lyric narrative

The Music of "When You Believe"

One of the most powerful songs I ever have heard comes from “The Prince of Egypt”. It has brought me to tears on far more than one occasion (such as now, oops), and no matter how often I listen to it, the song maintains an incredible force that makes it, to my eyes as a working music composer myself, one of the greatest songs throughout animation.

The strength of this song comes from the combination of well-written lyrics plus the musical choices accompanying those lyrics. The composers (Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer) very intentionally, very successfully aligned the deep emotions of the words with equally powerful music. By exploiting the effects of instrumentation, the shape of the melody line, musical key, and the lyrics, listeners are taken through a deep, emotion-wrought narrative of the Hebrews beginning the Exodus.

In Darkness

The start of “When You Believe” is very dark, moaning deep in the cellos and other low voices of the orchestra. For indeed, while Moses has just learned the Hebrews have been freed of their slavery from Egypt, it comes at an enormous price: the death of many Egyptians including his nephew, as well as a break in the bond between himself and his brother. There thus is a darkness to the music and the animation on the screen to match that dark event which is occurring in Moses’ life.

But even when Miriam begins to sing, the cityscape is still dark and the music retains its rich, dark ambiance. The instrumentation is mostly strings, especially the lower to mid-range. All is thick and solemn. On top of that, the melody is within the minor mode, a musical scale that is known for sounding more somber and sad than the major scale. This use of minor adds a weight and sadness to her words, continuing on that sense of darkness.

There’s a symbolic reason to cast that sense of aural shadow. Miriam’s words in the first verse sing of a darkness, too, within the Hebrews’ lives. “Many nights we prayed, with no proof anyone could hear,” she begins. There is a sense of hopelessness and darkness in her words, and the music likewise provides the sense that the lives of the slaves were cast in psychological powerlessness. The melody even drifts downward over the first line of the verse, the pitches descending with the line, metaphorically depicting downcast spirits.

If the music had been brighter and more upbeat, it would have emphasized the fact the Hebrews prayed vigilantly; however, with the deep strings and minor descending melody, audiences understand the oppressive hopelessness that crushed the peoples’ existence.

There are only slight hints of hope in the within the first verse, especially at the start. The first twinkle of hope within the darkness comes in the second line, “In our hearts a hopeful song we barely understood." 

Notice that the music rises before sinking downward again. The words peak on the word "hopeful,” in fact, with a dramatic leap up to the final syllable. There’s a sound of a song in that peaking interval (a fourth) which is associated with many types of folk musics from around the world, and that jump upward is a notable spark of hope to the ears. The song might still be cast in a dark minor melody, and that “hopeful song” might fall again to lower musical pitches in the rest of the musical line, but that little spark nonetheless is very aurally noticeable and depicts that little spark the Hebrews clung to themselves.

Increasing Brightness

There is an increasing brightness as the verse continues. It aligns with the growing hope in the lyrics as well as the brightening colors animated on the screen. The third line of the melody is the same as the first, but it’s orchestrated differently. The clarinet and the flute enter, warming up the texture of the music in the accompaniment, corresponding to the much more optimistic lyric, “Now we are not afraid.” This time, when the pitches fall at the end of the line, “even though there’s much to fear,” it gives a sense of determination rather than hopelessness.

And then the fourth and final line of the verse pulls forward an even greater transformation.

We have another symbolic rise - through a technique called “text painting” - in which the word “mountains” is musically described through the upward jump of pitches. The word “mountains” is a peak in the musical line, just as a mountain is a peak in the landscape. Corresponding visually, the viewers see pyramids and other grand Egyptian structures. These might not be mountains, but the enormity of those monuments is indeed something incredible to move. Suddenly, then, the Hebrews’ lives of slavery are not just torment and despair, but a demonstration of the strength of the people.

And look above at that final note in the verse. It moves upward, leading to the chorus, and showing an enormous growth of hope.

There Can be Miracles

Suddenly, there is sunrise. And Miriam is smiling. And people are coming together. And hope blossoms. And the music in the chorus sings it all: “There can be miracles when you believe. Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill. Who knows what miracles you can achieve? When you believe, somehow you will. You will when you believe.”

The song changes keys to equate that shift in mood. The verse is in e minor, a very dark key orchestrationally that makes the music sound incredibly weighty and somber and allows composers to frequently use some of the lowest pitches the instruments can play. But then this song shifts to G major in the chorus. This is one of the brightest keys an orchestra can play (There are lots of “open strings” in this key, meaning that the strings in the violins, violas, cellos, and basses reverberate a lot more and sound very bright and rich). G major and e minor all use the same pitches, but to very different effects. In the same way, there is a shift from the content of the verse to the chorus, even though the material Miriam discusses is similar. It is a shift from unactualized hope to the experience of a miracle. And thus a shift from darkness to lightness occurs both within her words, within the sunrise of the animation, and within the change of mood in the music.  

The melody itself is very hopeful. Every single line of the melody, beginning with, “There can be miracles,” moves upward. The pitches always rise from start to end, showing enormous optimism.

Text painting also happens again; that is, the music shapes itself in ways to symbolically correlate to the meaning of the lyrics. The word “miracles” has an enormous rise in it, just like the words “hopeful” and “mountains." 

The word "believe” similarly receives a climactic high pitch, showing its greatness and importance.

The word “frail,” by contrast, is sung with an enormous drop downward in pitch, aurally creating a sense of weakness.

Even when the syllables occur in the music is very well placed and gives a sense of optimism and determination.

There is a sense of pulse in music. Some pulses are a lot heavier than others, and these are called “downbeats.” If you look at the pictures of musical notation I have, the “downbeats” happen with the first and third black notes of every measure (a measure is a chunk of music that is separated by those vertical lines). Every time you hit a downbeat, then, there is a sense of more power. And notice what words hit the downbeats in this music. Words like “can” and “hope”. In the line, “it’s hard to kill,” both “hard” and “kill” receive the musical metrical emphasis. What does this do? It emphasizes the greatest of what happened, shows that miracles can and in fact just have happened. It brings confidence to the lyrics.

The dotted rhythms create even more confidence within the melody line.

Altogether, then, the entirety of the chorus screams hope.

Continuation of Narrative

The second verse returns to the dark minor key that audiences heard in the first verse. Zipporah is speaking of the Hebrews’ experience of slavery in the lyrical narrative, thus requiring a thicker atmosphere to the music. We hear a little bit of song again in the rise of pitch with the words “summer bird,” as well as that fall of hope when subsequently she sings “too swiftly flown away.”

Paralleling the first verse, a similar growth from dark to light again occurs with the lyrics and the music in the second verse. And thus we move from despair to cheer as she sings: “In this time of fear, when prayer so often proves in vain hope seems like the summer birds, too swiftly flown away. Yet now I’m standing here, my heart so full I can’t explain, seeking faith and speaking words I’d never thought I’d say.” When Miriam adds a duet, a further sense of hope grows, for the people are coming together to begin the Exodus, traveling to freedom.

The second chorus is even musically bigger than the first, the visuals brighter, the hope more powerful. We see the Exodus happening now. There are people leaving. The miracle is here, it is happening, and the growth of music augments that.

The Children’s Song

Children begin singing, showing such a sense of hope as can be equaled by nothing else. The Bible indeed speaks of a child’s faith being great - not to mention the association with children is very positive and bright. The music is still in happy G major, though it also uses some pitches like C natural that never have been used before, making the music sound even brighter. The melody dances, and so do the people.

It is even more powerful when you know what the kids are saying.

It is part of a poem actually in the Bible seen in Exodus 15: 1, 11, and 13. Not only are these Hebrew lyrics actually in the Bible, but they are recorded as the song that Miriam and Aaron themselves sang when they were leaving Egypt. This is the song, guys! The legitimate words they sang in this event.

אָשִׁירָה לַה’ כִּי-גָאֹה גָּאָה 
מִי כָמֹכָה בָּאֵלִם ה’ מִי כָּמֹכָה נֶאְדָּר בַּקֹּדֶשׁ 
נָחִיתָ בְחַסְדְּךָ עַם-זוּ גָּאָלְתָּ 

Ashira laadonay ki gao gaa 
Ashira laadonay ki gao gaa
Mi chamocha baelim adonay
Mi kamocha needar bakodesh 
Nakhita vekhasdecha am zu gaalta 
Nakhita vekhasdecha am zu gaalta 
Ashira ashira ashira

So that’s all well and good to see the text in another language, but what does it mean in English?

Check it out:

I will sing unto the Lord, for He is highly exalted 
Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the mighty? who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness 
Thou in Thy love hast led the people that Thou hast redeemed

In another translation that sounds a bit less archaic:

I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.
Who among the gods is like you, O Lord?
Who is like you - majestic in holiness?
In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.

This song is one of being saved by God and thanking him for the miracle. And the music expands and everyone begins singing and an almost giddy happiness results when the song spins faster and faster.

The Power of Belief

The final chorus explodes in full choir. It is the voice now of the entire Hebrew people belting out faith and awe at what has happened. Not only that, but the music rises in pitch, bursting to A major. The music reaches an all-time dramatic high in terms of sheer force of musicians playing in singing, in terms of the highest pitches sung, and in terms of volume. 

The music climaxes in power - to the full power of belief. To the full glory of this miracle. What has happened has just changed millions of lives. Millions of lives are free and singing praise.

It is hard to believe now that the song began in such a dark corner, sounding so futile and depressed and hopeless. But through the incredible narration of sound and lyrics, everyone by the end of the song understand - understands full well - “There can be miracles when you believe.”

From our stacks: Frontispiece illustration of William Butler Yeats “From a charcoal drawing by John S. Sargent, R.A. Emery Walker, Ph. sc.” from Poems Lyrical and Narrative Being the First Volume of The Collected Works in Verse and Prose of William Butler Yeats. Imprinted at the the Shakespeare Head Press Stratford-on-Avon, 1908.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice on how to write poetry? I want to get better, but I don't know how to start. (I love your writing, btw.)





This sounds like not-actually-advice but it is true! My poetry suffers when I’m not reading voraciously and widely and with fine detail attention as well as happy abandon. My phrases and ideas start recycling themselves like stale airplane cabin oxygen. Reading keeps your creative spark alive in a really astonishing way, and if you stop feeding your little brain synapses with fresh, weird, quality content, creative death is assured.

Are you reading? Good! Now imitate! Rip off ideas, pilfer tropes, kidnap characters, plagiarize plot-lines…Imitation isn’t just the sincerest form of flattery, it’s the best way to practice stringing together a sentence and is the gateway to original ideas. I cannot stress the usefulness of fanfiction in this regard. I got my start writing fanfiction, and occasionally still pen a one-shot for my own enjoyment because fanfiction allows you to build a coherent, lyrical, effective narrative around the scaffolding of existing, working narratives. There’s nothing in original writing you can’t learn writing fanfiction: flashbacks, character development, dialogue, plot, romance, you name it, fanfics’ got it.

It’s also a great idea to try and write poems in forms you seen before: acrostic, sonnet, villanelle, iambic pantameter, the lot. Don’t like writing in a set form? Great, me too. I’m still going to tell you to do it, because it builds writing muscles. Popular poetic structures found on tumblr count too, I’m no snob. You know the ones:

I. hymns written in blood and stardust

about Patroclus, Icarus, Lolita, the lot:

pretty dead boys with fragile collarbones

and woman-kings wearing weaponized lipstick.

II. we share ichor-sweet kisses in my parent’s church 

      and you whisper:

III. maybe the stories we always about us, after all. 

(I write this parody lovingly, some of my favorite poems follow this form, and I’ve written a number of them. Like, a lot)

Find poems you like and write responses to them! Or pick a theme that you like thinking about and just freewrite about it forever, then pick out phrases you want to string together into something new. There are no rules! Only that you write! And of course, that you remember imitation is healthy and good so long as you aren’t publishing content plagiarized in word or form, and that you don’t turn in a well-structured short story to your undergradaute workshop class only to have your professor point out in front of everyone that “this is masterful work…but it’s also Donna Tartt’s Secret History”.  Because I did that. Lit professors have read everything you have, kiddos, and no amount of clever deviation from the original can disguise a loving homage.

That’s what I’ve got for you to start with. Since youo like my work (and thank you for saying so) check out my linked “poetry that knocks me on my ass” tag; there’s a lot of poems that inspired me there. Happy writing! And please, do write. Even if you think it isn’t good. The world always needs new poems, and I believe in you. 

I don’t want you, but then i also don’t want you with somebody else. We’re stuck playing this sick game. I believe anything you say, and then you do everything to remind me that all we have is lies. I should just be getting over it.
—  Kiannah Joylinn (inspired by ‘somebody else’ by the 1975 - my favorite song right now!)

anonymous asked:

Hey Will! Having that whole fiasco with Carrie and Lowell in mind, what about Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked at Me is different/better? How his approach to grief more effective? I just listened to it in full and it is really such a beautiful and emotionally affecting record.

I would be hard-pressed to judge anyone’s approach to grief as “more effective”. I don’t know either of these men; I’m only familiar with what art they’ve released publicly. As far as the albums go, their artistic approaches are very different. ACL@M is confrontational, explicit; it’s more or less impossible to listen to it without grappling directly with the same emotions Phil E experienced. Its songs cannot be pulled out for a playlist or put on in the background. You have to experience it in full each time, like a film or short story. The exactness with which images and motifs unfold and repeat through the record emphasize this feeling. C&L, meanwhile, is collagist, open-ended; you can take away what you want from it. Its beats align with the rise and fall of musical movements, rather than a lyrical narrative. There are images that stand out clearly, but the importance is in the images themselves, the stark, individual clarity of their depiction, rather than in an unseen thread tying the images together. The listener brings that thread of meaning to the table, as is more often the case with music. I have always had a personal preference for built-in narrative, for the meaning behind images over the images themselves, hence my earlier nastiness over C&L, and my seemingly hypocritical admiration of ACL@M. What seems important to note is that both artists, in response to personal tragedy, made a work of art that was very much “them” - that pushed them to embrace their artistic tendencies, and make something out of those tendencies that could legitimately be called a masterpiece, something that could stand for the whole of their artistic output. If you are a music publication, please do not report on this post. Thanks.


[PATD meme→ [3/7] songs →  Build god, then we’ll talk

‘Build god, then we’ll talk' is a line from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Choke. Part of the lyrics (There are no raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses / It’s sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses at the shade of the sheets and before all the stains / add a few more of your least favorite things) is a reference to “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.


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It kinda took a little bit longer than I thought and I feel like the record sort of ended up in a place that’s different from where I thought it was gonna end up sonically, but I’m really happy with it and I feel like the sound, the narrative and lyrically it moved forward just a little bit, which I’m proud of
—  Lana Del Rey talking about the making of her upcoming album Lust For Life on BBC Radio 1 (07/12/17)

Hello Richonne Lovers,

As some of you may already know, we here are RJD are all about sharing, supporting and inspiring those who love indulging in the guilty pleasure of reading and writing about our dynamic couple Richonne. And so we felt it was time that we posted our official Admin Top 15 Recommendation list for everyone’s enjoyment.  The following recommendations are in no particular order. Our goal and our hopes for this list, is that it will help new and even veteran Richonne Fanfiction lovers, find pleasure and enjoyment in some of the finest stories we feel are worth diving head first into temptation for.

The Admin Top 15 are desserty fanfiction treats that left lasting impressions on us, and present a pretty tasty array for a dessert pallet lover.  If you do read any of these fics on this list, please don’t forget to appreciate those who have gifted us with their lovely and equally enjoyable treats, by leaving them a review.

And as always, all official RJD Recs posted here, are the personal choices of the administrators and are based on their interpretation of how well the fic portrays The Walking Dead characters. We will never recommend anything we have not read ourselves and approved of.  

Happy Reading!


(In no particular order):

ASZ Chronicles  (work in progress)

Niklovr is a truly gifted writer, and once you read “ASZ Chronicles”, you will understand why this fic makes our list. She manages to capture Rick and Michonne beautifully both individually and together. This story sets an alternative version of events regarding the group’s arrival at the Alexandria Safe Zone with an assertive but hopeful Rick Grimes leading the pack.

Read ASZ Chronicles by Niklovr

Love in the time of Decay  (complete)

The essence of this story is Rick and Michonne’s harrowing journey towards discovering their love for one another after the dust has settled regarding the events of season 5. Blacklitchick is such an amazing writer. Her true talent lays in her ability  to write the most lyrical narrative. In “Love In The Time of Decay” you see this exact narrative play out before you in the form of  self-discovery, forgotten lovers, and past mistakes. She  incorporates amazing imagery and writes a rich background for all her characters. This is one remarkable canon divergence that is a must read.

Read Love in the time of Decay by blacklitchick

The Richonne Chronicles  (work in progress)

Givesup is a relatively new author to the Richonne writing game and with “The Richonne Chronicles” a series of delightful and UST intense one shots, she most definitely came in packing heat. The really unique thing about her writing, is her ability to write Richonne in the most  compelling situations- both in canon and in au settings. Her writing perfectly conveys, what each character is feeling at any given time, making this a must read as well.

Read The Richonne Chronicles by givesup

Ours  (oneshot/carchonne)

This is a really cute Grimes family future fic, highlighting the special bond between Carl and Michonne. Ezillyamused has written the perfect balance with Carchonne, showcasing them as  friends who have survived in the ZA together, who then organically transition to a mother and son who have helped each other heal from past heartbreaks.

Read Ours by ezillyamused

Into Dawn  (complete)

We truly believe that birdnmouse is one of this fandom’s most prolific writers. She has definitely set the bar for dialogue and characterization, within the Richonne fanfiction community. Her talent for writing a solid narrative is showcased by the way she brilliantly and very clearly conveys each character’s thoughts and emotions throughout the course of her stories. The backdrop of “Into Dawn” takes place after season 5’s finale, and in this story, birdnmouse encapsulates Rick and Michonne right at the precipice of discovering their ever deepening feelings for one another. This fic is a must read for any Richonne Lover.

Read Into Dawn by birdnmouse

Against Type  (complete)

And because you can never have enough of birdnmouse fanfics in your life, we just had to include another wonderful story from her.  In “Against Type”  birdnmouse expertly creates a AU world in which Richonne meet under different circumstances. They instantly have an intense connection and an undeniable chemistry but their meeting each is accompanied with one huge problem. She’s dating Rick’s best friend. This is a must read for those who love intense love stories dealing with real life complications .

Read Against Type by birdnmouse

What we Have  (complete)

Many of us long time Richonne Lovers know, that Lyra Verse is a staple in the Richonne community. All her stories are a must read, especially this one which holds a special place for us here at Richonne Just Desserts. “What we Have” is one of Lyra Verse’s’ first voyages into the Richonne fanfiction world and in fact, Lyra is one of the first who weaved the comics with tv canon and many Richonners, including our very own admin: Ohmyjinkies, cut their teeth on this fanfic. Many of us were initiated into the splendid Richonne fanfiction world because of Lyra’s masterful work in “What we Have”.

Read What We Have by Lyra Verse 

Serpents  (work in progress Richonne/Dixonne)

“Serpents” by yellowspotlight89 is just one of those stories you don’t come across very often. For one, not only is the writing simply amazing, this story comes with a little twist in the form of Daryl Dixon. This is the first and only Rixonne story on our list, so needless to say, this fic leaves quite a lasting impression. While Richonne is still very much at the forefront, we have come to appreciate the author’s seamless addition of Daryl in this relationship; highlighting the connection he himself shares with Michonne and providing an surprisingly enjoyable take of this pairing.  And even if Rixonne might not be your cup of tea, it’s hard to deny that this holy trinity packs an intense heat that works well beyond the battlefield.

Read Serpents by Yellowspotlight89

Start Again  (work in progress)

We here at Richonne Just Desserts love a good plot remix and this is exactly what “Start Again” is Sleepywitchysamurai has gifted our fandom with this amazing canon divergence. We feel the author has achieved this by rebuilding a truly believable first meeting between Rick and Michonne. Despite entering each other’s life later in this story, Richonne still has that same spark that was ignited when they first met back at the fence. She has recaptured that special moment where they both were wary of each other but inexplicably knew, they had met someone pretty damn important who would have a profound impact on each of their lives. All the key elements that make Richonne so synergistic, are layered throughout this entire fic, making it a must read from us.

Read Start Again by Sleepywitchysamurai

15 Years Ago  (complete)

Much like Lyra Verse, the charming and very talented Siancore is another staple in this community. She’s is one of our communities biggest positivity activist, she is also one of the leading contributors in the Richonne fanfiction world  Never afraid to take on challenges, Siancore creativity delights us with an ever growing list of Richonne fanfiction ranging from canon to au and even dabbling in the comic universe. “15 Years Ago” is one of the fandoms leading AU story and is definitely a must read fic. Once you’re done reading this story, you’ll understand why.

Read 15 Years Ago by Siancore

A Home  (complete)

While the premise for both stories are different along with it’s setting; “15 Years Ago” and “A Home” will both tug at your heartstrings with its tales of past lovers reuniting and finally getting it right the second time around through the power of forgiveness.

Read A Home by  Siancore 

Unpredictable  (work in progress)

If you’re a sucker for angst and well written gut wrenching complex stories, like we are, look no further cause this story has it in spades. Written by the lovely and tremendously talented Shipnation, “Unpredictable” is a story about great tragedy, overcoming loss despite adversity and the struggle of forgiveness. This story does come with a warning however; we promise you won’t get through this fic without shedding a few tears. It hits you right in the heart, in the best possible way. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Read Unpredictable by Shipnation

Verbal Communication  (work in progress)

It goes without saying that Charrrmed is one incredibly gifted writer. This is her first multi-length chapter fic in the Richonne universe and and we both agree “Verbal Communication” is an amazing journey, that no one should miss out on. It’s a pleasurable spin on the group’s arrival in Alexandria and sets up the Grimes’s Family 2.0 in an endearing fashion. And who can resist a hopelessly-in-love-awkward Rick Grimes? We know we can’t. For those of you who found season 5b sorely lacking, this story will fix all the issues we Richonne soldiers had, with the show’s storyline.

Read Verbal Communication by Charrrmed

Bad Thangs  (work in progress)

Kendrawriter32’s “Bad Thangs” is her wonderful debut into the Richonne fanfiction universe and based on our initial reading of chapter one, we feel that this author is well on her way to writing a delightful multi chapter treat. Not only is the characterization of Rick and Michonne superb but this fic is seriously hot, hot, hot. The author gives us a fresh perspective with this canon divergence and a sweet glimpse into a more domestic Richonne. Don’t walk. Run, to read this fic!

Read Bad Thangs by Kendrawriter32

The World we Live in  (complete)

A wonderful re-telling and expansion of the prison arc with a blossoming relationship between Rick and Michonne at the helm. Mmmilkovich charmingly captures the progressing feelings of new love the characters experience along with the added suspense of the governor’s return.

Read The World We Live In by Mmmilkovich

Before you’re a teenager you romanticize all of the ideas of what you think being a teenager is gonna be like based on what you seen on movies, based on what you see in you know, social environments when you’re younger, and then when you get to a teenager, because you are a teenager, you romanticize everything, because you are a teenager. So the romantic element of being a teenager stays with you through that time. A lot of the ideas narratively, lyrically, were founded at that time for me, seventeen, eighteen, but then obviously as you leave being a teenager, the further away you get the more you romanticize your memories, the more antiquated and romanticized they become like anything. So there is this kind of perpetual romanticization of what is to happen, what’s happening and what has happened. I’ve found that when it came to the album, there was a lot of writing retrospectively because all of the narrative is true but maybe the only way it’s embellished is my romantic perception of what happened, so I think that the ideas when I was a teenager, those feelings they really really informed me creatively.
—  Matty Healy (The 1975)

I’ve been thinking a lot about Harry related discourse lately, including some suggestions that the way his statements get scrutinised is unbalanced in comparison to the way the other 1D boys are treated when it comes to song lyrics, statements they make in interviews and the general bar we set for them.

I get that it’s annoying that Harry appears to meet more political challenges in relation to the stuff he puts out there, but I’m going to put a positive flip side to that observation. I think Harry attracts particular scrutiny because he’s been more vocal and nuanced about issues which have a social justice lean, such as women’s rights and LGBT activism and that he’s even thinking about this stuff is a very good thing. I know that’s one of the reasons why, as a solo artist, he’s held particular appeal for me and I’ve been so excited to hear more from him as an individual. I think the reason he attracts more extensive critique is because he has consciously positioned himself as someone who gives thought to these issues, as someone who cares about, as he puts it himself, fundamental equality. He comes across in his marketing as someone who thinks about things like gender, women’s rights and LGBT identity and that’s a very, very inspiring thing to see in a 20-something popstar who could frankly choose to be a ‘rich kid of instagram’ and enjoy wealth and privilege without giving a fuck about anything or anyone.

Keep reading


Daniel Campbell Smith // “My songs used to be significantly more bizarre. I used to play a big electric piano and a loop pedal. I was really into Regina Spektor and I liked her narrative lyrics that were quite off the wall. I used to layer things up and try and replicate what I’d been doing with my bedroom recordings.” (insp.)

Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women by Leila J. Rupp

[Books About Queer Women]

From the ancient poet Sappho to tombois in contemporary Indonesia, women throughout history and around the globe have desired, loved, and had sex with other women. In beautiful prose,‘Sapphistries’ tells their stories, capturing the multitude of ways that diverse societies have shaped female same-sex sexuality across time and place.

Leila J. Rupp reveals how, from the time of the very earliest societies, the possibility of love between women has been known, even when it is feared, ignored, or denied. We hear women in the sex-segregated spaces of convents and harems whispering words of love. We see women beginning to find each other on the streets of London and Amsterdam, in the aristocratic circles of Paris, in the factories of Shanghai. We find women’s desire and love for women meeting the light of day as Japanese schoolgirls fall in love, and lesbian bars and clubs spread from 1920s Berlin to 1950s Buffalo. And we encounter a world of difference in the twenty-first century, as transnational concepts and lesbian identities meet local understandings of how two women might love each other.

Giving voice to words from the mouths and pens of women, and from men’s prohibitions, reports, literature, art, imaginings, pornography, and court cases, Rupp also creatively employs fiction to imagine possibilities when there is no historical evidence. 'Sapphistries' combines lyrical narrative with meticulous historical research, providing an eminently readable and uniquely sweeping story of desire, love, and sex between women around the globe from the beginning of time to the present. [X]

He’s a player, he uses women, he cheats on every single one of them but this same boy gets annoyed when asked “What’s your game?” and says it'is not a game, he never objectifies women. All his songs are about fighting for love, unconditional love! He wants forevers and is willing to fight against the shadows for his love. Harry knows what love is


How the hell doesn’t this raise red flags for you?

Courage, Dear Heart

Request from @psychoticmangle: Yo can I request an Anatoly x Reader based off the song ‘Dancing On My Own’ by Robyn? It can be from either point of view and can end however you like!

*Did it from Tolya’s perspective with the song SO I changed the her to him in the lyrics to fit the narrative JUST SO U KNOW// this is so ridiculously long but idec anymore*

“I’m in the corner
Watching you kiss him
I’m right over here
Why can’t you see me?
I’m giving it my all
But I’m not the guy you’re taking home”

“OK, FINE, YOU ARE RIGHT!” Vladimir throws back the last of his vodka, slamming it on the counter of the bar and throwing his tattooed hands in the air; his eyes glazed and face comically exasperated. “Drinks should not have genders. Is social constructed bullshit.”

You throw your own arms up with a triumphant yell, ruffling the elder brother’s blond hair playfully as you chuckle and he bats at you.

“I TOLD YOU, I have just as much right to drink -” you pause as you smoothly swipe Anatoly’s glass of dark liquid out of his hand, smiling coyly as he sputters in protest.

“Shh, Tolya, I’m proving a point,” you purr affectionately, running a hand through his brown locks and giggling, turning back to Vladimir.

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