vulgarweed: (rain_by_aurora_starwing)
A sad/bittersweet one.

In memory of mountain music master Dr. Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016

Title: I'll Fly Away, Oh Glory
Rating: G
Warnings: Character Death, Funerals, Songfic

Summary: The secret to a long life is knowing when it's time to go. Not always so easy for those left behind - but music helps. Someone beloved finally flies away.

I'll Fly Away, Oh Glory )

You need this:
vulgarweed: (tree_by_aurora_starwing)
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The Straw Man Fallacy Fanmix!

COVER ART BY [livejournal.com profile] winter_hermit/bamfinacuddlyjumper

The Skye Boat Song Bagpipes ~ The Highland Widow's Lament ~ Lorna Campbell ~ Corn Rigs - Us and Them ~ Oak and Ash and Thorn - Louisa John-Krol ~ Maypole Song - Paul Giovanni ~ Nottamun Town - Bert Jansch ~ Witches' Song - Marianne Faithfull ~ Gently Johnny - Sun City Girls ~ The Isle of Summer - Agalloch ~ Fireleap (Reprise) - Paul Giovanni ~ Lord Summerisle - Blood Ceremony ~ How Do (Willow's Song) - Sneaker Pimps ~ Stranger to Himself - Fairport Convention ~ Hobby Horse & Tarring - Paul Giovanni ~ John Barleycorn - Pentangle ~ Lick the Maypole - The Mediaeval Baebes ~ Masks - Paul Giovanni ~ The Widdershins Jig - Skyclad ~ Procession - Paul Giovanni ~ Chop Chop - Paul Giovanni ~ The Wicker Man - Iron Maiden ~ Approach - Paul Giovanni ~ The Anointing - Paul Giovanni ~ Hum - Paul Giovanni ~ You Will Burn - Steeleye Span ~ Beekeeper ~ Witch Mountain ~ The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull - Earth ~ Sumer Is Icumen In - Richard Thompson ~ Cup of Wonder - Jethro Tull ~ Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin ~ Green Man - XTC ~ Oak, Ash, and Thorn - Peter Bellamy ~ The Mummers' Dance - Loreena McKennitt


I modeled this mix on the original Wicker Man sound track - that movie is pretty much a musical, there are so many songs. Whenever available, I chose other versions of songs from the movie, and there is a mix of other interpretations of traditional songs and cover versions and songs inspired by the film. (Both the Sun City Girls and Sneaker Pimps are actually covering songs unique to the movie, for example.) Also, every track attributed to Paul Giovanni is from the original film.

Enjoy. It's (mostly) folk, folk-rock, and metal, and every song is here for a reason.

(please tell me ASAP if there's a problem with the file - I'm still new at this!)
vulgarweed: (bf2)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

In this chapter: John gets a glimpse down the Nixonian (and the Holmesian) rabbit hole. Sherlock gets a clue from a devious diva.

A Scandal in Bethesda )

This story now has a Downloadable Fanmix! Three volumes of it - the music that inspired the story, and bonus atmospherics!
vulgarweed: (tree_by_aurora_starwing)
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Volume 1

~ Black Waters - Jean Ritchie ~ Coal Tattoo - Hazel Dickens ~ Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival ~ When the Stars Begin to Fall - Hobart Smith, Preston Smith & Texas Gladden ~ Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor - Doc Watson ~ Murder In the Red Barn - Tom Waits ~ Furnace Room Lullaby - Neko Case ~ Harvest Moon - Jason & the Scorchers ~ Sugar Hill - Tommy Jarrell & Fred Cockerham ~ Lost John - Whitetop Mountain Band ~ Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Where the Devil Don't Stay - Drive-By Truckers ~ Sinnerman - 16 Horsepower ~ Long Black Veil - Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard ~ Knoxville Girl - Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys ~ Wind and Rain - Paul Michel & Sally Rose

***

Volume 2

~ Rose Conley - G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter ~ Child Owlet - Steeleye Span ~ Poor Ellen Smith - Neko Case ~ Two Sisters - Andrew Bird ~ Gimme Shelter - the Rolling Stones ~ Lonely Tombs - Hobart Smith, Preston Smith & Texas Gladden ~ Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone) - Tanya Tucker ~ Gimme Danger - Iggy & the Stooges ~ Henry Lee - Nick Cave & P.J. Harvey ~ Outside of Town - the Geraldine Fibbers ~ Down in the Ground - the Handsome Family ~ See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Hobart Smith ~ Hutterite Mile - 16 Horsepower

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Volume 3

~ A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C.) - Ray Wylie Hubbard ~ O Death - Ralph Stanley ~ We Move In Circles - Boxstep ~ Keep On the Sunny Side - The Whites ~ Orange Blossom Hoedown - Scotty Stoneman & Bill Emerson ~ Fire In the Mountain - Scotty Stoneman & Bill Emerson ~ Cackling Hen - Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys ~ Soldier's Joy - Tommy Jarrell & Fred Cockerham ~ Stay All Night - Tommy Jarrell & Fred Cockerham ~ Wildwood Flower - Scotty Stoneman & Bill Emerson ~ Let's Do Something Impossible - William Elliott Whitmore

***

If ever a story really needed a fanmix to go with it, it's this one. You'll find a lot of our plot and some of our chapter titles in here. This is a mix of traditional mountain music, period-appropriate rock, and some atmospheric alt-country and indie southern rock. Enjoy, and if the files don't work right somehow, by all means, let me know. This is my first fanmix, so be gentle!
vulgarweed: (rock)
GOE reveal yesterday!

I wrote this:
Their Satanic Majesties Request
for [livejournal.com profile] thilia
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Crowley/Aziraphale
Request: Crowley/Aziraphale, AU - or not? Crowley is a rockstar, Aziraphale is his groupie. Any rating. combined with: UST (resolved in the end), getting-together fic rather than established relationship, angst, humour, smoking, drinking, possessiveness, focus on the romance part of the story, plot AND smut, dirty talk, flirting, witty banter, dub-con, seduction, kissing, first time, manipulative bastard!Crowley (but still sweet, in his way)
Summary: Aziraphale and Crowley’s Arrangement stayed in comfortable stasis for a thousand years. It only took one decade to change it forever. (Crowley and Aziraphale do The Sixties--or do The Sixties do them?)
Warnings: Drug use and consensual sex under the influence.


I stumbled a bit over the "groupie" part, and for a long time I struggled with this story, it was all Crowley being a reluctant grumbly rock star, and Aziraphale was barely in it. Eventually, though he found his own ways in -- as he does--and I think he turned out to be very much the backbone of the tale.

This is more or less the 60s AU (sort of) I've been wanting to write for years.

I've had a few people ask me about the 60s rock jokes and references, so I'm putting some notes about that, and some fine mood-setting YouTube videos, behind a cut.

Have You Ever Been Experienced? )

More as I remember them. Feel free to ask questions.
vulgarweed: (squonk_by_aurora_starwing)
I got a three stories this year, my main one and two treats. I've never gotten any treats before! That in itself makes it special.

And I love my stories.

Two of them are based on this song:



The tune is a Christmas classic, of course, made all the better because the Pogues are one of my favorite bands of all time and I've loved this song since the album came out in 1986.

There are a lot of ways you can go with writing about this song - even though none of the characters are named, it has a lot of them. There's a novelistic richness to it.

And the Bells Were Ringing Out tells it from the point of view of one of the "boys" of the NYPD Choir, contemporaneously with the song.

Baile an Fheirtéaraigh Garda Station – Christmas Eve 2011 also is narrated by an Irish-American New York cop, and it's set in the present day about brings things around full circle in a terribly bittersweet way.


In addition to that, I got an incredibly lovely piece of original fiction: A Secret History. It's under the Mongolian History RPF tag, but it isn't really - it's a contemporary story, and it's a beautiful tale about the tension between modernity and tradition and a very sweet, if slightly prickly, sibling relationship.


Anyone want to try to guess which one I wrote? Here's some hints: (1) It's in a fandom I've never written before, but I did directly reference it in another fic once. (2) It's the only story in its fandom this year.

I had the usual angstfest and deadline stress eruption, but overall I think it turned out well, and pretty close to my recipient's request, and the recipient seems very happy, so all is well in V-Yule-land.
vulgarweed: (foxroar_by_strill)
1 AM is the best time for posting for me, it's the closest to real free time I get; I know a lot of people miss the posts because of that, but what can I do? It's been a very, very busy week. #understatement.


Occupy Chicago is where I was for 12 hours yesterday. No, I wasn't arrested -- I had the choice to stand in the arresting space, and I chose to stand in the witnessing space instead. I felt vaguely guilty about that for about 10 minutes, and then I remembered my early 20s and remembered I'd earned my merit badges already. Still, the amazing mass solidarity of a singularly-focused crowd is a major peak experience for me, and I will keep going until....well, until our nation is different. Very different.

Today I went to the Chicago Cultural Center for the release party for a longtime dear friend's book about Aretha Franklin.

In between, y'know, work. And the novels. I'll be putting up a new post at my original fic journal [livejournal.com profile] face_fomus shortly. (all posts there are locked)
vulgarweed: (squonk_by_aurora_starwing)
Don't Ask Don't Tell is dead! This is such good news!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/18/dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal_5_n_798636.html


Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, is also dead, and this is one of the most upsetting pieces of bad news I've learned this decade. My dad was (and is) a huge fan, and I heard his music growing up from toddlerhood to teens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLdRh7qdi_g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfa6j_ru4x4&feature=fvw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjZDhPqdcdA
vulgarweed: (rock)
25,000 people came to Millennium Park on Sunday to hear Riccardo Muti's official first concert as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


That's right. 25,000 people. For classical music. And once the music started, there was pin-drop silence from beginning to end of each piece.

And at the end, there were fireworks.

Sweet!

Aug. 2nd, 2010 07:34 pm
vulgarweed: (rock)
Yakuza Arkestra, Torche, and Baroness at the Wicker Park Fest last night. <3 \m/


Normally, I hate outdoor summer festivals, 'cause hot sun + crowds + long lines = very surly V. But if you put the best acts on after 6 PM, bring the METAL, and only charge $5, yeah, OK, I'll come.

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