Sunday, March 29, 2009

'Cold Ground ' the title song for True Blood Season One Episode Six

I recently did a Season 2 Spoiler show for my Blogtalk radio show, where we looked at what we might know about the upcoming episode by examining the title song for that episode.

I can't tell you how many emails I received from folks saying they felt so stupid for not realizing that the True Blood episodes were named for songs. It's OK but I thought it might be a good idea to look back at the song, the artist and the lyrics for each of last season's episode title songs.

So let's look back to Season 1, Ep 6: Cold Ground which originally aired : 10/12/2008

Cold Ground by Rusty Truck from the 2003 album Broken Promises

When it came time to record his first album, former Rolling Stone chief photographer Mark Seliger was savvy with his connections. He obviously befriended the right people along the way and his band, Rusty Truck, reaped the benefits. Broken Promises is the fruit of five years' work, a countrified, blues-tinged, no-nonsense rock & roll blend that's real in heart and soul. Rusty Truck gives Seliger the chance to prove himself on another level and it's a pleasant surprise. Having guest spots from the likes of Jakob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, and Willie Nelson doesn't hurt, but Seliger and co. make it known that this is more than an all-star bash. Broken Promises is a rare occasion, an emotive set of songs that explore genre-blending boundaries that gives back to the basics of rock & roll. From the easy-listening title track duet with Kravitz to the high lonesome gems with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings ("Cival Wars/Luck's Changing Lanes," "Tangled in the Fence"), the band's stripped compositions clue a listener in to Seliger's main intention of telling a story. Broken Promises doesn't do anything new as far as molding country and rock, but it's an honest effort and it's solid. Who knew Seliger was a real artist behind the lens? by MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide

They say that lightning strikes again
It's true a whisper might have done us some good
A big old house to play pretend
Lead you into bitter solitude

I come to see you in the night
I wanna see you lying down, into that cold, cold, cold, cold ground

Close the door and turn the key
I locks the door
And it's time to sleep
And all those pretty treasures are deep
Once revealed inside a dream
Diamonds shine on a water's edge
Never make it back from sea
To pray for nothing short of breath
Oh no never do we breathe

I come to see you in the night
I wanna see you lying down, into that cold, cold, cold, cold ground

They don't know what they don't see behind closed doors
Is it real or just something we have ignored
When little wings have been clipped and bound
And tied to this cold, cold, cold, cold ground

I come to see you in the night
I wanna see you lying down, into that cold, cold, cold, cold ground

True Blood to air in Singapore and what a very small world it is

I'm getting pretty excited about my upcoming blogtalk radio show on Monday night. This past week, I have been interviewing True Blood and Sookie Stackhouse fans from all over the world and it's been a blast . Tune in Monday night 9pm for more!

One of the things that I asked in these interviews was is there anything I could do more of on the blog that would help our international friends and one of them said that they appreciated all the international articles that I post (I kind of love it as well as the foreign language Sookie book covers) and they'd love to see posts especially with dates so they can forward to their friends.
So here goes overseas friends ... If you are in Singapore ( I'd love to interview you!) and

Singapore. True Blood lands on our shores on 9th April on Cinemax StarHub Channel 59. It debuts with a whopping 4 episodes back to back and double episodes on subsequent Thursdays. Wow...a true True Blood overload. If it is as good as everyone says it is...I won't mind. I'm seriously thinking about subscribing to the channel just to watch the series...sure its probably going to be heavily edited...but when else will I be able to catch the series.

BREAKING: Vampires, Gays Insufficiently Frightening; Children in Grave Danger of Inappropriate Sucking

I've been thinking for days about writing about this and just couldn't figure out how to do it- I WOULD not be a National Review reader but I did stumble recently on to an article posted there about vampires and how the author thought " Our pop culture has turned the vampire from monster to hip Other" I had much the same reaction to it that 'Thers' did at Firedoglake Blog ( I blog I do read).
I'll encourage you guys to read both and reach your own conclusions.

Over at NRO, the very serious cultural commentator Tony Woodlief warns the nation that just like the gays, vampires are becoming disturbingly fashionable. This is a disturbing trend. In the good old days, real life gays and fictional vampires were, quite rightly, destroyed on sight as incorrigibly evil suckers of various repulsive bodily fluids. But nowadays, sadly, as a sign of our fallen moral world, we no longer consider either inherently evil as an inevitable consequence of their basic nature. Why, sometimes we even go so far as to portray them in films or on the teevee as misunderstood or even sympathetic, shudder.

We have fully reversed the symbolism of Stoker’s vampire, who represented a demonic assault on a virtuous community. Today’s vampire is the hip Other, and the community around him is either bungling, intolerant, or simply a source of comedic relief (as in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Lost Boys, and Fright Night, for example). The modern vampire is in touch with his sexuality, but the community suppresses it. The modern vampire is coming to take away your girlfriend, and she kind of likes it. The modern vampire is the guy you wish you had been in high school, or the guy you wish you’d dated in high school, and Meyer has turned that into gold.

The trouble with this evolution is that fictional monsters serve a valuable cultural purpose. They remind us that we live in communities, and that our communities must be defended from those who would rend them asunder.

Read on

I don't think I fully get why the Firedog lake entry included this video from the Young Ones ( A Brit comedy that you may have seen on PBS ) but it's pretty funny.

The importance of Sookie short stories: An Anthology Just for One Story?

Our friend Bella over at 'Confessions of a Bibliophile' blog writes about the short story " Lucky"
I preach the sermon of Sookie short stories every place a get a soap box -so, thanks to Bella for helping me with my mission !

Here is the complete list and time line for all the Sookieverse short stories and novella.

Does anyone get anthologies for just one story?

I got this one from the library just so I could read Lucky by Charlaine Harris. The story was very much enjoyable, especially as I'm out of Sookie Stackhouse stories until Dead and Gone is released, and I may end up reading a few of the other stories.

Lucky is the story of Amelia and Sookie investigating the recent break-ins of their local insurance agent, Greg Aubert. During their investigations they come across vampires-in-hiding, and a little too much luck floating around.

This story is set between All Together Dead and From Dead to Worse, and is a must for Sookie fans, like me, that are waiting for Dead and Gone to be released.

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Breathe me by Sia

Breathe me by Sia LYRICS

Thanks, piperkent