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25 Post author: Raemon 11 January 2012 01:52AM

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Comment author: pleeppleep 12 January 2012 03:00:58AM *  6 points [-]

If i may, i'd like to suggest a song for your next solstice. I dont know whether you've ever seen Disney's Tarzan or not, but I think the song Son of Man by Phil Collins fits right into our way of thinking. I came across it on youtube and couldnt think of anything except how perfectly it fits with some of the more optimistic bits from your ritual.

Comment author: Raemon 12 January 2012 03:33:41AM 2 points [-]

That is a remarkably good idea. It may need work to make more communal-sing-able, but yes, very good fit.

It may also be a good song for the Apocrypha Dance Party, which is a section of the night I didn't bother explaining yet because the article got too long and it seemed unnecessary: after the main event, we went back up to someone's apartment and had a karaoke-style party, with all the music that really needed good instrumentation, or was too hard to sing, or just didn't quite fit into the narrative of the night.

Son of Man may fit into that category, although the general theme fits perfectly into the uplifting section, and approaches things in a way that the other uplifting songs didn't.

Comment author: pleeppleep 13 January 2012 02:22:54AM 1 point [-]

In that case i'd also recommend checking out music by Voltaire (dont know if you're familiar with him, i think he's kinda obscure). I dont think his songs have too much in the way of pure rationality, but he'll probably overload your Lovecraft sections. the songs are generally morbid and comical and fun to sing along or dance to.

Comment author: Alicorn 12 January 2012 06:31:00PM 1 point [-]

I never thought about it like that because it's about a specific dude in the context of the movie, but wow. That is a suitable song.

Comment author: Raemon 12 January 2012 06:36:34PM *  1 point [-]

I don't the original context needs to be abandoned completely either. It can be appropriated to tell the story of a hypothetical hominid who was the first one to develop some level of abstract reasoning.

The more I think about it the more frustrated I am by the song's medium difficulty level. It's just well known enough that changing some of the meter around could mess up the people who DO know it. (There were slight problems with appropriating and simplifiying the song "No One is Alone" from Into the Woods, for the same reason)

Comment author: pleeppleep 13 January 2012 10:48:32PM 0 points [-]

when you did the ritual, did you just sing all the songs or did you play music alongside it? Some of them (singularity, for instance) seem sort of like they would need the music to be sung.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 14 January 2012 03:27:36AM 0 points [-]