Was chatting with @bossidiotart on one of the TTS Discord servers, and we got on the topic of Varian playing the piano. This is my picture for that idea (both warm and cool version of it)! ^_^
It was also thought that some of the likely pieces Varian would be playing on the piano would be several of the songs composed by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. (They do SO many beautiful and angsty pieces of music, particularly in their albums “Night Castle” and “Beethoven’s Last Night”.) Will share links to some of the songs thought of down below (be aware, these can get super angsty, but also quite hopeful at points):
All I want for Christmas is for someone to take the scene from Stranger Things where Steve and Nancy and Jonathan fight the demogorgon and set it to Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday jams with this level of finesse
Dream all this night will allow Dream, child Dream with an angel’s view Out there safe in your clouds
Wait for me now I will be there for you No matter what Tomorrow may bring This I will vow I will be there For this child with different…
Dream, child Stars have been rumored to See dreams within newborn eyes And in their arms I believe they do Keep safe until you arise
Wait for me now I will be there for you No matter what Tomorrow may bring This I will vow I will be there For this child with different wings
Note: As of the making of this piece, it has neither been confirmed nor denied in Tangled: The Series that Varian’s mother is deceased. In any event, she’s clearly absent from Varian and Quirin’s lives, and going by how happy they all looked in the family portrait in Queen for a Day, it seemed like any memories of her would likely be happy ones for Varian. Wanted to capture that mood in this piece.
“I’ve always believed that music has the power to transport and transform,” O'Neill explained. “The original concept of Trans-Siberian Orchestra was how to make music have the most emotional impact. We always try to write melodies that are so infectious they don’t need lyrics and lyrics so poetic that they don’t need a melody, but when you combine the two together they create an alloy where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Once those songs are woven together into a tapestry they create a story which gives each song a third dimension. That was so much in the spirit of Trans-Siberian Orchestra This is a group – a constantly morphing group – of extremely creative and talented individuals who are always trying to raise the bar of where a band can take its audience sonically, visually and emotionally. With that as our core ideal, the possibilities are endless.” - Paul O’Neill
“The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.” -TSO Official Facebook Page
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While I’ve never felt true devastation from hearing about the loss of someone I never met, the news of Paul O'Neill’s death had me sobbing on my kitchen floor. His music has not only helped me through my darkest times, but also given my life purpose by inspiring my passion. I was hoping there would be a day that I could tell him that and thank him for all joy his music has brought me.
~ Rest In Peace Paul O'Neill ~
When he asks Fate what is to happen next, she gently tells him that it is time for him to rest, for tonight he will dream a new dream within the gates of paradise. And as the words weave their way into his soul, Beethoven lies down on the couch near his piano and begins a new dream.