Music Monday: Skylar Grey – Love the Way You Lie

It’s my day to post at the Dojo! Hop over there and see about going through the motions—in a good way!

I know you know the Rhianna/Eminem version… but have you heard the original? It’s gorgeous. And apparently about an abusive relationship with the music industry, which makes it much more interesting than the “I’m sticking around for because my man is mine” whatever story the more popular version tells.

Just think about that. Think about how packaging changes the way a story is told, especially with something as subjective to the reader/listener as a song is. Some may say that as a writer you have to make your “point” clear to your audience. Others would say just the opposite: you can’t make your version real for the audience, what matters is their account.

Me? I’m somewhere in the middle on this. I don’t think that I can write a story about one thing and have it secretly be about something else. Not intentionally, by any means. I don’t demand for readers to see  the story exactly as I see it either, though. I want readers to get a chance to come to their own conclusions about certain characters, actions, etc.

What do you think?

Music Monday: The Zombie Song by Stephanie Mabey

The Zombie Song by Stephanie Mabey

Are you one of those people who thought they could never like anything zombie related whatsoever? I was like that. For the most part, I still am. Undead people all desiccated and walking? Not my thing. But I have to admit, this was the cutest zombie-related thing I have ever seen. I hope you like it.

P.S. I have to admit, I have gotten this song stuck in my head for days.

Music Monday: “Ashes and Wine” by A Fine Frenzy

“Ashes and Wine” – A Fine Frenzy

My Song History: This is a song about giving up on a relationship, or rather, being right at the point where you realize that things aren’t going to work, so giving up might be the best option.

According to my last.fm, this is the most commonly played song on my laptop. I’m not too surprised. I use this for writing on repeat constantly. Somehow it always puts me in the mood for writing Daughter, even though the lyrics and the story of the song are nothing like the story it inspires me for. I just love A Fine Frenzy, from the first time I heard “Almost Lover,” and something about the music and the ups and downs of Alison Sudol’s voice inspires me and makes me want to write.

Favorite Line: “Is there a chance/a fragment of light/at the end of the tunnel/a reason to fight?”

(I also LOVE “All the same/I don’t want mudslinging games”)

What Drew Me In: Quite honestly, the title. Such a delicious promise of wreckage. Something beautiful that’s turned into something desolate. And desolation is a feeling music does help me with…

For my Writing: As I said, this song is an inspiration for my WP, Daughter of the Falling Leaves. Surprisingly this was actually the key to unlocking a big conflict/fight scene in the story for me. Since then it’s become a general inspiration for the overall story. Even though the song is about a relationship ending, its general feeling of melancholy and wanting desperately to fight for something that you may not be able to win is perfect for this story. Because maybe it’s worth it, even if you can’t win.

Music Monday – Amazing by Blue October

Music Monday, an explanation: Most Mondays, I will be choosing a song and writing about it—my feelings about the song, my personal relationship with the song, if and how it relates to my writing, etc. Often this will be the first song that comes up on my music player, though I will randomize it for you—especially if I get on a single-artist kick or something. I do have favorites, though, so be warned. If I can, I will also embed the song somehow, so you can hear it.

“Amazing” by Blue October

Background: For my first Music Monday, I’ve picked “Amazing” by Blue October. This is a haunting song about someone with an aching to feel that they are the thing that they want to be—in a word, amazing. While the narrative in the song is about being with someone, it’s one of the loneliest songs I’ve ever heard, and illustrates how people can sometimes use their relationships to gauge their self-worth—but it’s also not really making that seem like a fake kind of love. It talks about how we idealize those we love: “You see, I’ve made you into something more delicious/my sweet ghost,” but that sometimes it wears through, anyhow.

Favorite line: “And now our history is for sale/and for that I apologize.” The title of the album is History for Sale, and I’ve always been fascinated by artists who acknowledge that their song is really a private, personal thing that they’ve now made public in the hope of being heard—Anna Nalick has a similar line in her song “2 AM,” and that’s one of my favorites, too.

My song history: I discovered this song when I was in college, when I was going through a kind of dark period myself… I didn’t think I was amazing. I wanted somebody to prove to me that I was. (Of course, that’s always something you have to decide and learn for yourself, which thankfully I did, but that’s a different story). To be honest, this song originally made me a little uncomfortable, because it spoke so clearly to what I was, unfortunately, feeling at the time. It admitted things that I couldn’t—that I didn’t really feel like the person I was trying to display all the time, someone who had it all together and didn’t need other people. (Who really thinks not needing other people makes you strong? I was a foolish kid). I don’t think you have to be in quite such a dark place to enjoy the song, though… we all have feelings of inadequacy here and there…

What drew me in: Honestly? Justin Furstenfeld’s voice. There’s a quality to Furstenfeld’s voice that makes it feel like an old ache in your heart, and for someone who uses music as a kind of catharsis, something that brings that up in me is something I really value. The pretty accompaniment doesn’t hurt, either.

For my writing: I haven’t really used this for my writing yet, though I have been editing to it a bit lately. Well, the whole