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A Song That Reminds You of Star Wars

Posted in Challenges with tags , , , , , on 28 March 2013 by Megan

I’m going to take this one a very different direction today. Star Wars is strongly associated with sound, in fact having more sounds per second of film (between dialogue, music, and sound effects) than any other film. That’s according to The Sounds of Star Wars, which I’ve been reading this week, which is awesome and which I will attempt to review Sunday. But because sound is so closely tied in with Star Wars, and the music in with the sound, it’s of course very easy to simply turn to the soundtrack. But that feels like cheating. And there is a non-Star Wars song that always makes me think of Star Wars. When I say “always,” I really am talking about something that goes back more than 12 years:

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From an AIM Instant Messenger conversation dated September 27, 2000.

In 2000, my AIM convos did little more than document everything going on on the radio at that second. Anyway, the song I’m talking about is by the Wallflowers, and although I called it “The Padiddle Song” most of my life, it’s actually called “One Headlight.” The book I’m referring to, The Uncertain Path, is the sixth book in the Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson.

I used to wait in agony for these to come out. Defenders of the Dead made me so mad, I threw my copy across the room.

I used to wait in agony for these to come out.

These juvenile-level books told the story of Obi-Wan’s training as a 14-year-old Padawan apprentice to Qui-Gon. Their relationship had a very rocky start; in the first two books, Qui-Gon didn’t want an apprentice at all. In the third book, Obi-Wan narrowly escaping a mind-wipe just after his 14th birthday makes them both realize how close they have become and how much they don’t want to lose each other. So book 4 was their first real adventure together as a reciprocal team. Then came Defenders of the Dead. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan go to a planet called Melida/Daan where all the middle-aged people have been utterly wiped out in a war and now there are only children and old people. Obi-Wan immediately is drawn in by the arguments of the other adolescents — sort of a Communist Youth in Space — and quickly grows fed up with Qui-Gon and the Council’s “pandering” to the other faction. At the end of the book, Obi-Wan gives his lightsaber to Qui-Gon and quits the Jedi.

I threw the book across the room, I was so mad. Of course Obi-Wan did it because he’d fallen in love with this girl fighter Cerasi. It was outrageous though because Qui-Gon’s reluctance to take a Padawan had centered entirely around his abandonment issues since his previous apprentice had turned dark side and also quit the Jedi. Oh, I wanted to kill Obi-Wan for putting Qui-Gon through that. (Keeping in mind that at this age, I still considered Qui-Gon more awesome than any fictional character ever created in history before, and Obi-Wan was still kind of the boring old guy in the Original Trilogy, although his hotness was beginning to make an impression. In fact, although I was looking for times I quoted “One Headlight,” I found 15 convos containing both Wallflowers lyrics and the phrase “Obi-Wan is hot.”)

Anyway, in the next book, Cerasi dies a martyr to her cause, and her death inspires peace throughout Melida/Daan and ends the conflict. Obi-Wan goes back to the Jedi and in true Jedi fashion, never speaks of it again. But even though various sources have pinned him with Siri, I know the truth. His heart — before he gave it to Padmé to crush — belonged to a redheaded teenage freedom fighter whose death gave her planet peace and set him back on the right track. I have always found these lyrics ring eerily in sync with the events of these two books, and though I haven’t read them in over a decade, I always think of Obi-Wan when I hear this song.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you

One Headlight
by The Wallflowers

(with annotations, because I doubt you’ve read these books)

So long ago I don’t remember when,
That’s when they say I lost my only friend.
Well, they say she died easy of a  broken heart disease
As I listen to the cemetery trees.

[Obi-Wan, thinking back, recalls his days with Cerasi and the Melida/Daan youth]

I seen the sun coming up at the funeral at dawn,
The long broken arm of human law.
It always seemed such a waste,
She always had a pretty face.
I wonder why she hung around this place.

[Cerasi and the other fighters, whose parents and oftentimes older siblings had all been killed in the war, often lingered at the mausoleums and grave houses where their loved ones’ remains were. In fact, most of Melida/Daan was like a cemetery, bombed out shells of its former glory.]

Hey, —-
Come on try a little, nothing is forever!
There’s got to be something better than
In the middle.
Me and Cinderella put it all together
We can drive it home with one headlight.

[The youth of Melida/Daan were caught in the middle, the conflict between the Melida and the Daan, life and death, young and old, war and peace. Cinderella is Cerasi, a fairytale character with a grim side, and the one headlight is just enough light to be able to see a little bit ahead by, just enough light to know the right thing to do]

She said, “It’s cold. It feels like Independence Day,
And I can’t break away from this parade.”
But there’s got to be an opening somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed.
And I seen the sign up ahead at the county line bridge,
Saying all that’s good and nothingness is dead.
Run until she’s out of breath, she ran until there’s nothing left
She hit the end, it’s just her window ledge.

[Although they didn’t have an Independence Day, they did have highly military ritual. This reminds me of the scene in which Cerasi dies, imprinted in my imagination as the bright figure of the girl leaping out into the dazzling gray of the sky and shot in the circle of the two facing enemies.]

This place is old, it feels just like a beat up truck.
I turn the engine but the engine doesn’t turn.
It smells of cheap old wine, cigarettes,
This place is always such a mess.
Sometimes I think I’d like to watch it burn.
I’m so alone, I feel just like somebody else.
Man, I ain’t changed, but I know I ain’t the same.
But somewhere here in between these city walls of dying dreams,
I think her death it must be killing me.

[The child warriors of Melida/Daan lived in the sewers and underground pipelines. There’s a scene where Obi-Wan sits around eating rations with a group of them that this reminds me of. Also, when it is all said and done, and he returns to the Jedi and moves on to the next adventure, he does not really change at all, and yet the place had an affect on him. It’s really such a sad, sad song, even in this context.]

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Best Night Ever

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on 25 January 2013 by Megan

How funny is this? Last week I posted that concert picture without even thinking about it, but then in my regular blog, I was inspired yesterday to do a whole post about the Star Wars concert. Enjoy, won’t you?

Minutiae

Last night, I was working with Chatty, which is a bit like being trapped in a room where a fly is beating itself against the window endlessly and you can’t do anything about it but listen to “Bzzz–thunk—bzzz—thunk” until you’re positive you’re losing your mind. One unexpected nice thing about not being able to hear, though, is that I can tune her out really, really, really well.

The conversation I am about to relate followed closely on the heels of this one. I use “conversation” loosely because she babbles like a brook and I say, “Mmm?” while trying to actually do my job. She suddenly burst out, “Oh, my gosh, there’s these two brothers and they’re both coaches at the Superbowl!” Me: “Uh huh.” She stares and says, “Don’t you think that’s crazy?” She repeats that with her initial statement four or five different ways and then adds, “I mean…

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Star Wars Concert

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , , on 18 January 2013 by Megan

Still just trying to keep content coming in here. Another post from HS.

A picture of a night you loved.

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How could it get any better than December 2, 2009? Kristine and I went to the Arena District for an epic Star Wars concert; we ate at a BD’s and then headed over to the place . . . it was a rainy night, but it didn’t really matter. We got an encore of the Imperial March, and Anthony Daniels was there in person–that was a huge surprise. There were lasers, man, lasers. And SW props. I bought a program for $30, but it was actually worth it. As far as I can remember, there were no down-sides to this night. It was amazing and perfect and I loved it.

My Life, 80 Days: Day 35 via Hundredaire Socialite.

Maybe?

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , on 20 July 2012 by Megan

So the Star Wars Librarian is moving tomorrow. I’d say that might slow down posts around here, but *looks around* *crickets* Yeah, I’m sorry about that. Anyway, a couple weeks ago as the roommate and I were making one of our last drives between Hither and Yon, this dumb song came on the radio that I had never heard before and she insisted I listen to it. Well, I mean, she played it, and I was in the passenger seat. I don’t exactly get the appeal of bad music, so, you know? But then another friend linked me to this on YouTube and suddenly it all made sense: Obi-Wan wants my body. Wait, what?!

(If you can’t get through the first chorus without beginning to grin, you may not have a soul. Enjoy!)

I threw a wish in the well, [Vader E5, Leia E4, Vader E6, Tarkin E4, Luke E4
Don’t ask me, I’ll never tell, [Anakin E3, Luke E4, Leia E6
I looked to you as it fell, [Emperor E6, Vader E6, Luke E5, Yoda E5, Anakin E2
And now you’re in my way [Vader E4, Obi-Wan E4, Leia E4
I’d trade my soul for a wish, [Obi-Wan E6, Panaka E1, Obi-Wan E4, Anakin E2, Luke E5, Vader E4
Pennies and dimes for a kiss. [Qui-Gon E1, Stormtrooper E4, Luke E5, Han E5
I wasn’t looking for this, [Officer E4, Luke E5, Han E4
But now you’re in my way. [Yoda E5, Obi-Wan E4, Han E6
Your stare was holdin’, [Vader E5, Panaka E1, Obi-Wan E6, Padmé E2 deleted scene
Ripped jeans, skin was showin’ [Chewie E5, Leia E4, Threepio E1
Hot night, wind was blowin’ [Anakin E3, Anakin E2, Anakin E2
Where you think you’re going, baby? [Threepio E4, Han E4

Hey, I just met you, [Luke E5, Gold Leader E4,
And this is crazy, [Padmé E1, Luke E5,
But here’s my number, [Han E4, Han E6, Yoda E2, Obi-Wan E4
So call me, maybe? [Vader E6, Emperor E6, Obi-Wan E1
It’s hard to look right [Han E4, Yoda E1, Padmé E2, Luke E5
At you, baby, [Han E6, Padmé E3
But here’s my number [Threepio E4, Han E6, Threepio E6, Queen E1
So call me, maybe? [Obi-Wan E6, Threepio E4, Boss Nass E1
Hey, I just met you, [Han E4, Gold Leader E4, Padmé E1,
And this is crazy, [Threepio E4, Han E6,
But here’s my number, [Han E4, Han E6, Padmé E3, Queen E1
So call me, maybe? [Obi-Wan E6, Emperor E6, Yoda E5

And all the other boys [Anakin E3, Threepio E5, Han E4, Obi-Wan E4
Try to chase me, [Motti E4, Obi-Wan E3, Han E4
But here’s my number, [Threepio E4, Han E6, Anakin E3, Obi-Wan E4
So call me, maybe? [Vader E6, Han E4, Dooku E2

You took your time with the call, [Han E4, Obi-Wan E6, Obi-Wan E3, Luke E6, Ackbar E6, Han E4
I took no time with the fall [Obi-Wan E5, Obi-Wan E6, Obi-Wan E2, Yoda E5, Dooku E3
You gave me nothing at all, [Vader E6, Anakin E2, Vader E6, Threepio E4
But still, you’re in my way [Dooku E2, Vader E5, Obi-Wan E4, Wedge E6,

I beg, and borrow and steal [Bib Fortuna E6, Jawa E4
Have foresight and it’s real [Sebulba E1, Jabba E6
I didn’t know I would feel it, [Greedo E4
But it’s in my way [Jabba E6

Your stare was holdin’, [Anakin E3, Panaka E1, Obi-Wan E2, Padmé E2 deleted scene
Ripped jeans, skin was showin’ [Chewie E5, Leia E4, Obi-Wan E6, Threepio E1
Hot night, wind was blowin’ [Anakin E3, Anakin E2, Dooku E2
Where you think you’re going, baby? [Luke E4, Anakin E3

Hey, I just met you, [Luke E4, Threepio E4, Padmé E1
And this is crazy,  [Obi-Wan E4, Gold Leader E4, Leia E5
But here’s my number, [Emperor E3, Han E6, Emperor E6, Officer E4
So call me, maybe? [Vader E6, Luke E4, Obi-Wan E1
It’s hard to look right [Han E4, Padmé E1, Han E5, Luke E5
At you, baby, [Han E6, Padmé E3
But here’s my number, [Threepio E4, Han E6, Anakin E3, Obi-Wan E4
So call me, maybe? [Watto E1, Emperor E6, Dooku E2

Hey, I just met you, [Han E5, Gold Leader E4, Padmé E1
And this is crazy, [Obi-Wan E4, Threepio E4, Jar Jar E1
But here’s my number, [Obi-Wan E2 deleted scene, Emperor E6, Obi-Wan E4
So call me, maybe? [Emperor E6, Luke E4, Obi-Wan E1

And all the other boys, [Anakin E3, Leia E5, Obi-Wan E6, Gold Leader E4
Try to chase me, [Motti E4, Obi-Wan E3, Anakin E3
But here’s my number, [Han E4, Han E6, Windu E2, Officer E4
So call me, maybe? [Obi-Wan E6, Emperor E6, Yoda E1

Before you came into my life, [Luke E4, Leia E4, Emperor E3, Threepio E4
I missed you so bad– [Anakin E3, Palpatine E2, Panaka E1
I missed you so bad– [Anakin E3, Han E6
I missed you so, so bad. [Anakin E3, Palpatine E2, Obi-Wan E6, Han E4
Before you came into my life, [Han E4, Leia E4, Emperor E3,
I missed you so bad [Anakin E3, Vader E6, Luke E5
And you should know that [Obi-Wan E6, Qui-Gon E1, Han E6,
I missed you so, so bad [Anakin E3, Watto E1, Boss Nass E1, Leia E5

It’s hard to look right [Han E4, Yoda E1, Han E4, Obi-Wan E4
At you baby, [Han E6, Anakin E3,
But here’s my number, [Obi-Wan E3, Han E6, Emperor E6, Obi-Wan E4
So call me, maybe? [Threepio E5, Han E4, Yoda E5, Padmé E3

Hey, I just met you, [Han E5, Threepio E4, Padmé E1
And this is crazy, [Obi-Wan E4, Nute Gunray E2, Han E6
But here’s my number, [Threepio E4, Han E6, Anakin E1, officer E4
So call me, maybe? [Vader E6, Emperor E6, Obi-Wan E1

And all the other boys, [Anakin E3, Yoda E5, Anakin E3, Gold Leader E4
Try to chase me, [Motti E4, Obi-Wan E3, Obi-Wan E4
But here’s my number, [Luke E4, Han E6, Luke E6, Obi-Wan E4
So call me, maybe? [Vader E6, Anakin E2, Threepio E5, Yoda E3

Before you came into my life, [Threepio E4, Leia E4, Emperor E3, Sleaze Baggano E2
I missed you so bad– [Anakin E2, Shmi E1, Anakin E2,
I missed you so bad– [Anakin E2, Shmi E1, Jar Jar E1
I missed you so, so bad. [Anakin E2, Vader E6, Vader E6, Luke E4
Before you came into my life, [Obi-Wan E4, Leia E4, Emperor E3, Threepio E4
I missed you so bad [Anakin E2, Threepio E4, Boss Nass E1
And you should know that [Obi-Wan E4, Yoda E5, Obi-Wan E5
So call me, maybe? [Obi-Wan E5, Emperor E6, Yoda E1

Permanently Stuck

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , , on 23 March 2012 by Megan

I just got the Return of the Jedi soundtrack from the library today. I’ve never listened to it before, believe it or not, and I’ve really been enjoying it. However, there’s just one thing . . . I can no longer listen to the Star Wars Main Theme and take it seriously because I find myself humming the lyrics. “What lyrics?” you might ask — and well you might, because if you have to ask, I am so glad you are reading this post! I am about to introduce you to one of the best things ever. How is it the best thing, you may wonder, if I just described it as ruining the main theme? Well, I don’t mean ruin as in ruin, I mean ruin as in make better. Don’t believe me? Well, watch the following video.

I know, you didn’t know the main theme even had lyrics. But I guarantee you’re grinning right now. And really, isn’t that what fun Friday is all about? Grinning? Yeah, go watch the video again. Super enjoy. *humming* I am a Jedi, we are all good guys, last of our breed . . .

(PS, he promises to post lyrics to his site soon. Here’s hoping he does, because there are bits of that I am dying to know what he’s saying!)

Primeday

Posted in Fun with tags , , on 3 June 2011 by Megan

Of course you know Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” You know it because you’re a reasonably intelligent human being who is obviously on the internet. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that you’ve heard of it, and, if you listened to it and are honest, you’ve had it in your head because it’s a moderately catchy tune that’s better than the nonsense Kim Kardashan tried to convince us was a song. What you might not know is that a couple of very funny guys called Teddie Films did a delicious parody called “Primeday,” and I have provided it for you here forthwith for viewing enjoyment.

A little more information, because I am a librarian . . . A number of sources, primarily Star Wars role-playing game guides, refer to a five-day week in the Star Wars universe, and put names in them. There’s only six or so sources that cite this, and I could regale you with all kinds of reasons by a five-day week is scientifically and biologically impossible, so suffice it to say that these five silly-named days are not canonical. However, all the days mentioned in the song are in fact cited in the role-playing games. Enjoy the video, anyway :-D