Wow, I’m almost caught up to the present. I don’t know what I’ll do then. Write about current events, I guess. 🙂
Day: February 24, 2004
I had refrained from posting this song yet, as I didn’t have a title I liked for it. I’m not 100% sure this is the best title either, but it’s the best one I’ve come up with so far, and at some point, you have to set your children free upon the world.
This song was inspired by a typo. telynor was discussing tracks which will be on the forthcoming Three Weird Sisters album, and made an interesting keyslip, referring to a well known Echo’s Chidlren song they have covered as “Least of My King”. It floated into my brain and connected with my muse, and the beginnings of this came out.
kitanzi and I batted it back and forth in e-mail, and by the end of the day, we had a song. (Thus proving to us that we could actively write songs together! This one’s our first!) Feedback from others, especially telynor and cflute, was helpful in tweaking it and making it better. We debuted it at Boskone to an enthusiastic response (and thanks to ladyat for the bodhran accompaniment!)
To set the scene, imagine the mustering of the troops after the Battle of Penlinor Fields, as Aragorn prepares to lead the Armies of the West to Mordor’s Gate.
A lot of people are writing a lot of things about the whole gay marriage issue. I considered adding my voice, but to be honest,
a) the whole issue leaves me baffled and weary, and
b) Others have said almost everything I want to say anyway
So instead, here’s a link to a few of the better thoughts I’ve read on the issue recently:
Bob Harris posting in Tom Tomorrow’s blog
Three good entries in a row by John Scalzi:
Pictures of People’s Souls
rmjwell on how to talk to and understand opponents.
and finally, Mark Morford at his irreverant best.
In the end, I know, know in my heart, that this too shall pass, and that we will take one more brave step towards enlightenment and away from ignorance and bigotry. It will take time, and there will be suffering, and we will sometimes wonder if it will happen in our lifetime, but we will move forward and we will see a better world ahead of us, because the only weapons they have is fear and hate. Our weapon is love, and it is mightier than theirs.
My friend Jeff and I were having a silly conversation on AIM, which involved, as is often the case for us, snippets of silly song lyrics. Often, these are just laughed at and passed on, but sometimes they actually take on a life of their on.
This is a mood piece, much like the song it parodies. I may still tweak a word here or there, but it more or less wrote itself between us.