The Mourning Dawn

by Marquis DeBlood

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DryLake This album contains some of my favourite melodies, in particular Arsenic Waltz, The Empty Chair and Remember Me (Memento Mori). The last one always strikes me as a good representation of grief. I can only wish that its melody one day may bring peace of mind to someone who mourns my absence. Favorite track: Remember Me (Memento Mori).
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Music inspired by Victorian Death, Funeral Customs, Superstitions and Mourning.

Also includes printable artwork, video for the song, "The Mourning Dawn" and "Remember Me".

Get the companion album "Weeping Veils":
thehorrorofitallproductions.bandcamp.com/album/weeping-veils

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released March 7, 2016

artwork: Currier & Ives (public domain)
History from:
Friends of Oak Grove Cemetery - friendsofoakgrovecemetery.org
www.victoriana.com - www.victoriana.com/VictorianPeriod/mourning.htm

music arranged by Mark Dickinson
2016 The Horror Of It All Productions

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The Horror Of It All Productions Binghamton, New York

Marquis DeBlood is the host of 'What's Goin' On Binghamton's" October Web Series, "The Horror Of It All". The Horror Of It All showcases all of the spooktacular events and the people behind them that go on in the the Binghamton NY area and the Southern Tier. ... more

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Track Name: There is Nowhere on Earth Man can Escape Death
No matter what you do in this life, in the end, we must ALL face the Reaper...
Track Name: Death Knocks Three Times
If you hear 3 knocks and no one is there, it usually means someone close to you has died. The superstitious call this the 3 knocks of death.
Track Name: Arsenic Waltz
Staying stylish in the Victorian period could be a dance of death. While industrialization and mass production made more beautiful fashions widely available, the green dresses were dyed with arsenic-based pigments, the mercury necessary to make shiny beaver top hats drove the hatters insane, and all that tulle and cinched corsets contorting women into airy nymphs would not infrequently cause them to tumble into gas lamps and go up in flames.
Track Name: Black Wreath
A wreath of laurel, yew or boxwood tied with crape or black ribbons was hung on the front door to alert passersby that a death had occurred.
Track Name: The Covered Mirror
Mirrors were covered with crape or veiling to prevent the deceased’s spirit from getting trapped in the looking glass.
Track Name: Casket Spray
As was common, the wake took place in the home. Most wakes also lasted 3-4 days to allow relatives to arrive from far away. The use of flowers and candles helped to mask unpleasant odors in the room before embalming became common.
Track Name: Funeral Procession (The Black Parade)
A Victorian funeral procession was an extraordinary sight.

superstitions:

Never wear anything new to a funeral, especially shoes.

It is bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on. If you see one approaching, turn around. If this is unavoidable, hold on to a button until the funeral cortege passes.

To lock the door of your home after a funeral procession has left the house is bad luck.

If rain falls on a funeral procession, the deceased will go to heaven.
Track Name: The Mourning Dawn
After burial, the period of mourning depended upon a person’s relation to the deceased. Mourning for a spouse, parent or child was to last 12 months.
Track Name: Weeping Veils
Mourning dress is actually associated with a deeply rooted fear of the dead returning. When veiled and cloaked in black, it was thought that the living were invisible to the dead.
Track Name: The Empty Chair
Leaving an empty chair at the dinning table or in the sitting room was symbolic of loss.
Track Name: Remember Me (Memento Mori)
Memento Mori = Remember Death.

The Victorians created beautiful 'Memento Mori" art to remember their loved ones. Such as intricate 'hair' art included in brooches, rings, pictures and other crafted material. Painting and lithographs. Even photographs of (and with) their loved ones, post mortem.