And I think that was probably a deliberate move on the part of the writers...
( Read more...Collapse )
Entry #: 6
Song Title: We used to be friends
Artist: The Dandy Warhols
Album: Welcome to the Monkey House
Blog: I don’t even know this song really well. Its just one of those instances where I know the general tune and one line and I just been singing it over and over. (Sorry to my family – they find it very annoying when I do this) I know the reason why its in my head today. It’s a really silly reason. And a little bit convoluted. I wish it was a cool reason; like that I was a massive fan of Veronica Mars (which also used this for its title song) but I only ever watched the show a few times so . . . can’t really claim that as my motivation. The truth is, lately I’ve really gotten into “The Block” – a reality show in which four teams compete against each other in house renovation. Yup, sound riveting, I know; but with the regularly occurring melt-downs and hissy-fits it’s strangely compelling viewing. Anyway, usually I miss the beginning and the other night I got home in time to hear the opening theme song and I remarked that they’d used this particular song since the show first aired way back in 2003 (it hasn’t been on continuously all that time. It made a comeback in 2010 after a six year absence from tv). And then My son said, no, didn’t it used to use that song that went “we used to be friends…” and I said, no that was another reality show “My Restaurant Rules” which was about four teams competing against each other to see who could run the best restaurant. Silly, silly boy, confusing his reality show theme songs. And thus for the past twenty-four hours I’ve had this song stuck in my head!
Entry #: 5
Song Title: A Thousand Miles
Artist: Vanessa Carlton
Album: Be Not Nobody
Blog: So this song is being used to advertise Twinings Tea here in Australia at the moment so I’m hearing it all the time! I love this song though; so much so that I included it on a Spuffy fanmix I compiled (but the link to download doesn’t works any more) a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly, I made that before Spike had joined the comics and the whole thing about Buffy knowing or not knowing whether he was still alive was still all up in the air and this song seemed to sum up what I thought Buffy might be thinking if she thought that Spike was dead with words like:
If I could fall into the sky
Do you think time would pass me by
'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you tonight.
I’m not sure I’d include it in a Spuffy fanmix now. It doesn’t really fit the story anymore. Because the comics told us that Buffy did know that Spike was alive and that it was kind of a non-event in her very busy post-tv series life. Look, I like the comics fine; I’m still reading them and I really quite liked the ending to season 8 but I still don’t think that Spike’s re-introduction was handled very well. It seemed like it was easier to have Buffy know all along that he was alive, not because it was good for the story but because then they could gloss over all those pesky little questions that had been left hanging since the end of BtVS and season five of Angel just so they wouldn’t have to address them in the limited space of a monthly comic. To me, It smacked of narrative convenience rather than a genuine plot choice. And I get that Buffy was pissed at Spike for not contacting her. And I get that Buffy really was very busy running a world-wide Slayer organisation but it doesn’t change the fact that their reunion was just such a letdown to those of us who had thought about it, written about it in the years between the series end and Spike’s long overdue appearance in the comic and it didn’t do justice to the relationship that had been established in the series, whether you believed she loved him or not. And no, I didn’t imagine some big-orchestral-accompanied-running-towar
I have enjoyed Buffy and Spike’s dynamic in season nine. Thus far, that has been the best part of the season; except that Buffy is entirely opaque and gives very little indication of her feelings while Spike has laid it all out there for her. I’m wondering if the separation (with Spike going off on his own adventure for five issues) will do them good? Will it make or break them as a ship/couple? I wonder if “A Thousand Miles” could once more become part of my Spuffy repertoire. . .
Song Title: Memories are Made of This
Artist: Dean Martin
Album: Single only (although it is usually available on Martin compilation albums)
Blog: Okay, so this is a slight case of self-pimpage. A couple of days ago I posted a fic on my journal with the same title as this song (Here). Ever since I posted it I’ve been humming the tune in my head, driving my kids crazy by singing the same couple of lines over and over again. I really should make an attempt to learn the whole song. Anyways, the story was my first attempt at Supernatural fan fiction and it was inspired by my love of the Lisa/Dean relationship and my dissatisfaction with the memory wipe as way of resolving their story. I don’t mind the mind wipe as a plot device as long as they are going to revisit it at some point in the future and, hopefully make it clear that it was the wrong thing to do. Trouble is, I’m not sure that’ll happen and that perhaps we are supposed to accept the mind-wipe as an appropriate end to Lisa and Dean’s story and I gotta say, I despise that particular decision as a resolution. In Angel, it wasn’t so much that Angel had time turned backwards and wiped his day of being human with Buffy (A.1.08 - I will remember You) away that bothered me, it was that he left Buffy in ignorance to the fact afterwards. It’s just so disempowering. The little woman goes off to live her life without the burden of knowledge about experiences she’s been through, pain she’s been through and good times she’s been through. And it’s the same for Lisa. They are her memories and she’s entitled to keep them. And, as much as I love him as a character, I’d hate for Dean Winchester to get away with tampering with the minds of Lisa and Ben and for there to be no re-visit to it; it would leave the very uncomfortable impression that it was an okay thing for him to do. . . Okay, enough ranting . . . I chose Memories are made of this as the title for my story because Supernatural has a great history of using song titles as episode titles and so I wanted to do the same, and because my story has to do with the retrieval of missing memories, it was kinda apt. Plus, I liked that the song is sort of like a roadmap to a traditional romance and Dean and Lisa are so not that.
Entry #: 3
Song Title: Disconnected
Blog: I just bought Keane’s new album, Strangeland, this week. Its weird, but I kinda hate getting a new CD by a band that I love because I’m always a bit worried that I won’t like it. I’m always really nervous doing that first listen through; what if I hate it? What if it’s a disappointment? What if it’s just not very good? I tend to get self-conscious on my favourite bands behalf – and I know that’s a bit silly, but that’s what I do. I’m the same with movies and my favourite actors. I had a bad experience recently with Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto. What a let down! There are a couple of okay tracks (Charlie Brown and Hurts like Heaven) but the rest is pretty average. And to be honest, Keane’s last album Night Train didn’t exactly set my world on fire. So it was with some trepidation that I listened to Strangeland for the first time . . . Thankfully it was not a disappointment, though it is an album that requires a few listens through to really get into it. Hooray! They sound like Keane again!! I’ve liked Keane for a long time now. I love the poetic quality of their lyrics and the piano/drum dominance (although they’ve added guitar to the official line-up now and it fits in perfectly). And I love their take on love and relationships – never smulchy, always realistic, and very rarely with a ‘happy ever after’ anywhere in sight. Kean speaks to me. They sing my life. I hear my own experiences in their songs. Disconnected is another fantastic example of this. Good video too.
Entry #: 2
Song Title: Call Me, Maybe
Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Album: Call Me, Maybe (EP)
Blog: God, doesn’t this one get stuck in your head! I generally avoid teen-dream music like this, One Direction, Justin Beiber and the like but I watched the above video after someone posted it on Pintrest and now it’s just stuck there in my head. It’s so repetitive!! But genuinely catchy. And those lyrics, talk about deep … (you get that's sarcasm, right?) But you can get your groove on to it and its fun and it’s hurting no one but now its time to go put on some real music and expunge this thing from my brain. (Apologies to anyone who watches the video and finds themselves “infected”)
Blog: I woke up with song in my head this morning. I just bought the EP from iTunes just this week, even though it is quite an old song. I discovered the Jezabels via the teen show Dance Academy when they used one of their other songs (Easy to Love) in a very emotional-type episode and that spurred me on to find out about their other stuff. I love the vocal style of Hayley Mary (is that really her name?!) and how their music is dominated by piano and drums. It just sounds so beautiful and rich.
I’m not really sure what this song is about. Relationships obviously. It seems to be quite heavy in theme; to me, the opening of the song connects to childhood, an absent parent, abandonment with the line “and I remember, praying at the dinner table for you to come around, maybe pat me on the back when you’re able”. As the song progresses I think it reflects that in the present, as an adult, the protagonist of the song has come to expect hurt and abandonment in her adult relationships too. You know, all that stuff about how our parents influence how we conduct our adult relationships yadda yadda yadda… didn’t mean to get so serious this early in the morning.
So anyway, it’s a really beautiful song and not at all a bother to have hanging around in my head. That’s entry number one done! 99 to go . . .