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re: Vespers/Angels/Graveyards, what I think

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Scaramouche 10:04 am MST 02/08/07
In reply to: Vespers/Angels/Graveyards, what I think - Rakae 09:19 am MST 02/08/07

I think Jim is only considering it for Bat at the moment, as he says in his blog it may not make the final cut.

The Graveyard Shift (title, music & lyrics) is obviously perfect for Batman, as that is what it was written for and would certainly need a lyrical re-write for Bat.

I also agree that 'Graveyard Shift' may be misleading to the Bat audience; why would Captain Hook be singing specifically about working at night?

However, the song is too good to waste, and should appear somewhere; I would suggest the Dream Engine album is a more appropriate place than the Bat musical.



> Okay. I’ve got my own visions of Neverland which I’ve
> never been able to totally separate from your music, or
> your scripts, so pardon if I missed out something obvious.
> It’s been a while since I’ve read over Neverland or Dream
> Engine.
>
> This is what immediately comes to mind when cross
> referencing Vespers/Angels Arise/Graveyard Shift with
> Neverland.
>
> I can see the group of lost children ‘chanting’ the Latin
> and English vespers, and the soprano singling herself out
> for the solos, getting sucked back into the children,
> sometimes reluctantly, sometimes willingly, depending on
> if the context is going with or against the grain of what
> the children chant. Obviously ‘as the dark entwines with
> darkness’ is great contrast to the ‘radiance’ of the
> context as well as the melody. The second soloed part I
> can see her addressing it to the children. Totally sucked
> in and not in sight after ‘save us’.
>
> When the piano starts getting rumbling and rough I can see
> Hook stalk into view and start proclaiming himself as a
> hero, under the impression he is only good and righteous,
> as I suppose all villains think they are. Very self
> martyring sounding… Music sounds heroic though, might
> confuse audience a bit. A couple questions about context:
>
> Why would Hook be talking about symbolism of graveyard
> shift? Does his facility only run nocturnally?
>
> Is ‘criminals’ an accusation at lost children?
>
> Hook saying to the memories of innocent destroyed by
> crime? Might be believable to some audience members not
> totally with it, either that or a REAL laugh.
>
> Would reference to burying parents be relevant, perhaps
> could be rewritten?
>
> I might’ve overly taken the song out of context, but I’d
> be interested to see what you’ve got to say. One last
> question:
>
> This isn’t the first song you’ve encorporated Latin into
> as a sort of ‘chant’ (take that word lightly, you make it
> sound a lot more melodious then real chanting), and
> Wikipedia says your mother was a Latin teacher. Do you
> –actually- know Latin? My father’s quite adept and at
> least in Carpe Noctern he said it was random words taken
> from the Psalms. Come to think of it, what languages do
> you know besides English?
>
> ~Rakae
>
>


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