with musical accompaniment

Can I just take the time to point out what an utterly bizarre song “Mr. Brightside” is.

The melody of the verse stays on the same note, up until the pre-chorus/transitional lyrics. If you take away the musical accompaniment, it’s unbelievably monotonous. And then, after the chorus, the verse and pre-chorus use the exact same lyrics as the previous verse and pre-chorus. Was there nothing left to say?

I think about this (especially the second thing) probably way more than is healthy. It’s a downright baffling song. But I still rock out to it when I hear it because I love it.

things i'm looking forward to in autumn
  • foggy and misty mornings 
  • wet hair and cold hands 
  • walking through crunchy golden and mahogany leaves
  • cozy blanket forts with books
  • the excitement of christmas
  • too many cups of tea to count
  • being bundled up in coats and scarves and gloves
  • crispy dewy morning air
  • re-reading harry potter
  • listening piano music accompanied by the whisper of rain
  • putting feet next to the warmth of a heated vent
  • bright stars and constellations in the autumn night sky
  • the smell of homemade pumpkin pie in the oven
  • heavy rainfall pummeling the roof

appreciate musicians in musicals. so much unbelievable talent is on stage that it’s often easy to forget the performers playing the music their vocals accompany. appreciate the orchestra. appreciate wonderful trumpet players and flutes and trombones and clarinets and oboes and tubas and all the other wonderful instruments that are apart of our favorite musicals because they have 8 show weeks like everyone else yet their talent is quite often brushed away. appreciate musicians no matter if it’s their voice or their instrument being heard.

4

You stop in your pace and look towards her. Recalling Naruto’s words,

“Listen, if you hold her hand… maybe she’ll get the message that y’know…” 

Even though Naruto, of all people, is the worst person to ask advice from, you think to yourself it couldn’t hurt to be a little more bold and hold her fucking hand. It’s not like you’re already trying to be bold but she hasn’t been noticing any of your previous gestures. 

You pause before looking away, holding up your hand to her gaze. 

Sakura’s eyes widen to your raised palm. 

Honestly, it really couldn’t hurt to hold hands, you’ve been wanting to do it for quite a w–

Sakura places her bag of groceries on the palm of your hand and smiles. 

“You didn’t have to Sasuke-kun, but if you insist!”

You then hear her giggle and she walks away.  

Your extended palm holds the groceries that Sakura bought earlier and you think to yourself, 

this is going to take some time. 


-but that’s ok. 

The year is 2021 and America’s new President is not a Democrat or a Republican, but rather a member of the newly formed Self-Immolation Party known only by the name “Terminus King”. 

Clad head to toe in vanta-black robes, his platform is simply to nuke every major city on Earth, thus “putting an end to this unknowable future looming over our nation’s head like a yonic abyss and finally murdering both God and Mother Nature.” After winning a razor-thin majority of the electoral college in the 2020 election, his inauguration ceremony consists of an orgy of depravity and violence to the musical accompaniment of lamentatious wails and maniacal laughter as his supporters, the self-declared “Slaves of Merciless Death”, make their blood-soaked way through the countryside.

As the nation burns around him, Bill Maher appears on television to claim that the real problem is that the Democrats focused too heavily in transgender issues in their campaign.

Humans and Music

So after a talk with @ii-thiscat-ii we realized how weird music could be to a species that doesn’t have music. Think of it, what is music, it’s sound organized in specific patterns that evokes emotions in us. Our brains are wired to recognize music. Just tap on the table with our fingers and if we do it regularly enough most people can recognize it as a tune.

But imagine how it would be for a species that have no concept of music. Like they could probably wrap their heads around the idea that we find certain sounds more appealing than others, and that we have tools specifically made to create these appealing sounds.

But imagine them trying to make sense of a movie soundtrack. Like, why is there this sound? There’s no sound like that in an abandoned house? What do you mean it adds atmosphere? Is that what you hear when you go into a place like that?

What about an alien attending an event where they sing the national anthem. Suddenly every human is standing up, and they’re all acting serious, and suddenly they all start making the same sounds, all at once, in unison. They’re also saying the same words, but they’re not saying it the same way they say it when they speak. The words are recognizable, but the pitch and tone are completely different. What’s going on!?

We also have different types of music for different occasions. We have cheery music, dark music, sad music, and so many different varieties of each. The aliens have no idea how we figure this out, or how we can have “cheery” music with accompanying words that are sad.

What if because they didn’t evolve to use music, other species of aliens can’t even really hear the components of music. Like, they can tell that two pieces of music sound different, they can’t really hear things like beat, tune or melody. Or at least they don’t recognize such thing as musical. Like, a human is tapping out a tune on a tabletop and the alien at the table thinks they are trying to communicate through code or something. They know there is a pattern to the tapping but can’t figure it out. It probably blows a few minds that we have our own languages that exist specifically to record these strange sounds humans like to make.

What if species that have dances can’t understand why humans need these strange sounds in order to dance and can’t really see the connection between music and dance that humans seem to have.

What if a crew of a ship suddenly hear the strangest sounds. None of them recognize the sound, but its coming from the engine room so that can’t possibly be good. They burst into the engine room expecting the worst, only to find the human crew members having a jam session.

What if aliens can understand that we would make specific tools to make specific sounds, but a bewildered at the sheer variety of means we will use to generate it. From electronic speakers, to fine instruments, to an upturned pot and a half-empty bottle, to our own voice and bodies.

What if the only thing that blows them away is the fact that one human can start up a tune and the other humans can pick it up and add to it and still create something more or less harmonious.

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BTS

Sounds Like: K-Pop gone trap, trop-house and even neo-soul; the seven-headed boss you face at the end of a rap music arcade game

Why You Should Pay Attention: BTS, short for “Bangtan Songyeondan,” or, in English, “Bulletproof Boy Scouts,” debuted in 2013 and quickly became one of Korea’s hottest new acts. In America, they’ve sold out arenas in Anaheim and New Jersey, and when their airplane landed in Chile, they were greeted with Beatles-esque pandemonium. On record, the group’s seven members trade quick, four-line verses that often tackle previously taboo subjects like politics and depression.

According to Rap Monster, the group’s leader, their songwriting process is part Rihanna and part Wu-Tang: After selecting beats from Korea’s top producers, plus a few made by the artists themselves, the seven members flesh out the songs through friendly competition, going head-to-head to see who can come up with the best verses. So far, the results have been positive. Wings, their second LP, was one the most conceptually and sonically ambitious pop albums of 2016, becoming Korea’s best-selling album of the year. It even boosted sales of Herman Hesse’s 1919 novel Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youthwhen the group revealed that it was a big influence on the record and its accompanying music videos.

They Say: “I’ve been reading books, as many as I can, since I was five, seven, 10 years old, and before I made music I wanted to be an author,” says Rap Monster. He lists Hesse, Haruki Murakami and Albert Camus as three of his favorite writers. “Authors really create those human expressions too, like some specific feelings. Normal people, usually, when they try to express their emotions say like, ‘I’m sad.’ 'I’m mad.’ But authors make those emotions totally different – they make it sound totally different. There are so many great diamonds in books and movies and we always try to get inspiration from them. Now we don’t have so much time to experience outside, like other people. We always have to go abroad and perform and make music inside our studio, so books and movies are the best things to experience instead of going outside.”

Hear for Yourself: “Come Back Home,” their latest single, has a beat that bridges the gap between Black Sheep and DJ Mustard, plus bilingual lyrics that make “hangry” feel like existential despair.

© Nick Murray @ Rolling Stone

Swap FTW

A buddy and I decided to swap characters. I went from playing my bugbear barbarian at levle 11 running Tomb of Horrors, to running her Cleric with a Rogue Dip….suffering 2 levels of exhaustion,almost out of spells, and without any idea what was in her spellbook. We warned my DM….didn’t think to warn hers. I park in her spot, explain our idea, and start scanning the sheets. 

Story begins. I’m still in Barb-mode, and march through a door into a room of stuffed cats, and a statue of a man wearing a tiger mask. I elect to remove the mask. He comes to life and attacks me. Dm - “Roll initiative!”  I’m near the bottom. Other players attack. I’m frantically looking for SOMETHING useful to do.
My turn. “I am going to seduce the man.”
DM “Uh, ok, how?”
“I’m going to dip him, like in a romantic play I saw once.”

DM-“Roll!”

4! Dm- “Roll dex!” 16! *phew* You don’t fall down, and he’s un-seduced, but a little confused. 

“That would have gone sooooo much better if I had a rose to put between my teeth, like really up the romance, you know?” to the other cleric. 

Other players attack, tiger man attacks me, the other cleric… “I pull out my flute and begin to play.“ 
Dm "Do you have a magic flute or anything?” “No, it’s just a normal flute.” “Ok, roll your performance at disadvantage” 12, I think. The player begins to pointedly hum “Careless Whisper” at me.

I ask the DM if the “romantic pointed fluting” gives me advantage…he agrees, this allows me a straight roll on this second seduction attempt. 16! 

Dm- He’s not seduced, but you do pull off the dip, and now he is VERY confused. 

Another player swings a hammer at his head, bouncing it off mine and doing damage to both. Tiger man changes into a tiger. Before the DM can tell me what happens….I interject.

“My strength is SO low, a 700 # tiger would just fall to the ground and take me with its.”
Dm- “Ok, you are snuggled into the tiger’s tummy, he attacks (dice roll behind the screen, he drops his head into his hands) the tiger misses. Apparently you’re too close to attack." 

Other cleric switches tunes to "Let It Go”  (She has been humming careless whisper the WHOLE ROUND!) casts guidance on me. 

I make eye contact with the DM. “Do I have advantage over this guy due to the musical accompaniment and general ridiculousness.”

“Sure, yeah.”
“I’m going to use animal handling”
He says, ok, it’s going to be a hard check…..“  

Me "Nat20, and a 4 on the D4”. 

Dm- Well I guess combat is over, and Ancora is now cuddling and talking silly to a tiger on the floor.

A few checks later, and I got to give my friend her character back, now in possession of an immortal undead were tiger, answering to Mr. Cuddlypoof, and who will literally follow her anywhere. :) 

Other cleric - “I need to play a bard” 

Me “Yeah, that was freaking genius, and extremely funny to boot!” 

I’ve been invited to play at his table anytime. ;) 

little ot3 things
  • ot3s where two of them are in friendly competition for the third person’s affections
  • prank wars
  • epic tickle fights
  • or one member of the ship being really ticklish so the other two tease them and pin them down and tickle them all of the time
  • one character being sandwiched between the other two when they cuddle
  • ot3s where one member is asexual and the others respect them and don’t try to drag them into sexual situations
  • one member being strong enough to lift the other two, and working out, using them as weights
  • two members sing love duets from musicals while the third provides musical accompaniment (bonus if it’s on a wildly unfitting instrument, like a heavy metal guitar or a kazoo or accordion)
  • all liking different pizza toppings so every pizza looks like a pie chart
  • watching horror films/sad films and getting scared/crying together

i spent too much time on this– so I’ve been toying with the idea of an RPG!AU! Despite the fact that I know next to nothing about D&D or fantasy/RPG settings… (fhkdjs blame my nerris muse for this…) The colours are in no way final, either. Preston gave me a hell of a time…

They’re all older as well! Anywhere from mid-late teens/early-20s. I have most of the cast’s classes and alignments sorted out; I would’ve started out with the main 3, but Max and Nikki are harder for me to nail a design for.  Hit me up if you’ve got some thoughts on this or would like to know about the other characters before I draw them!

I’ll put all my current headcanons for these 3 under the cut ↓ ↓ ↓ (Classes are loosely based on the many from D&D, but I wanted to keep things flexible so m(_ _)m) 

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Hey Dear Evan Hansen people who really want to do karaoke but can’t find chords anywhere and/or can’t play any instruments!

There’s this awesome YouTube channel called Theatre Piano Accompaniments by Jess Modaff. She does instrumental accompaniments to musical theatre songs, most of which are Dear Evan Hansen. Go appreciate her!

GRAND/MOTHER: all mothers were daughters once.

01 wild and wasted waters kill it kid || 02 mother florence + the machine || 03 three little babes qristina & quinn bachand || 04 hope in the air laura marling || 05 a rose for emily the zombies || 06 sweet child o mine from captain fantastic || 07 lullaby mister wives || 08 i wish my baby was born the be good tanyas || 09 lady regina spektor || 10 turn to stone ingrid michaelson || 11 bonus track

Keep your head up
Shoot the clouds down
Throw it all in
Break your own ground
And if you’re gonna make a mess make it loud
And if you’re gonna take a stand, stand out
Life is our game
We can go play
Shake up the rules
Don’t be afraid
And if you’re gonna make a mess make it loud
And if you’re gonna take a stand, stand out
Stand out

Stand out- Sabrina Carpenter

Top 9.5 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

Hello my dears,

Hope you’re having a productive weekend (and are prioritising any upcoming exams over blogging… *nervous sweat bead*). And if you’re not being so productive, fear not! I know writer’s block is a pain - wait… I’ve got a better idea - fun anecdote time!

I once went to an author event, and heard Patrick Ness (author of More Than This, A Monster Calls, etc) say something along the lines of “I wish I earned enough to afford so-called ‘writer’s block’”. If I can find the exact quote, I’ll give it to you. I thought it was a great point at the time. It motivated me for a while, the knowledge that if a writer doesn’t write, a writer doesn’t eat. It worked great… until a few weeks later when I next found my head on my desk as all creativity abandoned me. But writer’s block doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. Tackle it right, and all will be well, oh fellow author. Here’s my recommendations for how to beat a creativity crash (just thought of that phrase, I’ll admit I’m pretty proud). Anyway!

1. Change your surroundings.
Perhaps the obvious one, but there’s a reason for that! It works! How long have you been staring at that monochrome greyish wall behind your laptop? Is that sofa even slightly comfy? Or likewise, are you too comfy? Do you need a more productive workspace?

2. Take care of yourself.
Again, maybe obvious, but of course you can’t write if you’re dehydrated, or bursting for a pee (you’ve been holding it in for ages as you try to force out another sentence, haven’t you). Eat something, change your clothes, take your meds, get fresh air, have a shower, have a nap! Replenish yourself, you deserve it. This also pairs with the last one, and gives you time away from your writing project. It’s one of those 'it’ll come to you when you’re not thinking about it’ scenarios.

3. Talk about your writing project.
Find a friend, relative, significant other, goldfish, stranger etc. Tell them what’s been going on in your fictitious world. Pitch your book to them. Yes, I know you’re most likely an introvert and hate the thought of this, but your book needs you. And you’ll be amazed how interested people are by the concept of an author. People generally really love to hear this stuff.

4. Read some fiction.
Immerse yourself in somebody else’s world, get to know their characters and writing style, if not for analysis of their techniques then for a bit of fun and escapism.

5. Read some non-fiction.
Specifically on writing techniques. If you know exactly what you’re stuck on, get online, there are hundreds of free eBooks to be downloaded to help you to improve. I hear if you’re stuck on say, prologues, or tense scenes, there’s some great bloggers out there with a wealth of information… ;)

6. Do some marketing.
The other big side of being a modern-day author, especially if you’re self-publishing. You’re never finished. Go and do some networking, design a new advert or look up writing events you might attend. Revise your pre-existing blurb, get the word out about your project. This gives you some reflection time and helps you think about what really matters in your book, and means you’re staying productive.

7. Get the tunes on.
I talked about this in my last post, but it’s still relevant. Play some music, to accompany your writing or simply to listen and absorb some creative vibes.

8. Write something else.
This one’s a bit of a gamble, as it might end up becoming the centre of your attention. Don’t let that happen. Try some flash fiction, or poetry. Write a 2,000 word spin-off scene focusing on one of your side characters, or if story prompts are your thing, go on Tumblr or Pinterest, where there’s a plethora of blogs posting nothing but prompt after prompt. Find one that appeals to you and do what you will with it to get those writing juices flowing (that’s an awful phrase, I’m never using it again).

9. Refer to your outline.
You spent a long time planning this project, detailing plot points from start to finish. Have a read over it and see where you are and where the next big moment is, and assess how you can get there. Or, if your outline is only very basic, or even non-existent -

9.5 Backtrack and make an outline.
Go back a few scenes and bullet point (or making a timeline works for me) all that’s happened recently. All the movements and interactions. Then, skip ahead a little way and write the little things you’re planning for the next bit. Like a fill-in-the-blanks activity. And seriously consider an outline for the rest of your story.

How do you personally beat writer’s block? Any ancient wisdom you could impart? Or has this post helped you reach a solution? Let me know down in the comments!

Take care of yourself,

Hazel. :)

BTS

Sounds Like: K-Pop gone trap, trop-house and even neo-soul; the seven-headed boss you face at the end of a rap music arcade game

For Fans of: Justin Bieber, G-Dragon, Big Bang

Why You Should Pay Attention: BTS, short for “Bangtan Songyeondan,” or, in English, “Bulletproof Boy Scouts,” debuted in 2013 and quickly became one of Korea’s hottest new acts. In America, they’ve sold out arenas in Anaheim and New Jersey, and when their airplane landed in Chile, they were greeted with Beatles-esque pandemonium. On record, the group’s seven members trade quick, four-line verses that often tackle previously taboo subjects like politics and depression.

According to Rap Monster, the group’s leader, their songwriting process is part Rihanna and part Wu-Tang: After selecting beats from Korea’s top producers, plus a few made by the artists themselves, the seven members flesh out the songs through friendly competition, going head-to-head to see who can come up with the best verses. So far, the results have been positive. Wings, their second LP, was one the most conceptually and sonically ambitious pop albums of 2016, becoming Korea’s best-selling album of the year. It even boosted sales of Herman Hesse’s 1919 novel Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth when the group revealed that it was a big influence on the record and its accompanying music videos.

They Say: “I’ve been reading books, as many as I can, since I was five, seven, 10 years old, and before I made music I wanted to be an author,” says Rap Monster. He lists Hesse, Haruki Murakami and Albert Camus as three of his favorite writers. “Authors really create those human expressions too, like some specific feelings. Normal people, usually, when they try to express their emotions say like, ‘I’m sad.’ 'I’m mad.’ But authors make those emotions totally different – they make it sound totally different. There are so many great diamonds in books and movies and we always try to get inspiration from them. Now we don’t have so much time to experience outside, like other people. We always have to go abroad and perform and make music inside our studio, so books and movies are the best things to experience instead of going outside.”

Hear for Yourself:Come Back Home,” their latest single, has a beat that bridges the gap between Black Sheep and DJ Mustard, plus bilingual lyrics that make “hangry” feel like existential despair. Nick Murray

Kiwi: Part Five

A mini-series based in Jamaica during the writing/recording of Harry’s new album. Enjoy. x

Kiwi: Part One // Kiwi: Part Two // Kiwi: Part Three // Kiwi: Part Four


TW: mentions death; loss of a family member.



He woke up to the sounds of the ocean kissing the sandy shore.

He couldn’t remember what time they finally fell asleep the night before. Sleep had already started to overcome him during the last little bit of the night so he hadn’t been fully conscious, but he did remember a few things: stealing soft kisses and gentle whispers, and the sound of her laugh harmonizing with the sound of the waves. 

He’d never seen Cal that relaxed before, and it brought her to a whole new dimension that only made him fall even deeper—it was almost like she was a new person every day. Like she was constantly shifting into new versions of herself. 

He turned over in the bed to look at her—she was laying on her stomach, one of her arms resting by her head as the other remained down at her side. Her shoulders were rising and falling calmly with every breath that she took, and it was almost soothing to see her this relaxed—she had this resilient intensity about her all of the time that he couldn’t quite put his finger on, and watching her sound asleep was perhaps the only time that he saw her with her defences completely lowered.

He groaned inaudibly as he gently rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, sitting up in the bed carefully as not to wake her up. As much as he wanted to stay, he needed to get back to the studio to keep working. He slipped out of the bed and padded across the room quietly, and after some debate, he decided to leave her a note. He didn’t want her to think that he was running off, but he also didn’t want to wake her—he wrote her the note and left it on the bed beside her frame, slipping out of the little home and making his way back to the studio.

Calliope woke up hours later to the beeping of her alarm going off on her watch.

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The Voices

In the Deaf West Version of the show, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing actors have an additional actor portraying their Voice. These performers dress in modern clothes and appear in the onstage band, as well. However, the Voice actors are not just musical accompaniment, as they interact with their Deaf/HoH counterpart, and—occasionally—other actors, while maintaining different personalities from their other half.

  • Voice of Wendla/Guitar: Voice of Wendla is always seen close to her other half. She has a very similar personality to her counterpart, but she is much more brave and mature, except when Melchior is involved. She is the only Voice to directly speak to another character: Melchior. When Wendla is taken away for her abortion, Voice of Wendla has to be dragged away by a doctor. The original actress to portray her, Katie Boeck, says that she sees the Voice of Wendla as an angel.
  • Voice of Moritz/Guitar: Voice of Moritz tends more to the original Broadway production than his Deaf counterpart, who is cool and collected for the majority of the show. Voice of Moritz is Moritz’s inner rockstar, and dresses the part. He’s wild, rambunctious, and could be considered an antagonist, as he is shown pulling Moritz away from Ilse when she tries to save him from killing himself. He has the distinction of being the only non-adult character to not sign “Heaven” in the opening number of the show. Like Voice of Wendla, he has a direct interaction with the protagonist Melchior. Before Moritz’s suicide, Voice of Moritz hands his counterpart a gun and nods, as if affirming that killing himself is the right decision, before walking away. He was originally played by Alex Boniello, who claimed to be Moritz’s inner thoughts.
  • Voice of Martha/Guitar: Voice of Martha is never seen alongside her other half. She often wanders around the top of the stage, disconnected from most of the action. This was done to show Martha’s disconnect from herself due to her abuse. Like Voice of Wendla, she portrays herself in a much more powerful and mature way than her deaf counterpart, and seems almost bitter. Her original actress, Kathryn Gallagher, has made no official statement on what Voice of Martha is to Martha.
  • Voice of Ernst/Piano: Voice of Ernst and Ernst have the closest relationship of any pair in the show. They are constantly holding hands and Ernst spends much of the show sitting on his Voice’s piano. Arguably the most innocent character in the show, he is initially uncomfortable and apprehensive about Hanschen’s advances on his counterpart, however, by the end of the second act, he appears to have fallen just as hard for the manipulative schoolboy. Despite this, his happiness is short-lived, as after Ernst and Hanschen kiss, Ernst abandons his Voice in favor of his new love, and willingly walks away from him with Hanschen, thus displaying the end of Ernst’s innocence. The original actor who portrayed Voice of Ernst, Daniel David Stewart, says that his character is both a manifestation of Ernst’s innocence, and his imaginary friend.
  • Voice of Otto/Bass: Voice of Otto, like Voice of Martha, is generally separated from his deaf counterpart. However, their separation is not great, and there is no underlying symbol of disconnect between the two. Most likely, it is due to the fact that Voice of Otto’s instrument for much of the show is a double bass, which makes mobility difficult. Voice of Otto is very cocky and headstrong—going so far as to jump into the audience and interact with theatergoers (usually young women) in a charismatic manner. His existence is acknowledged only by Hanschen, who refers to him as “Bobby Maler,” and is lusted over by him, as well. His original actor,Sean Grandillo, has made no comment on what Voice of Otto is to Otto.

From wikipedia. A million thanks to whoever wrote this!