Runes are the mysteries of the universe and the complex nuances of our existence on this mighty sphere. If you’ve worked with the runes at all, you know that sound and song are central to their mysteries. That can include anything from toning and chanting to accompanied singing, all of which – with a magical aspect – can fit into what we call galdr. Often with the runes we feel compelled to pull them into the romanticized past where nothing can touch them but our skillfully crafted, oddly rigid imagination under the guise of deep spirituality.
Lately I’ve been focused on situating the runes and their mysteries in the here and now of my daily life, and that includes contemporary music. As the new year dawns I’m determined to experiment with new ways of engaging a host of spiritual topics. So, in my work with runes, I’m bringing them into the present musical moment because their mysteries rattle and shake everything, including the vocal stylings of my favorite artist as well as the artists that I despise. And so, with that, I offer the (probably first of many lists of) songs that I associate with the runes. Enjoy!
If you have some too, please don’t hesitate to include them in the comments.
Fehu – Royals by Lorde
Thurisaz – Toxicity by System of A Down
Ansuz – Roar by Katy Perry
Raidho – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
Kenaz – Wake Me Up by Avicii
Wunjo – Dreams by Van Halen
Hagalaz – Crawling by Linkin Park
Nauthiz – Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas
Elhaz – Titanium by David Guetta ft Sia
Sowilo – Morning Comes by Delta Rae
Tiwaz – Renegade by Styx
Berkano – Suvetar by Gjallarhorn
Ehwaz – Howl by Florence and the Machine
Mannaz – Get By by Talib Kweli
Ingwaz – Nature Boy by David Bowie
Othala – Hometown Glory by Adele
Dagaz – One Day by Matisyahu