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B/K Musical Notes

Saturday morning.  Beautiful, sunny day here, with just a hint of autumn crispness in the air.  I'm at the local library, where all my weekend posts will have to originate for the time being.  That means I usually won't be able to respond to any comments until Monday when I'm at the office.

I'm in the mood to talk a little about music today.  A while back there was some discussion about good B/K songs.  There was a general consensus that Jeff Buckley's recording of "Hallelujah" was perfect for B/K, and alinewrites offered Mano Negra's "Pas assez de toi" for Chris.

I want to throw out a couple of suggestions of my own.  For Chris -- Sting's "Shape of My Heart".  For B/K -- definitely Patti Smith's recording of "Because the Night".  If anyone reading this saw the film "A Home at the End of the World" (released this summer), think for a second of the moment in the film (the hallway scene) where "Because the Night" was used.  I've read some good B/K AU stories that have a similar scene between Chris and Toby -- I can't re-read them now without hearing this song.  The lyrics also work for canon, anytime post-New Year's Eve kiss when Chris and Toby are together.

(BTW -- if you didn't see "Home", look for it when it comes out on DVD.  It's a terrific film (Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, and a wonderful debut by the beautiful Dallas Roberts.)

Before I forget, in case people don't know, k.d. lang has a version of "Hallelujah" on her new CD "hymns of the 49th parallel".  It's different from Buckley's version in that there's more of an orchestral backdrop (piano and strings in addition to guitar), plus lang omits one verse of the song (the one beginning "Well there was a time when you let me know ..."); the dropped verse probably isn't surprising if a woman performs the song.  I like lang's rendition (it actually was the first one I heard), but I don't think it's as good as Buckley's.

Does anyone have a song recommendation for Toby?  I haven't been able to think of one yet.

Well, that's it for now, I guess.  I have plans to see some movies this weekend; more on that Monday.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Karen :)

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desert_rifka
Nov. 6th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
A song for Toby? How about an old, old song by the Kingston Trio... Scotch & Soda?
aswanargent
Nov. 8th, 2004 12:52 pm (UTC)
Hey, can we just make it "old song" rather than "old, old song"? I don't need reminding that I'm old enough to remember watching the Beatles' first appeance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", or that I remember exactly what my 8th grade class was doing when we got the news that JFK had been shot.

"Scotch & Soda" certainly works as a song title for our favourite disbarred attorney!
desert_rifka
Nov. 8th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
Clears throat.... We're the same age!
aswanargent
Nov. 9th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC)
You're only as old as you think you are . . .
I think this will have to become my new motto. When I first started poking around the LJ site a month ago, trying to decide if I should open an account, I saw that nice chart the site operators provide to show the age demographics of their users. Talk about demoralizing! If you add it all up, the total number of age-ranked users is 2,153,766. Of this number, 52% are 15-19 years old. By comparison, only 1% of users are indicated to be 40 or over. I looked at that and wondered if I'd find anyone to talk to! Happily, that didn't prove so hard to do after all. LOL.

desert_rifka
Nov. 9th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
Re: You're only as old as you think you are . . .
As a little girl, I always said to my siblings that I was 'Peter Pan'and years ago one of my nephews told me I didn't have to "grow up because I didn't have kids."

I'm told I don't look my age, don't feel it, can't believe I'm married 34 yrs, and my hubby will be 60 next year. Now how the hell did that happen? WTF??
rileyc
Nov. 6th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
I love "Shape of My Heart" for Chris, and if I'm thinking of the right song, "Because the Night" is another great one. For Toby, this is one that always brings him to mind when I hear it:

"I'm Only Happy When It Rains" - by Garbage

I’m only happy when it rains
I’m only happy when it’s complicated
And though I know you can’t appreciate it
I’m only happy when it rains

You know I love it when the news is bad
And why it feels so good to feel so sad
I’m only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down, pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down, pour your misery down on me

I’m only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are going wrong
I only listen to the sad, sad songs
I’m only happy when it rains

I only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn’t accidentally tell you that
I’m only happy when it rains

You’ll get the message by the time I’m through
When I complain about me and you
I’m only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down, pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me pour your misery down
Pour your misery down pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me pour your misery down
Pour your misery down pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me pour your misery down
Pour your misery down

You can keep me company
As long as you don’t care

I’m only happy when it rains
You wanna hear about my new obsession?
I’m riding high upon a deep depression
I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me

I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me ...
aswanargent
Nov. 8th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
"A Home at the End of the World"
The DVD is out (I picked up a copy yesterday), so rent it when you get a chance and listen to the song/watch that scene I mentioned.

Oh, God, yes that song of yours has "Toby" written all over it! I didn't know it -- have to listen to it ASAP. Thanks!
morgared
Nov. 7th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)
Hello Karen !
I don't know these songs, sorry, but I wanted to respond to the comment you made for me on Aline's LJ. Alas, I never speak/write English : my vocabulary is poor and my syntax catastrofic...
French politics is very interesting, and fortunately has less effect on the world than American politics.
I'd love to talk with you about all that, even if it's difficult to understand each other. Do you speak French a little ?

Anne
aswanargent
Nov. 8th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello Karen !
Anne,

Just from what you've written here, I know that your English is much better than you think it is. As for my French, I studied Spanish and Italian instead. French is something I'd like to start learning, though. I can understand at least part of your conversations with Aline, so if you wrote in simple language, it would probably be all right. It would be good practice for me, also. (You must promise not to laugh if I attempt to answer you in French!) Let's try it sometime.

Karen :)
morgared
Nov. 10th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
Re: Hello Karen !
I wouldn't dare to laugh, Karen ! (Or I would definitively have to stop trying to write in English !) We could train each other.
Have you a topic of conversation in mind ?
Oh, and I've "friended" (?) you !
aswanargent
Nov. 12th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
Re: Hello Karen !
Well . . . first you'd better let me buy a book about French verbs to add to the French grammar and French-English dictionary already in my library. As for actually trying to write anything in French, please give me a couple of weeks to work up my courage. (I also have to figure out the mechanics -- for example, how do I get LJ to put accents on letters. Is there a language option that you use when you post or comment in French?)

I'm friending you back. (You're right -- using "friend" as a verb seems to be a recent development; "friend" is really a noun, and the verb is "befriend". Maybe people think that's old-fashioned now.

Karen :)
magickslash
Nov. 7th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
Song for Toby: My Sweet Prince by Placebo. It's the perfect song for an addict in love.

Never thought you'd make me perspire
Never thought I'd do you the same
Never thought I'd fill with desire
Never thought I'd feel so ashamed

Me and the dragon can chase all the pain away
So before I end my day
Remember

My sweet prince, you are the one
My sweet prince, you are the one

Never thought I'd have to retire
Never thought I'd have to abstain
Never thought all this could back fire
Close up the hole in my vein

Me and my valuable friend
Can fix all the pain away
So before I end my day
Remember

My sweet prince
You are the one
My sweet prince
You are the one X5

Never thought I'd get any higher
Never thought you'd fuck with my brain
Never thought all this could expire
Never thought you'd go break the chain

Me and you baby
Still flush all the pain away
So before I end my day
Remember
My sweet prince
You are the one
My sweet prince
You are the one
My sweet prince
My sweet prince
aswanargent
Nov. 8th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
Hi, Jean!

Got your e-mail and responded; thanks very much for the info. I'm going to go back and pick up the first part of your story the first chance I get. (That's assuming I can get to it . . . my company's IS department has got some content filters in place; on Saturday I tried to forward my yahoo e-mail (TS updates) to my work e-mail so I could print them out this morning; the e-mail about part 3(a) of your story was bounced back because of "Content". (*much grumbling here about Big Brother*) Just another heads-up to me about getting a computer at home!)

Thanks also for the song referral! I don't know any of this music.

Karen
callmeri
Nov. 7th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
If anyone reading this saw the film "A Home at the End of the World" (released this summer),

I haven't seen the movie, but I did read the book back when it first came out, and it blew me away. So, so good. I'm looking forward to seeing the film, although I do wonder if they can possibly do justice to the relationship between Bobby and Jonathan on screen. Anyhoo... the topic of B/K songs comes up pretty regularly on the Oz lists, and at one time I had tried to compile a "master list" of all the suggestions that had been given. I'll have to see if I can find it. Personally, I've always thought "Blood and Fire" by The Indigo Girls was a definitive Beecher/Keller song, while my go-to song for Toby (in relation to the B/K relationship, at least) has always been "I'll Be," by Edwin McCain.
aswanargent
Nov. 8th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
I have the book on my shelf, but haven't read it yet. I know that one major change they made was to delete the character of Jonathan's lover, so the Bobby/Jonathan relationship sharpens. BTW, the DVD is out now (I just picked up a copy yesterday), so look for it at your local video store.

Also, BTW, Rebecca's given an update on her WIPs; I'd love to know from you what's going on with "23 Leroy Street" and "Resurrection". (I love both stories, and while "Leroy Street" is the one everyone talks about, when I read the picture you paint of Toby in "Resurrection" -- his reaction to Chris's absence and his reaction to Chris's return -- I said "Yes!!! That's exactly how he'd behave!" So, more, please, please, please ...

Karen :)
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