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Pondering Gothic / Vampire Songs for my Class

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I am in a pretty cool graduate class if I do say so myself. It’s called “Spectral and Sublime: The Gothic Tradition,” which is offering me the chance to read fun things like Dracula, Jane Eyre, Carmilla, and many more stories (a lot of them dealing with vampires that are my favorite). While the books themselves are pretty awesome, the professor also asked us to think of some songs that are related to the Gothic or to vampires. So I have been on the interwebs looking for songs that I feel represent these two aspects; however, the few songs that I have here are only a smattering of what I’ve found… and what may be locked away in the deep recesses of my mind.

The first is “Moon Over Bourbon Street” performed by Sting. This song is about the vampires that appear in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles with an emphasis on Lestat. In the song, it is imagined Lestat is going down Bourbon St. in New Orleans with the moon high overhead and existing much as vampires do: stalking their prey and enjoying the immortal life.

The second song was played during the credits of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992). Performed by Annie Lennox, “Love Song for a Vampire” is beautiful and chilling and embodies the emotions of love and loss that seem to be common themes throughout the whole of the film. Moreover, it’s easy to hear how Annie Lennox continues to get work singing for films as she is a sultry siren.

Finally, “I Would Do Anything for Love” performed by Meatloaf and written by Jim Steinman is not a song that is particularly Gothic or vampire-y in a lyrical or musical sense. However, the video itself is quite Gothic with the large architectural feature of the gloomy mansion and the fact that the he is a monster that is in love with a beautiful young damsel. Additionally, he is transformed in the end by the power of their relationship (mayhaps… this is really unclear to me). The fact that he will not do something for love also makes it interesting to a large degree.

Vampires, the Gothic, and music mixing makes me a happy camper because they are all things that excite and interest me. However, I do not think that this is even the tip of the iceberg for these kinds of songs. And to any readers out there, I would appreciate any suggestions that you might have to help me compile songs for my professor’s list.

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Literary Street Gangs

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I was just having a conversation with a friend of mine, and he was talking about going to St. Louis next week. I made the off-handed comment that he should watch out for the Deatheaters…and suddenly the idea hit me. Wouldn’t it be funny if there were literary based street gangs? I mean seriously I think that it’s an intriguing idea….

“Oh God, here come the Nazgul” screams a passerby as cloaked figures emerge from the shadows wielding swords and muttering something about hobbits and finding a ring.

“Avada Kedavera!” came a hissing from the alleyway as a green flashlight clicked on to reveal several masked, stick wielding persons….

Suddenly, there were people dressed in animal costumes being led by a lion and four children who attacked with ferocity…all the time they were screaming something about a White Witch…I knew the Narnians were upon me.

See what I mean….I think that if they were named after them and followed a theme it would be quite entertaining….but this could just be my F*ed up imagination. Maybe I’ll have to write a short story about this…hmmmm….

Anti-Heroes and the New World

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In the scope of the past several hundred years, we have changed from a heroic society to one that values the anti-heroes. We long to see more of them. Why one might ask? Well, the answer is very intriguing and complex yet simple.

1. They’re cooler. Sure most people’s hearts swell when the knight in shining armor gets his princess…but really, after the first 500 times you see this event occur, it gets kind of stagnant and boring. The Anti-Hero, on the other hand, is more intriguing because most of them are not out to prove their greatness by saving a damsel in distress. Usually, these characters have agendas that lie in their past. Some are attempting to atone for the terrors they were before, while others are simply trying to make it in a world where there are no bad guys in black cowboy hats and good guys in white. They are the gray area…

2. The gray area…since most of us do not fall into the “pure good” or “pure evil” sections of humanity, it stands to reason that we fall into the gray area…that is the area that is somewhere between “good” and “evil”…the majority of people fall into this category because we are innately good and evil at the same time…mind blowing idea there right…but think about it. We do some good things and some not so good things (not necessarily evil)…it stands to reason that we don’t want heroes that are the pinnacle of perfection…we want someone who is a little more flawed…think of Wolverine over Cyclops…Lestat over Louis…and many more…

3. With the tendency to have a moral compass that does not always point north, their stories have much more room for complications than those of the “good” hero. Think about it…the “good” hero (or G. H. as I will call him) is effected by outside forces: evil queens, dragons, disease, etc. A G.H. generally has no internal conflict that could make him stray from his task at hand…he generally stays within the realm of “goodness” to achieve his goals…The Anti-Hero is a little more morally ambiguous. He will go to lengths that the G. H. will not go to to see his goals come to fruition. These heroes often wander about and go onto tangents to help better themselves or discover a great truth…eventually, they will arrive at the end of their journey, yet they might not have a princess to save any more (thanks to those G. H.s out there.)…

4. Anti-Heroes generally don’t give a crap about what those around them perceive them to be. G. H.s want to be seen as good and virtuous. They sport the “shining armor” and go off  to slay dragons at risk of life and limb…Anti-Heroes usually have a whatever attitude that makes them more likable because let’s face it sometimes chivalry is not all it’s cracked up to be…the Anti-Hero is just more open about this than the G. H…

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March 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Trumpeting Chorus

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An omen in the lighted places

Far from the doom and dark of night

Played by angels and demons

Alike.

It is a tune known by trees,

Birds, Rivers, Forests, the Earth,

And space all humming in

Tune.

A tune of minor and major

Parts blistering through the cosmic

Circle that allows itself to be

Heard.

It is the clang of battle

Echoing against each other apart

With howling and gnashing and then

Silence.

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February 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Buzz

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” Buzz”

I saw a fly hover

 As she died.

 I wonder if it smelt

The death that lingered.

 Or was it just attracted

 To the heat of so many bodies

 In a little room.

The fly lands on her

 Head humming into her

Ear a jaunty tune.

The doctor sweeps his hand

To shoo it away and leave

 Her at peace.

 Soon, she dies, but little

 Do others know, death stopped

 For two that day, as I

 Wipe my hand on my pants.

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February 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm