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: 


Mrs. Vanquish said...

Ok that was really intense... A bit too much for me to take so early on a Sunday morning.

Great recap Artsie!

And Bett: you are a talented and super creative family,
Love you..

P.S.: Maybe I show you at some point what I had in my mind with the lullaby:)

SBGDGT said...

Great recap! :) (I really like how you go back and talk to everyone!)

One thing that I forgot to say originally is that I do NOT like the Bella's Lullaby from the soundtrack/movie. For some reason there was some rumor started about a different song and THAT is the one that I have online. It was River FLows In You by Yiruma. It's not as complex as your choice, but still a beautiful piece :)

Ok, I kinda have a thing for Spain and Spanish music, so for me that was just an added bonus :) Hehe

And I agree, Beethoven was not the best looking man, but all you have to do is close your eyes and you can see the world he imagined when he wrote. The emotions that his music evoke are beyond comparison to me. Yes, I did play more than just Fur Elise. I even played his Horn Sonata. (That link too is in my Meme post.) It is one of the best French Horn pieces I've heard! (hehe, and played, so yeah, gonna pimp it) A little secret: While a music major in college, we had to give recitals for our main instrument, mine being French Horn. BUT I was so good at the piano that I was the only one that had to give my main instrument, plus the piano. I can play my horn in front of thousands and not be too nervous, put me in front of a piano w/ an audience of 2 and I forget my name... VERY nervwracking, but it was in experience I'll never forget. (I mostly played Beethoven, though I do know others. He just really is my FAV)

Moving on. That is just an awesome song by her hubby and Betti is a VERY lucky gal. :) To take her words "they are both lucky". I can see her smile all the way in Texas when she talks about him! :)