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Friday Five – Breaking out in Song
comment 8 Written by on April 3, 2009 – 5:25 am

Every Friday here at Too Many Annas, you’ll find a little RP prompting – either in the form of 5 questions to answer about your character or in the form of a ficlet prompt (500 words) to write about them.  These aren’t meant to be hard, just things to think about for your character – you can answer in a comment or use them as a blog post of your own!

This week’s five is inspired by a few things – first, Arrens (who is a sometimes Feathermoonie) posted about the music behind his characters. And then the Wildfire Riders’ guild forum threads about “music for your character” spawning a “music for other people’s characters” thread as well.

It’s odd that, as a musician, I rarely think of my characters in non-WoW songs.  But these posts got me thinking about my characters (and wouldn’t you know, two of my guildies pegged Aely SMACK ON – both with sad songs, which surprised me, since she doesn’t often play up the fact that, in essence, she *is* a very sad character).  Anyway, forgive me if some of the Friday Five today are “meta” questions, or out of game questions, but I really like this topic!

  • Does your character have any musical inclinations? Can he or she sing or play an instrument?
  • If yes, are they trained or self-taught?  If no, have they ever tried to make music of any kind?
  • What kind of music, if any, reminds your character of home?
  • What kind of music would your character listen to, if given an iPod?
  • If you had to pick a song or two to represent your character, what song(s) would that be?

For what it’s worth, Aely’s songs are as follows:

  1. Luseblus, by the String Sisters – the instrument featured here is a Hardanger Fiddle, a Norse fiddle with four extra “resonance” strings.  It’s pretty rockin’.  When Aely’s at the bar or otherwise causing trouble with the Riders?  This song fits.
  2. Ailein Dunn, by Maev (<3 Jolly)
  3. Fields of Gold, by Eva Cassidy (thanks Yva!)
  4. Season of Mists, by Kevin Crawford, which I can’t find on teh intarwebs, but which is a solo piece for low whistle.
  5. Darrowshire, by Cranius (Thanks Phileas!) – written for a machinima video about the battle of Darrowshire, this video in general brings me back to Aely’s roots and how she reacts to returning to the Plaguelands.  It’s applicable to anyone from Lordaeron, though, who has to go back and face what’s happened in the face of the Plague.

Oh also?  Someone send Tarquin a pitch pipe.  His fiddle is HORRIBLY out of tune…

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8 Responses to “Friday Five – Breaking out in Song”

  1. I created a Human Priest on Feathermoon just so I can do these. So then, here is the first entry for the only slightly crazy Brother Josip’s Friday Five!

    Does your character have any musical inclinations? Can he or she sing or play an instrument?
    Josip is completely tone deaf, and he is well aware of his deficiency.

    Have they ever tried to make music of any kind?
    He tried ONCE for the church choir and was banned. Since then, he doesn’t even bother humming as it carries with it the high probability that he will disturb someone’s peace.

    What kind of music, if any, reminds your character of home?
    Josip listens exclusively to soothing instrumentals, as it reminds him of the serenity of the Stormwind Chapel.

    What kind of music would your character listen to, if given an iPod?
    Given a real life iPod, he would devour Zoe Keating’s One Cello x16 albums.

    If you had to pick a song or two to represent your character, what song(s) would that be?
    “Sun Will Set” from the above album. It’s quiet and serene, has a presence but isn’t forceful about it. It’s something you play in the background, and would only notice if you’re paying attention, but once you did notice it you’d realize it’s rather pleasant to have around.

    Argaleks last blog post..Button pushing

  2. Oh, wow. I went and checked out the “Darrowshire” link and sat here sniffling my way through it. I love that quest chain so very much. (Note to self: start the DK there…)

    I put up the girls’ answers over at WTT: RP so I didn’t hog your comments section. Excellent idea for a Friday Five. <3!

  3. @Lauren -

    I can’t watch Darrowshire without choking up a little, and whenever I need to have Aely talk about going home, and about Stratholme now and what happened to her family, I try to watch that. Because it really does give a very solid, tangible feel to what happened in the Plaguelands. It makes me remember that she’s more than the quick to laugh, even minded Paladin that most people see in everyday life.

    By Anna on Apr 3, 2009 | Reply
  4. I’ll fill out these for Norvallen, since they’re relevant, and the one thing about her character that’re totally at odds with everything else about her.

    1. Musical Inclinations?
    Yes. Perhaps surprisingly, given what she is. She’s a skilled hand at the autoharp or zither, and has a decent mezzo-soprano voice.

    2. Trained?
    Self-taught. Picked up her instrument, wanting to find a hobby in something other than arcana, way back in the day. Spent a while plucking at it until she had it more or less figured out. Capable of reading music, but generally doesn’t bother with it.

    3. Reminds her of Home?
    She considers Dalaran home, so, let’s assume music that originated in that city is similar to the ambiance that actually plays in-game. So; soft orchestrals, subdued choirs, odd “eastern” bent (as opposed, for example, to the brazen fanfares, choruses, and “western” stylings that dominate Stormwind’s “musical culture”). A very tangential question, on this note: Can anyone out there go into the ethnic origins of that style of music, if it has any? Doing so may help flesh the character out better, as well as just being fun to know.

    4. iPod?
    If she were modern-day, she’d collect a lot of folk music, blues, and a smattering of country and “southern rock” (whatever that means). I see her tastes as very much veering towards a very relaxed, “down-to-earth” playlist, and that’s really the best sort of modern analogy. Charlie Daniels would undoubtedly be a favorite artist.

    (you see what I mean about this being so much at odds with her persona?)

    5. Theme Music?
    Going to have to show my nerdity here, and go the video game route. The music that plays when she comes onscreen and starts doing her thing is probably “Freya’s Theme”, by Nobuo Uematsu, care of Final Fantasy IX.

  5. Does your character have any musical inclinations? Can he or she sing or play an instrument?

    If the Old Horde didn’t kill Bricu’s parents in the last days of the first war, he’d have been a bard. As it happens, he never got to finish learning the tin whistle. He can carry at tune and he’s relearning the tin whistle (up next, I think he needs to learn how to play the Bodhran or the Azerothian equivalent).

    If yes, are they trained or self-taught? If no, have they ever tried to make music of any kind? Bricu started with a tutor, but lately its self taught. He’s never tried to write a song.

    What kind of music, if any, reminds your character of home?

    Fiddle, pipes and drums.

    What kind of music would your character listen to, if given an iPod?
    Bricu would listen to Punk Rock, a little bit of Metal, Delta Blues, Country and Western Music and a smattering of Opera.

    If you had to pick a song or two to represent your character, what song(s) would that be?

    Dirty old town (I added Kristy MacColl for a different flavor.

    I’m still looking for another song for Bricu. This isn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be.

    bricus last blog post..NPCs

  6. Answers posted on my character’s LJ. :D

    Lilithariens last blog post..((Friday Five—Breaking Out in Song))

  7. Going to do this for Arvoss my death knight, since he is 1- my only toon that actually has a theme song, and 2- he actually is on Feathermoon. >.>

    1. Does your character have any musical inclinations? Can he or she sing or play an instrument?
    He can play a mean fiddle when the mood strikes him. He doesn’t own one right now, but if anyone were to let him borrow one, then…yea.
    He has a rather rough voice (being a death knight might have something to do with that), so he doesn’t usually sing. He will at times when he’s alone, though. Shaurria has just recently gotten him to sing for her a couple times. He does carry a tune pretty well.

    2. If yes, are they trained or self-taught? If no, have they ever tried to make music of any kind?
    His da taught him the fiddle when he was growing up, and he played alot when he was alive. He’s had no formal training as far as singing goes, that’s just natural talent.

    3. What kind of music, if any, reminds your character of home?
    Fiddles and stringed instruments, and anything slow and sad, especially anything you could call “haunting”. It doesn’t have to specifically be music from Lordaeron; if it’s slow and sad, it makes him think of home.

    4. What kind of music would your character listen to, if given an iPod?
    Probably alot of Irish/Celtic music, some southern rock, not sure what else. Instrumental rock maybe?

    5. If you had to pick a song or two to represent your character, what song(s) would that be?
    I know it’s been mentioned before, but “Darrowshire” I think really works for anyone from Lordaeron, whether they are alive and kicking, or, well, undead and kicking.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LcJXckn0Lo

    Arvoss’ theme song is “Micah”, from Russian Circles, an instrumental rock piece. It just fits him so well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gBPTK59YTE
    .-= Sarai´s last blog ..Kaledain & Khaotic: Plagueland =-.

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