How’s everyone? I’ll be dropping by at some of your LJ’s to have a look so be on your best behaviour. I’ve got my muses back to I will be trotting LJ on a more regular basis now. Once the muses are fired up Iâ€™m more allowed to multi-task.
The only price is a bad case of ADD symptoms. So expect half finished LJ entries…when I rush off mid way to record some new idea I have mid thoughtsâ€¦
Where was I?
THE THING ABOUT FAIRY TALES
Iâ€™ve been nursing an idea of a song about the warpness of Ever after in fairy tales for awhile now, which really started off with a discussion amongst some uni mates about the concept. Apparently, “happily ever afters” are widely believed. We all know that one day, just one day, we are going to find true love and everything will be just peachyâ€¦
I find this widespread belief quite disturbing.
The notion of true love and ever afters always confuses me. My earliest memories of childhood include asking my frustrated parents what really happens after happy after, and after? And after? I really couldnâ€™t understand why happy afters were this vague, until the recent years where it dawned on me that life after marriage was sometimes pretty from afar but in reality far from pretty. â€œBest left vagueâ€, was the short answer from the most astute of storytellers.
True Love’s Kiss
Then thereâ€™s the all powerful True Loveâ€™s Kiss
This bit makes me laugh. Because apparently a true loveâ€™s kiss has more medicinal and cosmetic value than the best of medical science can achieve,
1) It can bring you out out of a coma (Sleeping Beauty)
2) It is an anti-venom (Snow white)
3) It is plastic surgery (Beauty and the beast, Frog Prince) For those not in the know, a kiss from a beautiful girl can result in a trans species mutation on the part of the male.
–Apparently all we need now is a beautyâ€™s kiss and your ugly beastly ways will be gone forever. No wonder the girl population is inclined to go out with what are essentially beastly boys thinking they can change themâ€¦ahhâ€¦I now understand them human beans
Thatâ€™s why, I guess I always preferred the story of Bluebeard.
As an afterthought, it is funny how Beauty and the Beast stories never start with the girl being the ugly one and being changed by love. Thing is, even Cinderella had to go through â€œExtreme makeoverâ€ before she could meet her prince. Something to be said really.
And whatâ€™s the thing with the ugly girls always being the evil one?
Means of attaining true love
The means of getting true love is almost classic.
–Sexual psychos who run the coma ward, hereâ€™s how u can plead your case.
After all, Briar Rose fell asleep, prince comes, see drop dead gorgeous girl â€œmore beautiful than the sun itselfâ€ and has his way with her.
Voila! Marriage! YAY! Apparently I am told this is True Love. Although, you must remember what happened to Buck in Kill bill 1 when he tried to play Prince Charming to our recently comatosed heroine…
Then thereâ€™s Snow white. Again, our prince is passing by. His kiss detoxifies her and she wakes. They are married. The 7 dwarfs who took care of her lose out. (sucker)
The issue with Beauty in fairy tales
A non-committal look into the interweb will produce some article from some random expert that says that fairy tales could be harmful to little girls because of the whole “if you are beautiful, your life will be peachy”. Elseâ€¦tough.
I guess the impact of fairy tales probably affect prettier beings. They tend to have opportunities to re-enact, or at least try to, be the main characters in a fable. Donâ€™t the tales always start off with girls â€œmore beautiful than the sun itselfâ€ and a prince of some equally pretty form waltzing them off to this mysterious land called â€œHappy ever afterâ€
Of course, trying to re-enact happy afters is a tricky exercise. I mean, exactly what is happy ever after other than a vague impression of dopamine rush and just plain happiness.
There are drugs for that sort of thing. Really. Just, donâ€™t you dare come down from the high. Low ainâ€™t pretty and so waits the coyote ugly.
Quote taken from the film Coyote Ugly: ( In case u wonder)
Girl: What does Coyote Ugly mean?
Lil: Did you ever wake up sober after a one night stand, and the person you’re next to is lying on your arm, and they’re so ugly, you’d rather chew off your arm then risk waking ’em? That’s coyote ugly.
Of course, I belong to a sub category who will be spending more time trying to develop a personality of sorts to make up for my external shortcomings.
Basically, in fairyland, without beauty, you are fucked. With the exception of “The Ugly Duckling” which is essentially a story about a misfit, who turns out, is handsome after all.
My heart always goes out to the ugly step sisters or the uglier sibling who is always mean. Iâ€™ve been the awkward misfit, and can tell you, through experience, that the pretty/ handsome ones have their share of mean-ness, of course, in fable land, the issue is seldom addressed, or rather, does not make it to mainstream consciousness.
I mean, yes I agree and know that beauty is a convenient asset. But Iâ€™d like to hear more tales like Shrek where, for once, someone with some personality getting laid without the occurrence of your usual dose of extreme makeovers. The Cheergirl-jock combo is getting a little old for my bitter bones.
Having said all these though, fairy tales are beautiful relics of the past and should be told still, we have Brotherâ€™s Grimm and many other storytellers to thank for that.
Only though, when it comes to ever afters, inject a pinch of salt into the very young mind you tell it to. That really, true love and ever afters means finding beauty in the rot and uglies that come with it.
Oh and hereâ€™s the draft of lyrics. Iâ€™d post a demo, but my midi died. I have to wait till Sofie comes back to bring my midi back to life. My XV2020 (sound module) hates me I know itâ€¦
buy a vial of poison dreams that
come in books and come with sleep
tell me tales of sleeping beauty,
you can sleep your way to true love
weave me a lie tell me beauty’s prime,
that kindness comes with a handsome face
so bury me hide me I’m no beauty
no more happy ever afters for me
Once upon a long ago we weaved a lie that made us wary
mother Goose is quite contrary u weave lies that make me old
keep me in line with red riding hood,
tell a tale of the curious one
if we venture if we’re curious
there will be wolves so stay on the path
don’t the smug have all the answers
when they teach u how to fear
stay in line and don’t ask questions
big bad wolves grin ear to ear
Marry a beast you can change his ways
All he needs is a true loveâ€™s kiss
Take the blows and take the uglies
He will come round, love will change him
remember bluebeard better be docile,
don’t let his keys drive u wild
do as he says or he’ll break your soul,
u’ll be left all dangled and cold
Take away my red dancing shoes,
stop my dance please break my legs
Keep your quiet red is bad
so drop your soul be like the rest
–Chorus 2– Once upon a long ago we weaved a lie that made us wary
brothers grimm are quite contrary they weave lies that make me old
didn’t they start as old wives tales
that mothers tell to give girls strength
did we just now, change the ending
is this our ever after?
Just for your interest.
Full list of varied Red Riding Hood versions here. Worth a read.
– In some versions, she climbs into bed naked, with the wolf. He traps her and eats her up. Sometimes she escapes, and ends up outwitting the wolf in a â€œI need to go bigâ€ trick.
In others, she is eaten up and then rescued by the passing hunter.
In some versions, Red is duped into eating her Grandmother and is afterwards devoured by the wolf.
Liner Notes For album
Also, while we are at it, I have more liner notes that were meant for the album finally up. When I have time I shall dress it up in a pretty picture so you can print off and add to the Album you bought. They were really meant to me part of the album, but heh, I ran out of cash.
Iâ€™m starting radio promos in Australia. I know most of you are overseas but it would really make my day if you could click this link and let this HUGE station in Australia know that you would like Lenoreâ€™s Song played.
Helps me heaps with my plans to tour.
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Planning a gig in Melbourne. Iâ€™ll fill you in with details soon.