Saturday, October 21, 2017

RWASD Pied Piping the Muse Songlist and Process

Examples used during today’s workshop:



“Charging Fort Wagner” from the Glory soundtrack by James Horner

Group Challenge Songs:

“Main Title” from Red Dragon by Danny Elfman

“The Yearning/Sirens Suite” from the Sirens soundtrack by Rachel Portman (character)

Suggested Song/CD List

“Main Theme” from the Sleepy Hollow soundtrack by Danny Elfman (dark, fantasy, action, horror)

“Main Theme” from Blood on Satan’s Claw by Marc Wilkinson (horror, witch, historical)

“Ebudae” by Enya (setting)

“La Resa Dei Conti” by Ennio Morricone from the For a Fistful of Dollars soundtrack (western epic, action)

Batman soundtrack by Danny Elfman (dark hero, action)

“Carmina Burana” by Orff (epic action/battle, victory)

“Imperial March” remix by Rage Against the Machine (futuristic, dark, gritty, adventure)

 “An Epitaph to War” (melancholy, epic hero) by James Horner from the Glory soundtrack

“Spanish Guitar” by Bo Diddley (new-wave Western setting or hero)

“Main Title” from Rain Man by Hans Zimmer

“Mail Title” from Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer

“Main Title” from Game of Thrones (epic adventure) by Ramin Djawadi

“The Raiders’ March” (epic hero) and “Truck Chase”? (action/chase, adventure) by John Williams from the Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack

“Ode to Joy” choral by Ludwig Von Beethoven

“Anakin’s Theme” by John Williams from the Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack

“Main Theme” from A Dangerous Mind soundtrack (inspirational, Ivy-league setting, a bit eerie)

“Main Title” by Danny Elfman from the Sleepy Hollow soundtrack (horror, menace, scary chase)

“Main Theme” by John Williams from the Schindler’s List soundtrack (major heartstring plucking)

“Hoedown” by Aaron Copeland (western imagery)

“Main Theme” from the How the West Was Won soundtrack (epic western, cowboy hero)

“Main Theme” from the Silverado soundtrack (western imagery)

“Exotica” (mysterious, sensual, modern) and “Something Hidden” (exotic, mysterious, sensual, tragic)   from the Exotica soundtrack by Mychael Danna


“Main Theme” from The Natural soundtrack (mid-western imagery, Americana)

“Main Theme” by Hans Zimmer from the Crimson Tide soundtrack (meltingly gorgeous hero, action/adventure)

“Introduction (Titles)” by Danny Elfman from the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack

“The Imperial March” (epic black moment, menace) from The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack by John Williams

 “You’re So Cool” by Hans Zimmer from the True Romance soundtrack (whimsical romance, innocence)

“Flight to Neverland” by John Williams from the Hook soundtrack (whimsy, innocence, adventure)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by Howard Shore (epic action/battles, fantasy)

“Early 18th Century Gypsy Music” by Bubak and Hungaricus found on the Amadeus soundtrack (wild bohemian celebration)

 “Han Solo and the Princess” (epic romance) from The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack by John Williams

“Main Theme” by John Williams from the Born on the Fourth of July soundtrack (tragic hero, sadness, heartbreaking reflections)

“March Past of the Kitchen Utensils” (whimsy) from the Sirens soundtrack by Rachel Portman

“The Chairman’s Waltz” (romantic, tragic, flowing) from the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack by John Williams

“Libra Me” by Elliot Goldenthal from the Interview with the Vampire soundtrack (melancholy, horror, vampire, gothic)

“Cursum Perficio” by Enya from Watermark (action/battle, fantasy)

“Dracula – The Beginning” and “Vampire Hunters”  (menace, horror, vampire) and “The Brides” (dark seduction, romantic horror, vampire) by Wojciech Kilar from the Bram Stoker’s Dracula soundtrack

“Main Title” (epic hero, romance, adventure) and “Promentory” (romance, adventure) by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman from The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack

“Harvest” (melancholy mid-west) and “Days of Heaven” (melancholy mid-west) by Ennio Morricone from the Days of Heaven soundtrack

“Aquarium” by Camille Saint-Saens (atmosphere, dreamy, sensual yet innocent)

“Duel of the Fates” by John Williams from the Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack (epic action/battle)

All of “Requiem, K. 626” by Mozart found on the Amadeus soundtrack (sublime melancholy, action/adventure dark moment, dark forces, aftermath of a mentor’s death)

“Love Theme” by John Williams from the Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones soundtrack (epic romance)

“Progeny/The Wheat” (exotic epic setting), “The Battle” (epic action/battle, epic hero), “Barbarian Horde” (epic action/battle, epic hero) by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard from the Gladiator soundtrack

“Humming Chorus” by Puccini from Madama Butterfly (romance, melancholy)

“Main Title” by Jerry Goldsmith from the Basic Instinct soundtrack (classy, mystery, suspense)

“Main Title” by Ennio Morricone from TheGood, the Bad, and the Ugly soundtrack (mysterious/dark hero, western setting)

“Forrest Gump Suite” by Alan Silvestri from the Forrest Gump soundtrack (mid-western setting, innocence)

“Main Title” (gentle Irish pluck, sweeping romance, inspirational) and “Tryouts” (inspirational action) by Jerry Goldsmith from the Rudy soundtrack

“Overture” by Maurice Jarre from the Lawrence of Arabia soundtrack (epic exotic setting, sweeping romance, epic hero, sheik stories)

“Main Title” by James Horner from the Willow soundtrack (swashbuckling action/chase, fantasy, romance)

“Main Theme” by Jerry Goldsmith from the Patton soundtrack (epic military hero)

“Paranoia Prima” by Ennio Morricone from the Grind House/Death Proof soundtrack (eerie, dangerous, bad-ass)

Black Hawk Down soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (intense action/ battle, exotic setting, mournful, soulful farewell)

The Last Samurai soundtrack by Lost Summer (hero, epic battles, eastern influence)

The Passion of the Christ soundtrack by John Debney and Mel Gibson (hero, inspirational, exotic locale)

The Aviator soundtrack by Howard Shore (action, Hollywood/Coconut Grove vibes)

Sideways by Rolfe Kent (jazz, lounge-lizard groove)

Music by Tangerine Dream in general (for instance, Risky Business)  (dreamy, modern, exotic, futuristic)

Music by Vangelis in general (for instance, Chariots of Fire, Mutiny on the Bounty, Alexander)  (dreamy, exotic)

1492: Conquest of Paradise soundtrack by Vangelis (dreamy, inspirational, seafaring)

Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis (dreamy, futuristic, sexy, noir, action)

Music by Brian Eno (for instance, Music for Films, More Music for Films)   (dreamy, modern, exotic, futuristic)

King Arthur soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (hero, epic battles, knights…)

The Ring/The Ring 2 soundtracks by Hans Zimmer (eerie, action and suspense)

Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events soundtrack by Thomas Newman (menacing, playful darkness)

First Knight soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith (romance, knights…, heroic)

Congo soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith (Africa, exotic, adventure, suspense)

Van Helsing soundtrack by Alan Silvestri (adventure, monsters, menace)

Finding Neverland soundtrack by Nick Ingman (gentle, elegant, old fashioned, tragic)

Hero soundtrack by Tan Dun, Itzhak Perlman, Kodo (heroic, epic battles, eastern influence)

Troy soundtrack (heroic, epic battles, exotic locale, tragic)

The Merchant of Venice soundtrack, David Juritz, leader (historical – Europe, elegant, tragic)

“Main Title” by Hans Zimmer from the Rain Main soundtrack (sexy, exotic, urbane)

Pied-Piping the Muse Notes

The Mozart Effect – This term is based on studies done in the 1950’s with            children who had speech and communication disorders. 

THREE AREAS of concentration for “meditating” to music:
1.     General story brainstorming – overview
2.     Setting – grabbing the details as we live them
3.     Character – seeing someone come alive in our heads

“Rules” for meditation exercise:

1.     Have a partner select music that will focus on your purpose.  (For example—tell her that you’re working on a werewolf story and you’d like it to be seductive, suspenseful, and gothic in tone.)  Partner keeps the title(s) a secret so you can avoid any preconceptions about what you’re going to hear.
2.     Listen to song more than once. 
a. First time – absorb the music by just listening. 
b. Second time – record your impressions in a variety of ways: word pictures (phrases, sentences, words, details), sketches.  Don’t break the flow of your writing!!!
c. Third time – interpret your impressions by adding notes, completing    sentences, and adding more details or deleting what doesn’t fit.
Listen again if needed….
3.     Remember to use the five senses.
4.     Allow yourself to get corny and feel the music.  Live the song.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween Movie Binge: NEVER HIKE ALONE

Any Friday the 13th fans out there?

This isn't exactly the next installment in the series, but it's close--and it's about 50 minutes of awesome.

Never Hike Alone isn't a series sequel, reboot, reimagining, or even a recycled version of the "real thing" (whatever "the real thing" is anymore in this cash-grabby world of remakes). It's a quality fan film. It's gory and scary and full of Easter eggs. If for some reason you've never seen a film with Jason Vorhees in it, it's a great entry point, because it includes a quick recap of the "ghost story" that's always haunted Camp Crystal Lake.

In a bloody nutshell, we've got a hiker (who by the way could very well be the younger, nicer brother of Jax Teller, so enjoy!). Hiker vlogs about a trip he's taking into a "preserve" in the Catskills. Then--oh, crap--hiker stumbles over a certain wooden sign that every horror fan will be familiar with...

Never Hike Alone was released on YouTube on--what else?--Friday the 13th, so if you want to watch it, you can do it right here! (Just click on the screen and maximize to a full screen view.)

(Be prepared for some watching-through-your-fingers scenes. Or maybe I was doing that because I had all the lights off!)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Is On!!!

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Over $1000 in prizes!

During this event I'm going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check my featured title, Hot for a Bite, out along the way.

The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

Event Dates: October 12 - 31

Good luck, and happy hunting!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

EPCOT Food & Wine Festival!

Raise your hand if you've ever been to the Disney EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.


(Er...that's not me in the photo. But I swear I was there!)

I'm going to interrupt my Halloween Movie Binge in order to dish about my recent adventures in culinary and wino paradise, so strap in, rev up your taste buds, and close your eyes for a vicarious thrill...

First off, here is everything you need to know about the Festival. Basics:
* It's once a year at EPCOT, and there are 35(!) booths from different countries, plus food studios.
* You will eat and drink all day.
* If you are a pescatarian like me, there are many, many things to eat, which leads to...
* You will spend way too much money no matter what you are. (Wearing a Magic Band facilitates this, as it acts as your fun credit card. Everything becomes Monopoly Money with a Magic Band.)

Mickey looks so sweet, shiny, and innocent here, but he's going to attack your bank account, smack it around, and you will like it.

Now, you foodies, let me show you the gluttonous swath I cut through the Disney landscape!

1st Stop--Germany!
(Click above for the menu.)
I began with a wine flight of Rieslings, which is a favorite varietal of mine. Note my virgin passport in front of the flight. It is about to get sullied by many stamps and food stains.

2nd Stop--India!
Let it be noted that pairing wine with my food from this point on was pure necessity. (Really!) Also, I didn't go to the marketplaces in order--this meant that I was walking from one end of the park to another, because good girls exercise.

Anyway, here you see Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice. I paired this with a light, crisp Chenin Blanc. Delicious!

3rd stop--Farm Fresh!
This stand features (Wait for it!)...Farm Fresh food from Florida! I needed something light and refreshing after the heat from the Indian curry (Yes, I'm a heat wimp.), so I ordered a Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts.

Salads rock.

But the highlight of this meal wasn't the food--it was the bounce-on-my-heels yumminess of the Mango Wine. If you're going to the Festival, this is AWESOME.

4th Stop--Hawaii!
I'll be honest--I was on a roll with the vino, and Pineapple Wine sounded like just the thing. It In fact, for me, it was one of only a few disappointments. Not that I would turn it down. I just wouldn't head straight for this marketplace next time.

At this point, I headed for the food studios...
5th Stop--The Cheese Studio!
Cheese, Glorious Cheese. Check out this trio!

Strawberry Macaroon topped with Pepper Cheese (Sounds weird but tastes great!); Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Shallot and Chive Cheese (I'm swooning even now.); Profiterole topped with Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Apricot Jam (also divine).

I snarfed up this pretty plate with a Veltliner (barely visible to the left of the cheeses).

Intermission of the Tummy

My Foray into a Wine Seminar
The Food & Wine Festival offers special events, including seminars in which winemakers chat about their craft. Luigi with the Coppo Winery in Italy was our host, and I swear to God, you are looking at one of the best Moscatos I've ever had on the right.

We Now Return to Gluttony

I must confess that this is one of two marketplaces I visited twice (the other being India...which you will soon discover again). My first trip here was for the purpose of delighting in this adorable pallet of cheese:
*Fromager Affirois de Excellence
*Blue Cheese with Apricot Jam
*Toma with Honey
The plate was paired with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Malbec.
One of my faves of the Festival!

At this point I'm scaring even myself. How did I eat so much? DRINK so much? Bear in mind that the Festival opens at 11am and it's now hours later. I've been eating, drinking, chatting, walking, and generally reveling in how lucky I was to be at EPCOT.

Also, you'll notice that the glasses of wine are not exactly mammoth.

I was getting a second wind here with this wine flight, which included a Valdeorras, Rosado, and Monastrell. Rose is a personal favorite of mine, so I liked. Liked a lot.

I will pause again here to mention that almost every time I ordered a wine flight, it rained for about five Florida minutes. So anyone who was caught in a quick downpour that day can blame me and my love of the grape.
So, yes--another flight! This one featured Chenin Blanc, a Pinotage, and Sweet Shiraz. Africa has some kick-ass wines.

This is where I turned into Food Only Girl. I was hungry and had reached the Wine Saturation Point.

What you see here is the best dish I've had inside or outside the Festival. I dream of these Seared Scallops with Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussel Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms.
I want to roll around in this dish. I want to propose to it. I want it to remain a lovely memory that will keep me warm on the coldest of nights.

Pistachio. Cardamom. Cake. Chocolate Coconut Mousse.

Head and stomach exploding.

Until the next time, sweet dreams of food and wine, my friends!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Halloween Movie Binge: THE INVITATION

This one starts out like an indie movie about people working out their issues over dinner. One of the guests is the hero, who has lost his son, and he's attending this little reunion party at his ex-wife's invitation.

Then the unsettling, ambient music kicks in. It's music that would make anyone want to watch through their fingers, reaching into you to scrape over your nerves.

Then someone plays

That's all you're going to get, but keep in mind that this movie is not what you would expect it to be. It's labeled as a "thriller" at Netflix--a psychological thriller to be exact. Scenes build upon one another, and every time the hero says (or gives a look that means) something is wrong, we all go one step closer to the abyss.

Not a fun scare, but a deep one.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Halloween Movie Binge: HONEYMOON

What I love about the digital age is that it's brought back scary movies with a brutal force. There's something for everyone.

Not everything has to be about jump scares, though I love them.

Not everything has to be about slashes, though that's one of my fave horror subgenres.

Sometimes you get movies that are subtle, that creep under your skin minute by minute. They are slow burns (like one of my all-time favorites, SESSION 9).

For HONEYMOON, you need lots of patience. It starts off with newlyweds who go to a remote cabin, and they are totally in lurve. Much time is spent establishing this. Also, if you're a GAME OF THRONES or PENNY DREADFUL fan, you'll be happy to see Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway here.

Then weirdness starts, beginning with the townspeople. After that, something changes for this loving couple, and I'm not going to say what, but...creeeeepy.

Oh, also, if you're looking for a scene that will make you want to barf, look no farther than this flick. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Halloween Movie Binge: HOUSEBOUND

Movie Math
HOUSEBOUND = girl under house arrest in possible haunted house (x) (fun jump scares + solid mystery + kinda funny) - (that is not Shailene Woodley on the poster)

I don't know how many times I skipped over this one on Netflix. Totally worth a see, not the least because it takes care of the old "why don't they just leave the house if they think it's haunted?" dilemma with ease. (Family attachment to the house, and as mentioned, house arrest.) Lots of twists and turns, plus some truly fun horrific moments that made me go "Hee!!!"

Check it out:

If you have any recommendations, let me know!