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Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate. Perhaps thirty years from now Sir Mix-A-Lot will join him.
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I've been thinking about a soundtrack for the new novel.
When I write a novel, I often come up with a list of songs, music to go with it. This one is a "decline and fall" story, and in general I prefer happier music, so it's been difficult. A few tracks stand out, though.
1) Lacuna Coil, "Stars". Because the main refrain of the song is, "I watch the stars go out."
2) I have no clue, but it's some classical composer. The song sounds positive, but it's just a little off, and works best as the backdrop for a tragic scene. I can't really explain it, but even though it's perfectly euphonious it's just difficult to listen to, because for all the major chords and almost triumphant tone, it still makes my heart feel like it's being crushed in a vice. I got it from the Hana Yori Dango soundtrack. Variations "Hana-Dan", track nine. This page says it's "Adagietto Symphony No. 5, mvmt. 4" (love theme 2) Gustav Mahler". Love theme? I have no idea if it's just me, or what, but it sure doesn't sound like it.
3) Andreas Vollenweider, Book of Roses "The Birds of Tilmun". Always thought this would be good for an ominous scene.
4) Martin Oberschlep, Silhouette, "Oregon Hills". This one came from a compilation album I bought in like 1992 called "Lightdance". I retitled it "Wheels Within Wheels (Stark's Theme)" when I included it in the soundtrack for the RPG campaign set in the SF universe this story is set in. I'm including it here for the same reason.
5) Patrick O'Hearn, Metaphor, "The Women of Lachaise". Retitled "Invisible Corruption" for the RPG soundtrack, also used here for the same reason.
6) Kansas, Vinyl Confessions, "Chasing Shadows". This song neatly defined the theme of the second act of that campaign, and it's long been my favorite from that album.
7) Kansas, Masque, "The Pinnacle". This song is written from the viewpoint of someone who cannot die, but is cursed to go on living approximately forever. I took that concept and made it my own, and--to my surprise--ended up making a very important point about the nature of existence.
I'm not ashamed to admit that the music of Kansas is a pretty huge artistic influence for me, so much that the last major story set in this universe is named after one of their songs. ("Sparks of the Tempest", for the record.)
There will be more. Eventually, as they occur to me.
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I've seen no end of anti-Trump YouTube videos from Cracked!. Finally some sense from them.
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The past is another country. And it sure looks like a nice friggin' country to live in, compared to this one.
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Well, I'd better get the trash out and get to bed. Work in the morning.