(Today we have Vicki Keire as our guest. She's going to help us learn about fairy kidnappings and how to avoid them, a topic to which musicians in particular should pay attention!)
Thanks for stopping by to visit the Bandstand at the Fair today! Come on in and make yourself comfortable, but make sure to draw the tent securely closed behind you. We don’t want any of them to hear us, right?
Before we get started with the actual musical entertainment, I wanted to take the time to warn you about a very serious problem.
All across the globe, Faeries are stealing human musicians to perform for them. Enchanted by rock n roll, they can’t seem to get enough. After thousands of years of nothing but ballads and harps, Faeries are ready for a change. This has resulted in dozens of musicians going missing from the Southeast alone; who knows how big the problem is worldwide. Often, these poor stolen humans leave families and band members behind, and spend the rest of their days playing for their cruel otherworldly hosts.
One of my very own characters had a brush-in with the Fey that almost resulted in her own kidnapping; Caspia Chastain is an art student and character in my novel Gifts of the Blood. She barely escaped the Faeries with her sanity intact. She’s here with me to talk about the experience, and to help warn any of you creative types out there about what you’re up against.
Where did you first encounter the faeries?
I was at work when they came in. I work at the only coffee shop in town, and I was just about to close when they walked in. The only other person with me was the guy who plays acoustic guitar twice a week. They seemed particularly interested in him.
Did you know right away that you were under attack from Faeries?
No, not at all. They glamoured me. All I knew was that these amazing, hypnotic beings had come into my workplace and brought . . . the beach with them. And, um, a ballroom of some kind. And we were dancing, and it was awfully hard to think clearly.
What were they like, the faeries?
They were beautiful, but in a cold, cutting kind of way. The ones who came for us had these gorgeous eyes, except they were slit vertically, like a cat’s. When I look back, what stands out isn’t so much the Fey themselves, but rather the atmosphere they created. They seemed to bring a beautiful world with them, one that a human could easily get lost in forever.
What did they want with humans?
It was immediately clear they’d come for our musician, my friend Jack. He’s a great guitarist. There were two Faeries who were obviously in charge, and they just up and announced they wanted to take him back to a place they called the Summer Court. They only became interested in me once they found out I was an artist, and then they tried to take me too.
What do you mean, “tried?”
The one I was dancing with kept trying to get me to tell him my full name. I found out later this could give Faeries power over you, so no matter how hard they try, don’t tell a Faerie your full name.
Why are they so interested in musicians?
The Faeries I met that night told me they came from a world where Faeries have lost the ability to create; they can’t invent new music or art or anything. So some of the Faerie courts started sending hunters out into the human world, to capture talented mortals to entertain them.
Can you give us any tips for dealing with hostile Faeries?
Iron repels them. I had an iron necklace made after the attack so I would always have some with me. Don’t tell them your name, no matter what. And play lots of classical music; modern Faeries are all about the rock n roll, especially punk and alt rock.
Thanks you, Caspia, for sharing your experiences with us. And now we’ll move on to today’s musical selections, a little playlist I like to call, “Faeries On My Mind:”
Fairies Wear Boots, Black Sabbath
Tam Lin, Fairport Convention
Fairytale of New York, The Pogues
My Fairy King, Queen
Cold Irons Bound, Bob Dylan
Long Black Veil, Nick Cave
Carried Home, Iron and Wine
I Took Your Name, R.E.M.
When You Call My Name, Dawes
Giveaway! Vicki is offering four ebooks! To enter, simply comment on this post, and let us know how you would avoid a fairy kidnapping, or whether you've ever been kidnapped by fairies.
This international giveaway ends at 11:59 PM (Eastern) this Saturday. The winner will be announced in Sunday's Prize Booth post!
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