One for the Protoculture Addicts…

Robotech Third Generation had a character called Lancer / Yellow Dancer.  The former was his [male] official name.  The second was his cross-dressing rock star alter ego.  Robotech was a strange time, but it did produce some good music like the in universe song “Look Up (The Sky Is Falling).”  The one below has been reproduced with a more hard rock sound (and the AMV is pretty cool too).

At the Sharp End

This was the runner up for last week’s Memorial Day edition of Metal Monday.  Like Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold has done a lot to support members of the Armed Forces by putting in their time with tours.  “Danger Line” is a pretty intense song about a soldier’s last moments and the chaos of combat, and I’ve used it as background for several scenes in Aries’ Red Sky.

Memorial Day Metal Monday

Today’s Memorial Day in the United States.  I’ll let my West Point classmate Jaimie explain the holiday, as she did it very eloquently nine years ago. Unfortunately, Jaimie gave the last full measure of her duty to the country on 8 June 2013.

So, without further ado, I think we’ll roll with Five Finger Death Punch’s “Gone Away” for this Metal Monday.  It seems to fit.

 

 

 

Lonely and Waiting…

There are a few movie soundtracks that have held up for decades.  Tastes indicate what albums make your personal list, but Queen of the Damned makes that list for me.  Even better is the fact that several of the songs have two versions thanks to record company shenanigans.  For example, the angst-ridden hit “Not Meant for Me”:

 

Jonathan Davis’s version:

Wayne Static’s:

I personally like Davis’ version better, as did most fans of the movie.  Alas…contract disputes are a thing.  😦

Tumbling Over A Cliff…

Relationships come in many different forms.  One of the tried and true ones in writing is the couple who suddenly, irrevocably realize they’ve fallen in love.  If done really well, it surprises the author as well as the reader.

Today’s Metal Monday song strives to capture that feeling in a power ballad.  Without further ado…

 

 

A Lion’s Legacy (Music Monday)

I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones.  Even if I’ve given up on George R.R. Martin ever finishing the series (writer’s block is a thing), I do enjoy what HBO has done with Westeros and the story arc.

One of the big things is the evolution of the Lannisters.  Without getting too much into Season 7, suffice to say there are several major turning points where you see Tyrion, Jaime, and Cersei all take major steps to both grow out of their father’s shadow and apply what Tywin taught them.  This piece covers one of those times, and I applaud Ramin Djawadi’s ability to weave a theme (in this case, “The Rains of Castamere”) to enhance what is occurring on screen.  If I ever get any of my books made into a TV show, I can only hope that there’s a composer who can do the same.