“Wunjo”: A Music Video for the Times.

Have you been feeling confined lately and in need for a trip?   Today’s video from Shrink Wrap/Wilson Bros. may be the ticket.  But, first the back story.

Last Fall, I invited my brother, James and his wife to visit us in March 2020 in order to escape from the harsh Minnesota weather. I also suggested that we plan an event where our band and others would play.

Over time, the date got pushed back to April 11th and the event became what I called a “Happening” where a handful of visual artists, word artists and musicians would creatively interact.  The number of participants was kept small since this was seen as an experiment that might be done on a larger scale, if successful.  Needless to say, something happened that prevented this Happening from happening.  Maybe another Happening will be planned down the pike.  For now, I feel like I would like to try release some videos that might come close to capturing what I imagine might have been the “feel” of such an event.  I am posting this on the day the Happening would have happened.

As part of my preparation for the event, I created a 50 min. video that I planned to project in a loop, during the event.   A couple of weeks ago, my brother sent me a new tune called “Wunjo” so I could provide some feedback.  As I listened to this tune, it occurred to me that it might work with some of the video material I had planned for the Happening.  Both the music and the video conjured up for me a Journey to places and times beyond the ordinary.  So, the video below incorporates my brother’s music with a small portion of the larger video I had prepared for the Happening

The videos I will be releasing in the future have incorporated some images by the artists that had committed to be part of the Happening.  In Wunjo, you will see some digital images from Jake Gage’s Buddha series, a video of a swinging Buddha by Annie Pirruccello and a painting by Barry Robson. For the best experience, watch on “full screen” mode with headphones.

I asked my brother to provide some insight into the title Wunjo.    Below is his response.

“Wunjo” refers to a letter in the Rune alphabet. Runes in general, reference an alphabet that was used in Northern Europe before the eventual adoption of the Latin alphabet.  The earliest runic inscriptions date from around 150 AD.  Each rune, often made of bone, wood or stone was imprinted with a carved symbol, has a name and a sound, as well as a given meaning.  Like Chinese characters, Runes can represent a letter as well as a “concept “, or a word, and thus sometimes used for fortune telling and divinations, much like a Tarot card.  Wunjo was used to symbolize emotional satisfaction, happiness, and/or light, i.e., a generally positive state-of-mind. 

Use of Runes is tied to Celtic cultures.  Today, the term Celtic generally refers to the languages and respective cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Brittany, also known as the Celtic nations.  The vocalist you hear on this track, Celica Soldream, calls herself “Celtia”, and has focused her talent on evoking a “Celtic feeling” with her singing.   I personally find Celtic vocals mesmerizing and even transcendent, which is why you will hear Celtia’s vocals on a number of my tracks.  I believe it lends an overall “other worldly” feeling to the music.

I hope that Wunjo will carry you away to distant times and lands, but most importantly, clear your mind, relax, and enjoy!   Peace.

James Wilson

Here is the link to “Wunjo”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WvF3Dq0CxA

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