Music, The Other Stuff

Looking for the Author’s Meaning (Or How I Pranked My Creative Writing Class)

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What happens when a book, song, or piece of art is given a title that has seemingly nothing to do with the work itself? Or when something inside the work just doesn’t seem to align with the rest of it?

Apparently, our brains naturally try to connect the dots. We’ll Continue reading “Looking for the Author’s Meaning (Or How I Pranked My Creative Writing Class)”

Songs For Every Book

If Hermione Granger Listened to Alternative Rock

Now that it’s back-to-school season, it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite nerdy witch: Hermione Granger.  

I can just picture a modern-day, edgy version of Hermione blasting this song in her headphones while frantically staying up till 2am to finish that awful potions homework.

So there’s your back-to-school motivation for the week! 😉 Continue reading “If Hermione Granger Listened to Alternative Rock”

Music

Top 5 Electric Guitar Versions of Songs That Need to Happen

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The face you get when you give a classical pianist an electric guitar

I’ve discovered that playing Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” on the heavy metal setting of my electric guitar is not only awesome, but super cathartic.  As a result, I’ve been thinking about other songs I could crank Continue reading “Top 5 Electric Guitar Versions of Songs That Need to Happen”

The Other Stuff

If Mermaids Wore Suspenders — Discover

If Mermaids Wore Suspenders was featured on WordPress Discover this week as an Editor’s Pick! A big thank you to WordPress for allowing my blog to reach more people and hopefully inspire them!

Aubrey Leaman, the blogger behind If Mermaids Wore Suspenders, shares her passion for books and classical music in quirky posts that aim to bridge the gap between these two seemingly-disparate worlds.

via If Mermaids Wore Suspenders — Discover

Books, Music

The “Fairy Tale” Genre in Music

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“After everyone had left the house, Cinderella went out to her mother’s grave under the hazel tree, and cried: ‘Shiver and shake, dear little tree, gold and silver shower on me.’ Then the bird threw down to her a gold and silver robe and a pair of slippers embroidered with silk and silver…

On the second day, when the festival was renewed and her parents and stepsisters had started forth again, Cinderella went to the hazel tree and said: ‘Shiver and shake, dear little tree, gold and silver shower on me.’  Then the bird threw down a still more gorgeous robe than on the previous day…

On the third day, when her parents and sisters had started, Cinderella went again to her mother’s grave and said: ‘Shiver and shake, dear little tree, gold and silver shower on me.’ Then the bird threw down a dress which was so magnificent that no one had ever seen the like before, and the slippers were entirely of gold.”

–Cinderella

Fairy tales often include these types of three-fold repetitions.  Something will happen, it will have an effect, and then the Continue reading “The “Fairy Tale” Genre in Music”