The holidays are a time of friendly gatherings, a time of joy, a time of cheer, blah blah blah…but, have you ever had one of those kinds of Christmases or holidays? There’s so much storytelling surrounding these traditional celebrations, but what if you don’t feel much like celebrating? There’s a story there too.
For help finishing off the week of children’s books I reached out to one of my favorite bloggers (or should I say, blogging communities) TSURURADIO, and to my delight the mixtape master said yes! Check out his unique and extremely interesting take on the theme. If this blog is about different ways to use music in storytelling (hint: it is) then Tsuru nails it:
What is a children’s tale? During my time shooting my Born In A Bottle Rocket series I’ve learned that the sugar & glossed coated world of cute bugs and kids and monkeys having short silly adventures is just some silly modern construct. There was a time when stories were odd, weird, scary, creepy, full of death, evil, serial killers, happy & unhappy endings, many of which were non-sensical & rather pointless. So what does that mean for this mixtape? When you challenged me, I started digging, and the more songs I found, in my own collection and that of others, the mixtape begin telling it’s own tales. Tales of hobos & hobbits, of murder & robots, mountaintops, mountain towns, & transvestites, stories of science fiction & hippie adventures, you know, the stories of our lives.
Today is the first in a – brace yourself – EIGHT PART PLAYLIST SERIES climbing the food chain. From bugs to reptiles to mammals large and small we’re covering it all starting with your favorite creepy-crawly many-legged friends…
The Flaming Lips “Buggin'”
Nickel Creek “Ode to a Butterfly”
The Bird And The Bee “Lifespan of a Fly”
Jeffrey Lewis and The Junkyard “Bugs and Flowers”
Rifle Recoil “Seas of Bees”
Owl City “Fireflies”
I acknowledge that the lyrics are ridiculous and make no sense. I know. I get it.
Man Man “Spider Cider”
Passion Pit “Moth’s Wings”
And to trip out your night, first part one of the great Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders from Mars. Yes, you can find the entire motion picture on youtube:
Second the CRAZIEST, CREEPIEST COMBINATION OF MUSIC, BUGS AND BLACKLIGHT ON SCREEN EVER. I challenge you to defy it: