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A twist on 'rec me a song'... - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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A twist on 'rec me a song'...
In a forthcoming chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’ Shar is going to be hosting a party for some of the other gods and goddesses of the Realms. She synchronises it with a concert given by Giles and asks him to perform songs that will appeal to specific gods. I’ve chosen, on his behalf, songs for several of the guests; ‘Bitch’ for Umberlee, Alice Cooper’s ‘Poison’ for Talona, ‘It’s A Kind of Magic’ for Mystra, ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ for Kelemvor, ‘Sailing’ for Valkur, and so on. These will play a part in the story later (as is already becoming evident in ‘A Plague of Serpents’) and even shape some of the new alliances between the gods.

There are, however, a couple of major deities for whom I can’t think of appropriate songs. The most important is Eilistraee; the good Drow goddess of song, beauty, dance, sword-work, hunting, and moonlight and, since their adventures in ‘The Whole of the Moon’, Shar’s Best Female Friend and future sister-in-law. I’ve been racking my brains for months to come up with a suitable song. Thin Lizzy’s ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ would at first sight seem to be the perfect choice but, unfortunately, the lyrics are completely inappropriate (and it’s rather poor by their standards). The other ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’, originally by King Harvest and later covered by Toploader, is mediocre drivel. ‘Moonlight Shadow’ is far too grim and sad (‘He was shot six times by a man on the run...’), and ‘Moon Shadow’ has some rather... strange... lyrics.

The best I’ve been able to come up with so far is Chris Rea’s ‘Let’s Dance’ and that just isn’t good enough. Ideas, please, anyone? Songs must, of course, be from before 13th November 2001.

Current Location: Shar's Palace of Loss
Current Music: That is the question

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willowgreen From: willowgreen Date: September 24th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about Van Morrison's "Moondance" or "Into the Mystic"? Or David Bowie's "Let's Dance"?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 24th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for responding!

Alas, everybody on the Isle of Man hates Van Morrison, since he played here and revealed himself to be a total git, and I couldn't bring myself to use anything of his. Bowie's lyrics
"If you say run, I'll run with you
If you say hide, we'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall
Into my arms
And tremble like a flower"
aren't very appropriate for the goddess of sword-fighting.
ciciaye From: ciciaye Date: September 24th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Michael Buble did a version of 'Moondance' as did a number of other singers, so if you want to use that one you don't have to resort to Van Morrison

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lisa, we might have very similar tastes in reading matter but our musical tastes could hardly be further apart if one of us was from Seattle and the other had been brought up by tree kangaroos in an isolated volcanic crater in New Guinea.
willowgreen From: willowgreen Date: September 24th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
But what if it's the goddess doing the singing? Still, I have to admit there's something kind of un-goddessy about that song.

Too bad about Van Morrison. I've heard he can be kind of a jerk, but I'm fortunate enough not to have any personal experience of his behavior, so I can still enjoy his music.

Is there anything appropriate by The Pretenders/Chrissie Hynde? She's got the right voice. I hope you're using "A Hymn to Her" somewhere in this.
willowgreen From: willowgreen Date: September 24th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, I just saw that Giles has to perform the songs, so the original singer's voice doesn't matter. But I stand by my recommendation of "A Hymn to Her" if there's any sort of mother-goddess in the mix.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 24th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Giles doesn't do all the songs; Viconia does most of the ones which require a female singer, Tara always takes the vocals on 'Sweet Home Alabama', and even Buffy and Dawn have sung on occasion - and Spike insists on doing the vocals when they do anything by The Clash.
willowgreen From: willowgreen Date: September 24th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that settles it--it's time for me to start catching up on "Tabula Avatar"! I love the idea of Tara doing "Sweet Home Alabama."
mythichistorian From: mythichistorian Date: September 24th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blondie did a song entitled 'Dancing Down the Moon' and there's Tangerine Dream's 'Dancing on a White Moon' (although I'm not sure that fits the requirements ...)

And then both Kim Wilde and Barry Manilow did (different) songs called 'Dancing in the Dark,' neither of which are Springsteen's composition. I can't quite see Giles doing Manilow, although can see him in Springsteen mode. (I don't think The Boss's lyrics are what you're looking for though!)
mythichistorian From: mythichistorian Date: September 24th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh - and there's 'Can't Fight the Moonlight' by LeAnn Rimes (from Coyote Ugly, released in 1999)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

The trouble with 'Can't Fight the Moonlight' is that Shar's bitterest enemy uses moonlight as a weapon.
paratti From: paratti Date: September 24th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

It's a bit, well, wet compared to 'Bitch' and 'It's A Kind Of Magic' etcetera.
xwingace From: xwingace Date: September 24th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the instrumental version of Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade". It's a very beautiful tune. The only versions I know of with lyrics render it as a terrible showtune, though.

Also, the instrumental is a bigband tune. Maybe not entirely suited to be played on stringed instruments...

A quick google also reminds me of LeAnn Rimes' "Can't fight the Moonlight", but that might not be classic enough for you.

There's a Pearl Jam song "In the Moonlight" whose lyrics seem to fit perfectly, but it seems to have been published in 2003, unfortunately.

Not very helpful, sorry,

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

I can't see 'Moonlight Serenade' working with a band consisting only of lead guitar, drums, and bass.

The trouble with 'Can't Fight the Moonlight' is that Shar's bitterest enemy uses moonlight as a weapon. The Pearl Jam one would definitely have been a contender had it come out earlier.
quinara From: quinara Date: September 24th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... I've looked through what I've got on my iPod and came up with "Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)" by The Ramones? There's not actually that much moon in it though. If Wikipedia's right in her alignment being chaotic good it sort of works in as far as keeping her happy, ethics wise... It's not a great fit at all, really.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)

I think that one would be more appropriate for Selûne, who is the goddess of the moon and of good were-creatures - and who is definitely not being invited to the party, which after all is to celebrate Shar's escape from being imprisoned by Selûne.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: September 24th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anything from An American Werewolf in London (all of the main songs are moon-related). Is Bad Moon Rising appropriate?

Moonlight Becomes You - The Bing Crosby version is in one of the Road movies, maybe Giles could do something with the song or tune to make it more appropriate.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

'Bad Moon Rising' would be more appropriate for Talos the Storm God -
I hear hurricanes a-blowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers overflowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

pretty much sums up his ethos. I hadn't yet chosen one for Talos, who is pretty low down on the guest list, but I think you've solved that one.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Sisters of the moon, by fleetwood mac? he'd probably know it, and with some lyric tweaking.. well:

Intense silence
As she walked in the room
Her black robes trailing
Sister of the moon
And a black widow spider makes
More sound than she
And black moons in those eyes of hers
Made more sense to me
Heavy persuasion
It was hard to breathe
She was dark at the top of the stairs
And she called to me
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

It has the wrong feel, especially with the spider references; it would be more appropriate as a song for an alliance of Selûne (Shar's sister, also a goddess of the moon, and her bitterest enemy) and Lolth Demon Queen of Spiders - and an alliance between those two is indeed coming up, despite them being polar opposites in many ways, on the 'my enemy's enemy is my friend' principle.
wildecate From: wildecate Date: September 25th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blame It On The Boogie?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 25th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did consider that, although it would have needed some rewriting, but rejected it.

I've now solved my problem after approaching it from another angle. It suddenly occurred to me that Eilistraee has the same number of syllables as 'America' and that opened up a world of previously unconsidered possibilities.
From: shieldage Date: March 16th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I've got a soft spot for dwarven gods for some reason. Would Marthammor_Duin and/or Moradin be making an appearance?

The wikia page calls Marthammor's clergy "blazers of fresh trails"... A god of wanderers, associated with lightning, but still a builder of infrastructure and safety... I get the feeling that there's a cool, smooth song romanticizing the combined ideals of consolidation and exploration that I could suggest, but the main song running through my head right now is "Kung Foo Fighting" and that's more than likely way, way off :/
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