songs in a minor


“… it’s called Vices & Virtues, and in one way or the other, at least one to 10 virtues or vices are represented in every song… [it’s] little minor things I didn’t know were vices or virtues, until we looked them up. I was like, ‘I don’t know what altruism means, so I’ll look that up.’ Things like logic, pride, vanity — it can go either way. So it was kind of interesting to read about that.”

– Brendon Urie 

Celebrating Diversity... in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final

Australia is sending an Aboriginie - a minority in their country.

Hungary is also sending an artist with Romani origins; but here this is also the theme of the song including lyrics in Romani and reasons how being from a minority affects one’s role in society.

Bulgaria and Denmark also prove how one can feel a strong connection to their roots - despite being based mainly in another country.

Norway is referring to the struggles of mental illness and how you sometimes have to overcome yourself and take risks in order to get better.

Croatia and Romania show how one type of music is significantly for one country / region because music is an universal language.

Belarus is singing a song in their own language - and even though Belarussian is an official language in Belarus most people there tend to speak Russian.

Portugal is also singing in their native tongue - but it also manages to take the listener on a musical journey.

Italy is pointing out how important it is to appreciate and value other cultures and important traditions of other cultures should not be used as a part of other societies’ pop culture.

The Falsettos: 2016 Revival: A Summary
  • 4 Jews in a Room Bitching: the song where you try to SiNg aLl The PaRts of At ONce
  • A Tight Knit Family/Love is Blind: trying to make shitty situations better am I right
  • The Thrill of First Love: wash and wear?
  • Marvin at the Psychiatrist: a three part mini opera
  • My Father's a homo: Let's all gang up on Jason and try to pretend he's the most messed up one yay
  • This had better come to a stop: marvin: a dick : a three part mini opera
  • I'm Breaking Down: basically "when it all falls down" from Chaplin
  • Please come to our house: that one spoken part that Mendel does that makes me uncomfortable
  • A Marriage Proposal: let's try to make things less shitty
  • Trina's song / March of the falsettos: the minor key *wee*
  • Making a home: trying to make it better again
  • The Games I play: Andrew. Rannells.
  • Marvin Hits Trina: why is her name "trih-nun" and not "treenuh" but also marvin is a dick again
  • I Never Wanted to Love you: rip out my heart why don't you
  • Father to Son: my fathers still a homo
  • Falsettoland/About time: There's lesbians now!!!
  • Year of the child: bar mitzvah food!
  • Miracle of Judaism: my fathers a homo but I'm not
  • The Baseball Game: Jews can't play baseball for shit
  • A Day in Falsetto land: im breaking down pt 2
  • Everyone hates his parents: it's true

Hey Black Tumblr! Here’s co-Creator @nukirk with some quick reminders on who we are, when the next #Blackout is, and how you can participate.

Full Transcript: *voice over* 

June 6th is the next Blackout Day. Now, you may be wondering “what is Blackout Day?” Well, we like to think of it as a chance to define and redefine blackness, because being you is very dynamic and ever changing, so why keep the idea static? 

How you partake in this day? Simply post a photo of you.But let’s pause for a second. You don’t have a photo or you’re not photogenic? That’s alright, because the goal is to talk about blackness in your own way. So, you got artwork, a picture of the squad, your business associates, maybe a song or poem? Or a video of you doing something minor, awesome… or perhaps “extra?” Maybe you got a business or you freelance? How about a family, no matter how big or small? Siblings? Got a testimony to share? A story? 

Okay, I could go on and on, but I think you’re getting the idea…If you’ve got nothing for this time around, prep for Sept 6th and in the meantime, share what other people are sharing. Discovering and uplifting others are just as important!

No matter if you’re light or dark, bi-racial or fully black, American, Caribbean, African…we’re here to celebrate ALL our people enjoying the beautiful complexity that is life.So make sure to get yourself ready for June 6th and make some time to Hashtag Blackout!

Remember to follow us on all our platforms as you’re prepping for the June 6th Blackout!

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This song by the Balearic Catalan singer Maria del Mar Bonet exalts the importance of the Mediterranean sea and its mix of cultures.

Here’s the original lyrics in Catalan and their translation to English.

Al record d'Ulisses que ensenyà a la terra
To Ulysses’ memory, who taught the land

la passió primera de fer-se a la mar.
the first passion of leaving to the sea.

Al jardí d'escuma que envolta el viatge,
To the garden of foam that surrounds the journey,

cada cop que l'home torna a navegar.
every time a man sails again.

Al vaixell que passa amb la vela estesa,
To the ship that passes by with spread sails,

la sola bandera que ha tingut la mar.
the only flag that the sea has had.

Al cel de gavines coronant les barques,
To the seagull sky crowning the boats

cada cop que tornen: hola! merhaba!
every time they return: hola! merhaba!

Al dofí que muda la rancor per dansa,
To the dolphin who sheds resentment for dancing,

i quan veu la barca corre a saludar.
and when he sees the boat, runs to greet them.

A la pau que deixa un temps de bonança
To the peace that leaves a time of prosperity

a la mar cansada: hola! merhaba!
in the tired sea: hola! merhaba!

A la veu salada que va dir a la terra:
To the salted voice who said to the land:

tu ets la meva filla, no ho oblidis mai.
you are my daughter, do not ever forget it.

Al país que encara obre la frontera
To the country who still opens the border

a la mar mestissa: hola! merhaba!
to the mixed sea: hola! merhaba!

The “Folkloric Devil” is a term applied to the figure who appears in folk-tales and legends and who is often called “the devil”, but it’s obvious that he emerges from a different source than the theological background of Christianity.

Old divinities or diminished Gods that maintained a presence in the minds or cultures of European peoples are suggested (often enough, and for good reasons) as a source of this figure; but beyond that, the pre-Christian societies had spiritual forces and persons that they related to in the sense of “outsider” powers that could be shady or tricky or dangerous at times, but who often had kinds of relationships nonetheless with human beings. These are the main source of the “folkloric” Devil/Devils.

The Folkloric devil isn’t concerned with damning souls, primarily, but he always wants to make deals or pacts to help humans who need things, but so that he can gain, too- a sign of his origin in the older world of spirit-relationship and spiritual ecology. In Christian gloss, he begins more and more to want “souls” for his help, but he is always able to be tricked, himself- and this is very important. Human heroes or protagonists can outwit him. This is something that would be impossible to do to the Theological Devil, who is far beyond humans in power, and second only to God himself in power.

Modern Pop Culture produces surprising emergences of the old Folkloric Devil- Charlie Daniel’s song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” is an appearance of a Folkloric Devil, who can be out-played by the intrepid and arrogant local boy, on the fiddle. There is the Christian conceit of the Devil seeking souls in that song, but that’s just a minor detail, more suited to a Christian audience and born from the imagination of a low Protestant folk singer.

The Folkloric Devil is a being- and a representative of a whole class of beings- who can be engaged with by humans, for gains. They can be harmful, they can be helpful, and they can be outwitted or outdone at times. Sometimes, they become protagonists themselves.

Theological Elites in the Pre-Modern period of Europe saw no distinction between their Theological Devil and the various emergences of the Folkloric Devil. The “Devil” of witch cults and covenants and of individual sorcerers or witches was of the Folkloric variety, though in their own personal understandings, even they may have believed that he was the same as the theological devil, such was the nature of their times. It’s not like there was a neat chart that spelled all this stuff out to earlier people, and folk in Pre-Modern times heard Christian ministers ranting alongside fire-side bards telling folktales, and so the Folkloric Devil/Devils could take on Christian gloss and attributes at times, and the Theological devil could appear in decidedly “folkish” ways.

What’s important to remember is that the Theological Devil doesn’t exist except as the shadow of Christian psychology. He is born from the idealistic Christian imagination, as the necessary counter-ideal or counter-force to their idealistic notion of good, the warped good, the fallen good, born in their continuation of earlier dualistic religious tropes that posited a cosmic war between good and evil cosmological forces.

The Folkloric Devil, on the other hand, very much exists, both in the form of a powerful former divinity worshiped by practically every human culture known previous to Christianity, and as a folk-memory of certain spirit-entities (very much tied to this world) that people have always engaged in relationships with, though they are a group of entities who are, in ways, challenging, dangerous at points, and ambiguous.

The Theological Devil is a remnant of idealism and the diseased imagination of absolutists and idealists. The Folkloric Devil is a remnant of ancient spiritual ecology and human relationships to the wilder, stranger Otherworld.

- Robin Artisson