Human–What is that being? A Theme Essay with Musical Side-Effects.

*Okay, I picked this Human Theme and wow, did I ever put myself in one heck of a wormhole by doing so.  I don’t think this has gone at all as I thought it might. I’m really curious what Bear, Johnny, Willow and Deborah have come up with for their Human Theme Essays. I might try this again–or not. I can’t say I’m happy with this posting and I can’t say I’m not. Maybe I have too many issues with humanity in general at this point in time? Yeah, I’m more than a little pissed at us regarding the state of the only planet we can call ‘home’ because we are responsible for this state of affairs. So, I think that’s coloring my view of humans.  I suspect The Doors’ song just might sum up a good part of my attitude at the moment. But just part of it. Feel free to chat up any part of any of this. I really am interested in how ‘we’ view ourselves these days.  Now, on with the show:

Isn’t it cool that a band called The Killers has a song titled Human? If anyone knows of a band called The Lovers that has a song titled Human, please, please share it.

The Killers ~~ Human

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What does it mean that we humans feel the need to make a declaration of our rights? Who violates innate rights and the natural laws and orders of our world? Oh yeah, we do. Falls under the phrase, ‘crimes against humanity.’  All humans are not nice, kind, compassionate and loving beings.  If we were then we would not need to make such statements–which are continually ignored and violated by our own kind. Hmm. What the hell are we going to do about this element of being human?

http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org
Created by Seth Brau
Produced by Amy Poncher
Music by Rumspringa courtesy Cantora Records

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This UK series  about a vampire, ghost and werewolf living together in the same house and attempting to have ‘lives’ as human as possible, as impossible as that may be, is a sort of quest for a nonexistent holy grail for each of them.  Humans do a great deal of questing, questioning, and quests and so this non-human trio with strong human connections offers a great deal on the human condition and human nature. At least I think it does/did.  Moral choices just never seem to leave the daily in-box even when you’ve got to be careful around the full moon.

Being Human –Good-bye Trailer

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I’ve included Time is Nothing partly because it gives glimpses of people around the world and the concept that humans travel a great deal from place to place. It also shows a lot of places touched by humans.

Time is Nothing

For more work by Kien Lam, visit http://kienlam.net/. The soundtrack was composed by William Lam, and is available as a free download on the site as well.

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An Exercise in Humanity  The Doctor, as in Who, as human; a hell of a job for a Time Lord to do.  Song: Sia’s “Breathe Me” . How might a non-human attempt a life as human is the point of this Doctor Who montage of when Rose and a ‘human’ Doctor Who live as humans. I think it does a decent job of showing a range of human emotions and interactions. It’s certainly not complete–but it gives a window on some human couples.

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Robin Williams gets to play out several lifetimes in this film. Take or leave the concept of reincarnation as you please. Still, the film offers some perspective on the human condition over time.  In some ways it paves the way for the much more ambitious film, The Cloud Atlas.

Being Human ~ film trailer

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Something about The Doors and this song just feels soooooo right.  Sigh.

The Doors ~ People Are Strange

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This was an unexpected find via an online search. I was fascinated by someone actually writing about how to become a better human being–according to their perspective of course.

David Cain

Raptitude is a blog for getting better at being human. I see being human as a skillset — something you can get better at if you take it upon yourself to do so. You can learn to temper rotten moods, shed your insecurities, shore up your weak points and sharpen your strong ones. Human minds and bodies are complicated vehicles for which there is no manual and no training, but we can learn to drive them a hell of a lot better than we often do, if only we make a point of it.

And glittering prizes await! Consistently agreeable moods. Unshakable gratitude. Strengthened relationships. Abundant days and sleepful nights. Capabilities you never imagined were in you. Relief from boredom, envy, frustration and complacency.

A little skill and insight go a long way.

About Raptitude and Getting Better at Being Human

http://www.raptitude.com/about/

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Typical? Who is typical? What does this concept even mean for humans? I’m not entirely sure to be honest. But this attempt to use data to create a profile that changes over time is fascinating for what it tries to do–and the qualities of humans such venues can never grasp.

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Bear      http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-themes-human-beings-on-earth/

Johnny   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/everything-human-music-theme-111313/

Deborah     http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-theme-for-november-13-the-humans/

Willow     http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

A Few Trips for All Hallows Eve Traps–Mind the sound wires, please.

I can’t seem to get too far from horror films for this All Hallows Eve theme just yet.  All of this could change, be revised soon after it hits the blog casa- or not. I’ve kept close to things that give me the willies, which might not be the same things that give the rest of you the willies.  There are a lot of strange things going for the scare-the-hair-off-you brass ring for the picking and biting.

Charlotte Eriksson

While I wish there was much more music in the form of a traditional soundtrack, the short film Echa makes the most of musical and other sounds in order to create a very effective atmosphere.  When the film fades to black keep on listening until the very end for the full musical effect.

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Echa

DarkHoleFilms

Published on Sep 27, 2012

Echoes is the interweaving story of Kasia and Sebastian, a young Polish couple, taken on a metaphysical journey that combats [combines] Polish history, culture and mythology.

Kasia, a young philosophy student, discovers a local history book that stimulates her imagination, forcing her to confront the tragedy of the past manifested in the walls that surround her.

Sebastian and a group of friends plan to rob a train using a deadly sleeping gas, only for their worst fears to materialize in the form of a Polish myth.

This allegorical and surreal look at Polish culture as seen through the eyes of a younger generation is both terrifying and strange.

You can find out more about our future productions here:

https://www.facebook.com/DarkHoleFilms

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*The absolutely great thing about the film 28 Days Later is that about midway through the film it turns neatly from one kind of horror film into an even more terrifying one based on human nature rather than grisly zombies.  Prior to this point you’ve got plenty to actually think about in regards to survival issues. After the film worm turns, well, there’s an exploration of things that may stick in your brain-pan much longer than the zombie scenes.  The trailer is to provide a look at the film. The theme –well, it’s a great piece of music by itself in many ways.
28 Days Later  theme Soundtrack   In the House. In A Heartbeat  by John Murphy
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28 Days Later trailer
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Now for something a tad different.
There are all sorts of ways to get the creeps and Oddly manages to get the job done deftly in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Oddly – some Chinese Darkness
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Story based on Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio (a classic literature work with a collection of about 500 stories by Pu Songling of the Qing Dynasty)
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What’s a Halloween post without a ghost song? Hmmm? Something about this lovely videos just kept tugging me back to it. Hat’s off to Max Ablitzer for his crows.
Dark haunting violin– Ghost Song by Max Ablitzer
Max Ablitzer

Get album and sheet music on : http://www.maxablitzer.com/
Haunted by a dark memory from strange places : a crow on a pole, a mansion by the sea, a lighthouse in the fog. Long forgotten ghosts from the past visiting me, and I am missing someone so much… A haunting violin playing dark and melancholic tunes. (c) Max Ablitzer

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What can I say except the film trailers for Night Watch and Day Watch are pure self-indulgence on my part.  If you’re looking for some film entertainment to get serious about for the dark holy day’s night, then you might enjoy Night Watch and Day Watch as much as I do. Yes, they’re Russian flicks-and yes, they do live up the trailers.  Careful that the visuals don’t hypnotize you into forgetting the story line. Hmm. Light versus Dark eternally.

Night Watch Trailer

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Day Watch Trailer

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Oh this Swedish vampire film takes the entire cake-walk in my movie book list. I have not seen the American remake.  Usually American remakes of great foreign films are very disappointing. Though I have heard this time around it’s not. But, if I’m going to watch a film more than once, well, I’ll Let the Right One In be the best one.

Let the Right One In  Trailer

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Let the Right One In Soundtrack

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For now, I conclude with the music of the man who headlined my theme choice, Warren Zevon, with his musical rendition of the horror of the ghosts of  war-zones everywhere.

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner 

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Warren Zevon Live at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic NJ. Oct 1, 1982

Band Personnel:
Randy Brown – Lead guitar / vocals;
Joe Daniels – Drums;
Larry Larson – Bass;
John Wood – Lead and slide guitar

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Oh yeah, you WANT to catch Willow’s Screaming post before it bites you.  I had no idea Annie Lennox ‘did’ vampires. Then again what do you want from a Woman who can sing for a Man the way only Annie can.  Oh and yes, True Blood will be joining Being Human for creep fixes.

Willowdot21  http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/musical-theme-halloween-scream/
You want MUSIC? Bearspawprint has it in spades. I think The Bear has been saving up for this theme. Yes, I do indeed. She’s been collecting all sorts of sound and sight goodies in her swamplands.

Bear     I                    http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-themes-all-hallows-eve-i/

Bear    II                   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-themes-all-hallows-eve-ii/

Bear   III                   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-themes-all-hallowes-eve-iii/

Okay, I dare anyone to find a theme for which Johnny can NOT find an R.E.M. song.  Seriously, he pulls one out of his musical vaults every time.  It’s great.

Johnny                      http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-theme-hallows-eve/comment-page-1/#comment-1667

Ha! Deborah really got into the SWING of this Hallow Eves Theme wonderfully. She got dance fun galore with beauty, grace and a hell of a lot talented folks from The Corpse Bride to Labyrinth with the Boy Bowie. Oh yeah!

Deborah                   http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-for-all-hallows-eve-a-motherdaughter-collaboration/

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How about a touch of comic serial killer complete with blood oranges? Yum.

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Ahhh, I will soooooo miss the blood splatter expert.

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