I give up.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I am giving up my initial idea for this entry which was to compose a complete play list in the style of a movie soundtrack highlighting Trygve’s life and his part in the story up to this point, with maybe some hints as to things that are going to happen. I had all kind of song titles in this vein too: Trygve’s Lament, The Healer’s Repose, Requiem for a Conviction, and all kinds of stupid stuff like that. I planned to draw these songs from all the fantasy-styled artists I’ve been listening lately, perhaps intertwining them with some modern songs as well.
But alas, I keep getting distracted. I’m also lazy when it comes to organization. Plus, the sheer amount of music I’ve been listening to lately makes it incredibly difficult. The style of the music as well, makes it difficult to choose specific songs. Since I listen while I write and work, they all tend to run together.
That said, I have plenty to discuss. Since writing up my playlist last year, I’ve discovered a bunch of new music following links through Spotify and from friends. Jenny turned me on to Radio Rivendell, which is both the best and the worst thing in the world. Some days I can listen and just lose myself. Other days, I can’t stop checking for the artist that’s on and scrambling around youtube and Spotify for more, losing hours of work and writing time as a result.
I’ve always listened to the Morrowind and Skyrim soundtracks while working, sometimes adding some Baroque into the mix. Then one day on Skype a friend of mine said she’d found some great writing music, something of the “grand, cinematic instrumentals” variety, and posted a youtube link to Valentin Wiest. I was hooked immediately and listened to his albums, Fragments of Legends parts I and II, for weeks on end. If you are interested in this type of music, you must listen to this immediately. The best way I can think to describe it is just to say that when it’s playing, it makes everything I do feel epic.
But I’ve not only discovered orchestral fantasy scores, there is Catarin Finch whose album with Seckou Keita is phenomenal. Seckou Keita is an excellent kora player and another I highly recommend, but then just about anything involving a kora gives me multiple eargasms. On that note, I can’t say enough about Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal’s album Chamber Music.
But this was supposed to be about Trygve. I have very specific ideas about what the modern version of Trygve listens too. Coming from an upper middle class background, he had a very comprehensive music education growing up, enjoying both individual instrument (piano, guitar) lessons and music theory in his posh private school. As a result, he’s kind of a music snob. He likes some classical music, sticking mostly to string orchestras. He really loves strings, including the harp so he would listen to Catarin Finch and some kora music. Most of the time he listens to jazz (the big ones, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus) and occasionally gets a hair across his bum to buy some obscure jazz on vinyl. When he does this Elspeth calls him a pretentious hipster douchebag, which he strongly protests arguing that bidding on eBay and various music auction sites rather than hanging out at the local record store clad in skinny jeans, has destroyed his hipster street cred.
Personally, I don’t know how she puts up with him.
As for the Trygve in the Disaster, I can see his tastes being far more varied. I think he’d like classic rock from the sixties and seventies: things like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull. He loves bluegrass and folk rock, but only traditional stuff–none of this jam band Phish bullshit. And absolutely no Mumford and Sons!