violethamster wanted me to post the play list and the whys so let's get started. (BTW: I am keeping a copy of all of the CDs if later on someone wants an additional CD to their booty.)
Theorems and Data:
1. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Liszt. If you aren't familiar with this song, maybe you'll remember Buggs Bunny in a tux playing this and hitting the high note with his ear? And the mouse comes out and finishes it for him? This is happy, mathematically based and fast paced. I like this for Fred in her Physics program, kicking ass and taking names. It all came so easily to her. Watch for the moment of faltering at the end and the foreshadowing thunder. :D
2. The Polonaise, Chopin. Again, if you don't know this by name, you may know the Monty Python song "Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England." It's set to this song. Again, fast, bouncy, math based. It stops abruptly at the end, which leads perfectly into the next song.
Opening the Portal to Pylea
3. Threnedy for the Victims of Hiroshima, Penderecki. This is a very esoteric and frightening bit of music. Penderecki survived Warsaw and wrote this for other survivors. There are 54 strings simulating planes, bombs and screaming. Aside from how it may read here, it's a powerful piece of music. Fred worried about Baby Connor going through a portal and described it as chaos and pulling and noise. This is perfect. This song will scare the pants off you.
4. Is There Anybody Out There? Pink Floyd. Come on.
Cave Wall Theorems
5. Punished for the Rest of Your Life, David Helfgott. If that name strikes you as familiar, they made a movie about him called Shine. He, too was a crazy, quiet genius. Poor little cow Fred.
6. Moments of Genius, David Helfgott. Don't you know that Fred came up with ways to channel water into her cave? Or practiced her Trigonometry by building elaborate Rube Goldberg contraptions to wake herself up/close the opening to her cave to keep her brain active?
Five Years of Sorrow
7. M62 Song, Doves. A moody, earthy song about wishing for a love that never comes.
A Hero Out Of Nowhere
8. Gloria, Vivaldi. You can practically hear the hooves as Angel makes his first appearance to our Winnifred. I picked this in a minor key, as it creates a bit of uncertainty in the middle of the piece (just like when they aren't sure if they will all make it out of Pylea).
Escape From Pylea
9. Flight of the Bumblebee, David Helfgott. If anyone out there knows anything about piano playing... I'll say this: he's faster than an action on a Steinway. If you know the mechanics of the piano, this tidbit should blow your mind. And the meaning is clear for this song choice, I would hope. :)
Adjusting to Life in the Hotel
10. The Rach 3, Rachmaninoff. This recording has some weirdness to it. First off, this is an incredibly complicated and overly sophisticated piece, especially for the piano. The pianist (David Helfgott) loses it in the middle (mentally) as the weight of the piece bears down on him. (I'll put it to you this way: the song features 8-note chords. You have only 5 fingers per hand. So... This guy is crazy.) Everything comes rushing back and ends in perfection at the end. I thought of Fred scribbling on the walls, waiting for Angel to come back to her. (And who thinks of The Yellow Wallpaper, a Victorian "ghost" tale, when you watch that scene? Just me?)
11.There Goes the Fear, Doves. This is one of the happy-makingest songs I know. Fred is finally venturing out, not only of her room, but with the "gang" and becoming more sure of herself back in our world.
12. Crazy, Patsy Cline. Homage to her Karaoke night, and also symbolizes her realizing she can't have Angel.
New Love/ Last Love
13. Brotha, Angie Stone. Aside from this being a SEXAY song about beautiful black men, well... Yeah. J. August Richards demands of me to climb and conquer that mountain of man-flesh. Damn.
14. Some Day My Prince Will Come, Dave Brubeck. But... it didn't work out. Killing a person can do that, you know? This particular recording is fantastic as a jazz piece, and I needed to bring the piano back full circle. You can NEVER go wrong with Dave Brubeck, imo. (Plus, I'm all nerdy about the piano = math, which suits our Winnifred Burkle.)
15. At Last, Etta James. Again, DAMN. This song would put ANYONE in the mood. I chose it for my Fred and Wes love. (Let's just forget about Knox, mm'kay?) Hopelessly romantic, and also a sorrow filled song of passion and obsession. [ETA]: two years later and I'm SICK of this song. But it's in the original playlist, so it stays.
Beauty Not Meant for This World
16. Agnus Dei, Samuel Barber. This is a vocal version of Adagio for Strings, one of the most heartbreaking songs I have ever heard. Little something about that song: it was the first song by an American composer played in Moscow, and the Moscovites were weeping in the aisles and demanded that it be played three more times. If you recognize the title, but cannot place the song, think of Willem Dafoe being shot down with his arms in the air towards the end of Platoon. I bawled like a slapped child when Fred died as Wes held her. I thought that deserved something powerful.
Can you tell I am having a good time with all of your requests????