timepiececlock: (Barney&Robin - Maybe I Even Love You)
I've rewatched ST, and then rewatched little bits and pieces of it again, and I can tell you, in a tongue and cheek way, that although there are many reasons why I liked the film, there's only one reason (honestly) why I'm fangirlling it. I would love it either way, but for all the other reasons I'd simply enjoy it as any other movie, whereas it takes a particular kind of thing to make me go into fandom mode.

In fact, I think it can be best expressed with a quote from an entirely separate fandom! Because I love quotation crossovers.

Spoiler Alert! )


Yeah, I'm easy. This hits movie hits at least half a dozen of my fandom kinks in this regard.


OFF-TOPIC:

Call up the captain we've got Krueger on the line
He's got a box of chocolates and a valentine
And MI5 have got a bone to pick with Moses
While Matthew and the big guy just play ring-around-the-roses

A pearl knit sweater and a gasoline rag
He's got a fistful of stars and an old dog tag
Get to Parchman Farm by a number 9 bus
And send the children to the gum tree to wake up Nicodemus

So blow the man down boys
Yeah blow the man down boys
And the tricks that he employs
Are buried in this St Luke's summer's noise

Brilliant!

Apr. 26th, 2009 01:41 am
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
Where the Wild Things Are, Star Trek, Wolverine, and The Brothers Bloom are the movies I'm the most excited to see this year. I think they're all going to be fantastic.


This trailer has reminded me how much I enjoy The Arcade Fire. I think the version of "Wake Up" used in the trailer is a new recording, because it doesn't match the album version I already have.

Also, where the song lyric is "You better look out below", when I'm watching the trailer I hear "You better look out for love." I don't know what that means, but I think I like hearing it.


Somethin' filled up my heart with nothin', someone told me not to cry.
But now that I'm older, my heart's colder, and I can see that it's a lie.
Children wake up, hold your mistake up, before they turn the summer into dust.

If the children don't grow up, our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
We're just a million little god's causin rain storms, turnin' every good thing to rust.
I guess we'll just have to adjust.

With my lighnin' bolts a glowin' I can see where I am goin' to be
when the reaper he reaches and touches my hand.

With my lighnin' bolts a glowin' I can see where I am goin'
You better look out below!
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
Has anyone else who's watched the news today felt: "Wow, this is just like The West Wing! But better."

I wonder if finally we've gotten our liberal, erudite, charming reformer after all.



I get your white bird and new shirt, a flag pit and song
upbeat with a queue sheet and we all can sing along.
But what will you remember once this chorus is gone?
I make you this promise: That if it's meant to be,
what you deal don't matter, I will be your legacy.
And I might die trying but at least I'll die free.

So rock me Obama til I can't complain
Rock me Obama with your middle name
Ooh, Obama rock me
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
The Universe

Everybody lives on a street in a city
Or a village or a town for what it's worth.
And they're all inside a country which is part of a continent
That sits upon a planet known as Earth.
And the Earth is a ball full of oceans and some mountains
Which is out there spinning silently in space.
And living on that Earth are the plants and the animals
And also the entire human race.

It's a great big universe
And we're all really puny
We're just tiny little specks
About the size of Mickey Rooney.
It's big and black and inky
And we are small and dinky
It's a big universe and we're not.

And we're part of a vast interplanetary system
Stretching seven hundred billion miles long.
With nine planets and a sun; we think the Earth's the only one
That has life on it, although we could be wrong.
Across the interstellar voids are a billion asteroids
Including meteors and Halley's Comet too.
And there's over fifty moons floating out there like balloons
In a panoramic trillion-mile view!

And still it's all a speck amid a hundred billion stars
In a galaxy we call the Milky Way.
It's sixty thousand trillion miles from one end to the other
And still that's just a fraction of the way.
'Cause there's a hundred billion galaxies that stretch across the sky
Filled with constellations, planets, moons and stars.
And still the universe extends to a place that never ends
Which is maybe just inside a little jar.

It's a great big universe
And we're all really puny
We're just tiny little specks
About the size of Mickey Rooney.
Though we don't know how it got here
We're an important part here
It's a big universe and it's ours!

You might think that you're essential
Try inconsequential
It's a small world after all!
timepiececlock: (Shigure loves his popsicles)
Peaches come from a can!
They were put there by a man--
timepiececlock: (Shigure loves his popsicles)
How come I've never heard this song before? It's awesome. I had no idea.

Sometimes it pays to actually investigate the depths of my Music [all] folder. Today's selection: Resevoir Dogs OST. Win!
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
She's a rich girl, she don't try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
He's a poor boy, empty as a pocket
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose

She was physically forgotten
Then she slipped into my pocket
With my car keys
She said "You've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds."
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
((I promise I will eventually talk about thinks unrelated to Avatar. Soon. Ish.))


On Your Porch by The Format is my Zuko/Iroh song. Particularly the second half of season 2 and first half of season 3...their frustrating relationship in season 2 that leads to Zuko's decisions and revisions in season 3.

He grabs me by the shoulder and he tells me,
"What's left to lose? You've done enough,
And if you fail then you fail but not to us,
'Cause these last three years,
I know they have been hard,
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun,
Even if it's alone."


The song is about the singer's dad passing away, which hasn't happened to Iroh of course, but Iroh has been through a lot, and the father/son relationship Zuko develops with his uncle during his banishment is of such stark contrast to Zuko's relationship with his real father, though both have trust issues. I think the song works very well for pinpointing Zuko's confusion, frustration, and depression, and how the stuff he's going through affects his relationship with Iroh. Particularly looking back from mid-season 3 perspective.

I would say this would make a pretty music video, but you'd probably have to trim it because the song is 5 minutes long, and most vids lose viewer interest after 3 and a half minutes.

GIP

Dec. 18th, 2007 04:27 am
timepiececlock: (That bright imperious line)
How do people without paid journals post icons? Seriously. I've had a paid journal for 2 years until last month, so I can't use my scrapbook anymore. I made some spiffy new icons, but don't have room to put them in my own icon queue.

Is there a website people use to link to gif and jpeg files? Is there a common one?


Anyway, check out the icon. This poem rocks. Of course, it's not a shippy poem at ALL yet I put it with a mildly shippy icon... oh well, it works. I do think it fits in terms of mood (poem and the episode), and the caption "you will go faltering after that bright imperious line" is a prophecy for Zuko's life, and description of his personality, as sure as anything Aunt Wu might say.

I guess this is sort of a spoilery icon... but there are other spoilery icons out there, and mine doesn't really give anything away, and if you haven't seen the episode by now then you're not a respectable Avatar fan anyway.
timepiececlock: (Doctor [Nine] smiles)
I am rapidly becoming obsessed with this song. Particularly the third verse.


The Decemberists

"The Engine Driver"


I'm an engine driver
On a long run, on a long run
Would I work beside her
She's a long one, such a long one

And if you don't love me let me go
And if you don't love me let me go

I'm a country lineman
On a high line, on a high line
So will be my grandson
There are powerlines in our bloodlines

And if you don't love me let me go
And if you don't love me let me go

And I am a writer, writer of fictions
I am the heart that you call home
And I've written pages upon pages
Trying to rid you from my bones
My bones
My bones

I'm a money lender
I have fortunes upon fortunes
Take my hand for tender
I am tortured, ever tortured

And if you don't love me let me go
And if you don't love me let me go

And I am a writer, writer of fictions
I am the heart that you call home
And I've written pages upon pages
Trying to rid you from my bones
I am a writer, I am all that you have home
Home
And I've written pages upon pages
Trying to rid you from my bones
My bones
My bones
timepiececlock: (Default)
So, I got an account at aff.net, and I'm using it to post fic about my latest guilty pleasure pairing. I've also gotten myself in a writing rut again, which I am attempting to resolve through searching out music to write to. This is hampered by my lack of an iPod, because now I can't blast the soundtrack in my ears every other minute that I'm awake to keep it on my mind. Meriadoc, WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME? WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DROWN LIKE THAT IN THE AIR IN THE NIGHT? (well, it wasn't night, but it was late late afteroon.)



The soundtrack for Lucid so far:

Crushing Velvet – “XXX” [the fic's theme song]
Interpol – “Evil”
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps”
Snow Patrol – “How To Be Dead”
Damien Rice – “Volcano”
Cracker – “Low”
Courtney Love – “But Julian, I’m A Little Older Than You” [its other theme song]
Garbage – “Bad Boyfriend”
Franz Ferdinand – “40 ft.”
Jennifer Paige – “Crush”
Melissa Ferrick – “Drive” [thanks, [livejournal.com profile] loves_bitch, this is pretty hot. And dirty.]
Outkast – “Idlewild Blue (Don’tchu Worry)”
Elliot Smith – “Between the Bars” [for when the eventual angst hits]
Trespassers William – “Lie In the Sound” [don't ask]
KT Tunstall – “False Alarm”
Elastica – “Stutter” [this one is still on probation, and might be removed]
The White Stripes – “Fell In Love With A Girl”
The Crystals - "And Then He Kissed Me"


When I have the final list, I'll post a zip file if anyone's interested.



random off-topic edit: Someone I don't know just sent me a semi-aggressive and way-overreactive page-long comment reply to two pretty inoffensive lines in my comment to someone else, and used an Uzumaki Naruto icon with a caption that says "You! Shut the fuck up." Bwuh...bwuh... WHY? Why is Naruto in your icon telling me to shut the fuck up? Naruto is an earnest sweetiepie, he doesn't go around like that telling strangers to shut the fuck up unless they do something drastic like try to kill his loved ones or steal his pocket money to buy porn. It's just... wrong. Not funny wrong. Just wrong.

I am not practiced at the art of subtle icon insulting. I replied and exited the conversation using my Kakashi calm face icon. I am confident Kakashi's face will calm anyone down while I back away slowly and then run madly from someone whose peckish for an online fight about celebrities at 3 in the morning.
timepiececlock: (Jim & Pam kiss)
On the drive home tonight the Gorillaz song "Clint Eastwood" was the first track to start in my CD player and, partially due to the fact that I'd just been discussing Naruto fic with [livejournal.com profile] akavertigo, it struck me that this song would make a weirdly perfect Hatake Kakashi fanvid. I've never once mentally tied this song to a fandom character-- probably because the principle "speaker" is made up of so many disparate and conflicting qualities. But hey, so is Kakashi's characterization. He matches the song pretty well: cynical, lazy beat, badass talk, bizarre cheerfulness, oddball, ironic mentor, strange lif philosophy.

A fanvid would be so cool. It'd be half-serious, and half total parody. That's pretty much Kakashi's characterization anyway... he's either scary and killing people or he's comic relief as the lazy eternal bachelor porn addict.

Every sprouting tree
Every child apiece
Every cloud you see
You see with your eyes
I see destruction and demise
Corruption in disguise
From this fuckin' enterprise
Now I'm sucking to your lies
Through Russ, though not his muscles but the percussion he provides
with me as a guide
But y'all can see me now cos you don't see with your eye
You perceive with your mind
That's the inner
So I'm gonna stick around with Russ and be a mentor
With a few rhymes so mother fuckers
Remember where the thought is
I brought all this
So you can survive when law is lawless
Feelings, sensations that you thought were dead
No squealing, remember
(that it's all in your head)



I wasn't going to up it because I assume everyone and their sibling has heard this song already. But if not, let me know.
timepiececlock: (Ed - poison crazy lush)
She turns and says "Are you alright?"
I said "I must be fine because my heart's still beating."


Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide,
it's a small, small world.


Wait,
They don't love you like I love you


Now my feet don't touch the ground


I held my tongue as she told me, "Son,
fear is the heart of love."
And I never went back.


Time, truth, and hearts


Will you persist even after I bet you a billion dollars that I'll never love you, and


I can make love disappear
For my next trick I'll need a volunteer


Can we climb this mountain, I don’t know
Higher now then ever before


A telephone to talk to strangers, machine gun and a camera lense


A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies


I'm going down by the river where it's warm and green


What's a fire, and why does it-- what's the word?
Burn.


I wanna hold the hand that leads me to your city


I wanna go
I wanna fight
I wanna rush
I wanna run
I want to see you again under the setting sun


I packed my case, I checked my face
I looked a little bit older
I looked a little bit colder
timepiececlock: (Time Travellers (Tardis))
That's great, it starts with an earthquake...
timepiececlock: (Mummer's witch dance)
I made my roommate listen to The Luckiest by Ben Folds after a discussion about weddings, because I had officially changed my "song I will one day get married to" from Evlis's "Can't Help Falling In Love" to Ben Folds's song.

I played it for her and she told me the second verse was about pedophilia and the third verse was "just so odd" for its morbidity and if a guy told her he hoped he died after her when they were 90 years old she'd be freaked out that he writes weird things about their future death, and dump him.

I was kind of gobsmacked, because my reading of the lyrics was so completely different from hers. I thought the song incredibly romantic, and the difference analogies were just that-- fumbling attempts to describe via analogy a vast and powerful feeling of love that he "can't find the words to say". It didn't strike me as morbid at all.

The pedophiliac argument kind of made me blink. I really hadn't heard that verse as a sexual thing at all, but rather as a "what if we were totally different people in another life, would some cosmic power grant me a moment of deja vu in passing you by" / lucky-to-have-known-you thing. She says that the line "in a house, on a street where you lived" is a sign of the older version of himself always watching the young girl, and wouldn't I be creeped out if an old man was staring at me all the time and thought he recognized me as his soulmate?

The answer to that is yes, but that situation is not what I inferred from the song at all. I inferred that it was a one-time moment of recognition "in a wide sea of eyes" but roommate insists that the line "on a street where you lived" means he's stalking her or something.


I'm both amused and confused by this conversation. I guess I'll chalk it up to how people read poetry/lyrics differently.
timepiececlock: (Hayame orange & the sea)
Hello darkness my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping.
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone,
Narrow streets of cobblestone.
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never shared.
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

"Fools" said I, "You do not know,
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls."
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.




I've always looked back on this song and agreed that it is an excellent example of the lesson she was trying to convey: that every word in a poetic work should serve the whole. What I love about this song is not just the slightly creepy cultish theme or the pessimistic ideas, or even the way it's played. What I love is that you can pick out almost any noun or verb or adverb in the song and easily trace how it relates to the whole. The themes of sound, silence, and music are in every aspect of the song/poem--- not just what the little "story" is saying, but in each word chosen for its power and place. Figurative language, say hello.
timepiececlock: (Shigure loves his popsicles)
::stuck in my head and my WinAmp player::

Every time this song gets stuck in my head it takes like THREE WEEKS to get it out. ::sigh:: ::goes to upload to iPod::


"You Can Call Me Al"


A man walks down the street
He says why am I soft in the middle now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard
Bonedigger Bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit room
Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know I don't find this stuff amusing anymore

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al

A man walks down the street
He says why am I short of attention?
Got a short little span of attention
And woe my nights are so long
Where's my wife and family?
What if I die here?
Who'll be my role-model
Now that my role-model is
Gone gone
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

A man walks down the street
It's a street in a strange world
Maybe it's the Third World
Maybe it's his first time around
He doesn't speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound
The sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says Amen! Hallelujah!

If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al
timepiececlock: (FMA - Serenity theme)
[livejournal.com profile] donna_c_punk, your intuition was right: I love the Shakespeare's Sister song "Stay". It took a few replays on the ol' iPod, but I love it.

Also, because I watched half the movie this morning, the second half of the song (very distinct tone change) has suddenly taken its place in my brain and heart as the theme song for the Fullmetal Alchemist movie, for Ed and Al particularly.

Someone should take the second half of this song and make an FMA!movie!video.

[listen]

lyrics: "Stay" (from middle)

You'd better hope and pray
That you make it safe
Back to your own world
You'd better hope and pray
That you wake one day
In your own world
'Cause when you sleep at night
They don't hear your cries
In your own world
Only time will tell
If you can break the spell
Back in your own world

Stay... Stay with me, stay with me
timepiececlock: (Mummer's witch dance)
A few days ago Kawcrow put in her journal links to a guy who's written two song that indirectly reference fictional works: one that was probably Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, another that's definitely for a certain early traumatic episode of Full Metal Alchemist. The references were vague and only would make sense if you knew the fictional work he was referencing pretty well.

So I thought to myself "Hey, I could do that!"

Not write music of course-- I have a terrible voice and don't play any instruments. But I can write song lyrics I bet. Song lyrics a person could sing if they wanted to.

So I did. It took a few days of revisions, but here you have it: a song. What's it about? Well... if you know it, you'll know it. Really. Please comment if you do recognize it anyway, though.

P.S. Choruses are hard!
P.S.S. I'm being cavalier in this introduction,
but I'm actually really shy about posting this.



Lyrics by [livejournal.com profile] rashaka

"Teacher In the Sun"


The youngest he stood by the wall in the shade
The brightest and fair, did I imagine him there?
A mind like a mouth that begged to be fed
He stood by the wall and angled his head
I want the moon, he said, I want the sky
Teacher, teacher, can you teach me to fly?

He led the wolf pack and I made them stronger
Students and siblings, beginnings and endings
A brother that laughed and a sister that gleamed
He broke us to shambles, he broke the dream
I want all of time, he said, I’ll make them cry
Teacher, teacher, I’ll never die

Don’t you know that
I could give you everything
I could give you everything
I could give you will
And I could give you strength
And I could give you knowledge
But I can’t give you wisdom or faith
I can’t give you things you won’t take

The boy who stood in the shade went away
He became a man and he crafted his plans
Mercy and banishment stick in his throat
He leaves anyway, he looks back as he gloats
Look at me now, he laughs, look on my friends
Teacher, teacher, you’ll see me again

But you won’t because
I don’t owe you anything
I don’t owe you anything
I don’t owe you trust
And I don’t owe you hope
And I don’t owe you time
But I gave them to you anyway
I goddamn gave them to you anyway

Age comes and goes with the passing of years
It’s the days I forget and days I regret
That blind me and numb me to that lasting truth:
Always behind are the mistakes of your youth
Hello old friend, he says, I’ve learned to fly
And teacher, teacher, I’ll teach you to die

But you won’t because
I don’t owe you anything
And I will take everything
This time I’ll take the sky
And I’ll take the moon
And I’ll take your hands
And I’ll make them my gift
To all the ones I didn’t save from you




(see comment for the names of characters the lyrics reference)
timepiececlock: (Chocolate Winry)
Sunny came home to her favorite room
Sunny sat down in the kitchen
She opened a book and a box of tools
Sunny came home with a mission

She says days go by I'm hypnotized
I'm walking on a wire
I close my eyes and fly out of my mind
Into the fire

Sunny came home with a list of names
She didn't believe in transcendence
It's time for a few small repairs she said
Sunny came home with a vengeance

She says days go by I don't know why
I'm walking on a wire
I close my eyes and fly out of my mind
Into the fire

Get the kids and bring a sweater
Dry is good and wind is better
Count the years, you always knew it
Strike a match, go on and do it


Days go by I'm hypnotized
I'm walking on a wire
I close my eyes and fly out of my mind
Into the fire
Light the sky and hold on tight
The world is burning down
She's out there on her own and she's alright
Sunny came home
Sunny came home...



There's something about this song that's always caught me. The way it's sung is pretty and the melody is catchy... but the lyrics are just unsettling when closely examined. Maybe that's why I've always loved it. Like "You Oughtta Know" by Alanis Morrisette is my 'angry-girl' song, "Sunny Came Home" is my 'girl goes insane and takes revenge on the world and kicks ass smartly and prettily' song.

I'd apply it to a fandom character, but I've never thought of one before. I guess it'd work for Veronica Mars, but Veronica isn't quite sociopathic enough... it could also work for The Bride in Kill Bill... but then again the character in this song is an arsonist, not a samurai assassin.

Hm... actually, it weirdly reminds me of Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket, if, you know, she one day went crazy and started burning everything down. The song has an even, methodical attitude that I associate with Tohru.

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