Good Friday, Femme Friday
Juliana (d. ca. 305) was an early-fourth-century martyr who probably died at Naples or at Cumae, which is near Naples, during the persecution of the emperor Maximian. Pope Gregory the Great (590-604) (September 3) requested her relics from the Bishop of Naples for an oratory built in her honor. The principal, though legendary, episode associated with her life is the lengthy argument she supposedly had with the Devil, who tried to persuade her to obey her pagan father and to marry a Roman prefect. Condemned to death, she was beheaded after a furnace and boiling oil did no harm to her. There is evidence of her cult in England at least as early as the seventh century, because she appears in the Martyrology of Bede (May 25). Her feast is not on the General Roman Calendar.
In another book on saints that I can’t find ( I think this is the “I can’t find anything” post and the “not sure” about anything post), I think I read that Juliana had her breasts cut off before they killed her. But I could be confusing her with another saint. Anyway, the song that this post links to interests me for a few reasons. One, Juliana recycles the exact same riff from another song of hers, called “It Should’ve Been You” from a previous album, In Exile Deo, and writes a completely different song around it. Now, people don’t do that, but she just does whatever she wants. Once, she put out two songs on the same record that were exactly the same except for the lyrics- those two songs were called “Leather Pants” and “Total System Failure” and both appear on her album Total System Failure. She’s funny.
But moreso, “This Lonely Love” appears to be about her relationship to music. (Writers writing about writing…)How can you love something that has no “flesh and blood”? But we can. And we do. Happy Good Friday, people.