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Your art for a melody

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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there folks.

The idea of this thread is as follows:
You post a piece of art you made (painting, craft, photography, poem - anything really) and I tell you which song it makes me think of. I'm into a whole lot of different music genres, so the reply can be anything from classical or jazz, to rock and metal, to hip hop and rap to movie scores and ambient music, to the various electronic genres and many more.

I've made three threads like this before over the past couple of years and from experience I can say that eventually the amount of posts will become impossible to reply to (especially since I work from 9 to 5 and use the internet connection from my building's janitor's appartment :P), so please don't blame me if it takes me a month or two to reply.
I might write lengthy explanations as to why I chose a particular song, or I might just post the artist and title - really depends on the mechanisms your piece triggers in my brainbox :P

I'm looking forward to seeing your deviations :)

Happy posting, everyone (:
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KatherineReedKS Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Happy Birthday on sunday :) That was my birthday too!
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cxmbUfuckingasshole Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
im intrigued about your reply!
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TheBathwaterHero Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll tell you what song inspired this if you want.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist

This sounds like fun, :D
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Skytch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012


I swear if you mention a Zelda song...
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What an interesting idea!
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RYONMA Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
I actually already based this one on a song and I'm hoping that you would know of it. Though even if you don't, I still like to know what you think :D

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Cirprius Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy cow I love this idea . . . o_O

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MystiqueDeep Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Jacinthe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm back! I see you've got a lot of interest here, so feel free to skip me for going in for seconds if you're short on time.

I want to put up the image I'm working on now for a song but it's not done yet! :cry: I am curious about this one, though:

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pengirl389265 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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ForeverSoaring Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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shaduf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
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Identifyed-Khaos Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Photographer
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh sunsets, there's so much room for interpretation. This picture is amazingly beautiful. Damn, I love nature :D
In the song I picked, they talk about a sunrise rather than a sunset, but if you just change the "It's gonna be" to "It has been", you're all set - plus the song's mood is just the same as the pic's :)

Bill Wither's - Lovely Day

"When I wake up in the morning, love
And the sunlight hurts my eyes
And something without warning, love
Bears heavy on my mind

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be
A lovely day
Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day"

I think there's also a pretty decent Hip Hop cover out there, if that's more your fancy. Not quite as good as the original, but then what is? :P
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looks a lot like my first blending attempts :) Keep it up, eventually you know all the logical ways to apply blending by heart (I'm still working on that myself, but it's getting easier :)).

I'm not partial to anime, and I find it hard to come up with song associations for it... I do, however, have one for you. It might take some interpretation to match it with the picture tho. The song is

The White Stripes - In the Cold, Cold Night.

"I saw you standing in the corner
On the edge of a buring light
I saw you standing in the corner
Come to me again in the cold cold night

In the cold cold night

You make me feel a little older
Like a full grown women might.
But when you gonna grow colder

Come to me again in the cold cold night
In the cold cold night"
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chickenmai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the long wait - it was my birthday on Sunday so I had to do some planning and needed some time to relax afterwards :)

For your piece, I think

Alanis Morisette - Guardian

is very fitting. The vigilant, hardened look on his face (and, well, the huge sword) give the impression that he'd die for the the (seemingly) weak girl with the violin (tho I'm sure she's got some tricks up her protruding sleeves :P).

"I’ll be your keeper for life as your guardian
I’ll be your warrior of care your first warden
I’ll be your angel on call, I’ll be on demand
The greatest honor of all, as your guardian"
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chickenmai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm listening to it right now. Such a wonderful choice :D
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highstepper5674 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, so I watched the amazing western "Unforgiven" by Clint Eastwood yesterday. The very first and last scenes in the movie look a lot like your picture!

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So the only songs I can think of right now are western-flair ones :P
I'll pick a song that's also feautured on the soundtrack of Fallout: New Vegas,

Lost Weekend Western Swing Band - In the Shadow of the Valley.

"In the shadow of the valley
I would like to settle down
Wide open space
Wind on my face"

"I have wandered many places
But they're all the same to me
Nowhere I've found
To settle down

A little bit further
I'll find my rest
In the shadow of the valley
That I love best

In the shadow of the valley
That I love best"
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highstepper5674 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Haha :D
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Crazy-Cookie-Baker Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So I just spent about an hour looking for this song. It's from the score of the movie "Bitch Slap" (the name of which I couldn't remember, which is why it took me so long ^^). I think it's not really a song but rather some quotes from the movie character put on an instrumental, but oh well - the "song" I'm talking about is "My Name is Kinki", it's also the menu music of the DVD. I watched it with a friend a couple of years back, and we got drunk so after the movie was over none of us felt like turning off the TV or putting a different DVD in, so the song was on for like 2 hours and burnt itself into my brain xD
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TwoStripTechnicolor Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Music you say? Why of course!

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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Actually thought this was a photograph at first glance. Damn good job, especially the lighting on the vinyl. I take it you don't speak German, otherwise I'd have suggested a song by the German Hip Hop group "Beginner" (formerly Absolute Beginner), called "God is a Music", which is basically an open thank-you-letter to the inventors of music, written in a comical way, it goes like

"Lieber Herr oder Frau Musik, ich möchte ihnen von Herzen danken,
da Sie irgendwann, irgendwie einmal das allerderbste erfanden,
ihr Patent zeugt von Talent, bedenkt man was es für Früchte trägt,
denn Musik ist immer da, auch wenn alles andere in die Brüche geht."

Which roughly translates to:

"Dear Mr or Mrs Music, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,
for at some point you somehow invented the most amazing thing there is,
your patent shows talent, if you just think of the fruit it yields,
because music is always there, even if everything else falls apart."

But as for a song you can more likely understand, and that's also fitting very well:

Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing

"What good is melody?
What good is music?
If it ain't possessin' something sweet
It ain't the melody, it ain't the music

There's something else that makes the tune complete
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing"

There are plenty of versions out there, personally, I'm partial to the one featuring Ella Fitzgerald. :)
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DreamingOfTheForest Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, that's just an adorable picture. Thank you for sharing it :)
I don't think I need to say much as to why I picked the song, so I'll just let this most amazing singer-songwriter speak for himself:

Ray LaMontagne - Winter Birds

"The winter birds have gone back again
Here the sprightly chickadee, gone now is the willow wren
In passing greet each other as if old, old friends
And to the voiceless trees it is their own they will lend"

I just got back from a 9 hour shift and actually brought some work home so I could leave early. Your photograph and this song make the work ahead easier to bear :)
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DreamingOfTheForest Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You should also listen to "Gossip in the Grain", which is the headliner of LaMontagnes Album. :)

Random fun fact: I just realized I hadn't liked LaMontagne on Facebook yet, so I went ahead and did so. When typing his name in the search bar, I didn't only find a page dedicated to him, but also a 600 people strong fanpage called "Ray LaMontagne's Beard" :D Hilarious :)
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Gadox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, that style is adorable. Reminds me in the Legend of Zelda series of games :)
It's a very short song, but I think the song "Beginning the Journey" from the game "The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past" fits the "dreaming" theme very well :)
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Gadox Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you!
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you don't know them already: there are guitar versions of most Zelda songs, I love them, you should check them out :)
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Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, that one's up to no good - don't want to end up in his grasp. Made me think of what's probably one of the sickest songs I've heard in all of my life:

Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy.

If you're up for some wicked shit, check out the video on Youtube. If you're up for something even worse, check out Aphex Twin - Rubber Johnny. Preferrably in a dark room with loud volume :)

"I want your soul,
I will eat your soul.
Come to daddy.
Come to daddy."
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Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
O_O omg you picked the right song, totally gonna listen to it and stare at this Cave Demon...
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PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm :D
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, another natural being (: You did an amazing job at capturing the post from your reference picture! I also looked at the other two from the series and the three go along so well with each other! The very limited color palette and the very bright, contrasty lines give them all the same feel. I imagine this was particularly hard to do in this spirit of earth, but you used what little light you had in this shady-forest-scenery and gave the spirit a very pleasing surface-glow - Again: well done!

Made me think of "Earth, Wind & Fire" for obvious reasons ;P But the name of the group can't really be the reason for my choice, heh :) Sooo, from the feel of it I'd almost say Nightwish or Evanescence, buuut theeen...

I think the best sound to capture the picture's mood would something soft and mystical, like the "Rivendell Theme" from the elves' part of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. I think you can find it on Youtube. The songs played in some of the forst-areas in World of Warcraft also blend in perfectly :)

I'm curious how the Air elemental will come out :) Added you to my watch (:
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PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe thank you very much and all those songs work splendidly ^^
I actually have air/wind done. I may re tackle it some day. Not as fussy on it as I am the others
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhh wow! Yeah I see what you mean, some areas look a little sketchy, but still it's a great picture - the velvety fabric of her dress came out amazing!
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*pose, not post
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RyanHaas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist

Wow! This thread is just the best idea ever! :)
I'm so curious right now! :D
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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great job on the background scenery, I love how the wood and the waves came out.
Again, I read the description (particularly the storyline) and let that go into my song-selection, and I think the first song that came to mind is a perfect fit :)

Metallica - Don't Tread On Me

"Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
Once you provoke her, rattling of her tail
Never begins it, never, but once engaged...
Never surrenders, showing the fangs of rage"

"Love it or leave it, she with the deadly bite
Quick is the blue tongue, forked as the lightning strike
Shining with brightness, always on surveillance
The eyes, they never close, emblem of vigilance"

"So be it
Settle the score
Touch me again for the words that you'll hear evermore..."

I can totally see her with that attitude. Like "one more step and it'll be your last" :) Don't mess with her!
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RyanHaas Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
haha, thank you! Awesome :)
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VISIONOFTHEWORLD Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
What if a song had inspired its creation?

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FireflyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I must admit your image description (/ the song that made you draw this) influenced my choice very much. I believe this is about someone from your past or the memory of a time or place? Whatever it is,

Jack Johnson - Times Like These

will most definitely fit. Just listened to it while looking at your pic - you could come up with so many stories from the combination of the two :)

"In times like these
In times like those
What will be will be
And so it goes
And it always goes on and on...
On and on it goes

And there has always been laughing, crying, birth, and dying
Boys and girls with hearts that take and give and break
And heal and grow and recreate and raise and nurture
But then hurt from time to time like these
And times like those
And what will be will be
And so it goes

And there will always be stop and go and fast and slow
Action,Reaction, sticks and stones and broken bones
Those for peace and those for war
And god bless these ones, not those ones
But these ones made times like these
And times like those
What will be will be
And so it goes
And it always goes on and on...
On and on it goes

But somehow I know it won't be the same
Somehow I know it will never be the same."
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VISIONOFTHEWORLD Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Thanks for putting that thought into my picture it's quite generous
I have to admit I'm not familiar with Jack Johnson yet- I'll see
The song I was listening to at first, came very close to the message of the lady
In reality it's about the image of this lady coming into this picture (a seaside resort, so a romatic place) but never being able to actually see and know her ("Will I ever see, will I ever know your face?") it's a kind of allegory on lonliness, but more from a tragic love-never-realized point of view (mine) than anything depressing (which it is definitely not meant to be)
The seagulls and the lady's outstretched arms, both suggesting of flight and that she is about to fly away, a symbolism of the fantasy disappearing... the song also just ends there and carries off, with the singer begging for the lady to return and be part of his life.
I guess I'm doing that in some way. How well that message comes across i'll never fully know.
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Fuee Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   General Artist
Well, I'm curious.

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