If Not a Happy Ending, a True Joy

by Erreth-Akbe

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A collection of songs about love and death

This album is dedicated to my grandmother Linda, and to Ursula K. Le Guin

1 - Inalkil the Greenstone, in which the dragon Yevaud lives as a hermit on Sattins Island and hoards the great treasure of the pirate kings of Pendor

2 - The Word Which is Only Spoken Once, in which the wizard Festin, in order to bring the mad wizard Voll to justice, speaks the Word of Unbinding and enters the land of the dead

3 - Where My Love is Going, in which a boy named Diamond gives up wizardry and worldly riches in order to love a witch's daughter, Darkrose

4 - Heart's Brothers, in which the wizard Erreth-Akbe and Prince Mararion grow up together in the courts of the palace in Havnor

5 - Talon and Fire, in which the wizard Erreth-Akbe battles the great dragon Orm, and they make peace on the Old Island

6 - Word and Sword, in which the war between Erreth-Akbe and Orm is reignited, and the battle is such that they both die, entangled and bloody on the beach of Selidor

7 - Maharion Weeps, in which King Maharion journeys to Selidor to retrieve Erreth-Akbe's sword, and weeps by the sea


released January 8, 2020

Music and vocals by Kelsey
Notation and lyrics on track 3 by Ursula K. Le Guin
The water sounds on track 1 are by EverythingSounds and Schoggimousse on Freesound
Spring peeper sounds on track 4 by kvgarlic on Freesound
Ocean sounds on track 7 by rbn974 on Freesound


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