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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Musical Stories 27: Fantasy


Apologies for the very late post today. By the time I chose the songs last night I was too tired to battle with Blogger. (For some reason, it takes four or five attempts to post a video since they 'improved' the dashboard). Then, this morning there was a crisis in the kitchen when the the brownies that Diva was making to take to a Sherlock Holmes sleepover didn't go as planned. We managed to fix them and they're safely out of the door now. (That is, Diva and Blue are out of the door, not Diva and the brownies. Although, sadly, the brownies have gone with them).

I had a great long list of songs to choose from this week but when I went back over the lyrics it seemed that a lot of what I thought was Fantasy was actually Sci-Fi or Horror. There's definitely a fine line between genres these days, which I think is no bad thing :-)

The first song was recommended to me a while ago by Diva, but I only recently got round to watching the video. As soon as I did, I knew I had to post it this week. It's one of those stories that in no way has an original plot, but the execution of it, (both the tune, and the video), is just wonderful.

I'm a great believer in meaning being in the mind of the reader (or listener). To me, the second song is how Lucifer felt when he was first cast out, before he became the 'big bad' that we know and – as storytellers, rather than from a religious aspect – 'love'. I'd be interested to know if any of you interpret it differently.

My final song is a demonstration that the best fantasy comes from our own imaginations. We can be anything, go anywhere. (Have fun reminiscing over the video, too :-)).

I hope you found something to love this week. Next week, we're revisiting Children's Literature.



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68 comments:

  1. I want to have a Sherlock Sleepover! With brownies! And Sherlock!

    I love all these songs, Sarah -- great, thoughtful choices. Such despair and stubborn determination in the second one . . .

    And I wont tell you exactly how much of the third video I remember! ;)

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    1. Do you mean Sherlock, or do you mean Benedict Cumberbatch? Or, of course, Robert Downey Jr ;-)

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  2. I only want a Sherlock sleepover if Benedict Cumberbatch is there!

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  3. Ahh! The last video uses clips Labyrinth! I love that movie.

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    1. I confess, I still haven't seen it all, although it feels like I have from all the clips I've watched :-)

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  4. Fantasy is probably difficult to find. There are a few from Ayreon's album Into the Electric Castle, Mastodon has a few, and I swear the guys from Hammerfall were playing D&D when they wrote all of their music.

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    1. You know I'm going to have to go and look these up now :-)

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  5. Clips from Labyrinth... that makes me wanna watch Dance Magic Dance... :) Great song choices! And I'm glad that the brownies could be saved. :)

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    1. Oh yes, saving the brownies was the highest priority :-)

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  6. Great storytelling this week - all the videos were very evocative, each in their own way. Great choices! Plus, I want a Sherlock Holmes sleepover with brownies!

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  7. I loved the Slow Moving Millie song!

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  8. I only recently saw the Labyrinth, and even then only the back half, but I really liked the creepiness of that scene.

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    1. I have really got to watch this the whole way through!

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  9. Great story, the videos were all to me very different but I enjoyed them none the less.

    Yvonne.

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  10. I do like that move, Labyrinth though I haven't watched it lately. Glad you could fix the brownies.

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    1. It's a shame really - if we hadn't fixed them she would have left them at home ;-)

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  11. I really enjoyed listening/watching these, especially the first and last ones. :)

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  12. Keeping up the good work, I see!

    Thanks, too, for your kind words at my blog. Always great to see an old friend.

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  13. Ohhh I like all of them.... they are very much fantasy...:) Thanks for sharing... going to listen to them again.

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  14. One thing I know for sure, I'm more often than not going to hear music I've never heard before. The first one...I nearly wept for the tenderness expressed in those puppets. Beautiful.

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    1. I definitely think that video lifts a sweet song into something wonderful.

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  15. Your choices were well worth the wait. All three were new to me and I loved them, especially number three, "This could be your Fairytale."

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    1. The last song, by Slow Moving Millie, is actually called 'Beasts', although I can see why the uploader called it what he did :-)

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  16. Wow,

    I'm with the gang... bring on the Sherlock Holmes sleepover... that is sooo cool... AND even better that Blue and Diva are into something as "old" as Holmes :)

    Y'all can keep the brownies... I'm sweet enough... so says me ma :)

    PS... How many times did one or the other say "Come, Pearson, the game is afoot :)

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    1. Diva is currently trying to read The Divine Comedy, which I'm pretty sure is even older ;-) Blue is reading a 'modern' book called Frankenstein :-)

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  17. I'd go with the third video this week. It's very atmospheric, with that effective fantasy essence.

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    1. Yes, the video was definitely what pushed it into the category, but whatever works :-)

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  18. I loved the first and last video! That last did bring back so many memories. I LOVE The Neverending Story. It breaks my heart everytime I see Atreyu's horse sink into the swamp of sadness.

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    1. That was one of the bits I hadn't seen. Don't tell me he doesn't save him?

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  19. Very nice choices indeed.
    The first one is kind of cute. Never heard that one before.
    The second one actually leaves a pinch in one's heart.
    The third one is truely romantic and brings out the innocense in us.It reminded me of Taylor Swift who also tried to fantasize about Romeo and Juliet being a happy ending in her album named Love Story.
    Thanks for putting every thing together so perfectly:)

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    1. I've actually used Love Story by Taylor Swift - except I put it in the Romance category :-)

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  20. Oh, this is great, Sarah! Sorry I got here so late, but I really do like your choices! You've really captured the essence of what makes a fantasy song/story work.

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    1. Margot, whatever time you get here is always the right time :-)

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  21. Great escape videos. Love them all.

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

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  22. Okay, I don't know any of these songs - so thank you! I love listening to new-to-me music.

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    1. Some of them I don't know myself, until I go looking for them :-)

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  23. Voltaire is great! Something different and well done.

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    1. I used a Voltaire song in the last fantasy post, but this was so different, I figured it would be okay ;-)

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  24. I didn't know any of those. But I just LOVED that last one and the video that went with it. It had an freaky fantasy note for being such a simple song. Great choice!

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    1. You know how they say cleavage OR legs? I think it's the same with songs and videos. If one is going to be intricate and complicated, the other one had better be simple :-)

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  25. Cool choices--great fantasy storytelling!

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  26. Oh I love the pupperty in the first one.Not heard any of these songs before. Inteersting choices, as always.

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  27. Great songs! Isn't it funny how every time one of our networks gets improved it actually makes it a little more tricky to use.

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    1. Yep, you've gotta love 'new and improved' ;-)

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  28. Fantasy is probably my fav genre so I got all excited with this post. I hadn't heard that first song before and I absolutely LOVE it. In fact, I liked all of them!

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    1. I'm glad you liked them - and that you found something new :-)

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  29. So what you're saying is you don't have brownies to share with us? *pouts*

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    1. Will it make it worse if I tell you she came home on Sunday and made another batch just for us? I ate yours, sorry :-)

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  30. Well, brownies are a *good* reason! :-) The Voltaire song is cool!

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    1. Brownies are a good reason for everything :-)

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  31. Fantasy is hard to create a playlist for and look at you, you've introduced me to two new songs!

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  32. I enjoyed them all and liked the 80s sound of the middle one.

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    1. That hadn't occurred to me, I was too busy thinking of the Tango :-)

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