Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dance, dance...

I am packing up orders and listening to one of my favorite Christmas music CD's. The music makes me want to dance, in some instances the lyrics bring tears to my eyes. I must have lived in Shakespearen England.

What does this have to do with botanical or natural perfume? Well, as you may have read in the journal post that defines botanical perfume, the origins of this art go far back. I've read that the first colognes were made with herbs marinated in wine most likely served at huge feasts like those that the Christmas Revels performed at. Thus, I suggest spritzing Blossom Eau de Cologne or the Phoenix Myster while we cheerfully prepare for all our holiday activities.

To find a performance by The Christmas Revels in your area check this site of the Revels.

Here are the lyrics of one of my favorites from the CD The Christmas Revels, Traditional and Ritual Carols, Dances and Processionals. Directed by John Langstaff.

I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the Moon & the Stars & the Sun
I came down from Heaven & I danced on Earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth:
Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)
I danced for the scribe & the pharisee
But they would not dance & they wouldn't follow me
I danced for fishermen, for James & John
They came with me & the Dance went on:
I danced on the Sabbath & I cured the lame
The holy people said it was a shame!
They whipped & they stripped & they hung me high
And they left me there on a cross to die!
I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back
They buried my body & they thought I'd gone
But I am the Dance & I still go on!
They cut me down and I leapt up high
I am the Life that'll never, never die!
I'll live in you if you'll live in Me -
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!

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