“Finduilas, daughter of Adrahil of Dol Amroth … was a lady of great beauty and gentle heart, but before twelve years had passed she died. Denethor loved her, in his fashion, more dearly than any other, unless it were the elder of the sons that she bore him. But it seemed to men that she withered in the guarded city, as a flower of the seaward vales set upon a barren rock. The shadow in the east filled her with horror, and she turned her eyes ever south to the sea that she missed.”
( the sea that she missed - a mix for Finduilas of Dol AmrothCollapse )
Spring is upon us! Here's a mix for blossoming flowers and returning birdsong, sunny days and fireworks displays.
( A Panoply of Song - A Spring & Summer MixCollapse )
'What then would you have,' said Gandalf, 'if your will could have its way?'
'I would have things as they were in all the days of my life,' answered Denethor, 'and in the days of my longfathers before me: to be the Lord of this City in peace, and leave my chair to a son after me, who would be his own master and no wizard’s pupil. But if doom denies this to me, then I will have naught: neither life diminished, nor love halved, nor honour abated.'
( all the ones you love will someday have to go - a mix for the House of StewardsCollapse )
Happy September equinox! Here's a mix to remind you of falling leaves, fuzzy sweaters, crackling fires, and snow-blanketed trees.
( Let Winterlight Come - An Autumn & Winter MixCollapse )
For anomilygrace. Picking up where The Long Winter left off!
Whereas earlier events in the series remained restricted to the Ingalls family, Little Town on the Prairie moves beyond the family circle. Echoing Laura's new-found interest in the outside world, it focuses on the social life of DeSmet Township as well as further developments with the Ingalls. Laura makes her first forays into the adult world--with jobs, school, parties, and an ever-increasing circle of friends. By the end of the novel, the shy, reticent Laura of past books has grown into a competent schoolteacher, ready (in spite of her age) to take on the world.
( Small Town Parade - an EP for 'Little Town on the Prairie'Collapse )
For anomilygrace. I know that Little Town on the Prairie comes next in my gradual backwards series, but the season inspired me.
The Long Winter is bitterly cold, heartrendingly spare, heroically inspiring, and ultimately uplifting. It's a dark night of the soul, sustained by hope, with a belated Christmas feast at the very end. It makes any of our ordinary winters look like child's play, yet still beams with the sheer tenacity of the human spirit.
( Another Winter Slowly - an EP for 'The Long Winter'Collapse )
Margaret Mitchell's epic Gone With the Wind ends with a decidedly UN-happily ever after. While there have been two authorized sequels, most readers agree that they don't even begin to compare to the original. (In my opinion, they're travesties.)
Tomorrow by ruby_gillis is another matter; focusing on Scarlett's daughter, it chronicles Ella Kennedy's quest to find her mother, from Tara to Atlanta to New Orleans to the Midwest. It's not perfect--the conclusion falls somewhat flat--but it's ultimately an engrossing read. And hopefully this mix will encourage you to do so!
( Come By Fire or Come By Storm - A Mix for 'Tomorrow'Collapse )
"Phebe voices the antiromantic viewpoint so necessary to [Shakespeare's As You Like It]; and she administers a well-deserved beating to a ninny who, it seems, thrives on the diet."
--Ralph Berry, "No Exit from Arden"
( cut 'em, they'll come back for more - A Mix for Phebe & SilviusCollapse )
Philippa Somerville, the most prosaic schoolgirl in Tudor England, plays a vital role in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. And as one would expect from Dunnett's labyrinthine plots, Philippa's interactions with the titular Francis Crawford of Lymond are equally complicated. Think of any literary trope imaginable; it probably happened at least once in their relationship.
Since we rarely get inside Lymond's head in the series, I took a similar approach with this mix: all the songs are either about Philippa, or her perception of Lymond.
( Cover the Path to Your Heart - A Mix for Lymond & Philippa in Two PartsCollapse )
On the surface, David Auburn's Proof is a very simple play. Catherine is a mess. Cathy's dad, Robert, was a crazy mathematician, but now he's dead. Cathy's older sister, Claire, is a meddling career woman. And Hal, Robert's former graduate student, is rifling through the office upstairs in search of some great mathematical discovery. Add in some psychological drama, family drama, comedy, and romance, and this well-made play becames an exceptionally elegant and intriguing piece of theatrical fare.
( Love & Mathematics - A Mix for 'Proof'Collapse )