An Extra Special Holiday Gift From Eclectica

As a last little holiday gift from Eclectica to all of you out there, here's one final episode for 2013.  With the hopes of brightening up the season for dancers and non-dancers alike, I've compiled a selection of holiday music both chill and boisterous, traditional and unique that I hope you'll love. ^_^

Thanks to Ariel Publicity & Podsafe Music Network for the vast majority of music here, and special thanks to Kiva and Jonah Knight, who gave their kind permission for me to play their music for you here.  Thank you all, so much.  Without you and resources like you, I would have nothing to spin for the good listeners out there, so thank you, thank you and thank you for your help in making this podcast possible. ♥♥

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Background music, Pat Canavan - Starlight Starbright
  1. Cat Johnke (yongkee) - O Come O Come Emmanuel
  2. Nicole Kiehl - Winter Wonderland
  3. Adelee and Gentry - Carol of The Bells
  4. Phoenix Vocal Quartet - Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  5. Kiva - In Praise of Winter
  6. Jonah Knight - I'm Gettin' Nothin' for Christmas
  7. Jonathan Coulton - Chiron Beta Prime
  8. The Locals - Heat Miser (I'm Mr Green Christmas)
  9. The Energy Commission - Call of Duty Christmas
  10. Cara Brindisi - The Holly and the Ivy
  11. Don Campbell - Christmas Lights
  12. Jeff Meegan - Bring Them Home


This show is especially dedicated to Donna, Dorothy, Kerry, Michele, Rob, Mithras, Jennifer, Ian, Chris, Elias, Reya, Josh, Frank, Janine, Will, Matt, Matt. O., Star, Jack, Linda, and all of my family and friends near & far, as well as all of our dedicated soldiers & service people who're working through the holidays.  To you and all those who're in need of any kind this holiday season, to the helpers and the givers, the teachers and the guardians; to each and every one of you, I want you to know my heart is with you.  My love and hugs go out to you all, in addition to my hope that this music brings you some solace, joy, comfort and cheer, wherever you are and whatever you celebrate during the winter holidays.

Love, light, health, happiness, abundance, fulfillment and success to you all, and thanks so much for listening (not to mention reading! ;)), 
-DJ Selchie

Eclectica's New Holiday Groove

Happy Holidays!

T'is the season to gather together and celebrate the magic of the winter season, the love of family and friends, and the warmth that we have in our lives, each and every day. ^_^  And what better way to do just that- than to dance!  So get the ones you hold near close, turn up your speakers, and let's have a party!

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Background music - Kitka - "Shchedrik" & "Zamuchi Se Bozha Majka"
  1. Brothers of the Baladi - Deck the Halls
  2. Naser Musa - Joy to the World
  3. The Klezmonauts - Good King Wenceslas
  4. Musica Vagantium - Gaudete 
  5. Tony Anderson - O Come O Come Emmanuel ft. Aubrey Punty
  6. B4SSfreq - Carol of the Bells
  7. Balkan Balagan - Vehaere Enenou
  8. Karl Hitzemann - Sing a Song for Hanukkah
  9. Diwon - Sivivon (The Dreidel Song)
  10. Heather Dale - Huron Carol
  11. Naser Musa - The Little Drummer Boy
  12. Kitka - Tsarsko Momche Kon Sedlae 
  13. Brothers of the Baladi - Silent Night

Featuring Christmas themes, Hanukkah-inspirations, non-denominational pieces and music from around the world, this show is meant to augment your holiday celebrations, however you choose to observe them- no matter what tradition or faith you practice. ^_^  Whether you're into up-tempo pieces, chill, reverent music, more traditional Middle Eastern vibes, or harder-driving, modern tunes with a Western feel, it's my hope that this episode will have something for -everyone. ^_^

Featuring music by Naser Musa, Brothers of the Baladi, The Klezmonauts, Heather Dale and more, I pray this music adds to your holiday in all the best ways, moves you in body and in spirit, and adds new music to your repertoire and audio collection for many seasons to come. :):)

Happy Holidays, and Happy Dancing to All!
-DJ Selchie

Hooray! Eclectica's Moved- Coast to Coast!

Even though I've been sick, I wanted to put a show out for y'all, in honor of my successful move across the country, my utilities, internet and cable all being active & in working order (at last! XD), and in celebration of the great new place in which I find myself (with its marvelous bellydance community! :D).  With the move and everything going on -before- it, it's just been FAR too long since we've had a new show, so.. now that I finally can, I thought I'd whip up a joyous, up-tempo new ep of Eclectica. ^_^   (With plans of doing lots more on a far more regular basis in the coming months. ^_^)

Featuring music from, Ioda PormoNet and, whether you dance in the office, on the way to work, in a classroom, on stage or just in your livingroom, this show is sure to inspire a shimmy or two- even if you're not a regular dancer. ^_^  Full of happiness, excitement for today, gratitude for yesterday and hope for the future yet to come, this show is FULL of lively, energetic music.  Plus, with various dance styles in mind, it's also packed with diverse cultural  influences and musical styles, so I hope you'll join in the fun I had in making this. ^_^

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Background music:  MIDIval Punditz; - Piya
  1. Setrak Sarkissian - Tigi Nigsim Il Amar
  2. Saïd Senhaji & Orchestra Zahra - Chitana
  3. DJ Tomasc  - Chot n' Cold Mix
  4. Niyaz - Dilruba
  5. Skarazula - Non Sofre Santa Maria
  6. Lamajamal - Ish Adani
  7. Alin Rogoz - Sweet and Lovely
  8. DJ Click - Tziganie
  9. Rabii - N'reservé ou Nalhegha
  10. Joud - Ya Ali
  11. Slonovski Bal - Hočemo Li U Šabac?
  12. Maroon Shaker - Spicy Dukkah


Lastly, this episode. is also dedicated to our furry friends, who.. perhaps.. may appear in background noises of important recordings.. *cough* - enrich our lives with their endless love, and bring us countless joys, every single day.  To my 2 black kitties, I love you.  Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. ^_^  And to my dear little friend Migo, whom I just met over the Thanksgiving holiday, this is for you & your family, little man.  Thank you for being with us while on your journey, too..
♥ ♥ ♥

Now, kick off your shoes, take a deep breath, snag a gulp of water before you start.. and let's get ready to DANCE, 'cause there is soooo much in life worth celebrating!  ^_^

Yours Forever In Song,
--DJ Selchie

Eclectica v2, Ep.2! It Liiiiives!!! XD

This episode is dedicated to the great Mr. Owain Phyfe, who has inspired me in so many ways since discovering his work now many, many moons ago.  The picture below is exactly how I remember him; the day I first plowed dreamy-eyed but determinedly through the VA Renaissance fair, to find out where that -enchanting- music was coming from.  And ever since, I have been positively captivated by his incredible voice, his passionate, unique creations, and his lyrical style.  To my knowledge, Mr. Phyfe was a self-taught musician, ancient & medieval linguist and surely, a scholar, and for that, he blows me away even more.

Sadly, he passed this year due to pancreatic cancer, but his memory, through his artistry and pure, captivating music, will live on.  Thank you for your song, Mr. Phyfe.  You were the first and only real bard I think I've ever met, and you inspire me to this day.  ♥♥♥

On a brighter note, I'd also like to give a shout-out to Madlenka, Bagoas, Mavi, Nina Amaya, and my other friends who're currently attending the Darbukastani Independence Days celebration this weekend. :D  I wish I could be with you all, but my hips are shimmying in time with your music and my spirit is with y'all, wherever we each may be. :) ♥♥♥
..Now, on to the music!

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1. The New World Renaissance Band - A La Una (Yo Naci)
2. E Muzeki - Jeru
3. Corvus Corax - Filii Neidhardi
4. Shira KammenSon Ar Sistr
5. Oum Kalthoum - Ya Bahjat El Eid
6. Maya Naim - Laylat Hob
7. Googoosh - Pishkesh
8. Setrak - Habbeyna Habbeyna
9. Haifa Wehbe - Sanara
10. Moshav - Abba Shimon
11. Rasheem - Agmal Ma Shafet Aien
12. Hengameh - Doaa


This episode baaaarely happened, so I'm SUPER stoked that it's finally HERE! XD  (First I was having one HECK of a time w/choosing what songs should be played and where, and then we had three, count 'em, THREE power outages on the day the show was supposed to be done, so I was goin' NUTS!  *lol*)  But it's alll good now, and I hope you like the results. :)  (Which are alll work and kid safe, btw. ^_^)

For those of you who like the more traditional style of bellydance music, this show is for YOU.  (Though there should be something for everyone here, thanks to the styles and artists featured. :D  So even if you're a Tribal goddess or Fusion fanatic, or if ya just prefer your music to have a more modern twist, there's something in here for you, too. :))

This episode has something of a time-traveling theme, as it takes you from medieval and renaissance-inspired music from around the world, to "classical" Middle Eastern music (created in the mid-to-late 20th century), all the way up to discoteque tunes you might hear in the Middle East today. :)  We've got a little Corvus Corax, some of the great Oum Kalthoum, as well as a touch of the stars, courtesy of  Googoosh, Hengameh & Haifa Wehbe. :)  But no matter WHAT era the music is from, I hope it -all- inspires you, uplifts you, and makes you wanna dance (even if it's just in your mind, in your car, in your office, or in front of the stove while cookin' dinner ;)). ♥

Yours Forever In Song,
--DJ Selchie