A Thursday Interruption: Hello hello!

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From Shaun:

This has nothing to do with social justice. It’s just really pretty.
Enjoy!

Some reflections on rhyming using “Lose Yourself.” While I don’t like Eminem, it’s always really cool to see the schematics of a song or poem broken down with genuine enthusiasm:

I’d really have liked this song more if it WAS from the Sleeping Beauty soundtrack. It being in Beauty and the Beast just underscores how that musical/film romanticizes domestic violence as a redemption story.

This is just pretty.

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  1. says

    It goes without saying that there’s a billion incredibly problematic things about Eminem’s body of work, but dang, when it comes to wordsmithing the man’s more or less a genius. I have long planned a tongue-halfway-in-cheek article demonstrating that he’s a 21st-century James Joyce, and one day I might even get round to writing it.

  2. says

    Re:Home, WORD UP. That’s why I can’t even listen to the B&B soundtrack anymore, which is a bummer (especially since the rearrangement used for the opening credits of that YouTube video is on a particularly awesome CD I have). It’s especially frustrating because it’s affected my enjoyment of Saint-Saëns. D:

    The whole extended Beauty & the Beast Broadway soundtrack is weird like that, though. I have some feelings about illiteracy used as a plot point, ever, and B&B does that IN SONG. While romanticizing Arthurian legend because Belle and the Beast can both relate (she’s… pretty firmly into Stockholm territory at that point), which, have you read Arthurian legend? There is literally nothing okay about anybody in any of those stories at all. Except Morgan LeFay, who hates everyone and wishes they would die.

    Oddly, I did enjoy the Little Mermaid musical recording (though I haven’t seen the stage show), mainly because it extends Ariel’s and Eric’s interactions and inner monologues to a point of greater believability, and emphasizes Ariel’s love of and fascination with humanity over her one-night crush. And it makes Ursula Triton’s sister, because Triton is incapable of functional family relationships, which helped some, because then the whole thing reminds me of the Lannisters (which is to say, still highly problematic, but at least in an interesting way, and where women can actually do things, even if those things are pretty sexist in context).

    Every time I turn around it seems like the Internet is conspiring to get me back into anime fandom. STOP IT. With your AMVs and your Abridged Series!! YOU CAN’T MAKE ME COME BACK.

    And every time I hear Kanye West or Eminem, I feel like JFK from Clone High, lifting up Gandhi and going, “Little dude! You rhymed!!” up until they say/do something truly, truly outrageous. Then I turn into Kingsley

  3. M.C. says

    Gena:
    have you read Arthurian legend? There is literally nothing okay about anybody in any of those stories at all. Except Morgan LeFay, who hates everyone and wishes they would die.

    Morgan LeFay is one of the most awesome and rememberable legendary characters ever. That’s why she’s influenced the portrayal of so many villains or anti-villains like Darth Vader: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVORK8EKlQA

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