It Started With a Song

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Did you know that I have often referred to the book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE, as my “musical?”  No, not like a musical you might see on television or the movies — if you open up the book, it doesn’t play a song, and yet, in many ways, I’ve often thought of it as my musical.  Interestingly, it is also based on a myth.

Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/SOARING-EAGLES-EMBRACE-Legendary-Warriors-ebook/dp/B074LWHB7W/ref=sr_1_3?crid=32UQUEUDYDX91&keywords=soaring+eagle%27s+embrace+by+karen+kay&qid=1552252142&s=digital-text&sprefix=SOARING+EAGLE%27S+EMBRA%2Caps%2C171&sr=1-3-catcorr&tag=pettpist-20

A rather long link, huh?

SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE, from the Legendary Warriors Series, is inspired by a myth of a hunter and a daughter of the Star People.  The book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE actually starts with the hero and heroine and the legend as it is told in Native American lore.  Interestingly, I found this myth not in just one tribe — but several — and the thing is, it was told almost (but not quite) identically, tribe to tribe.  The legend I’m about to tell you is from the Shawnee.

I believe that the name of the hero (it’s from a children’s book that I’m quoting) is Red Hawk, and the name of the book is RED HAWK AND THE SKY SISTERS by Gloria Dominic and Charles Reasoner.  Again, this legend is repeated in several different tribes — although the hero’s name is often different.

Red Hawk is a great hunter.  But he is puzzled because he sees the same print of a circle in the grasses of the prairie each time he goes to hunt.  It is a perfect circle, but there are no paths leading up to it — or going away from it.  There is evidence that something was there and made the circle — but how?  Red Hawk decides to spend the night, hiding himself from view.

51GoIbPuXOL._SL110_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-sm,TopRight,10,-13_OU01_[1]And so he does.  He discovers by hiding himself, that a basket gently falls to the earth and that there is singing from feminine voices.  As the basket comes to land softly on the earth, three sisters alight from the basket and dance around it in a circle.  Red Hawk watches this for many nights until one night he realizes that he  has fallen in love with one of the sisters — the youngest I believe.  And so, once again hiding himself, he waits until the sisters are about to get into the basket and go back into the sky — but suddenly he jumps out from his hiding place and captures the woman of his heart.

They marry and are happy, but she misses her home in the sky (she is a star).  They have a  child and she wishes to take the child and return to visit her home in the sky.  Our hero lets her go, but keeps the child with him, hoping that the child will be enough to cause her to return.  When she doesn’t return, our hero again captures her, and she falls in love with him all over again and they live happily ever after.

th[1]I did find that the ending varies a bit from tribe to tribe, and I’m uncertain of how this book ends the story — I have this book, but of course, needing to find it for this post, the book eludes me.

 

Now, what does this have to do with music and with a song?  Well, maybe a lot.  This book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE, starts out with a song and the legend, and it ends with a song, incorporating, also, the legend.

In my youth, I used to watch Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald movies on television.  I was enchanted with them, and with their music, which is operetta.  Not full opera, but a light taste of it. My characters, I must admit, are drawn from both Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy’s personalities.  Sometime in the future I might do a blog on these two people.  They were in love, but never married, and it appears as if they were prevented from marrying.  Perhaps that’s only a theory, but there appears to be some truth to it.

But that aside, I thought I’d leave you all a link to some great Native American music.  The group is Brule’.  This is a band of the Sioux tribe.  It is extremely inspiring music, and so I’d leave you this for today.  Please enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtwFkV-C6_A

I’ll be giving away an e-book copy of SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE today to some lucky blogger, so I would encourage you to leave a comment — please see the Giveaway Guidelines over to the right here for our rules that govern giveaways, and be sure to come back in a few days to see if you are a winner.

What do you think?  Is it possible to create a musical with text?

Karen Kay
KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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Updated: March 11, 2019 — 7:34 am

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  1. Thank you for the link. What a beautiful message and how talented. I ended up watching 2 of Brule’s videos. Just amazing & emotional.
    Inspiring !

    1. Hi Carol,

      This group, Brule, moved me, also — it’s why I thought I would share the link. Like you, I went to many other links because I couldn’t get enough. So beautiful. Thanks for your observations.

  2. I love stories that start with a legend. thanks for the great post.

    1. Hi Debra,

      Me, too. I love getting educated about the legend, and then putting that into a story. There are many out there, but unfortunately, not always on the “radar,” so to speak. But if one searches…. Thanks so much for your comment.

  3. Thanks for sharing the legend of Red Hawk. I really enjoyed the video too. The music and dancing is mesmerizing.

  4. Me, too, Janine. The music by Brule really moves me, and I really wanted to share it. Interestingly, that legend is shared by so many of the Native American tribes. Makes one sort of wonder why — at least it makes me wonder why. Also, reminds me a bit of the crop circles that one sees on the internet. Hmmmm… Thank you so much for your comment.

  5. Thank you for visiting today. Thank you for sharing the links. If you dont mind I would like to share the link of Brule. I do believe that a good book has its own music in it.

  6. Hi Lori,

    You are very welcome. Yes, please do share that link of Brule — I own no copyright to it and I think it is a great link to share. Ah, like you, I think a good book has its own music. And so it is that I feel that SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE is my musical. : )

  7. Karen, Thank you for sharing the legend of Red Hawk.

  8. Hi Caryl!

    You are very welcome. Thank you so much for coming to the blog today.

  9. There are books that run like a movie in my mind. The characters breathe life itself and grab my heart. These are my favorites. And yes, music can play around the story. Books can take you anywhere.

  10. Hi Jerri Lynn,

    Like you, I think that books can be a musical. Not like movies or anything, but I still think that books can convey music. It’s interesting, I think.

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