30 Day Song Challenge: Day 15: A song that describes you

24 04 2011

It would’ve been so easy to just post any song I had written but I’ve already done that so that was a no-go.  And for a while recently, one of the original songs from Glee, “Get It Right” was totally I song that felt like I could’ve written, about trying to do the right thing and constantly getting it wrong.  “What do you do when your good isn’t good enough?/And all that you touch tumbles down/My best intentions keep making a mess of things/Just want to fix it somehow”, the lyrics from the chorus of the song, are words that made me tear up when I first heard and saw it on the show when it premiered.  This also would’ve been an easy choice to to post.

But somehow, it didn’t feel… complete enough.  Although I think the song is hopeful in the end and that it describes a lot of who I was and am now, it’s missing… something.  Upong listening yet again to “Last Man”, composed by Clint Mansell (who also wrote the score for Black Swan, among other films), the tears I had from my eyes after listening to “Get It Right” finally came down.  I guess I figured out that though “Get It Right” is easy to interpret since the lyrics are right there, it takes a little more effort and thought to come up with the meaning of “Last Man” because it’s strictly instrumental.  I feel like because it has no words to the piece, instead of telling you how you should feel, it leaves it up to the listener to try and make sense of it.  Everyone hears something different in it, and “Last Man” is a piece that I can interpret to mean more than just sadness, which, admitedly, is a lot of it for me.

Here’s a link to “Get It Right” as well:

“Swan Lake: Scene 1 — Lake in the Moonlight” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

3 12 2010

While attempting to write an essay on the poetry of Wiliam Blake, prepare for a quiz on Frankenstein, write the first 30 pages of an original screenplay that I felt like I was bs-ing, and finish ten creative writing assignments for my dreaded Creative Writing Non-fiction class, I turned to my collection of “Classical” music to help me get me in the zone and forcefully keep me there hostage until I had completed everything.  Luckily, there was big old gay Tchaikovsky.

People think ballets are boring, and by modern standards, watching people leap around on stage may seem boring compared to be cramped in a claustrophobic, dingy, humid, suffocating space where people grind themselves on and around you, but hey — chacun son gout, n’est-ce pas?

Now, I haven’t seen Swan Lake (in fact, there are very few live performances of “Classical” music that I’ve really seen, most of which was at UBC, performed by the music groups there) so I don’t even know the story… but the music is fantastic!  Really!  And now with the release of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, the main theme in the recently released international trailer is played by a music box, which sounds really cool and will get everyone interested in not only Tchaikovsky’s other works but the whole variety and genre that is “Classical” music.

Keep dreaming, I know.  Tchaikovsky is no match for the likes of Justin Bieber.  Ughhhh.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.  Here it is in all it’s magnificence: