Last post (that didn’t involve an internet protest) I introduced you to some of my more normal writing pieces. But occasionally I get into writing weirdness that prevents me from writing to those songs. I don’t know, my brain is suddenly like “We’ve heard this before, pick something new and different!”
Thankfully, new and different is not a difficult task when perusing my itunes.
So without further ado, I present to you ‘the more different songs on the playlist’ (also, I found embedding!!)
#5 Szerelem, Szerelem
I think I might have mentioned that my parents are international folk dancers (as in, the dance international dances, not dance internationally). In any case, part of the side shoots of that is collecting some music that growing up in a western culture says is really strange. I actually sang a song from this region in the choir. Having grown up with this kind of music as one of my lullabys, the strange dissonance didn’t bug me; but some of the choir was convinced that we were singing the wrong notes.
This particular song is from Hungary (for @rhiannonMcCall on twitter, for indulging my curiosity about the Hungarian version of Bibbity Boppity Boo). I wouldn’t consider myself an expert in the regional songs in the least, but I know the words to a few, and listen to them when I’m feeling nostalgic. Usually I listen songs from this region when my brain needs a break from the other stuff.
#4 Baby Gramps
Last summer we went to the Oregon Country Fair. If you’ve never been, try and go once in your life. It’s a trip. Anyway, as is tradition in my family, My mom and grandma, dad, and me sort of said “meet here at X time” and wandered in our own directions to take in the fair. I later ran into mom and grandma, but we didn’t see dad all day. He’d bought one thing: the CD of this guy with the craziest voice and a wicked sense of humor.
I listen to this guy when I need a character. Because if you watch him, this guy is a Character with a capital C. I mean seriously, listen to his voice! If you can find it, find his version of Surfin’ bird. It’s pretty fab.
#3 Canta Per Me – Noir OST
I haven’t even seen this show. I keep meaning to, life just happens. But my friend introduced me to the music and I listened to it while biking to school every day. Randomly, I recalled this particular song and the rest of the album with it and turned it on. Suddenly I had my Steampunk Rapunzel soundtrack, something I’d been struggling with for the last week.
I like songs in other languages. It lets me focus on the music. But check out the translation in the description of this vid. Gorgeous.
#2 Ashkon Farewell (with Sullivan Ballou Letter) – Ken Burns
I’d hazard a guess that about half our readership is from the US and Canada, and the rest from just about everywhere else. This guess is based on last year’s report doohickey that wordpress gave me and could be totally off. I mention this because this song is particularly cultural to the United States, and the letter read in the foreground a part of our history. Sullivan Ballou wrote to his wife the week before the Battle of Bull Run, a particularly bloody fight in the Civil War. I remember listening to this letter when I was young and thinking that that must have been true love in both forms: country and spouse.
I admit, I’ve never written to this particular song – I’d find the letter terribly distracting. But I know that this letter partly inspired the importance of love in my writing, and the concept that there are greater causes for which sacrifice is necessary. Everyone should hear it.
#1 Laiska – Varttina
This song has a history, that’s why it’s number one. Around the time that we started dating, Michael asked me for suggestions on a female character name. I asked him for the general description, he said an ambitious bookworm with a streak of temper. I was listening to this song and looked up the lyrics. Laughing, I suggested ‘Laiska’. Michael was rightfully curious, and asked what it meant.
Roughly, ‘Laiska’ translates to ‘Lazybones’. We appreciate irony here, and so changed the ‘s’ to a ‘z’ and thus we have Laizka, a reasonably important character in Sleight of Spirit and The Athele Series as a whole. I really love Laizka – she’s the girlfriend of Morgan’s best friend and really good at keeping him in line. She’s witty, gutsy, and her temper legitimately gets her into trouble. Later in the series, she takes a very important place in the world. All that, and her name is a joke that up to now, only me and Michael knew.
I’m very sad that the one time Varttina was at a place I could go to, I was out of town. I first heard them on a ‘Nordic Roots’ album, which has collected a great many awesome groups and songs.
Any super weird songs you’d like to share with the class? Have you heard any of these songs/groups? If you want to embed, go to the end of a video, click share in the top right of the video screen, and then scroll to where the description is and click embed. Have a great weekend!