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Music as theater has a long history, but few modern artists have embraced it as fully as the iconic Rick Wakeman. From a community center big band, playing with David Bowie in his early 20s, forming the most well-known prog rock band of all time, Yes, playing in a pub band, to performing his tribute […]

The Otherworld has existed in Irish folklore for centuries, passed down through both Pagan and Christian stories of adventure, voyages to Otherworld lands, and visions of mist filled forestscapes where faeries and other mythical creatures exist. The music of the Otherworld has played a prominent part in these stories, from lulling unsuspecting people to sleeping […]

There are many epic people in history, some heroes, some not, Attila the Hun is not a hero, but he sure was epic. Murray Dahm at medievalists.net writes about who he was, what he did, and as part of the lengthy article goes into detail on film, plays, operas and the many musical numbers created […]

Joseph Campbell famously attended a Grateful Dead concert near the end of his life and commented about being reminded of Dionysian festivals. John Bucher, writing at the Joseph Campbell Foundation, briefly reviews some of Campbell’s takes on modern entertainment at the time and its drift away from the mythical and spiritual interests of ancient cultures […]

Everybody is familiar with many of the films created about Joan of Arc, but there have been a number of musicals and operas created that delve into and expand on the stories and history of the heroine in music form. Murray Dahm at medievalists.net put together an exhaustive list, from the 2017 musical film Jeannette: […]

The cast of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings joins Josh Gad on his YouTube channel for an epic reunion of memories, laughs, new and familiar stories in support of the charity No Kid Hungry. Tune in below and listen to the end for a special performance of The Edge of Night by Billy Boyd.

Finding epic sci-fi and fantasy songs is what we do here and while searching for tunes came across a blog post a few years ago that had a nice list of “10 songs that are basically sci-fi/fantasy novels in music form”. Read the full article at Barnes & Noble for details on their selections, but […]

Andy Serkis will give a continuous live reading of The Hobbit to raise money for two charities, the NHS Charities Together and Best Beginnings. “So many of us are struggling in isolation during the lockdown,” he said. “While times are tough, I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written, […]

The Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performs a musical video tribute, Summon the Heroes. The tribute features a composition by John Williams, composer of many of the most well known fantasy and sci-film soundtracks of all time including Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and […]

Curated music, interviews, news and more from Heroes and Mortals Radio! Presenting the Heroes and Mortals Interview series: PDX Sci-Fi Book Club and The Elven Scholar Tune in below to listen in live! When: Wednesday, April 22 at 4pm PST and Sunday, April 26 at 11am PST Where: https://heroesandmortals.com Interview with Diane from: Portland SCI-FI Book […]


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