Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Predictions

Welcome to the Soundtrack Arena, Hunger Games Fans!

You have, by now, listened to the Hunger Games soundtrack. Sadly only a few of these songs will likely be in the actual film, but if they survive the reaping, I can imagine when we’ll hear them.  

So picture this …

The ground rumbles beneath you as you are raised on your circular arena platform.

You are ready. You have heard the songs. So what’s your strategy? Where do the songs fit in the film?

Are you going to run with the Cornucopia of the thoughts below, or flee to the woods with your own rebellious opinions?

Here are my predictions and the IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) about where these songs should appear in the movie, with some lyrics.

“Abraham’s Daughter” by Arcade Fire
IMHO: Train ride and entrance to the Capitol

“And when he saw her raised for the slaughter
Abraham’s daughter raised her bow
How darest you, child, defy your father
You better let young Isaac go.”

“Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” by The Secret Sisters
IMHO: After Rue dies, in the trees when Katniss reminds herself why she’s in the game and gets some news that changes things

“Today I’ve cried a many tear, and pain is in my heart,
Around me lies a somber scene, I don’t know where to start,
But I feel warmth on my skin, the stars have all aligned
The wind has blown, but now I know, that tomorrow will be kinder.”

“Nothing to Remember” by Neko Case, a poignantly beautiful song about Katniss and her relationship with Gale, and herself
IMHO: Katniss and Gale hunting

“I don’t recall, fight or flight setting in …”

“There is nothing to remember.”

“I owe you nothing, that’s all I’ve got for you.
You borrow nothing, that’s what you expect of me… ”

“All I own, all I own, the strides I spend to the finish line …
I’ll give you those.”

“I’m ashamed that I’m barely human,
And I’m ashamed I don’t have a heart you can break,
I’m just action,
And other times reaction.
All I own, All I own, and the strides I spend to the finish line
All I own, All I own, and the strides I spend to the finish line
I’ll give you those,
Just don’t make me go home
Give me something to remember … “

“Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift (feat. The Civil Wars)
IMHO: Rue’s death, but I hope Katniss actually sings a song to Rue. I’m crying already!

“Just close your eyes,
The sun is going down
You’ll be all right
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I’ll be safe and sound.”

“The Ruler and the Killer” by Kid Cudi
IMHO: During the training sessions, but it could be when the Careers (Cato) are hunting in the arena

“When I talk you should listen,
You talk you say nothing okay,
You the ruler and killer baby.”

“Dark Days” by the Punch Brothers
IMHO: The goodbye scene with Katniss’s mom and Prim. It might be the train ride from District 12, but it’s perfect for that awful (and wonderful) scene when Katniss says goodbye

“We don’t have to reap the fear they sow…”

“Our love will see us through these
Dark dark days, sister,
Till it lights the way back home
Sister hide our love away.
Mother listen to my heart.
Just as one beat ends another starts,
You can hear no matter where you are.”

“One Engine” The Decemberists
IMHO: No clue, maybe getting on the train in District 12?

“Hold on, they’re breaking they’re bonds.”
“Bear down, they’ll run you aground
We all must suffer awhile in a way.”
(I think the melody works more than the lyrics here.)

“Daughter’s Lament” by The Carolina Chocolate Drops
IMHO: A nightmare scene when she’s thinking about finding out about her dad dying in the mines

“Up spoke up spoke up mockingjay up from a willow tree saying you had a father in the mines whose gone this day from thee.
Whose gone this day from thee.”

“Kingdom Come” by The Civil Wars
IMHO: Katniss at the beginning of the games running from the Cornucopia, or Katniss leaving the Peeta cave

“Run, run, run away.”
“Don’t you fret my dear,
It will all be over soon,
I’ll be waiting here, for you.”

“Take the Heartland” by Glen Handsard
IMHO: The Cornucopia when Katniss needs Peeta’s medicine or (Yes Please!) when Katniss blows up the Career’s supplies

“Should I kill you with my sword, yeah?
Or should I kill you with this word?”

“Come away to the Water” by Maroon 5 (feat. Rozzi Crane)
IMHO: Katniss and Peeta in the cave, or Katniss looking for Peeta. The lamb and slaughter lyric is so poignant.  She makes herself so weak by aligning with him, but the Gamemakers made it so. This song shows how manipulative that was.

“Come away little lost come away to the water
to the ones that are only waiting for you
Come away little lost come away to the water
Away from the life that you always knew
We are calling to you
Come away little light come away through the darkness
In the shade of the night we’ll come looking for you
Come away little light, come away to the darkness
To the ones appointed to see it through
“We are calling for you …”
“We are calling for you …”
“Come away little light come away to the darkness, in the shade of the night We’ll be looking for you …
We are coming for you
Come away little lamb come away to the water
Give yourself so we might live anew
Come away little lamb come away to the slaughter
To the ones appointed to see this through
We are coming for you
We are coming for you
Come away little lamb come away to the water
To the arms that are waiting only for you
Come away little lamb come away to the slaughter
To the ones appointed to see this through
We are coming for you
We are coming for you

“Run Daddy Run” Miranda Lambert (feat. The Pistol Annies)
IMHO: Another dark day for Katniss. She’s probably thinking about her dad dying, which could coincide with her remembering that Peeta saved her with the bread. I’m also thinking this could be Katniss and Peeta waiting for Cato to come for them at the end of the games.

“Daddy can you hear
The devil drawing near
Like a bullet from a gun
Run daddy run
Mamma’s been crying in the kitchen
Sister’s been afraid of the dark
I’ve been gathering the pieces
Of all these shattered hearts.”

“Rules” by Jame Dee
IMHO: The train ride after

“You say you know love, but you are just reflecting words you hear,
No iron in your veins could give you any sense of pain or fear
It’s just another lie, it’s just another calculation
And when the power’s out, we’re just another old sensation

“This boy keeps me alive, but what is it that runs through you?
Electricity and wires dictating everything we do
You tell me that you hear me
And all your memories are real
But now do I know you, don’t just feel what you’ve been told to feel
We run around the rules …

“Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift
IMHO: Prep teams and the preparation for the parade, or this would be good for end credits as a foreshadowing for the next movie

“Everybody’s waiting
For you to break down
Everybody’s waiting
To see the fallout
Even when you’re sleeping,
Keep you’re eyes, open.

“Lover is Childlike” by The Low Anthem
IMHO: The cave with Katniss and Peeta

“While the band plays the Anthem, she defers that God hates flags.”  

“Just a Game” by Birdy. Okay, first, you need to hear the song from Donny Darko (originally sung by Tears for Fears) because it’s definitely inspired by that song. Also, this song got me. It’s so Katniss-Peeta. Brilliant. As far as when in the movie this happens?
IMHO: I think this is from Peeta’s AND Katniss’s perspective. So, this might be after the interviews on the rooftop, and it could be the cave, but my gut tells me it’s on the train or at the very end after the interviews.

“We’re all just pieces, in their games.”

My brief thoughts overall: I was pleasantly surprised by how District 12 / North Carolina / Katnissy the soundtrack felt, though I was disappointed we didn’t get a track that was the actual score of the movie.

So what do you think about if and when you think these songs will be used in the film?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Girl Scouts Turn 100

Imagine if you will, these lovely ladies (and others) shouting the following cheer at the Girl Scout Day Camp morning flag ceremony. 

Yes, it was epic. And for some reason, not embarrassing. It was the feeling of acceptance, of kindness, and of being around one's own. How often have you felt like that in your life? In my experience, it’s a rarity.

A lot of people think being a Girl Scout means that you’re a sugar hawker of the highest grade. I'm here to tell you that it’s not just about cookies, although that part was a big learning experience, too. Thin Mints don’t just taste like God’s answer to cookies to me; they taste like “character-building” sales pitches to reluctant neighbors in the dead of winter. They taste like pavement-pounding work. They taste like accomplishment, rewards, and friendship. Also mint. And chocolate.

March 12th, 2012 marked the centennial anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America. One hundred years ago Juliet Gordon Low founded an organization that has grown to over 3.2 million members, bringing together women in 90 different countries. I count myself among the 60 million living alumnae in the U.S.

The focus of the organization 100 years ago was the same as it is today: To give girls an opportunity to grow as individuals, to make a difference in their community through volunteerism, and to value the world around them. Early girl scouts hiked, played sports, and camped. They could tell time by the stars and they knew first aid.

Modern girl scouts learn those things, too, but the organization has changed with the cultural and societal needs of today’s young women. The Girl Scouts of today research and educate on political involvement, eating disorders, societal pressures, and more. It’s a female-centric organization that gives voice to women everywhere. A hundred years ago, girls were disenfranchised second-class citizens relegated to their designated social sphere. A hundred years later, girls have a lot more power and many more opportunities, but an organization that promotes their education and social, physical, and mental well-being is more important than ever.

As my friends and I grew into full-fledged teenagers, things changed a bit. It wasn’t cool to be a Girl Scout, and that mattered more than before. We had different groups and different interests, but secret codes (meetings were referred to as O.G.i.G.S for Oh God it’s Girl Scouts), and shared values and experiences held us together.

We also had the most amazing leadership *. Adolescence is a time when it’s beyond normal for children to scorn every move their parents make, every thought. But the women who mentored us were leaders in the community, or going to school to give their families more opportunities, or such incredibly devoted parents that they would spend their weekends camping in the rain trying to salvage the Bunsen burner dinner. 

I had so many opportunities through Girl Scouts. I traveled internationally, met several local and state dignitaries, earned awards, and learned things that are still with me today.

I can’t tell the time by the stars like those early Girl Scouts, but I can always find north and I know how to stay un-lost and alive in the woods. I don’t volunteer as much as I used to, but the importance of being an asset to my community is still deeply ingrained. I still love to camp, and I make every effort to be responsible to the earth and the world around me.

When I was 11 years old, I took my first long trip with the Girl Scouts for the 75th anniversary celebration in Washington D.C. At the time, I wondered how I would celebrate the 100th. Knowing I would be an old lady of 36, I wondered if I would be taking a little troop of me-like people to a Centennial Jubilee. I didn’t do that, but twenty-five years later, I’m a proud alumna, and I still live by the Girl Scout law.

The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
 To serve God and my country,
 To help people at all times,
 And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be 
honest and fair, friendly and helpful, 
considerate and caring,
 courageous and strong, and 
responsible for what I say and do,
 and to 
respect myself and others, 
respect authority,
 use resources wisely, 
make the world a better place, and 
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Check out the Girl Scouts of America here.

*I’m not sucking up, Mom and Bev, although you are pretty great.