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I am probably the last person who should be taking part in a challenge such as this. I have absolutely no writing talent. When I try to write, I can form what I want to say in my head, but as soon as my fingers touch the keyboard (or pick up a pen), it’s like an iron door in my brain slams shut and traps the words inside. I’m trying to wedge my foot in the doorway long enough for this intro to get out! And then there’s the matter of patience; I don’t have enough of that to stick with trying to put thoughts into words to explain why I love something; “I LOVE ______ BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME” is usually good enough for me. I'm still not sure why I signed up for the carnival as soon as I saw the post on lisal825’s journal, but here I am. I've lost track of the number of times I thought about just not going through with it or conveniently 'forgetting' (and I'm sure my flist is sick of hearing me whine about how lost I was!), but I stuck it out.

If you haven’t read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, it’s a beautiful, lyrical, imaginative journey and I tell anyone who’ll listen (and even people who’ve zoned me out) to read it because it’s my favorite book that isn’t Harry Potter. After I finished this book the first time, it took me weeks before I picked up another book because I still wanted to live in the world created by this story.

So, Marco Alisdair…Marco is the male protagonist of The Night Circus. He’s clever and charming and magical (literally---he creates illusions that he can plant in a person’s brain and transport them to dream worlds of his own creation) and he says pretty things (I could read Marco quotes all day long) and he loves fiercely & completely...

...and now I can feel my brain starting to liquefy from just that small pathetic attempt at writing, so I’ll step aside and let the fanmix I cobbled together do the heavy lifting. I’ve attempted to put together a mix of songs that I think Marco would put on a mixtape for Celia if such a thing were possible in the late 19th century.



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Stilt Faeries::Circus Contraption
Cosmic Love::Florence + the Machine
Behold! The Night Mare::Smashing Pumpkins
Dreams::Gabrielle Aplin & Bastille
Ivory Tower::Tripod
My Body Is a Cage::Arcade Fire
I Will Follow You Into the Dark::Death Cab for Cutie
Dark Paradise::Lana Del Ray
No Light, No Light::Florence + the Machine
Wicked Game::Chris Isaak
Melt::Nicole Simone
Let's Run::John Garrison

zip



lyrics

Cosmic Love
“I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map
and knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
in the shadow of your heart”

☆☆☆
Behold! The Night Mare
"I've faced the fathoms in your deep
withstood the suitors quiet siege
pulled down the heavens just to please you
appease you
the wind blows and I know"

☆☆☆
Dreams
"Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself, it's only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and,
Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness,
like a heartbeat, drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering, what you had,
and what you lost and what you had and what you lost"

☆☆☆
Ivory Tower
"I was made in darkest night
of chalky ash and children's fright
I do not think you know what you behold
I was made of aching hurt
of fairy tales and bloody dirt
I hope you do exactly as you're told"

☆☆☆
My Body is a Cage
"My body is a cage that keeps me
from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head

I will follow you into the dark
Love of mine
Someday you will die
but I'll be close behind
I'll follow you into the dark

No blinding light
or tunnels, to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark"

☆☆☆
No Light, No Light
"And I'd do anything to, to make you stay
No light, no light
(No light)
Tell me what you want me to say

But would you leave me
If I told you what I've done
and would you leave me
If I told you what I've become"

☆☆☆
Wicked Game
"The world was on fire and no one could save me but you
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do
I'd never dreamed that I'd love somebody like you
I'd never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you"

☆☆☆
Melt
"I'd never see your face but in my dreams
and all I would give to melt your heart
What I'd forgive to never part
If you dry all my tears
Please let me melt your heart
We've got a war to fight
We're both far from right"

☆☆☆
Let’s Run
"A million come and gone
all narrowed down to one
The search is all over
I’m looking for no one
let’s run and never look back"

Comments

( 12 chants — crowd chant! )
emeraldarrows
Oct. 19th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Very cool. I so wish I could love this book because it seems like everyone's who's read it enjoyed it so much. I even tried reading it for a second time but... :o
dance_the_dance
Oct. 19th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
When I try to write, I can form what I want to say in my head, but as soon as my fingers touch the keyboard (or pick up a pen), it’s like an iron door in my brain slams shut and traps the words inside. I’m trying to wedge my foot in the doorway long enough for this intro to get out! And then there’s the matter of patience; I don’t have enough of that to stick with trying to put thoughts into words to explain why I love something; “I LOVE ______ BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME” is usually good enough for me.
ARE YOU ME? Seriously I was just reading this and going "YES ME TOO and you just said it better than I can" which probably mean that you do have more writing talent that you give yourself credit for. :D
amyofaquitaine
Oct. 20th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Isn't it frustrating?!?! I hate it so much. :(
richyl88
Oct. 20th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
He sounds awesome! I have the book on my book list along with about 243 other books ;) (just an estimate of course).
amyofaquitaine
Oct. 20th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
It's such a wonderful book, they better not screw up the movie adaptation!
pleasant_valley
Oct. 21st, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Love it! ♥
I think you've perfectly summed up Marco. I adore the lyrics you've chosen too, they really do fit wonderfully.
I knew you'd be great at this because you are clearly very creative and because you have such flawless taste in book characters. ;)
amyofaquitaine
Oct. 21st, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you soooo much, bb!!! It means A LOT coming from you since you've read the book & love Marco, too ♥

I actually had a lot more written (it was terrible but still lol) but I thought it was too spoilery so deleted much of it to ~let the music speak for itself~. I've never put together a mix based on lyrics, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I had to listen to so much crap music and google for lyrics and I was absolutely CRUSHED when I found a song that fit the mood or had a circus-like sound to it but the lyrics didn't work AT ALL for Marco :(
kaitydid33087
Oct. 21st, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
You did wonderfully :) <3

I've never read, nor heard about the Night Circus, til you came onto my flist. Now I may have to read it. :)
amyofaquitaine
Oct. 21st, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that's so sweet of you ♥

I love that book so much. Most of the people who I've pestered into reading it loved it, too; there's only been one (that I know of) who didn't.
thepeculiarcat
Oct. 21st, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
I love this! The music mix is a great idea. I'm working my way through it, but your choices look fantastic.
:D :D :D
amyofaquitaine
Oct. 22nd, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you thank you thank you! I most wanted to please the 2 people on my flist who read the book so whew!!! ♥
thepeculiarcat
Oct. 22nd, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
I most wanted to please the 2 people on my flist who read the book so whew!!! ♥
Breathe easy- you did great!
( 12 chants — crowd chant! )

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