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03 January 2011 @ 04:24 pm
32. | Fanmix: Promise Prophesied.  
Believe it or not, I started this project on Friday. Yes, Friday as in New Year's Eve. I've never had a fanmix come together this quickly before! I think that's purely a testament to my extreme adoration (/obsession) with both the film and the character of Morgaine. Honestly, I've been so pre-occupied with the film and over the weekend, this mix, since I first saw it on December 26th that I've had time for little else. Apparently the sixth battle at legendland begins this week? What? UH, I HAD FORGOTTEN BECAUSE THE MISTS OF AVALON ATE MY BRAIN. Heh.

Anyway, a few notes:
(a) Essentially, this is my love letter (of sorts) to the character of Morgaine le Fay as portrayed by both Tamsin Egerton and the amazing Julianna Margulies in The Mists Of Avalon (2001).
(b) All songs are from her point of view and flow in chronological order. And, yes, I covered the entire film, but not the books, of course, as I haven't read those yet. I tried to include most of her important relationships (Arthur, Lancelot, Viviane, Mordred, The Goddess), though there were a few I couldn't find songs for (Accolon, Igraine, Morgause, etc.), unfortunately.
(c) The mix is tied together with a corresponding quote for each song. I had originally planned to include small descriptions of each song's scene/setting/purpose, but I eventually abandoned that idea, as I felt the quotes rendered them superfluous.
(d) 'Tis my longest mix to date, as I generally opt for 6-song EPs.
(e) I'm seriously half-asleep right now, so I really hope my notes make sense and are as comprehensive as I had intended. Knowing me, however, I'm sure I'll end up editing/clarifying this [note portion] later.

This entry contains extensive spoilers for the TNT mini-series The Mists Of Avalon. You've been warned.





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1. Little Red Lung |
Unbearable Bones
(instrumental)

"No one knows the real story of the great King Arthur of Camelot. Most of what you think you know about Camelot, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot, and the evil sorceress known as Morgaine le Fay, is nothing but lies. I should know, for I am Morgaine le Fay, priestess of the Isle of Avalon, where the ancient religion of the Mother Goddess was born."


2. Corrina Repp | Brother
And the golden light lays on your head. And I know you won't believe me; it'll make a difference in the end, brother.

"Arthur must be fostered to protect his future destiny and to protect him from his enemies. It was an agreement you made a long time ago. And with this, you must give me Morgaine to foster in Avalon."
"Never."
"She has the sight; she was born with it. She can never escape the unseen."
"I'd rather raise her as a Christian woman."
"No!"
"At worst, no harm could come to her behind convent walls."
"The girl was born to be a priestess. She must be properly trained to her gifts."
"Enough of this, woman. You are in my land now where I am king."
"You are king, but who put you there? And how long do you think you'll hold on to the throne if Avalon withdraws its support?"
"You'd bring ruin to your own sister in order to have your way?"
"I'd do anything to see that Arthur and Morgaine fulfill their destinies."


3. ATB feat. Heather Nova | Feel You Like A River
I could feel you across the miles of my body, almost physical, spiritual. Like there was no separation. Like you were right beside me. Like a river. I can feel forever in my mind; I can always reach for you inside. We can stay together in our minds.

"We'll be strong, Arthur, won't we? That game we play... at night, if you get scared, you can call to me. And if you hold your breath and listen hard enough in the dark, you'll hear me whisper back to you. I'll never leave your side."


4. Mirah | Light The Match
I want to start a fire in your heart tonight. Oh, tell me why do I so yearn to cause trouble?

"As Lancelot announced his decision, deep within me there stirred something I had felt for no man before."


5. Liz Durrett | Lull
Paralyzing as a vision, ethereal. All alone and awestruck in the downpour and the lull. It bore an accidental resemblance to my life. It was celestial speech, promise prophesied.

"There is -- there has been -- someone else. It was a wonderful night."
"But?"
"Why do you press me so?"
"A sister's privilege! Tell me her name."
"I don't know."
"You didn't ask?"
"We didn't speak."
"Will you see her again?"
"I want to, sister, but I don't know where she is."
"You could at least tell me what she looks like."
"I don't know that either."
"How can you not know that?"
"She was wearing a mask. It was at the rites of Beltane; I was concecrated there. We made love. It was everything I ever dreamt of. I tell you, sister, something about that girl's eyes will be watching me forever."


6. Noe Venable | Doll Comes To Life
Find yourself another doll to pin your dreams upon. Find yourself another doll, 'cause this one's leaving.

"No! I will not kill the child within me, but I will not let you take him to Avalon. I will not let you twist and bend him to your will."
"I can train him to be the greatest ruler Britain has ever seen."
"He will never set foot in Avalon, Viviane. He will not be one of your pawns and nor will I."
"You have sworn to obey The Goddess through me."
"My vows were to her, not to you. I renounce you! Do you hear me? I will never set foot in Avalon again!"
"You will obey."
"Never!"


7. Laura Jean | Lady Of The Lake
I should have known what was in store when I married you. A year long labor, oh, this child is so overdue.

"Within days, on the orders of Viviane, I was on my way to take part in the fertility rites known as the Beltane feast. The ceremony she called 'The Great Marriage'."


8. Trespassers William | Fortune
Can I empty out your heart and fill it up with something different? Some things never happen, haven't seen water burn. My angel won't settle for me; that is all I learned.

"Whatever else is in my head or my heart will stay with me 'til I die."
"And do you know what is in my head and in my heart? I feel the loss of you, dear cousin. No one touched me like you did. And still, even now, I yearn for you."
"I have fought many battles, Morgaine, but none like the one I've fought since that day in Avalon."


9. Azure Ray | Signs In The Leaves
And now the birds don't sing and the trees don't speak and I don't see signs in the leaves anymore. I'm a little worried that I killed something inside of me when I let you go.

"Wounded and weary, at last I arrived at the borders of Avalon. I felt somehow I had never left. But then I realized the power I once prevailed over had left me a long time ago. I was stranded on the outside, like a child locked out. Viviane had forsaken me."


10. Sonya Cotton | Churchbells
I am beckoning the sound of churchbells to carry me home. Oh, churchbells, carry me home.

"Then I heard a sound I had not heard for years: the bell of Glastonbury."


11. Emilie Autumn | If You Feel Better
If you feel better telling me I'm cruel -- saying I'm unfeeling -- I don't mind. If it's necessary, if it helps you out crying that I'm heartless, it's alright.

"Mother, what a surprise. So you came to see Arthur, but not me. You came to see your brother, but not the son you bore him."


12. Mirah | Monument
Aren't you going to come along? Aren't you going to fight? Aren't you going to hold your hands up to the light? If you feel an emptiness, if you want to hide, think about the blood that's pumping keeping you alive.

"I've done my duty and now you must do yours."
"What duty remains for me to do?"
"You must protect your land against the Saxon invasion, the likes of which I've never seen before."
"I'm a sinner. I'm weak."
"We have both sinned, but are we going to let those sins drag us down, as some priest would have it? And send us crawling on our knees begging forgiveness? Or we are going to rise above them and do what we were put on this earth to do?"
"What were we put on this earth to do?"
"You were put on this earth to lead your people, Arthur. Stand! The Saxon invasion has begun. They have lined our shores; they will take down Camelot. You must ride out now, even if it's the last battle you ever fight. You must bring one last note of glory to Avalon."


13. Heather Nova | Walking Higher
The bones they bury will feed the trees, but every word you ever spoke is still in me.

"The Goddess holds all things in balance. Good and evil. Death and rebirth. The predator and the prey. Without her, destruction and chaos will prevail."


14. Florence + The Machine | Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
And in the spring I shed my skin and it blows away with the changing wind. The waters turn from blue to red, as towards the sky I offer it.

"I fear The Goddess has rejected us, Arthur, as we rejected her."
"Perhaps she needs an offering? Give it back to The Goddess, Morgaine. It belongs to her now."


15. Sarah Slean | Hopeful Hearts
Fiends and devils in the garden take their fill and leave me scarred, but I still have my secret weapon: this, my brave and hopeful heart.

"Avalon faded from the world of men and only Glastonbury marked where its wonders had been. The Saxons overran Britain and made it their own and The Goddess was forgotten... or so I was convinced for many years. Until at last I realized The Goddess had survived; she had not been destroyed, but had simply adopted another incarnation. And perhaps one day, future generations will be able to bring her back as we knew her in the glory of Avalon."


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Tilly: film → under cover of nightshamethebells on January 5th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D