Icon Meme

Feb. 12th, 2019 09:02 pm
chomiji: Kitty does not understand!  A kitten snarling, with the word 'wut?' as a caption (kitty - wut)

Almost a month ago, [personal profile] krait was doing the classic icon meme, where you get someone to pick three of your icons and then you make a post in which you explain them. So yeah, guess who forgot all about it? Yeah, Anyway, here we go:

Tenpou from Saiyuki Gaiden with the words, Not Necessarily by the Book

This is Tenpou Gensui ("Field Marshall Tenpou") from Saiyuki Gaiden, the prequel to Kazuya Minekura's cult favorite manga Saiyuki. He is a god in a Heaven that resembles a cross between an ancient Chinese court and a modern governmental bureaucracy. Tenpou is very well educated, obsessed with detail in the things he cares about, super sloppy in everyday life, an expert swordsman, and likely more than a little bit kinky (certainly fandom thinks so). I picked him as my avatar for writing Fandom Grammar columns back when I was doing that, because if anyone understands the difference between following a rule right off a cliff and instead applying it with finesse, it's Tenpou.

Dee and Ryo from the manga FAKE, with the caption A love like this cannot be hidden

Here are Dee (left) and Ryo (right), the leads from the classic shounen ai/yaoi manga series FAKE, which is a Japanese view of an American cop buddy series. The series moves from hints and flirting (on Dee's part; Ryo is more shy/restrained) to out and out yaoi at the very end. It's all good-humored and sweet (despite the violence) as well as slightly weird: mangaka Sanami Matoh doesn't quite get everything about U.S. police detectives. The caption, "Love like this cannot be hidden" is from a Carrie Newcomer song that is very explicitly about same-sex relationships (according to the liner notes): Be True (YouTube).

View of the Danube River in Germany

This one is not nearly as fandom-oriented as the other two. It's a view of the Danube River, and I made it for posts about the European river cruise we took a couple of summers ago, as a belated celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary. It was a Viking River Cruise trip from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Bucharest, Romania: up the Rhine, across on the Main-Danube Canal, and then down the Danube: 3 weeks.


Wnt me to pick three of your icons? Ask in the comments!

chomiji: Gojyo and Hakkai from Saiyuki, with the caption We Walk the Same Line (gojyo+hakkai - same line)

Introducing the ULTIMATE FANFIC TROPE SHOWDOWN v3.1!!! (See end for link and advice on using it.)

My top results:

Rank Name (of Trope)
1 Loyalty Kink
2 Found Families
3 Hurt/Comfort
4 Friends to Lovers
5 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
6 Hot Single Parent(s)
7 Fairy Tale/Mythology AU
8 Accidentally Fell In Love With The Mission Target
9 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
10 And They Were Roommates!
cut for the rest )

Whoa, shocker. I do think that "And they were roommates" is too high and "Supernatural Creature/Human Romance" is too low.

The first time through, the results were No Good. As suggested, avoid picking "I like both" or "No opinion."

Try it here~!

Hat tip: [personal profile] sholio

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

30: A song that reminds you of yourself

Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel

I was haunted by this song from when I first heard it. It came out the year I turned 19, not long after I had my first major depressive episode on my own as an adult. The weird mysticism, the percussion beat to the odd 7/4 time signature, the theme of alienation from those who think they know you ("To keep in silence I resigned / My friends would think I was a nut"), and the yearning to go home (and at this point, my real home was pretty broken) hit me hard.

And then at the end, the singer realizes he doesn't need his things, all he needs is his actual home, where he can be himself. My spirit still rises in anticipation every time I hear the opening bars, and my heart is full in sympathy every time he sings "My heart going 'boom boom boom.""

Cut for complete lyrics )

The video is weird as all get out: I'm not sure what the cabbage theme at the fade-out has to do with anything.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

29. A song that you remember from your childhood

A Bushel and a Peck, sung by Vivian Blaine in the original Broadway cast recording of "Guys and Dolls"

Broadway was big in our house, My mother, who had a pretty decent soprano, used to sing this to me and my sister.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

The Water Lily by Priscilla Herdman

I have a thing for alto voices. I've already showcased Mary Fahl (October Project), Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), and Tracey Thorne (Everything but the Girl) in this space.

Here's a fairly obscure folksinger whose voice has comforted me a number of times, including during the scary hospital stay in my early 30s when I first became a heart patient. The words to this were written by Henry Lawson ( 1867–1922), Australian writer and "bush poet." Herdman's album of the same title includes a number of songs by Lawson. I think this one is the most beautiful and by far the most haunting.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

27: A song that breaks your heart

I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I'll feel the power
But you won't, no you won't…

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

26: A song that makes you want to fall in love

We Walk the Same Line - Everything but the Girl

"If you lose your faith, babe
You can have mine
And if you're lost I'm right behind
'Cause we walk the same line ...

It's no coincidence that I also think of this as the theme song for my OTP, Gojyo and Hakkai from Saiyuki.

And wow, it's been two months since I've posted one of these.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

25: A song by an artist no longer living

New York's Not My Home by Jim Croce

Philadelphia native Jim Croce was most known for his rollicking story songs, like "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," sweet love tunes ("I Have to Say I Love You in a Song"), and ballads about being a lonely musician, like this one. The day before his hit single "I Got a Name" was released in 1973, he and his long-time lead guitarist Maury Muehleisen died in a plane crash. He was 30 years old.

(Details from Wikipedia, although I dimly remember the actual events: he died when I was 15 and just starting my record collection. I can sing every word of a number of his songs, including Leroy Brown, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim," and "Workin' at the Carwash Blues.")

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

24: A song by a band you wish were still together

Bury My Lovely by October Project

Mary Fahl's voice is so beautiful, smokey and compelling! I could listen to her for hours, but there actually aren't that many hours of recordings available. *sigh*

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

My City of Ruins by Bruce Springsteen

He originally wrote this in response to the urban decay of his childhood home, but then 9/11 happened, and it became so much more. This performance is from a live telecast that benefitted "the victims and their families, particularly but not limited to the New York City firefighters and New York City police officers" (contributor's notes on Youtube).

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

22: A song that moves you forward

I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

21: A favorite song with a person's name in the title

Daniel by Elton John

The wistful, haunted tone of this song captured my heart from the first time I heard it.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

20: A song that has many meanings to you

'39 by Queen

My first big rock fandom (the Beatles don't count: I wasn't old enough to buy my own records and didn't seek out merchandise and media coverage as I did with Queen), my senior year of high school, my first sort-of crush (I doubt he ever realized it ... but he said "You're beautiful!" when I had some practical tool of some sort in my backpack when he needed it, and I was smitten), and it was a song about science fiction ... oh, so many meanings.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

19. A song that makes you think about life

River of Dreams by Billy Joel

We all end in the ocean, we all start in the stream
We're all carried along by the River of Dreams

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

18: A song from the year that you were born

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin:

Yup, folks, I'm ooooold. Bobby Darin…Lord have mercy. I'm not really that thrilled with the pop music of my birth year and thereabouts, but at least this one is good-natured and doesn't take itself seriously.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Wow, I haven't done this for a *month*. Partially it was being sick, partially it was that I'm feeling very guilty because I haven't gone through all the classical suggestions from last time. Jewish Guilt, the gift that keeps on giving.

17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke

Eight Days a Week by the Beatles

I'm basically maximizing my un-super performance abilities here. My vocal range is pretty much identical to John's and Paul's, and I know this song so well that when I sing along with it on road trips, my husband remarks about how in-synch I am (on both singing and hand-clapping) — and he isn't given to flattery.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

16: One of your favorite classical songs

Songs? Surely they mean "classical pieces"?

And dude, I don't listen to classical.

It's kind of weird, in retrospect, because I went to the state art and music camp, where I was an art major, for several years, and I was exposed to a lot of music performed by my fellow campers, some of the best young musicians in the state of Maryland. But none of it seems to have stuck.

On the other hand, in college, I used to listen to movie scores, especially by John Williams ("Star Wars" and many others), for hours.

Maybe you all have some pieces to recommend that I try?

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

15: A song that is a cover by another artist

Heatwave, performed by Linda Ronstadt

It was originally written by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting team and first popularized by the Motown group Martha and the Vandellas in 1963. But the Ronstadt version, released in 1975, was part of my teen years. To my adolescent ears, the seemingly raw emotion was the essence of sexy over-my-head in love. Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, ooooh!

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips

My wedding was more than 32 years ago. We had a very small reception in the synagogue social hall, with no music. But this is one of several songs I would have liked to have played.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

13: One of your favorite 80s songs

Here Comes the Rain Again by Eurythmics

The 80s, huh? The 80s were when I graduated college (uni, in 1980) and got my first full-time permanent job, practiced Aikido, was in the SCA, met my husband-to-be, and married him (in 1985). And ended up in the emergency room with a 95% blockage of the LAD coronary artery* (link goes to Cleveland Clinic and includes Health Stuff that may be triggering), near the end of the decade. Whee. Good times?

Somehow I don't think that's the kind of thing the meme creator(s) imagined when se decided to ask about a "favorite 80s song."

* Spoiler: I survived, obviously.

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