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Two Songs That Just Make Me Want to Write

I've touched on music's impact on my writing several times.  Here's two songs that I find impossible not to want to write stories for.  They're both narrative, but it's more the suggestion of their lyrics I find evocative rather than the literal stories in the songs.  Sometimes the songs do make their ways into stories.  I had a piece in Realms of Fantasy called "Home" that was purely inspired by Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill."  I finished a novella lately that Neil Young's Harvest album influenced probably a bit too much.  I'm revising as I speak, so to speak.

The first song is by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl, entitled "Fairytale of New York," which is maybe the most depressing Christmas song ever.  I listened to some of the other stuff by the Pogues, and I think I'll have to buy some.  The second is Sinead O'Connor with The Chieftains, entitled "Foggy Dew." Her voice is pure.
 
Question: I have a pretty fast Internet connection at home, so embedded YouTube videos load very quickly. Do any of you have a lag problem if I embed a video like this? Would they be better hidden behind cuts (which I'll have to relearn how to do if that is the case)?

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matociquala
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Ahhh. Kirsty. Damned shame about her.

There is a good deal of Pogues I rather love, and that song is one.
jimvanpelt
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
"Kirsty," not "Kristy." Sheesh! I love the edit function. I'll update a long post a half dozen times to fix those kinds of errors.

What happened to Kirsty? Argh! I'll do some Googlefu and find out.
matociquala
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
She was run down by a drunken motorboater while snorkeling.

I know, it's so awful it's nearly funny, but.... what a waste.
jimvanpelt
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
That's horrible and stupid, not that any death feels particularly bright to me, but that's such a random thing to have happen to her. That rates high on my universal yuck factor.
matociquala
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Yes. It is in fact so horrible and stupid I keep expecting to find out it was really a bit from a John Irving novel, or something like that.

redwill
Nov. 12th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
''I'll update a long post a half dozen times to fix those kinds of errors.''

In that case, you might want to correct the spelling of Chieftains. :)
jimvanpelt
Nov. 12th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh, argh. Thanks.
redwill
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm on dial-up, but since I use the Opera browser I can and do switch off plug-ins quite easily. Normally I browse with both image loading and plug-ins switched off, and load only the images I want to see.
jimvanpelt
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Wow! That's cool. So does the browser tell you that there's a plug in or image you're missing?
redwill
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
I can see embedded movies as a small box with an alternate text description, and still images a formatted box [if formatting has been done] as a placeholder in the page. If the images are not specifically formatted, then a picture size blank with no outline is shown. Opera can be set by its user to handle the images in the manner you prefer withing the possible methods.
redwill
Nov. 12th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
I wish I could edit the typos in my comments. :D
david_f_g
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
Deep Rooted Music
Dear God that was depressing - The Pogues I mean - and more than a little funny. My tastes are pretty diverse, leaning toward 70's rock, but I caught a special on PBS a while back called Celtic Woman. I can't say it any other way. The music stirred me. As I listened to it, I could not help but think that the roots of the music ran deep. Sinead's song reminded me of that. It's the kind of music that almost forces you to write.
One of my favorite authors mines Celtic folk lore better than anyone I've read - Stephen Lawhead. IMHO, his work is incredibly rich - lush even. I remember reading the Pendragon Cycle and thinking that I was going to be very sorry when I finished. There's something magical that happens when you can latch on to a bit of legend that goes deep and use it as a springboard for a new story. When it works, its like sinking your feet deep into the soil and listening to the song of the Earth.
david_f_g
Nov. 12th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Crud
I read the earlier posts and looked up Kirsty MacColl on the web. I had no idea about her death. What a waste. If my previous post sounded uncaring, please forgive me.
jimvanpelt
Nov. 12th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: Crud
Nope, not uncaring at all. I didn't know either. Good thing I didn't make one of my standard graveyard jokes.
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