Saturday, October 31, 2009

Artsie replies! Challenge Recap III

Epic Calamity Challenge Pt.3 Recap

My dear commenters,
I felt a little like a cheater when I did the last challenge, because 

1. Knowing she can't resist anything about music, I had involved Betti when I was supposed to do it all on my own. I was glad noone mentioned this in their comments.

And 2. I didn't exactly find a 'lullaby' - which could have meant I lost the challenge. But Mrs. Vanquish seemed to be pleased.
So I have to thank you all, for your wonderful comments and for being lenient toward me.

I said to myself: "Artsie," I said, "this time you should think of something to not only reward your readers, but especially to make Betti happy - since you used an emotional piece of music to trick her, so she would help you, in spite of herself!" - And as usual, I couldn't help but agree with myself. 
But first things first...


Mrs. Vanquish said...

What shall I say? WIME is here, just saying. Everything emotional triggers water in my eyes and this was just beautiful. I closed my eyes and thought about everything Edward dealt with while writing this piece of art or when he struggles if it's right to want Bella. 

The pic and the expression on his face is perfect. 

Please please let me hug you ! (if you don't want one Betti has to take a few more..) 


I was really hoping it would work that way. And I appreciate how you opened up to my choice in spite of the fact that it wasn't really something that could replace the lullaby.

As for the hugs... uhm, I'm getting used to them. I think I can take one more. Thanks. Yes... err, I said 'one'! Ok...


Honululu Girl said...

Just beautiful. I used to take piano lessons when I was younger and always wanted to continue as an adult but 1) Don't have a piano (I did when I was younger) and 2) My piano teacher was mean! But I really enjoyed the song and could picture Edward playing this. Loved it.

A mean piano teacher? Hmm... what did he or she do to you? Don't get me wrong when I say, many music students, especially kids, would call their piano teacher 'mean' for just being told to not practise enough or something like that. But maybe he was mean, how would I know? 

Anyway - if you really want to play now, but can't afford to buy a piano, you might want to consider the purchase of an electronical keyboard. They don't cost a fortune, and the piano sounds and even the velocity sensitivity of the keys are quite convincing nowadays. Plus: you could play night and day, because you can use headphones. If there are still any excuses left, let me know.


itsjustme said...

Oh Betti the song is just beautiful! And the look on Rob's face in that pic is priceless.

I'm sure Betti will be happy to hear this. I can't deny that she had added to my choice considerably.


SBGDGT said...

First, once I started the guitar video, there was NO turning it off. It had me awestruck... Beautiful!

Second, I am a sucker for instrumental music. And any good looking guy who is actually playing a piano decently is such a turn on. Always has been, always will be. (if you check out my meme answers, Beethoven has been one of my favorite musical artists ever since I was 3 when I started learning to play Fur Elise. Anyway...)

Third, I didn't want it to end... :*) I had to sit there a few min with my eyes closed letting it all sink in. The piano is absolutely, hands-down, my favorite instrument. French horn in 2nd then acoustic guitar in a very close 3rd. That was a very, VERY beautiful piece.

First, I like that you liked the vid. Awesome performance, hu? Even when suddenly Spain breaks lose in the middle...

Second, I second that. Though I don't consider Beethoven a good looking guy. But I know what you mean. The Moonlite Sonata is one of my faves too. Just curious: Did you ever get any further than Für Elise?

Third, if it was like that, you really make me überhappy, because it's exactly what I was hoping to acchieve.


Smuttier Than You said...

Artsie, I'll have you know I am not a cryer....except when it comes to music. Tears are now streaming down my face at work. Beautiful, closing my eyes, and imaginging the dueling emotions, just...speechless. You cease to amaze me.

Thank you very much, for your kind words, and for letting an extraodinary piece of music work its magic on you. *whispers* I was crying too, but I didn't let Betti see that. And I don't want Fanny to know that, because she would be making fun of me for the next four weeks, minimum.


Call of Duty Widow said...

This song is seriously very beautiful. Makes me miss playing piano. Must find time to do that, the piano is just sitting there. The only people playing it are 3 years old and 7 months old. Sad, sad. Anyway, nice find, the music is very appropriate and amazing!

So you own a piano but don't play? How weird is that! Does the instrument not call for you? You should use the next quiet hour you have to just take a seat in front of it, lay your hands on the keys and listen... your piano might have something to say to you. But I'm glad you liked the music.


uhyesplease said...

I hadn't heard that (or the musician) before - so thanks for sharing something new with me!

I can totally see where Edward would play/feel in this piece. I also really loved the piano arrangement. Dare I say, liked it more than the original!

Thanks Artsie for sharing!!!!

PS - Mrs. V, I don't mind the original lullaby at all. It's a bit cheesy - but that sucker gets stuck in your head like no tomorrow (which is the general idea!) I think my only complaint is with how simple it was - of course, it's for a pretty simple movie, so I guess it fit!

Oh, may I say, Betti was very curious looking forward to your 'verdict'. She told me you are musically educated. It thrills me to hear I found something you didn't know before.

I actually liked the original 'Bella's Lullaby' by Carter Burwell too. It stucks in your head, though the melody is actually a little edgy (like it's supposed to be), at least the first line is. I think Burwell did an overall good job with the score, it definitely upgraded the movie.


Mrs. Robward said...


I love you. I love your music shizz. I love your cankles. 


Mrs. Robward


Mrs.Robward - my dear godauntie. I love you too.

I love your fan fic shizz, and as long as you don't touch them, you may love my cankles until doomsday.


Fire Crotch said...

It's not what I would necessarily think of for a lullabye, but I definitely could see Edward creating something like this for Bella. It has its sweet moments and its intense, emotional moments and then it ends when you think it should just keep on going forever. I like it...much better than what they did in the movie...that was ALL sorts of wrong.

I like what you had to say about the piece. It moved over just the way it should. As for the latter, I personally think, the movie itself was all sorts of wrong (Sorry, Betti!), except for the music... uhm, and yes, Robert Pattinson kinda saved it too.


I'm going to end my recap with a gift as usual. 

This time I'd like to dedicate it to 

Betti to thank her for helping me 

with the music challenge. 

So because it it is about music 

AND about Betti, I thought I'd do 

a little pimpage for her hubby, 

Freimann. (his name translates 

into 'free man' btw.)

Most of you have probably 

read about him in Betti's 

guestpost over at Straight Jacket Aimee. So you might get an idea, why Betti especially loves this song. Or not.

It's about a person whose life means so much pain that he would happily end it, if it wasn't worth to endure it all for the one he loves.

Anyway... since this tune goes through several surprising transitions before the love is shining brightly, it is rewarding to listen to the end - though it is long, admittedly. Hope you enjoy.

Freimann: "The Last is the First" (from the album 'Hopeless Pocus II')



Related links:

Will be up tomorrow, Mon, Nov 2: 


How did this all start? 

And finally: 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Epic Calamity Challenge Pt3

The game goes on...
And here we are with part three of the challenging task list Mrs. Vanquish had sent to me. This is Artsie speaking, and I'm all alone here... again.
(If you are new to this blog and don't know what this is all about, please check the related links at the end of this posting for your enlightenment)
Mrs.V asked me to change the order of tasks and do the music challenge this week, because it fits better into the timeline of the book vs. movie discussion over at Let's Ride The Vanquish.

Challenge No3: Find Bella's Lullaby!
This is the task, in Mrs. Vanquish's very own words:

Skip this?? Are you kidding me?! Artsie never skips! 
But I admit it was really hard
And not everybody might get 
why I chose the piece I will present to you.
It's a composition by the uncomparable 
Paco de Lucia.
The title is: CANCIÓN DE AMOR

Yeah... I know, but give me a chance, ok? 
It is important that you are patient, and listen to me, BEFORE you check the music out! You will see why...
Mr. de Lucia is a Spanish guitarist, as you all probably know, and the piece is originally played on guitar... but nonetheless: I had a certain feeling about it, so I asked Betti. She listened to it and said: 
"Yes, it's a beautiful tune, but I don't see how this would work as the actual Lullaby, because you know... Edward played the piano."
Very helpful... *snorts*

So I tried the impossible, and... 
I actually found a rendition of de Lucia's composition, performed on the piano. Or better: on two pianos - which is perfect, because we are assuming anyway, that the skillz of Edward, the vampire are beyond mad, right?

So... this piece is NOT easy 
to listen to. 
The two awesome ladies playing here, Katia & Marielle Labéque, are performing the initially more tender composition with such ferocious passion and freedom of expression... that I immediately thought of Edward playing. 

I made Betti listen, and this she said:

"Oh my God, yes - that's him! 
It's not Edward playing it to Bella in the Cullen house. But it's Edward playing it all alone.. it's the troubled, brooding Edward, the tortured one. All his love, all his devotion, but also his doubts and hurts and his fear for Bella, her body and soul, is running through his hands right into the keys - without holding back. 
He starts softly, as if wanting to play the tender tune he had made up for her, but his mind running wild and for once... here alone with his music... he let go. This isn't any longer just the sleeping girl in her bedroom, this is the complete and complicated story of his impossible love to the fragile human he would die for... told from Edward's point of view!"
WOW... right? 
I might add, Betti said this after she had stopped crying(!) over the music.
Ok, so this is serious now. I am Artsie, and I mean it:

I ask you to consider 3 things when you relish it...

1. Below is a video of Paco de Lucia's original performance on guitar. 
Please listen to the first 35 to 40 seconds, at least once, in order to hear the original theme, i.e. the clean melody, which starts at 0.20. It will help you to recognize it later in "Edward's piano performance".

2. Take a look at the pic below, and the expression on Edward's face. 
THIS is how he's playing, not the serene way you might have seen him play for Bella on the dvd.
Imagine him, perhabs, play in a lonely room, the night he decides to leave Bella for her own goods... in New Moon? Take this idea in!!!

3. You have the idea of the melody? You have the image of passionate, unrestrained musical Edward in your mind? He doesn't know you're listening - but you are there...
Press play, close your eyes, be there, and please:
listen to the end!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Twitarded Meme, I've been tagged

*shakes head*
Ok... so I learned on twitter today, that I've been tagged. Twice. Or even more often...
Well, these two blogs could be verified:

Thanks for tagging me, latchkeywife and honolulu girl!
And now, without further ado, my answers:
1) What is the craziest/most stupid thing you've ever done (that you would be willing to share!)?
I guess it was when I was 19... I went into a dirty fucked-up bar - which, under normal circumstances I wouldn't have entered to save my life - because I had seen from the outside, that a man (a perfect stranger!) who had unasked groped my thighs in a severe state of drunken stupor in a discotheque the night before was sitting there, and I approached him, despite the fact he was at least 10 years older than me and currently absorbed in a flirty conversation with some Claudia Schiffer lookalike, and interrupted their téte a tété with the words: "Hi - you were groping my thighs last night, remember?"
• Was that crazy? Yes.
• Was that one of the longest sentences I ever wrote on my blog? Yes.
• Do you want to know what happened next? I bet!!!
• But that's not part of the question, sorry.
(I'm not that mean... solution at the end of this post!)
2) One my personal favorite games: Fuck, Marry, Kill. With the Twilight cast. I can't wait to read these! (Or "Eff, Marry, Kill" if you don't have my potty mouth.)**
Uhm I have a potty mouth, no prob.
• Fuck: Edw... no, wait! The Twilight cast, not the Twilight characters... *reads question again* yes, the cast!
• Fuck: Rob.
• Marry: Rob.
• Kill: The actress I find so annoying that my mind even refuses to remember her name. She plays Rosalie.
3) What is your favorite band/type of music?
I lover me some classy songstress. Not the type of countless la-la-lolitas or peepsy girls or blah-blah 3 note range folksy girlies who are out there nowadays. Remember I'm an elderly lady, so first off, nothing - I mean NOTHING - compares to Joni, ok? Joni Mitchell is a goddess! 
The others just have to get in line... Joan Armatrading, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox... hey, did you know an US music supervisor, after listening to my music, called me 'Annie Lennox on valium, looking at a Dali painting'?? How cool's that? I mean, even if he'd said 'Annie Lennox in a coma...' - LOL!
Anyway... I actually don't listen much to music. I don't even have a stereo in my house. Really! I have a recording studio and a live PA and such but no standard cd player or ipod... but I know and esteem a wiiiiiiiiiiideeeeee range of music.
• Was that a good answer? Probably not.
4) What is your favorite movie besides Twilight?
Uh... that's really way too much to list! I love movies, I own a huge dvd collection, and: YES! I own a dvd player, too.
And I hate to admit: Twilight does not really belong to my fave movies. Twilight is... uhm, something else. Don't ask me. And really, really, don't ask Artsie...
5) Do you RL life family/friends know you’re addicted to Twilight? A blogger?
Yes, they do. The hubs, a few co-workers. But they don't care. Just not very interested...
6) How many hours a week do you spend doing Twi related things? You know, blogging, looking at pictures of the cast, reading fan fiction, etc.
Way too much. A few hours every day. Sleep is overrated.
7) Any random fact you might want to share. Big or small, it doesn't matter.
I'm a BIG TIME sharer. I'm sharing ALL THE TIME... but being asked like that ...uhm, no.
...and I tag... I tag.... THESE:

Solution to question No1: 
I married that man. (see bottom of left sidebar)