skygiants: Moril from the Dalemark Quartet playing the cwidder (composing hallelujah)
A couple years ago, I made a lengthy Dalemark Quartet playlist!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Dalemark Quartet, they're set in a culturally and politically divided nation and are some of my favorite Diana Wynne Jones books -- I mean, okay, I have a lot of favorite DWJ books, but the Dalemark Quartet is quite different than a lot of hers books, much less madcap, and much more thoughtful and numinous and sad, with themes about war and revolution and history and storytelling and mythology woven all through it. (It is also one of the main influences on the Attolia books, so, you know, if you like those . . .)

The books in the series, which all stand alone except for the last one, are described in more detail under the cut. )

Anyway, the reason I am suddenly lauding these books to you now is that today [personal profile] izilen emailed me unexpectedly and said, "HEY BECCA I MADE YOU COVER ART FOR YOUR DALEMARK MIX AND ALSO PUT IT IN A MEDIAFIRE FILE FOR EASY DOWNLOAD," because she is amazing.

So hey! Have a Dalemark playlist with proper gorgeous cover art which you can then click to download in convenient .zip files!

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skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (teach me to hear mermaids)
Today I'm going to steal an idea from [personal profile] innerbrat, who has been building an extensive playlist for her Yuletide fic, and then had the bright notion to post a portion of it to tantalize everyone who doesn't know what she's writing.

So I immediately decided that I wanted to do this too, even though my Yuletide fic is really really hard to find a good soundtrack for, guys, like, it should not be so challenging but it totally is!

Nonetheless I have now spent enough time looking that I have built up a respectable playlist, and here are five songs from it under the cut )

YOUR TURN. Other Yuletiders, you should all totally do this. Here or in a post of your own, either way, but I want the chance to be tantalized and make guesses that will inevitably turn out to be wrong! (You are also free to make guesses about mine but they will almost certainly be wrong also.)

Or if you're working on a non-Yuletide fic, you should totally share a playlist for that. (But you don't have to be mysterious about it, if you don't want.)
skygiants: (wife of bath)
Oh man, I have been looking forward to this one. [personal profile] kd7sov asked me for my top five love songs I associate with specific characters! This is my favorite way to listen to music, because I am an enormous dork with thirty vids in my head that I will never acquire the technical skills to make.

Cut for what turned out, unsurprisingly, to be long! )


YOUR TURN. Share with me the songs that you associate with your favorite pairings! Or anti-pairings or friendships or whichever, really. Anything goes!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (teach me to hear mermaids)
Okay, I swear this is total coincidence and just what happens to be up next on my booklogging list, but the book I'm going to talk about today is called Let's Talk About Love . . .? NOTHING TO DO however with my locked post of yesterday. (Which I am actually thinking about unlocking, but enough people have commented with what may be feelings that they don't feel comfortable sharing with the internet that I'm sort of hesitant to change the game - does anyone have strong feelings about it?)

The full title of this book is actually Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, part of the 33 1/3 series of music criticism focusing on single albums, in this case Celine Dion's Titanic-era bestseller. [livejournal.com profile] agonistes recommended this book to me EVEN THOUGH I know nothing about music criticism (except what I've picked up from her) and EVEN THOUGH I have no feelings about Celine Dion one way or the other, and she was totally right to do so; I found it completely engaging.

The thing is, the author of this book starts out - as many music critics and self-proclaimed people of taste do - hating Celine Dion music with a disproportionate passion. Which is a phenomenon we're all familiar with; I don't think there's any of us who has not either ranted about "My Heart Will Go On" ourselves, or listen to our friends rant about it. (Okay I guess maybe some of you were too young to really remember Titanic, but that's a depressing thought and I'm going to leave it alone now.) Carl Wilson's project for himself, though, is to go against his instinctive reaction to Celine-bash and try to find out why our cultural Arbiters of Taste have so vehemently dismissed Celine, and why so many people passionately love her anyway - and, if possible, come around to being a Celine fan himself.

The resulting book is a really fascinating look at class, globalization, and cultural capital, not to mention the nature of personal taste, all of it in ways I did not expect. I did not come out of it with a particular urge to download Let's Talk About Love . . . but I did come out of it with a certain degree of respect for both Celine Dion as a musician and Carl Wilson as a critic, and also, an urge to listen to more music.

Therefore, semi-relatedly: guys! Rec me music! It's finally starting to be spring, the season for putting on your iPod and walking places instead of taking the subway everywhere like a slug, and I would love to have some new stuff to listen to. I like songs that are lyrically interesting, but I also like a level of - I guess I would say tunefulness; I do not, for example, appreciate Bob Dylan as I ought. (Or rather, I appreciate him as a lyricist, but I don't particularly enjoy listening to him when I'm walking around town.) I tend to gravitate towards slightly offbeat lady singer-songwriters (Jesca Hoop, Vienna Teng, Thea Gilmore, Neko Case), stuff that has a bit of a creepy folksong vibe, and conversely I also enjoy entertainingly over-the-top alt rock. That said, I also have liked a lot of other things, not excluding pop and country and rap (especially French rap! OH MANAU, so amazingly ridiculous), so please feel free to try and broaden my musical horizons.
skygiants: Utena huddled up in the elevator next to a white dress; text 'they made you a dress of fire' (pretty pretty prince(ss))
I've only been mentally assigning half the songs I hear to an Utena playlist in my head anyway, so I guess I may just as well go ahead and post it, right? (Note: I got several of these from [livejournal.com profile] shati and [livejournal.com profile] genarti, and if anyone is to blame for the tragic lack of a cow-related song for Nanami, it is not Shati.)

The Student Council Arc - So This Is Just An Ordinary High School Series, Right? )


The Black Rose Arc - Second Verse, More Psychologically Traumatizing Than The First )


The Akio Arc - And Then It Got Creepier )


The Apocalypse Arc - Revolutionize the World )
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (ablaze)
A very long time ago - like, uh, back in February - [livejournal.com profile] genarti won a Fullmetal Alchemist playlist off me in a fandom auction. I feel a little but not super-guilty about the time that has elapsed, partly because I have totally given her enough FMA-related songs between then and now to make up more than a playlist's worth, and partly because now I have done it and it is THE LONGEST PLAYLIST IN HISTORY. (And believe it or not, this is the cut-down version.)

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

Cut for length, and also mild spoilers )
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (*_*)
Thing the first and MOST IMPORTANT: I WILL LOVE [livejournal.com profile] genarti FOREVER AND EVER, and THIS IS WHY.

(Okay, there are in fact COUNTLESS reasons why, but Fullmetal Alchemist ANGST BINGO CARDS are high up there on that list! No spoilers, MUCH HILARITY.)

Thing the second: [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue tagged me for a meme!

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.


"But the kai el'Sol had spoken.

Jevri attended them, boy and girl; Jevri made clear - to the wife, not the husband - that the boy's welfare and sanity depended on her ability to keep him still. Jevri was wise, and although Marakas had acknowledged that fact from the first day they had met, he found it a surprise and a blessing to be so often reacquainted with the knowledge.

As for himself, he was given leave to draw his sword.
"

- Michelle West, The Riven Shield

(Oh, Michelle West. I am very fond of your books, but this passage does not really show off your deathless prose. It does show off your fondness for Ridiculous Fantasy Names, however. My favorite is how the commanders of the army are named Valedan kai di'Leonne, Ellora AKalakar . . . and Bruce Allen.)

I am not tagging five people. Instead I will say, if you have a book near you right now and you are reading this, just do it! I have an insatiable curiosity about what people are reading.

Thing the third: [livejournal.com profile] shoroko tagged me for another meme!

Rules: List seven eight songs ([livejournal.com profile] birdseyeview added one) you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your fall (winter?). Post these instructions in your LJ along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to. (Still not tagging people. But do it if you want!)

This is a long one and so I am putting it under a cut. )

Thing the fourth: no seriously, I'm still expiring of joy over the bingo cards.
skygiants: Moril from the Dalemark Quartet playing the cwidder (composing hallelujah)
I would like to join the rest of the world in registering my joy over YULETIDE ASSIGNMENTS! I am writing a bit more out of my comfort zone this year and I am totally excited; the only bad thing about having my college roommate visiting this week (which is something otherwise awesome in all respects) is that I cannot get started immediately.

HOWEVER: I will admit that I felt kind of guilty about not offering or requesting the Dalemark Quartet this year for Yuletide (I love it so! But there are many requests for it already, and I wrote it last year, so it is off the roster for this year). So, to overcome these feelings of guilt, I decided to spam my flist with a very long Dalemark playlist!

DO NOT QUESTION MY LOGIC.

If you haven't read the series: massive spoilers within.

Book I: Cart and Cwidder )

Book II: Drowned Ammet )

Book III: The Spellcoats )

Book IV: The Crown of Dalemark )
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (and we'll dance)
[livejournal.com profile] rymenhild and I spent a good chunk of the way back from Rochester passing our iPods back and forth in an attempt to compile Princess Tutu playlists, because we are giant dorks. She posted her gorgeous playlist the other day, so now it is my turn! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rymenhild and [livejournal.com profile] genarti both for suggestions. (Some of you will notice that a few of these songs made it onto the 'ten songs I am really into right now' list that I posted a week or so back. This . . . is not coincidence.)


Mukashi mukashi . . . )

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