If anybody has a good way of explaining to family, friends and coworkers that you give zero fucks today because you have been ruined witnessing the marriage of two characters that don’t exist, then please let me know.
the cognitive functions as stringed musical instruments
Thanks to @mbtipartyblog for letting me write a “cognitive functions for stringed instruments”!
Fe: cello– it is said that the cello sounds most like the human voice of the strings and has a rich voice, appealing to a large audience. It is often the melody along with the violin and takes care of the ensemble with its low voice, even willing to play eight fucking notes over and over again in Pachelbel’s Canon.
Ne: guitar– the guitar is all over the fucking place. From baroque to country, guitars are versatile and can play all sorts of different genres, fulfilling whichever interest that the player has at the current moment.
Se: ukulele– the smaller cousin of the guitar, ukuleles remind people of the Hawaiian islands, filled with white, sandy beaches and sweet hibiscus leis. Fun and enjoying life, ukuleles exemplify the music of the care-free and adventurous. Also aesthetic as fuck.
Te: violin– getting the majority of solos, especially if they play the first part, violins absolutely need to have their shit together. Ambitious and dependable, they must be able to lead the section and, quite frankly, the entire ensemble.
Fi: viola– ya know, the melancholy “big violin”. You have to be really content with the instrument and edgy as fuck to stay with the one instrument that is the butt of jokes and that everyone overlooks. Despite all of this, the viola is unique as it’s one of the few instruments to play the alto clef and just as important to the ensemble as any other instrument.
Ni: harp– harboring one of the most magical tones of all instruments, the harp requires a sense of mysticism and skill that most people do not naturally have. Harps have a hypnotic voice and have definitely transcended standard orchestra fare.
Si: double bass– also severely overlooked by most people, the bass plays one of the most important roles in the orchestra because it usually maintains the tempo and reminds players of the current chord they’re on: the important, tried-and-true things to keep constant to be a successful ensemble.
Ti: piano– because it has 88 keys and pretty much spans the entire musical range, the piano can be very independent. Its range and keys also allows a chance for the player to understand music theory in a visual manner and the mechanics of music.
❝roadtrip!au where we need to save gas money so we take a long, awkward, tension-filled car ride ►1914 words // scenario, pbd drabbles ♡ this was part of the drabble series ‘post-break-up drabbles’ but i found that i wrote a bit longer than what a drabble was for me so, a scenario instead!
If there had been other people besides your parents and Jungkook’s who completely adored the two of you together, it would be the friends that you share with him. Being with them half of the time you were in a relationship, they knew the both of you inside out including the traits when you were together. It would’ve been lovely if you two were still together but in this case… it’s about to get nasty and you can foresee it when you agree to go on a road trip with them.
Being college kids with the common goal to save money with maximum fun meant being squeezed into a van that fit eight people. That wasn’t what bugged you, honestly. You’ve been into a situation where seven people had to fit into a four seater car (each bump was horrible). So this was nothing. Until you found out who you’d be seated next to in the back.
Your sitting buddy was none other than Jeon Jungkook.
I have a lot of feels about 'functional singing' too. I went to a college with a large and very opera-focused vocal performance program, and there were times when I felt very left out, as a functional but not professional singer. but the fact is a lot of my favorite music is very much not professional, and that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. it's just a different thing.
Ha, and @bachfan reblogged with the tags too– Music has always been such an important part of human society, but since the era of recorded music, its role has changed a lot. And now we listen to it, rather than performing it, and our expectations of what it should sound like and what role it serves are so markedly different. I think about this a lot.
I first began to practice singing as a purely functional thing– our horses were aggressive when they heard the metal feed bin, so I started singing loudly the whole time I was out with them, so that they couldn’t hear the feed bin over me, and I sang the whole time so they wouldn’t associate singing with food either. Now I sing for the various little kids in my life, and the little ones don’t know the difference between technically proficient and sort of not, but once they’re older, they start to notice, and start to critique, and start to be embarrassed. I know I got embarrassed about my mother’s singing around then, and wouldn’t let her.
I studied singing in high school, and then tried to study vocal performance in college but they were really rude to me in my audition and basically told me it would be a waste of time for me to do that, so I never have auditioned for anything again and haven’t performed except for the odd national anthem or little traditional seisun or whatever since then. (Notice a theme? People love to tell me I shouldn’t do creative or artistic things; I went from being a prolific artist and vocal performer to doing neither by the time I was a freshman in college, because so many authority figures were so invested in telling me I shouldn’t. I’m sure I’ve been told not to waste my time writing, and Lord knows I internalized it, but it wasn’t enough to stop the compulsion.)
But I’ve always wanted to sing, and it’s a thing humans do, and I don’t understand why I must have perfect pitch and good sight-reading and crystal-clear tone and a microphone-ready vocal persona in order to just sing songs. I have phenomenal by-ear learning skills and am really good at transpositions and have a great memory and a huge repertoire of songs I know cold and can perform without any backup or prompting, but none of those are things that Real Singers have or need, so I may as well never open my mouth. ??? It’s very weird, where we are as a society. (And there are almost no contexts where I feel not-awkward singing with other people present; people get weird about it. I only sing when I’m alone, now, or with very small children.)
If you’re not pro-quality, you shouldn’t bother doing it. Alternately, if you’re not writing your own material, there’s nowhere you’re going to go. I don’t want to make a living at this, i just like to sing sometimes, and there’s so little space left in our society for someone who’s tolerably skilled at something doing it for fun.
I remember sitting around a fire with a guitar, as an adolescent, and we were trying to have a singalong, and everyone present just wanted to wait for their turn to perform, or wanted to make requests, or whatever– nobody just wanted to participate. Even at SCA things, people just want to perform. And at sessions! People wouldn’t sing along with me, and others got upset if I sang along with them.
I’d join a church choir, but I haven’t found a church I don’t hate, so.
Let’s all appreciate how INTELLIGENTLY ‘What’s the use of feeling blue’ is crafted as a sequence
- derived from the Diamond lifemotif & therefore recontextualizes it; Especially clever as it was worked into the creepy ending theme leading up to this.
It adds a bit of a dark funerary quality to the previous moments it showed up in.
- It is worth noting that the diamond theme was deliberately designed to be alian and non-musical, so they esentially set a challenge for themselves
- And the song actually stays very faithful to the creepy jingly ambient sounds, though they somehow craft them into a melody and lets YD’s va do the rest as she conveniently has a very strong dramatic voice.
- subverts the expectation of a villain song while still fulfilling all of it’s functions both musically and narratively - low notes, contralto, minions singing backup, swingy sort of melody, expositioning the antagonists and setting both the physical and ideological/thematic confrontation… (They represent, or are the leaders of a society where everyone - even the local God-empresses! - has to shut out your feelings to ‘function’, which is the logical opposite/antithesis/anathema to Steven) but at the same time it’s not a bragadocious declaration but a look beneath the queenly masks/ into their private lives, though they’re not quite ‘out shopping’ as this does inform why/how they act in their day jobs as evil overlords. As usual SU distinguishes itself by clever use & tweaking of the tools
- electro meets jazz, which is in itself creative, though if you wanted you could probably read further things into that. The Diamonds are basically electro outside, Jazz inside. It’s also a further pun (eve heard of ‘blue notes’?)
- Conveys both character, style/aesthetic and other information with astounding density basically.
- As cool as the music is lets not forget the roles the visuals play - Their surroundings are quite ‘emphatic’ in the ways all that pink light drowns out their color palettes like a domineering shadow, how Yellow Diamond keeps moving around the bubbles for emphasis, and last bt not least the use of body language to establish both their individual characters and their relationship. BD is relatively static & phlegmatic and waterlike in her motions, sort of recoiling away from both YD and her responsibilities at the beginning, and hugging that pillar for comfort. YD, by contrast, does plenty
Both have a distinct aristocratic tinge in words and gestures though BD goes more in the ethereal/mystically direction while Yellow is a lot more abrupt and stiff there (including when she’s briefly overwhelmed and ends up as the comfortee)
This scene would flat out not work if not for the very unambiguous comforting/ sister-like body language at work there, how the bond is conferred through both word choice (’we still love her’) and physical touch/ gestures.
Particular mention to that one shot where we see them holding hands with both their gemstones shown in the background (and their similar placement highlighted), more or less at the exact point when we realize that they’re both equally affected despite their somewhat different reactions.
- Speaking of the environment though: Éven if they’re having this very private, very un-pharaonic moment, they don’t allow us to foget that they’re villains - most of those Rose Quartzes were probably innocent, the “silly quirk” they’re discussing involves keeping sentient/intelligent beings as pets, and we keep seeing how much Ruby and Saphire are still terrified of BD; Also, Greg’s and Steven’s escape attempts lampshades their titanic sizes. Not to mention that they go right back to cold bitch mode/’command voice’ when the door opens and their underlings show up. They also showing off their fancy singing slaves.
The ‘props’ are as creepy as if they were sitting in a cavern lined with human skulls and bones, but in a clever sci-fi way that makes it even more insidious.
- Though it is also worth noting that it’s greg and steven - almost complete outsiders! - who get to see this scene, rather than their former subjects such as Peridot, Garnet or Pearl. If they did see they’d hardly be compassionate with their former overlords, (not could they in any way be expected to be) but thing are different for Steven who’s probably able to have a wider perspective on this and recognize that they’re still people, even if they are evil overlords.
[I was listening to music and I started thinking about why and how people listen to music differently, so I tried breaking it down to the cognitive functions. All of your functions would be relevant, but just as it does in your life, your inferior function should be what drives your desire to listen to music. Tag with your type and whether or not it's true for you. I'm curious.]
wants to understand the composition of music, the ways in which various musical elements are combined; seeks to deconstruct music
enjoys the harmony of music, the sum total of the various instruments, the way everything sounds together; seeks coherence through music
seeks to understand self through music, preferring songs with relatable lyrics and introspective messages; wants to discover self through music
wants to understand others through music, endlessly consuming the emotions behind songs and taking them on as if they were their own; seeks to connect with others through music
seeks depth in a particular genre, exploring the various styles and sounds within it; is interested in mastering a genre
seeks a broad variety of music, always interested in different genres and sounds; wants to discover all music
seeks nostalgia through music, reliving memories with soundtracks from meaningful films/shows and songs tied to experiences; is transported to the past through music
enjoys the auditory aspect of music, the sound of music and its various sensory elements; seeks to fill the silence with music