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Author Matthew Dickerson on “The Daegmon War” and Fantasy Literature

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“Myth and legend has been an important part of culture since the beginning. Literature began with these stories.” According to one website, a good definition is, “Fantasy is often characterized by a departure from the accepted rules by which individuals perceive the world around them; it represents that which is impossible (unexplained) and outside the parameters of our known, reality. Make-believe is what this genre is all about.”

But what’s sets one author apart from another. How do these minds dream up these fantastical stories. It’s more than just fiction. It’s magic, legend, myth. We grew up with The Odyssey and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but how do modern authors apply fantasy and legend to the modern genre?

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Our own Grandfather Rock (Chris MacIntosh) posed a number of questions to gifted fantasy author Matthew Dickerson regarding his 3-volume fantasy series The Daegmon War.

Q: You have just released the third volume of your current trilogy going under the umbrella title: The Daegmon War. Book Three titled Illengond was preceded by The Gifted (Book One) and The Betrayed (Book Two).

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“The Daegmon War” Series is Spellbinding Fantasy Literature

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The Daegmon War series by author Matthew Dickerson is a tale of high fantasy set in an unspecified time of the distant past — in the age of legends. It is the time from which our most beloved myths and legends sprang. All of the action which takes place in the three books that make up our on-going tale occurs on the island kingdom of Gondisle, a peaceful land which is thrown into turmoil due to the return of the Daegmons.

What is a Daegmon? Well, the best way to describe these creatures is to say that they are somehow related to the dragons of yore. But a main difference is while most dragons were individualistic creatures who worked for their own good, pillaging and hoarding treasure, the Daegmon were more of a collective held in check by the will and power of a Daegmon Lord.

As we begin our first book, The Gifted, in a centuries-old war, the Daegmons have arisen to wreak destruction on the land once again. One of our primary characters, Elynna a fisher woman whose village has been destroyed, sets out for the fortress of the Citadel to plead assistance from the king and his army in vanquishing this ancient foe.

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Hammock’s New Album “Mysterium” Features Soundscapes

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I recently received a wonderful surprise in the mail. It was the newest album from the band Hammock titled Mysterium.

Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with Hammock I can only describe their music as falling into the genre of soundscapes. The core of the group consists of Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson on guitars with occasional assistance from Matt Slocum, formerly of the band Sixpence None The Richer, on cello.

I first became aware of the concept of soundscapes during the early 1970’s with the release of an album called The Heavenly Music Corporation by Robert Fripp of King Crimson & Brian Eno of Roxy Music. Soundscapes, at least to my ears, would be considered extremely ambient music used not only for listening pleasure but also during times of meditation and prayer. That being said, let’s get back to Hammock.

Unless I am mistaken, this newest project is the band’s tenth release since their debut project in 2005. In the years since their debut they have added on supplemental players on various pieces. This time around that consists of Matt “Frodo” Kidd on piano and Ken Lewis on percussion as well as the aforementioned Matt Slocum on cello.

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“Wondrous Stories” & Appreciation in Freedom to Share Tunes

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Last night during the course of my radio show, I played a tune called “Wondrous Stories” by Rick Wakeman from his album Piano Portraits.It’s a song that Rick had done during his time with the band Yes. It’s a wonderful song and I have played it periodically in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Yet there was something different about last night, I was struck not by the song so much as by its title “Wondrous Stories.”

Working at a public radio station, I am given quite a lot of freedom as to what I choose to play during the course of each program. In the past, I have worked at stations where there was virtually little to no freedom in picking a play list of songs to choose from. Being just short of turning 68 and becoming more and more of a curmudgeon as time goes on, I need to know that I have the freedom to program that which is from my heart and not some restrictive list of songs I am told to play or in some cases not to play.

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Road Trip to Soulfest, August 3-5, 2017, Gunfest Mountain Resort in Gilford, New Hampshire

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It seems the older I get the more I seem to be in need of an annual road trip. A time to just get away and reflect on the road my life has gone down. These soul-searching road trips occur during the summer or fall season and usually means a trip to a music festival or sometimes a literary conference.

In the past I have journeyed to the Pacific Northwest for The Kindlings Fest on Orcas Island or to the cornfields of the Midwest for the Cornerstone Festival.

Honestly, I need to get away to refresh my soul and feed my imagination. During these times I am surrounded by people who also, like myself, feel a need to be fed by the arts. Now that might take the form of music, literature, poetry, dance, film.

Over the years I have come in contact with many who have become friends and confidants due to their love of the arts and I thoroughly cherish these times. This year I will venture to the mountains of New Hampshire for an event called Soulfest. It is scheduled the first Thursday, Friday & Saturday of August at the Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, New Hampshire.

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