Monday Meditations: She’s In My Blood…

I may be slightly biased, but I believe I’ve posted something that will blow your mind into the next dimension.

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Reinventing Robert Cohn” by And Then There Were None

First off, I am positive that this is a reference to Robert Cohn from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

Second off, this is a beautiful pop song that roars through my speakers like a tornado every time it plays. If you don’t like synthesizers, this may the song that makes you fall in love with them. They set the mood perfectly at every moment, with that peculiar sense of timing that puts you in a whole other world. Best of all, they intensify some of the most memorable songwriting I have heard in the 21st century.

“Like a thunderstorm that pulls you deep into the night…”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“She’s in my blood

And like a fire inside me

Consumes the air then leads me blindly

She has my hopes and dreams

And she’s the one I see

Who screams, ‘Go on! Go on!’”

And Then There Were None

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Monday Meditations: Music Makes Everything Cooler And That’s Not Necessarily A Good Thing

Good guys and bad guys alike could live their lives to the Inception soundtrack. I posted three quotes below. Every one of these passages could be read with this music in the background, and make it even cooler than it already is. Think about that for a minute. These passages come from a vengeful anti-hero, a patriot, and a faithful family member. Regardless of the words, they are all amplified by the music.

Do they make the words more memorable to you? Could they make you believe what you thought you would never believe in?

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Inception Trailer Music”

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face.

The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown.

The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout ‘Save us!’… and I’ll look down and whisper ‘No.’

They had a choice, all of them. They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father or President Truman. Decent men who believed in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn’t realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late. Don’t tell me they didn’t have a choice. Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody Hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers… and all of a sudden nobody can think of anything to say.”

Alan Moore

“What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’”

Winston Churchill

“And she said, ‘See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’

But Ruth said, ‘Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you.’”

Ruth 2:15-18 ( The Bible- Revised Stand Version- Catholic Edition)

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Monday Meditations: Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” by Monty Python

I’ll let the boys do the talking.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“When the world turns its back on you… you turn your back on the world.”

Timon the Meerkat

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Hello! I don’t know if you heard, but this blog is moving to a new one. It’ll have all the same weekly features, and news about The Kingdom Trilogy. It will also acknowledge the other projects that I dip my toes in. Check it out here. I’ll post the weekly features on both sites for a while, but before long I’ll make the full transition to the new site.

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful day!

Monday Meditations: Everything In Its Right Place

Experience anxiety through Radiohead and Samuel Beckett.

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead

Something about this song will haunt you. That simple piano melody, and that wheedling little voice singing will linger in your mind much longer than it should. Unease and paranoia simply drip from this music.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I don’t seem to be able… (long hesitation) to depart.”

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (click the link to go to Act I of this existentialist play)

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Hello! I don’t know if you heard, but this blog is moving to a new one. It’ll have all the same weekly features, and news about The Kingdom Trilogy. It will also acknowledge the other projects that I dip my toes in. Check it out here. I’ll post the weekly features on both sites for a while, but before long I’ll make the full transition to the new site.

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful day.

Monday Meditations: Darkness and Danger

Happy Monday, writers and everyone! Before we get to the imagination-boosting nuggets of word and song down below…

… I have an announcement to make. Soon and very soon, I’m going to make another announcement. This announcement is going to tell you about some huge things that are happening this year. In particular, you’re going to find out a thing or two about the release of the next volume of The Kingdom Trilogy.

I won’t spoil the surprise. Sometime in the next week, I’ll post the news (but I won’t tell exactly when). Until then, enjoy our regular programming.

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Moria” by Howard Shore

Remember those deep voices chanting in Moria? The ones that sounded like the Fates passing horrific judgment on the entire multiverse? Listen to them if you dare.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’ll never survive.”

“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”

The Princess Bride

 

Monday Meditations: The Proposition

Happy New Year, you lucky human being. Let’s kick off this apocalyptic New Year with a blood-curdling selection from The Proposition, a western about depraved human beings in Australia.

SONGS OF THE WEEK

“The Rider #1” and “The Rider #2” by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

It’s about when this song shows up on the album that you realize you’re not watching a typical Western. There’s a dirty tangle of violins, voices and a handful of other elements. Slowly and inexorably, the music intensifies and bursts into flame. It sounds like the Joker’s theme song from The Dark Knight, and it sets a chilling tone for this movie and for anything you might be doing at the moment while listening to it. Lyrics are in the “Quote Of The Week” below.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“When?’ said the moon to the stars in the sky
‘Soon’ said the wind that followed them all

‘Who?’ said the cloud that started to cry
‘Me’ said the rider as dry as a bone

‘How?’ said the sun that melted the ground
and ‘Why?’ said the river that refused to run

and ‘Where?’ said the thunder without a sound
‘Here’ said the rider and took up his gun

‘No’ said the stars to the moon in the sky
‘No’ said the trees that started to moan

‘No’ said the dust that blunted its eyes
‘Yes’ said the rider as white as a bone

‘No’ said the moon that rose from his sleep
‘No’ said the cry of the dying sun

‘No’ said the planet as it started to weep
‘Yes’ said the rider and laid down his gun”

The Proposition

Monday Meditations: Celebrate! It’s Christmas!

Didn’t you read the title? Celebrate! It’s Christmas!

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Silent Night” by House of Heroes

Thousands have covered this old tune. Tim Skipper and Company still find a way to do it justice.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”

Charles Schultz.