Favorite Songs in the Books

Discussion in 'Wheel of Time Discussion - Books 1-8' started by Leala al'Dareis, May 30, 2018.

  1. Leala al'Dareis

    Leala al'Dareis Aes Sedai Community Care Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    I found out recently that I had unconsciously made up tunes for "Dance with Jack o' the Shadows" and "Wash the Spears."

    I discovered this, because I became annoyed at the reader for the audiobooks for not trying to put tunes to them. :lol

    I've always loved how important music seems in the series. Music is a very human thing, and it helps immensely with world building.

    I like "Dance with Jack o' the Shadows" because it takes a different look at death. Instead of running from it, it's a dance, something to revel in or compete with.

    I like "Wash the Spears" because...well, I'm an Aiel fangirl, and it is so very Aiel. :lol I also love the concept of life as a dream.

    What are your favorite songs from the series and why?
     
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    I am almost positive that the tune Garry Owen was what RJ had in mind when he penned Jack o' the Shadows:



    The Beggarman (sometimes called the Red Haired Boy) has got to be the tune for Tinker in the Kitchen:



    I recall reading that Jordan was a lover of Celtic folk music, and when I read the books, the WoT songs fit the tunes perfectly :)
     
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    I believe this is the tune RJ had in mind for The Wind that Shakes the Willows. Sung by Dolores Keane. My grandmother, Light rest her soul, was also a Dolores.

     
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    I'll have to check these out when I get home. Work's wifi blocks Youtube videos. :(
     
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    I must say, I shiver when I read "Wash the spears" I hear it as a sort of battle chant, with people roaring the WASH THE SPEARS part, and it sounds so powerful and scary :D
     
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    That's the way I hear it too! A great throng of chanting voices.
     
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    Yes, that's one of the reasons I love it. :love It's just disappointing to have it droned to me in the audiobooks. :rofl
     
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    I've never listened to the audio books. I'm afraid it would break the illusion I have so carefully built up over the years reading the books. Everyone has a unique voice in my head. I like the voices in my head :look
     
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    *sigh* I wish I could read the books visually and get lost in them again, but it's been difficult. :/ I can listen to the audiobooks and do something mindless, which usually helps build that illusion back. ^^
     
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    Interesting...
     
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    I mean, as long as they're not malevolent voices, it's not a problem, right? :look
     
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    :halo

    I of course mean the voices my brain has assigned to the characters I meet in books :lol I don't actually hear voices. Not unless someone is talking to me or I'm listening to music anyway :D
     
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    oh I can relate to that.. I don't read books, I see books. I start reading but very soon I see it happen.
    I do always feel a bit disappointed when the cover with artwork is different from what I see in my head.

    @Jarl Lewin you hear voices and I see people..great combination I think :lol
     
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    Indeed! Reading books is very much like watching a movie for me. I get very detailed ideas of what characters look and sound like, and it would be hard to part with those images I've built up in my mind. That's why I have equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation at the prospect of a WoT TV series . . . but if it happens, I'm still going to watch it! I'll probably stick with my own vision in my mind when I read them again :)