Tilt Corazón Araiza (tiltcorazon) wrote in thenationalpep,
Tilt Corazón Araiza

They're not limitations, they're themes. Yeah, that's it. Themes

I finished the lyrics for The Jazz Song. I know a_bonsai_tree is going to hate me for this, but I admitted defeat on the Louise Brooks tribute and cannibalized the first and only completed verse of Lulu In Hollywood into the last verse of this new one. Before Brooksie's acolytes get too mad (in this, her centenary year), I should mention that there is a gratuitous reference to her most famous role* in the first verse.

So anyway, I looked upon what I'd done, saw that it was adequate and named it London After Midnight because it seemed to fit, even though the song isn't about London. I then realized that that's the third Lon Chaney reference to turn up in my lyrics for The National Pep. There are at least two Disneyland references in other songs and I'm pretty sure if I went back and looked at my other contributions I'd find more overlapping references. I'm starting to wonder if these things will dominate future work and if they do, if people will spot them and think:

a) "Oh no, not again."
b) "Ah, the themes are intertwining. How interesting. I wonder if anyone else spotted that. I wear my spectacles on a chain, I drink weak tea and I'm cleverer than anyone else."

Or, maybe more likely, no-one will spot them at all.

*Her most famous role is Beth Hoyt in Overland Stage Riders, right?
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I use the 'themes' argument a lot too, especially when I'm explaining how it's yet another song of mine that goes to Ddim7, Bb or Bm for the middle eight...
*Note to self: Use this knowledge for evil*

I've just noticed that my completely self-penned/not ready for hearing The Night We Burned Down Anaheim contains a Louise Brooks reference.
The Dead Men Win Fights song "Weak Man's Blues," one of the 2 songs I contributed to their CD last year, ends in Ddim7. It was my tongue-in-cheek tribute to you. I wonder if the other guys noticed?