I haven't read, watched or even gathered knoweledge on the plot of The Hunger Games before tonight. My bookclub is reading it for next month, but I haven't even started. So, I write this based only upon today's listening, and brief reading of the plot on Wikipedia. Really, I felt no incentive to read or watch it. The title just sounded depressing and I spent so many years being unhappy with myself that I choose to fill my life with joy over sadness. It becomes too easy to get lost in fear, sadness and darkness and forget how beautiful and precious life really is, a magical gift.
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Tonight, my mom just handed me a copy of "The Hunger Games" soundtrack and suggested that I go home and listen just moments after she unwrapped it from the package, put it in her CD player and promptly took it right out again. To which I replied, "Really? Uh... Why?" kind of stammering at this point, "But you just got it from Costco."
Mom shrugged and said, "My CD player isn't working. I forgot. You just need to listen." So home I went. Listen I did.
Then, Adam Levine and Rozzi, well, Maroon 5 doing "Come Away to the Water". Haunting. Starting with Adam solo - I see fires across plains, dark fields of hay near a river. At first, I thought of Zombies coming after you, then in comes Rozzi (dig her song "The City" - did you know she was just signed with 222 Records, Maroon 5's label?) with the harmonies and I saw "The bad guys" hunting & stealing children from their "good" families. But, the more I listened, the more it felt like the "good people" the rebels, like in Fahrenheit 451 who memorized books, encouraging children to leave the collective pleasantville (read: bad in this case) for the good of life. What started out as haunting, left me feeling a sense of hope for those children to have a good future.
Now we get to Miranda Lambert. I've heard a few of her songs before and even tried to listen to this one on it's own, out of context of the full soundtrack. I couldn't get into it. At. All. Miranda has a cool voice. It's different and I like it. Today, though, my imagination went on a trip into the past. Visions of hot stoves on hot days making grits. Everyone barefoot. Shoes unaffordable. This song reminds me of scenes from The Color Purple. Can't quite put my finger on why ... I see a rough 1930's kitchen in a shack on stilts in a field. Several women, in aprons, are hanging laundry on the line, baskets on their hips, whites blowing in the breeze. It's a warm, slightly humid day with a gentle breeze that's blowing in the grass that turns sad when the scene pans to a girl letting the tears run down her cheeks as she watches her father leave only to be hurt before he can get away.
Finally, my heart opened back up and found hope again in "Rules" by Jayme Dee. Simple. Peaceful. I'm alive, I've survived. Life can go on even though there's hurt and pain in the world.
So, I did a quick google on her name and found her cover of Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. I was fascinated.
Then, as I browsed her YouTube channel, I saw that she picked some really interesting songs like Brittany Spear's "Toxic" (below) and John Legend's version of Everyday People. The recording of Toxic was done in one take on a pier at 2AM. I love that. Raw, real, happenstance, spontaneous. Sometimes the best things happen in those moments.
What amazes me even more is that I didn't plan the topic, theme, or anything about this blog post. It was spontaneous. I allowed myself to tap into the universal flow and write from my heart. I let the tears flow, I felt the emotions, I lived each story the songs gifted to me thorough my deeply visual imagination (Thanks to Chuck for his encouragement and delight when I vocalized my visions in our Voiceover Class). And, I was given the opportunity to see many different ways to video a singer and her guitar. This gives me ideas of how I'd like to video myself, Birtha, and who knows what else. And, she even listed the mic's, tools, and software used to create the video. Yay! What fun. I'm so grateful for the inspiration and for following the thread that my mom & The Hunger Games lead me on.
I'll have you know that I did go into character as Birtha this week while writing and allowed Birtha to guest post on Calm Under Tension. I'd love to know what you think of her writing debut.