From Song to Character

4 10 2010

Following the previous post about excellent songs in the Nightmare before Christmas, now I’ll provide one of my favourites.

Jack’s Lament. There is something very meaningful in this song; something deeper than just the tunes and lyrics. It serves the main character as who he really is: a sad, bored Pumpkin King under the name of Jack Skellington.

Even though you may just notice his miserable personality when first listen to it (which indeed is emphasized in this song), if you examine it more carefully, you will also find other traits in Jack Skellington. He’s fast and very light, with graceful ability to jump from tombstone to tombstone like a dancer. He’s also a little bit melancholic, with the boredom of his daily life and longing for a grand new adventure for him. And, more importantly, the excitement inside his skulls: he can jump, take off his head, and even play with it without feeling any pain. That’s because he’s been dead, I know, but there is deeper meaning why Jack takes off his head in the song. Presumably, it’s to reveal more of his graceful side, which might seem to be buried under this sad lyric.

And that’s why this song is wonderful. A song usually reflects the personality of whoever writes the lyric. But not the case with Jack’s Lament—it really shows Jack. Not the writer, but Jack. And I do believe it’s something we have to appreciate—this song really builds up his character from the very basic! 🙂

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A Song for Halloween and Christmas

2 10 2010

Today’s song:

“Making Christmas” from the Nightmare before Christmas. Well, I know the tune itself isn’t as catchy as many other songs you might have heard, and I wouldn’t argue with that. The lyric might be not as brilliant as other songs, either. And the scenes themselves… well, you may have found other movies with a better scenes and music.

So, what exactly I love from this song? Simple: it’s unique. It’s unique and creative, and that cannot be replaced by other beautiful songs.

Not that other songs are uncreative, of course. What I mean is this: even though the title is “Making Christmas”, the sound is rather gloomy and dark. And though it indeed is about making Christmas—an enjoyment and fun for most families—the ones who make it are monsters, ghouls, witches and ghosts. And their way of making Christmas is also special: by beheading a doll, crushing toy car into pieces, painting blood onto a duckie toy, making a snake-toy that eats human, and so on.Yes, it sounds more like Halloween! Looks rather awful, huh? 🙂

Oh, well. But, if you hadn’t known, the Nightmare before Christmas is a movie for children. It’s not a horror movie as what its characters may suggest—it’s a dark fantasy. Children’s dark fantasy, I must say. It’s not scary at all, and even rather fun to watch. It’s a film for family.

…So! It’s already October! A Halloween month! Remember: the Nightmare before Christmas can suit for both Halloween and Christmas! If you’re looking for a Halloween movie for your children, or you just can’t stand horror movies, put this movie into your list! There are also lots of other songs in this movie, most of which are catchier than this one. Remind me to talk about them one by one! 🙂

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Missing My Nemesis – The Importance of Conflict

25 09 2010

Check out this song. 🙂

This song is the extended version of Missing My Nemesis (or When We Didn’t get Along, according to Wikipedia) from Phineas and Ferb, and I must say, this song is totally nuts. 100% nuts.

I mean, sure, it has some catchy tunes and nice voice, but the lyric itself is seriously crazy. If a sad song like this is usually for a lover or something beloved to the singer, this song is for the most hated enemy. In the other words, it’s seriously off track and completely nuts….

…And that’s why I love this song. 🙂

Though it sounds completely insane, this song rings true—especially in the fictional world, that is. Okay, now this is a reversed logic: what if Lord Voldemort didn’t exist in harry Potter’s life? He’d probably be just a normal boy, good in Quidditch but nothing more, and never meet Ron or Hermione. He’d just probably be a commoner, the wizard world remained in peace, and nothing unordinary ever happened….

…How boring is that story?! No one would buy Harry Potter, if that’s the case!

…So, to sum up, as a matter of fact, a nemesis is useful. Even in the real world, if you didn’t have any rival, you might be just slacking around and doing everything without putting too much effort. But with someone you don’t want to lose to, you might be more motivated to work, and increase the quality of whatever you’re doing.

Some people say that “conflict is necessary” (see here, here and here for further arguments), and I believe it’s true for this reason. So, after reading this post, don’t forget to call your rival/enemy/nemesis, and tell them how happy you are for their dreadfully despicable existence. Yes, I know these words sound absolutely wrong. 🙂

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Time to Grow Up, Guys?

19 09 2010

Today, I don’t know why, but I can’t keep this song out of my head.

Click here for the one with the lyric

High School never ends…. You know, somehow, that’s very true. Though most people say that high school is the best moment in their lives—with the only mission they have is to be the most popular student in the school—that time itself never ends. We’re always trying to be popular in many ways: being the top manager in the biggest company in the world, becoming a superstar, trying to be a rich person, attracting the most beautiful woman or the most handsome man, and befriending with as many people as possible….

I mean… hey, we never grow up! We might mature a bit, but the world itself remains the same!

So, what’s the big deal? Nothing ever changes; our life is as beautiful as that halcyon time! Just enjoy it! 🙂

…The whole damn world is just as obsessed

with who’s the best dressed, and who’s having sex!

Who’s got the money, who’s got the honey,

who’s kinda cute, and who’s just a mess!

And you still don’t have the right look,

and you don’t have the right friends!

Nothing changes but the faces, the names and the trends…

HIGH SCHOOL NEVER ENDS!!!

 

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