In Medias Res in Music

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Book 1

 Argument: In a council of the Gods, Minerva calls their attention to Ulysses, still a wanderer.

                                                                                           -The Odyssey

             In medias res is the technique of starting a work in the middle. For example, The Odyssey begins when Ulysses is still wandering the earth after the Trojan War, skipping how he became a wanderer and jumping right into things.

In music, you might hear an in medias res beginning in multiple ways:

1) A loud, fast opening (you are right in the middle of the action!)

2) Conversely, a soft opening which increases Continue reading

Why “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” Makes Me Feel Like a Fake

One of my favorite poems is “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.  As a poem that focuses on death and hope (or perhaps more accurately, defiance), it fits well with the story in which I discovered it: the YA dystopian/romance Matched series by Ally Condie.  There’s just something about it, particularly in the context of the story…

Here are the first few lines:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Why do I like this poem, though? The Continue reading

Songs For Every Book: Wuthering Heights

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E.T. by Katy Perry = Heathcliff and Catherine’s relationship

Both are filled with a lot of passion and otherworldliness.  Heathcliff is also someone to be afraid of, like the song suggests.

Heathcliff’s desire to be haunted also has parallels with Perry’s language:

Heathcliff: “Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!”

Perry: “Infect me with your love and fill me with your poison”…
“Wanna be a victim, ready for abduction”

 

 

Songs For Every Book: Cinderella

“Nightingale” (Demi Lovato) reminds me of “Cinderella” (from the Brothers Grimm).

Not only does the Disney version of Cinderella have her singing specifically about a nightingale, but the feelings of exhaustion and a certain degree of hopelessness in the song also remind me strongly of how Cinderella might have felt while with her stepsisters and stepmother.  I can just hear her singing this to her (at the time, imaginary) prince.

“Can you be my nightingale?
Sing to me, I know you’re there
You could be my sanity
Bring me peace, sing me to sleep
Say you’ll be my nightingale.”


 
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