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By the way: This is a different melody than the one you’re probably used to, but as I understand it, this is the tune that Burns had in mind when he wrote the words down in the eighteenth century (and in this performance, there are also a couple of verses sung in Gaelic. so if you all of a sudden don’t understand what they’re singing, don’t worry [probably]).

Lyrics behind here. )
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Okay, here's a Child ballad of Robin Hood, that showed up in my YouTube subscription feed, yesterday afternoon. I have absolutely zero evidence that it inspired Mark Gatiss in writing "Robots of Sherwood," mind. But the adventure described in the lyrics sounds enough like a classic Doctor Who plot, that should Mr. Gatiss admit to it, I would not be in the least surprised.

As evidence, I present this excerpt from the lyrics:

(Quote -- spelling corrected)
'Come, tell me the cause, thou pretty one,'
Quoth Robin, and tell me aright,
From whence thou comest, and whither thou goest,
All in this mournful plight?'
'From London I came,' the damsel reply'd,
'From London upon the Thames,
Which circled is, O grief to tell!
Besieg'd with foreign arms.
'By the proud Prince of Aragon,
Who swears by his martial hand
To have the princess for his spouse,
Or else to waste this land:
'Except that champions can be found
That dare fight three to three,
Against the prince and giants twain,
Most horrid for to see:
'Whose grisly looks, and eyes like brands,
Strike terror where they come,
With serpents hissing on their helms,
Instead of feathered plume.


Now, does that, or does that not, sound like a classic Doctor Who foe and threat?

Here are the full lyrics, written out (from Wikisource):'s_Ballads/129 (if you read all the way to the end, you'll see that this is one version of Robin Hood's story where his life as an outlaw comes to an end, and his life a respected nobleman resumes).

And here's the video of the song being sung, that popped up yesterday (I disagree with his rhyming choices in a spot or two, but it's still earworming me, anyway): (about 11 minutes long).

As a side note, here's a video of "Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow," which is the chorus that Sarah Jane whistles as she walks away at the end of "Hand of Fear," (which might make it ironic, or simply a rounding out of her story arc, when the Doctor sends her a version of K-9 later):
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Last night, I decided to check out the Mudcat forum (folk music and blues), and near the top of the page, there was this thread:

Obit: Andy M. Stewart (1952-2015)

That's the "saddened" part of this post. Here's my addition to the thread (as "Guest"-- hadn't realized my cookie had expired):

Aw... Dammit.

I hadn't heard him perform in quite a while, but I was blessed enough to have heard him live in several performances. He was a great singer, songwriter, and a gracious performer on stage.


Now comes the "Enraged" portion of this post.

Today, while looking for web pages about him and his music, I came across the crowdfunding page his sister had put up to help him pay for his medical bills (it had not reached the goal by the time he'd died), and therein, she explains why she needs to raise money for him, including this passage (the added emphasis is mine):

Having lost so much my brother is facing a situation where he will need to leave his home and move to wheelchair friendly accommodation. He will need daily nursing care to assist his living. He does not 'meet the criteria' for entitlement to a motorised wheelchair because he has the use of his arms, even though this kept him housebound for many months. Except for when someone visits to help get him out of the house that's what he will go back to.

(The crowdfunding page is here: It's now raising money for a funeral)

Okay. So I am under no illusion that having a motorized chair would definitely have lengthened his life (it might have... a little). But I do know from experience that spending extra time and physical energy just getting from one end of your house to the other puts a real damper on creative writing. The world could certainly have used more songs and humor from this fellow. And we are all poorer for the loss.

Now -- what about all the wonderful, creative people in this world who became disabled before they were famous?! What is the world missing? All because of fear mongering about fraud and disabled people "scrounging off" Society.

So I'm going to take a moment to lay deeply felt curse against those who keep trying to "tighten the restrictions on entitlement 'criteria'":

May every sweet thing you bite turn to ashes and hair in your mouth
And may every draught you swallow turn to mouldy slime.

And here: have an article (link courtesy of [personal profile] jesse_the_k) about the real value of motorized chairs: Don't worry, he won't get far on foot -- he's dead

To end on a more upbeat note, have a video of Andy M. Stewart performing one of the songs he'd written, back in the day:

(I still don't have audio, but I've been in the audience when he's performed it on stage)
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(But I really like this icon).

1) The dream I had this morning / through the night (it was one of the ones where I'm not sure whether each cycle through REM sleep were separate dreams, or just continuing "chapters" in one long dream) included (In order of descending complexity, incomplete):

Cut for those who don't care about dream rambles. )

  • My favorite part of the dream was that it had this musical number (yes, even dream riffs on the choreograhy) as a background theme throughout the whole thing (or nearly) which is now an earworm in my head (not that I mind):

2) Last night, I watched this video, which was posted back in January to mark the tenth anniversary of the probe Huygens landing on Saturn's moon Titan. I don't have any working earphones/speakers at the moment, so if the narration and/or background music is cringe-worthy, I apologize. But I was captivated without any sound at all; you can always mute. My favorite part is at the very beginning, where you see the Earth and Moon from Huygens' p.o.v., showing just how small the Earth is, how small the moon is, and how far away the moon really is. That's what it looks like "to scale;" good to remember:

3) Last evening, while I was having dinner, I watched a grey squirrel outside my kitchen window dig up (what I think was) an acorn and eat it -- hooray for springtime cliches (and dining companions)! BTW, squirrels don't bury their acorns because they're afraid of thieves. It's just that (contrary to Beatrix Potter illustrations) they do not have tiny kitchens with tiny stoves and tiny pots. Acorns fresh off the tree have too much tannin to be edible, but autumn rains, winter snows and spring thaws all work to leach the tannin out. This is how humans do it. The squirrel way takes longer, but seems so much much easier, I'd try that method, first, frankly.
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So I took a break from my poetry book, and tried it out --redoing a video for a birthday song I wrote a few years ago: Your friends all sing (With redone lyrics, too).

...The mic also picked up the sound of its own creaking as it moved while I opened and closed my jaw ...

Um, I'm not sure how to fix that.

Also, I'm rather pleased to have written my closed captioning track completely typo free on the first attempt. :-)
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I wrote this song back in 2013, and posted a YouTube video of it (with me singing) on May 13th. Back at the end of August, another YouTuber who posts song videos asked if he could cover it. I said yes -- after all, I'd written it so it could be heard. Well, tonight, he posted his remix; here it is:

He's changed the melody of the "B" part of the tune, to make it more of an original, and changed one word in the lyrics. But he got the gist right. And he has a more convincing "US" voice, so he's a more convincing narrator for this song than I'll ever be. ... and his subscriber list is orders of magnitude bigger than mine, so...
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On my Solstice 5 Things post, I ended with a bonus of Craig Ferguson's video cover of this song. That video clip, which is apparently on one of his personal channels, has since gone private. So here is the original band's own video. I hope it will bring you pleasure, and be a happy earworm:

And on a related note, here's a post from Dave Hingsburger about the power of making noise to keep evil at bay (which is a tradition even my atheist mother embraced): Pandemonium: my New Year's Resolution.

Keep banging on!
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The ending of this story: Indigo, by [personal profile] raze, brought it closer to the surface. Rereading the story this morning finally prompted me to relearn the song. So I went looking for this:

Lyrics (With blanks and mad guesses over words and place names I couldn't quite make out) )
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(and for anyone else who needs it, too).

Warning: Contains: Doctor Who and earworms.

In 2008 (?), the Webcomic "xkcd" posted this: xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel. I didn't (and still don't) have cable television, so although I enjoyed the strip, I didn't understand the full reference. Didn't take me long to find the original ad on YouTube, though:

And then, someone made a Doctor Who fanvid of it:

Well, the other day, this fanvid showed up in my YouTube recommendations:

I couldn't make out, in vid, whether the lyrics were "I just won't know" or "I just won't go." so I checked out the original music video (I think it's "know" ??). But in any case, I liked that, too, for being pro-fun, and all:

('cause sometimes I need to remember there's more to dreaming than nightmares, and there's more to the "Real World" than news of crisis and catastrophe)
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I first saw this video last year (?) sometime, and it struck me as vaguely (or, rather, not so vaguely) sinister.

The Lyrics )

First, the intonation makes the question: "Who wants to die?" sound like (to my ear) the same mood as: "Hey, I got some really lovely death, here! Who wants some death?" And then, there's the threatening tone in which he demands that you count your blessings...

I mean, I know there was a war on, but ...really?

Anyway, I think this would be great for a fanvid for some horror movie or other...
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First, I watched a video of literary critique of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, and spent far too long writing this comment in reply:

My 'Rationa-mantic' thoughts, let me show them )

I came back from that to find this new video from Signmark-- couldn't be more fitting:

The singing is English, but the sign is Not ASL (BSL? or suomalainen viittomakieli? Folks familiar with either... I'm curious) Anyway... another one that will be echoing in my head today...

Lyrics )
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This Signmark video was the first on my YouTube subscription page, and since I know there are folk in my circles who are interested in signed languages, as well as music, I thought I'd share... Besides, half the fun of having an earworm is infecting your kith and kin, right?

"Signmark" is the stage name of Finnish rapper Marko Vuoriheimo, who composes and performs in both ASL/English and suomalainen viittomakieli/Finnish.

Here are links to related videos:

A 13-minute documentary explaining his motivation and how he composes the songs (including the phonetic principles of sign, and how signed rhyming works).

Videos featured in the documentary:

Against the Wall

Kahleet/Shackles (in Finnish w/English Subtitles)

Smells like Victory (I love this last one, because although the lyrics are typical boasting of the Rap genre, the visuals make it clear that "Victory," in this case, means "Peace breaks out around the world."
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It struck me as intriguing that, in U.S. American vernacular, we only ever use "merry" for Christmas greetings, and "happy" for everything else. I've never come across the sentiment "Merry Birthday," for example.

So, of course, I had to go check out the word at
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Guilty for its horrendous gender politics, and a pleasure for its witty lyrics and snappy music -- both of which are evidenced in this song ("Happily ever after"}:

Carol Burnett, reprising her 1959 debut role as Winifred the Woebegone:

Tracy Ulman (2000):

This song has also got me thinking about the motif of "outside help" {ironically, also present in Andersen's source). Ideas ar߼are starting to form as to why...
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... before I banish her for a month. She's insisting that I should at least be sure of my format before I start. And I suppose she's right.

The story I want to do is a retelling-reworking of Hans my Hedgehog. The biggest change I want to make to the original story is that the marriage to the "Good Princess" would come closer to the middle than the end of the story, and it would not break the spell. Hans would remain in his half-man / half-hedgehog form. After all, Hans's form brought more pain and shame to his father than it ever brought to Hans, himself. And also, it's a more interesting story if, after he inherits his bride's kingdom, he's given the challenge of being a monarch when his subjects view him as a monster... It's easy to inspire loyalty when you're pretty to look at...

But: right now, I'm wambling between two, or possibly three, different time-settings-tones. And whichever one I ultimately pick would radically change the mechanics of my plot. So I'm going to list the pros and cons of each one, and then, I'll post a poll for all you good folk to give me feedback. Whether your answers tickle me, or annoy me -- either way, I'll be clearer on my true desires (fingers crossed that there's no three-way tie).

Option One )

Option Two )

Option Three )

And now: The Poll!
(If you're reading this on LJ, and don't want to log into Open-Identity, you can just tell me which of the three options you think I should pick in a comment.)

Poll #14360 Help me Decide!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3

So -- which time-setting should I choose?

View Answers

Present Day (near future)
0 (0.0%)

"Once Upon a Time"
3 (100.0%)

Combine the Two
0 (0.0%)

And finally, for your enjoyment and my inspiration... A key plot element of Hans-my-Hedgehog is his love of playing the bagpipes (they were never just Scottish). Here's someone playing a replica of a 17th Century set of the smallest of the German Shepherd's Pipes -- which would be the most likely right size for an eight-year-old hedgehog boy. Imagine being lost in a deep, dark wood, and hearing a sound like this drifting down from somewhere in the canopy above you:

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I have a soft spot for traditional folk tunes named for specific animals (even if the animal's proper name isn't given). I also appreciate tunes played at a comfortable listening/dancing pace (rather than the "watch me show off how fast I can go" pace). This makes me happy on both counts: "Flop Eared Mule"

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That the Ukulele can do much more than accompany comic and novelty songs:

There's also the Rock instrumental: Bring Your Adz, and the traditional Japanese folk song: Sakura, Sakura.

Sharing just because I can ...
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Based on the likes/dislikes and comments on this thing, it seems like a song you'll either love or hate.

...I side with the former.

The video has closed captions, but they go out of sync about two-thirds of the way through, so here they are behind a cut: LYRICS )
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In order of entry into my brain:

1) via [personal profile] butterflydreaming: The significance of plot without conflict (contrasting the predominate Western views of narrative structure with the storytelling form Kishōtenketsu in Japan)

2) Zen Pencils 119: John Green - "Make gifts for people."

Zen Pencils is a web "comic" that creates strips to illustrate inspirational quotes from different people. Here's the quote from John Green:

Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice on how to become a writer... and here is the only advice I can give: Don't make stuff because you want to make money... it will never make you enough money. Don't make stuff because you want to be famous. You will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people. And work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice. Maybe they will notice how hard you worked, and maybe they won't. And if they don't notice, I know it's frustrating. But ultimately, that doesn't change anything because your responsibility is not to the people you're making the gift for... but to the gift itself.

3) Vi Hart has not been making very many videos, lately... but she'd been teasing for months that she was working on something epic. Yesterday, that epicness went up: a full thirty minutes explaining the philosophy and methods of 20th-Century Twelve Tone composers, like Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Along the way, she talks about the philosophy of creativity itself, and how we make meaningful connections out of chaos. She also rants about U.S. Copyright Law, and illustrates everything with awesome doodles... I've watched it something like five times through already, because every time I've gone to get the link to post it here, I get sucked into watching it again -- and end up laughing out loud, and applauding, and squeeing.

Here's her take on "Mary had a little lamb Laser Bat":

Mary had a Laser Bat,
Laser Bat, Laser Bat,
Mary had a Laser Bat
Whose eyes exterminated.

And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
And everywhere that Mary went
Her bat echo-located.

Here's a link to the whole thing: Twelve Tones
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Listened to:
From WNYC's "RadioLab" -- A a segment from a show from December last. The first five and a half minutes or so of this 33 minute segment is about the joy of a man at the end of a three-month solo trek across Antarctica. And then, from then on, it's the story of a Holocaust survivor who tried to invent a new communication system that he hoped would end all war... That, it itself, would have been fascinating. I was not expecting it to end up revolving around children with cerebral palsy living in an institutional home/school/hospital in the 1970's in Ontario, Canada... but it did (Content note-- it ends on a fairly tragic, ironic note):

Mr. Bliss

For something completely different, also from "RadioLab": Liev Schreiber reads Italo Calvino's The Distance of the Moon; written in Italian in 1965, and translated into English in 1968... i.e., before we landed there...
(Content note-- one of the main characters is written as Deaf for metaphorical/symbolic reasons as a sort of Magic!wild-man/Innocent-Primitive)

Found by way of "Rolling around in my head": Reclaiming memory: Searching for Great-Aunt Sarah (Content note: institutional life and death in the early 20th century)

From "Rolling around in my head" Directly: The Better Way (content note: neither tragic nor ironic-- includes a crying baby)

And a child shall lead them -- going-on-eleven year-old Stephanie leads a blue-grass band of adult white men... You can tell she's the leader in this particular set, because she sets the tempo for their playing, and signals the final chorus of the first song with a straight-leg kick (a standard signal in folk music):

(Content note-- precocious kid on stage and occasional out-of-focus camera).

This moved me not so much for the cuteness factor, but the aplomb and grace of one so young in front of an audience -- maybe that's her "un-cuteness"?


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