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May 16th, 2010, 06:44 PM
Is there a copyright law that prevents me from typing that? :confused:
I hope not, but I have to say...many of the love songs on that album capture Conrad and Jessy's relationship perfectly. I listened to it OFTEN when writing Animals.
I always search for an inspiration song -- in this case an entire album -- to keep the character's feelings alive for me. Music is so powerful that way. How wonderful it must be to be musical and know you have that gift.
Anyway, if you are inclined to read Animals, listen to Face to Face. Perfect.
May 17th, 2010, 04:27 PM
I have another inspiring song (why these things happen, we cannot say)
Mark Knopfler's Why Worry? captures my latest love affair between Kevin and Adrian. In the story, her humble house -- all she has in the world -- burns to the ground. Kevin is at a loss to comfort her, and ends up singing a tortured version of this song to her.
An Excerpt from Green Grass:
About an hour into the karaoke and after a few frightening performances by some wasted locals, Kevin grabbed Ace’s hand. “You’re the only person in the world I’d do this for. Remember that.”
Kevin went to the stage and turned to help Maddie up behind him. She talked to the crowd without the benefit of the microphone.
“You all probably heard about Ace Culpepper’s tragedy. She lost her home and all her worldly possessions to a fire Friday night. Now we’d like to take up a collection, and in order to help that along, our new friend Kevin here is going to sing a song.”
The crowd cheered and Kevin looked goofy with his hands buried up to his wrists in his pockets. Maddie raised her hands to hush the crowd. “Dependin’ on how he does, I’d like you to put money in this jar here that I’ll pass around. If he’s any good, you put more in. Sound fair?” The crowd applauded and egged him to get started.
Kevin stood on the stage and Adrian now realized why he’d been downing the beer. Liquid courage. He appeared resolved and confident as he grasped the head of the microphone on its long support. Adrian recognized a Dire Straights’ prelude and smiled as Kevin gave her an overly animated wave.
When he leaned down to put his lips to the rounded top of the microphone and his first words wobbled out, Adrian’s heart burst like fireworks.
“Baby. I see this world has made you sad. . .” He cleared some gravel from his throat. As he continued, he looked directly at Adrian. He was good. He was sincere. He was washing her away in a sea of Kevin. Only Kevin.
“When I get down I turn to you. . . and you make sense of what I do.” His timid voice wrapped around the high note perfectly and Adrian laughed through tears. He made a come hither motion with his hand. This was an invitation she couldn’t resist. She climbed the steps to the stage and grabbed his hand.
“Why worry? There’s should be laughter after pain. . . There should be sunshine after rain. . . These things have always been the same. . . So why worry now? Why worry now.”
There was no fire, no pub, there was no crowd of onlookers. Adrian closed her eyes and let the fuzziness from the beer sway her body and her mind. With Kevin’s arms around her, she needed just a little air to breathe, but that was all.
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