I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.
—  Nicholas Sparks

On this day in music history: January 17, 1974 - “Court And Spark”, the sixth studio album by Joni Mitchell is released. Produced by Joni Mitchell, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from Mid - Late 1973. Following the release of her previous album “For The Roses”, Mitchell spends much of the next year writing and recording material for the follow up. The project marks a major turning point her career by adapting a more jazz inflected style by recording with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express. During the recording sessions, she begins a relationship with drummer John Guerin which inspire the title track and “Help Me”. The album also features support from musicians such as Larry Carlton, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Robbie Robertson, Jose Feliciano, Graham Nash and David Crosby. The result is one the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums of her career. It spins off three singles including “Help Me” (#7 Pop) and “Raised On Robbery” (#65 Pop). Original vinyl LP pressings come in a gatefold jacket with the artist name and title embossed on the front cover, which also features artwork designed and painted by Mitchell herself. “Court And Spark” spends four weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

anonymous asked:

If Ross had some money would he have left Demelza after sleeping with Elizabeth? Did he stay with Demelza out of obligation?

No. No, he wouldn’t have left Demelza. At no point, either in the novel or the show, did he stay with her out of obligation. Money wasn’t the issue: the issue was, as he said to Demelza, that ‘It isn’t a question of not wanting you, it’s a question of not wanting her’. He wants them both, and knows he can’t have them both, but the night of passion with Elizabeth sort of….burned away all the lingering remnants of his feelings for her.

I think also it’s a question of Ross’s character. Is Ross somebody who does things out of obligation? No, not really. You could argue that he married Demelza out of obligation, but nobody else in that time period would have said he was obliged to marry her. Nobody. That was a personal sense of obligation. In that sense, yes, Ross stayed with Demelza out of ‘obligation’: she was his wife, he was her husband, they were committed to each other and had a child together, and he could not and would not lightly toss that aside.

But it’s not obligation in the way I think you mean. His obligations in terms of what he could or could not do in that society, in that time period, were far fewer than Demelza’s. She, as the scorned wife, would have had to be financially supported by Ross, who would also have had to financially support Elizabeth, because she would be shunned by all the county for her relationship with Ross. Elizabeth would be damaged goods; Demelza would be shunned; Ross would be treated as even more unreliable than ever. But he doesn’t have to stay with Demelza through any societal obligation. It happened: men sometimes deserted their wives. Occasionally it even happened the other way around. What keeps him with Demelza, at least in those first few days, is, as I said, that personal sense of obligation - as well as the fact that he truly loves her. It isn’t ever a question of not loving her.

Some fractured fairy tale ideas...

- Cinderella went to the ball to kill the prince.

- “All hail Alice, the Queen of Hearts.”

- Rapunzel is the witch’s illegitimate daughter, and she is being kept safe from a king who would have her killed on sight.

- The Little Match Girl is a now phantom luring people to their deaths.

- Little Red Riding Hood is a werewolf.

- “So… You’re the Pied Piper, eh? I thought you’d be taller.”

- Princess Snow White and the evil Snow Queen? One and the same.

- “If you value your life, my life, the lives of everyone in this city… you won’t wake the sleeping princess.”

- The land of the Twelve Dancing Princesses is falling apart at the seams, and the rest of reality with it.

- A witch who made some bad decisions in her youth is forced to adopt and raise a child.

- After Jack the Giant Killer ruthlessly murdered their king and threw their world into turmoil and war, the inhabitants of the Sky Kingdom must rebuild their lives.

- “What… what is it?”
“A firebird – the last of her kind.”