Songs that make you think of characters?

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Rose1836 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:35 am

Shining like the sun from Notre Dame de Paris could fit for Cosette, Éponine and Marius - it is a duetto between two women fallen for same handsome man - and part of it could also describe Enjolras, perhaps by some grisettes.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby moderntrickster » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:03 am

I haven't seen it here yet, but A Case of You by Joni Mitchell (the James Blake version is absolutely stunning as well) is prettymuch the most perfect Grantaire song I've ever heard...

You're in my blood, you're my holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

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I live in a box of paints
I'm frightened by the devil
And I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby warbetweenfourwalls » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:31 am

"Some Nights" by FUN is like a weird mix between Enjolras and Grantaire.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Rose1836 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:33 am

Dechire/Torn apart from Notre Dame de Paris doesn´t fit Canon-Marius, because he is has eyes only for Cosette, but some of the lyrics could describe difference between Cosette and Éponine :

(In French)
The one for the Heaven and the other to Hell
One for honey and one for the bitter

In English version Torn apart:
One's honey sweet, the other has a bite.
One's heaven sent, the other rules the night.

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Trompe-la-Mort » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:05 pm

Just thought that parts of Steppenwolf's "It's never too late to start all over again" fits Valjean after the Petit-Gervais to a T:

"Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
[...]
It's never too late to start all over again
To love the people who caused the pain
And help them learn your name...
[...]
You drift apart some more each day
You feel the guilt and loneliness
The God of your childhood you can't find
To save you from your emptiness
[...]
You can find a way to change today
You don't have to wait till then..."
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby between4walls » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:36 am

Since I don't know much modern music, but lots of random patriotic stuff:

The inauguration brought this to mind, but the Battle Hymn of the Republic is such a Jehan song, for one of those unexpectedly fierce moments. It's got loads of apocalyptic imagery ("He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat/He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat") in the service of the cause of liberty ("As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free"). Plus it was written by a poet/social activist who was previously known for more personal poetry.

And I can imagine Enjolras picking up via Feuilly the Greek national anthem, "Hymn to Liberty." It's addressed to liberty itself and begins,

"I recognize you by the fearsome sharpness,
of your sword,
I recognize you by the gleam (in your eyes)
with which you rapidly survey the earth."

Sounds about right.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Rose1836 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:07 pm

Loving you from Sondheim´s Passion could reflect Grantaire/Enjolras, especially Fosca´s spoken words (I would die for you... I would. Happily. In the end you will finally see what is beautiful in me).

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Acaila » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:15 pm

Ooooh, I kinda like the idea of comparing R/E with Fosca/Giorgio!
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Jehans Rose » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:07 am

"Heroes" by Mika: Les Amis.
"A Time for Us" from Romeo and Juliet: Éponine/Marius, Enjolras/France
"Learn to be Lonely" Enjolras
"Falling Slowly" Cosette/Marius (or has this one already been mentioned?)
"Eagleheart" by Stratovarius: Enjolras
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby MamzelleCombeferre » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:36 pm

I love the Fosca/Giorgio comparison!

A Time for Us makes me quite happy in comparison with Enjolras and his love for France. It's really fitting, and not at all too sappy. Falling Slowly I don't think has been mentioned, but that fits really well.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Rose1836 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:23 pm

Me, too! :mrgreen:

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Aurelia Combeferre » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:01 am

I like to think that R is more sane than Fosca....

The song, "I Can Hear the Bells" from Hairspray is so dreamy and funny, it reminds me of poor Marius. If he was a teenage girl, that is.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby MamzelleCombeferre » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:16 am

This is definitely true. Grantaire is a great many things, but he isn't mental.

:lol: Oh goodness, yes.
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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby Rose1836 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:22 pm

Yea, Grantaire have not mental problems, Fosca has. Don´t get me wrong, I sympathize with Fosca but... yea.

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Re: Songs that make you think of characters?

Postby MamzelleCombeferre » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:16 am

I totally understand, but that entire show just disturbs me, but I love it for that. I find it really hard to sympathize with any of the characters though. Fosca is obsessive, Clara strings Giorgio along for years, and Giorgio can't make up his mind, and thus becomes wishy washy. Each of them becomes more human though for that same reason.
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