road
And even when I stop to get my fill
They are perched upon the neon, daring me ignore
The sign upon the sign, if you will / The sign upon the sign, if you will

Black wings, they are flying, one goes left and one goes right
I feel their wicked talons ‘pon my skin
I name them Rock and Hard Place, and they cry with all they know
And I’m daring them to let it all sink in / I’m dizzy as I let it all sink in

CHORUS: Ravens of the Nine Worlds, come whisper in my ear
And I will listen like the very gods of old
You’re my thought and my desire, you’re the lyric and the chord
And between the two is where my song will grow / Between the two is where my song will grow

Bring me every dead thing; bring me every seed
Bring me all that lives and all that dies
Tell me all I need to know and just a little more
And I’ll release you, I’ll release you to the sky / For the ravens of the nine worlds, they must fly

CHORUS: Ravens of the Nine Worlds, come whisper in my ear
And I will listen like the very gods of old
You’re my thought and my desire, you’re the lyric and the chord
And between the two is where my song will grow / Between the two is where my song will grow

BRIDGE: Sometimes their gift is dark and sweet
Sometimes it’s bright as fire
Sometimes those Ravens make me laugh
And as they circle higher
Sometimes they leave me far too long
I fear they’ll not return
Raven halves of mine own soul
To me! With every word

Bring me every dead thing; bring me every seed
Bring me all that lives and all that dies
Tell me all I need to know and just a little more
And I’ll release you, I’ll release you to the sky / For the ravens of the nine worlds, they must fly

CHORUS
Track Name: Old Ways
Old Ways
© G. LaMonte 4/2014; written @ DragonzWylde before Maiden Awakens

They say that the Fae have left this land, but I’ve seen the wildflowers grow
In gardens forgotten and there on the side of the road

I hear that the old gods have left us, and new ones are taking their place
But I still see in every tree a face

And I will keep the old ways – always

They say that the old ones are silent, but I’ve heard the whippoorwill
At 4 am he calls and I hear him still

I hear that the stars are all fadin’ – we’re making our own kind of light
But I know a dark road I can travel and still see the night

And I will keep the old ways – always

The flame and the passion - The blood and the ocean
The sky and the notion - That all is Divine
The good Earth that grows me - The Mother she holds me
My spirit flies free - And the prayer that is mine

I will keep the old ways – always

They say that there’s nothin’ worth saving; The magic has already flown
But I’ll keep the flame and I know that I don’t stand alone

And we will keep the old ways - always
Track Name: One Tribe
ONE TRIBE CHANT
© LaMonte 5/2011; written for MPF Main Ritual

Many flames
Many hearts
Many ways
Many hands
ONE TRIBE \ ONE TRIBE

Build the flame
Share each heart
Teach the ways
Lend all hands
ONE TRIBE \ ONE TRIBE