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Old February 3 2014, 08:50 PM   #1
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Trek Lit: The Musical!

This could be fun (he says..)

Like many people, I often like to consider the books I read alongside music (this includes Star Trek books). Where I might be a little unusual, though (or not; who knows?), is that I often relate books to songs, with the lyrics considered as well. I've joked on the forum recently regarding how I tend to think of the recently-concluded Andorian arc as "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" (and have done since we first met Shar and started learning about his situation). Does anyone else have songs brought to mind by any of Trek Lit's many plot threads or characters?

(Many of the authors could tell us about the musical pieces that inspired their writing of certain passages, of course, and have done in the past to great success, but this time I'm only asking after songs, and from all of you).

If you don't have any, get thinking! We need appropriate songs for any number of characters, story arcs or situations. Let's create Trek Lit: The Musical!

So there's my opening contribution: I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, by Elton John, for the Andorian arc (from Avatar to Peaceable Kingdoms)
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Old February 3 2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: Trek Lit: The Musical!

How about "Let the bodies hit the floor" by Drowning Pool? That would go with almost any David Mack Trek novel.

Sorry snarky comments are easier to think of - I will be back with something more serious.
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Old February 3 2014, 08:59 PM   #3
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Re: Trek Lit: The Musical!

My working title for Q & A was "Quite Ugly One Morning," a Warren Zevon song, which has its bits of relevance to my little novel about the latest end of the universe.....
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Old February 3 2014, 09:09 PM   #4
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Re: Trek Lit: The Musical!

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My working title for Q & A was "Quite Ugly One Morning," a Warren Zevon song, which has its bits of relevance to my little novel about the latest end of the universe.....
I just looked it up. Very nice.
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Old February 4 2014, 03:00 AM   #5
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Re: Trek Lit: The Musical!

I tried to do a thread like this a while back, and had a whole bunch of songs in mind for the different series and characters, but it's been ages and I don't remember what any of them were.
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Old February 4 2014, 07:52 AM   #6
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Re: Trek Lit: The Musical!

Whenever I read the finale to the Destiny trilogy -- the sequence with the final confrontation between the Borg, the Federation, and the Caeliar -- I inevitably find myself visualizing everything happening, cinema-style, synched up with the original Broadway cast version of "The Song of Purple Summer" from the musical Spring Awakening.

The original lyrics (they were later changed for the Broadway run and for future touring and regional productions) are as follows:

And all shall fade:
The flowers of spring,
The World, and all the sorrow
At the heart of everything.

But still it stays:
The butterfly sings
And opens purple summer
With the flutter of its wings.

The Earth will wave with corn.
The gray-fly choir will mourn.
And mares will neigh
With stallions that they mate,
Foals they've borne.
And all shall know the wonder
Of purple summer.

And yet I wait
The swallow brings
A song too hard to follow
That no one else can sing.

The fences sway
The porches swing
The clouds begin to thunder
Crickets wander, murmuring

The Earth will wave with corn.
The gray-fly choir will mourn.
And mares will neigh
With stallions that they mate,
Foals they've borne.

And all shall know the wonder.
I will sing
The song of purple summer.
All shall know
The wonder.
I will sing
The song of purple summer.

All shall know
The wonder
Of purple summer.
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Old February 4 2014, 09:19 AM   #7
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Re: Trek Lit: The Musical!

A Singular Destiny's soundtrack is mostly there in the text in the songs played by Sonek Pran and others during the jam sessions, though I think the one that's most apt is "Estadio Chile" by Victor Jara.
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Old February 4 2014, 10:49 AM   #8
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Re: Trek Lit: The Musical!

"Therin Park is melting in the dark,
All the sweet, blue Heather flowing down...
Someone made it a target... of the Borg!
I didn't think that I could take it,
When Terrio and Mack destroyed it,
But Dayton brought it back again, oh yessssssss!"
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