Bad news for meeeeee…
My head feels like it’s going to explode. There’s so much pressure in my ears and sinuses that I really really feel like it might explode if something doesn’t loosen up SOON. I’m super-uncomfortable right now and there’s this perpetual, muffled buzzing in my ears that’s making me want to start screaming and ripping my hair out.
At least I can kind of breathe now, so that’s nice, I guess.
On the other hand, I was going to start putting together a promo for my show this weekend, but I can’t really listen to anything very carefully if I can’t hear and what I can hear is being driven out of my mind by some sourceless buzzing or humming. How awful… *is slowly driven mad*
Can’t I be driven mad more quickly so that it won’t bother me quite as much??? Or…I guess that’s the purpose of being driven mad: it’s bothersome, and that is what drives one mad.
Okay, I remembered that Dr. saying something about a heat compress maybe being useful to help my sinuses, and I don’t know what a heat compress is supposed to be, but I ran a towel in hot water and…scalded my face…but the heat and the warm water helped some and I could breathe for a little while and hear, which was very important to me…
But my ears and sinuses are all stopped up again already.
At least during that so-brief period where I could hear again, I started putting together music for my show’s promo. Here is my track listing and why I picked said tracks:
1. Nox Arcana, Castle Dracula
It has a 20-sec instrumental segment (not that I will need 20 seconds) that I can use to introduce the promo, and then cut it off where the bells start. There are 3 chimes, and I will probably cut it after the last one, maybe put in some reverb and pause the audio for a very brief space so that the next clip gets a dramatic start.
2. Marilyn Manson, If I Was Your Vampire
The recognizable part of this song (I am very nearly convinced this was what I heard in the Underworld promo) has a pretty sudden start in the actual song, so I will try to do that in my promo, too. It’ll sound nice. Plus…people might recognize that more than if I started with something like The Awakening or My Silent Wake.
3. Evanescence, Snow White Queen
I can put the hook of this song next to the last one and it still has the same mood, so that’s good. Plus, this is also a pretty recognizable band.
4. Project 86, Lucretia, My Reflection
Also has a pretty good intro that I can talk over after the last clip…and then cut to the hook when I am done talking. I am sketchy on where to cut the hook off though, because it’s kind of longish. But, I’ll deal with that Tuesday or Thursday. Plus, this song kind of changes the tone from slower and brooding to slightly faster and campier, which is the other side of what Goth is.
5. Lordi, Monsters Keep Me Company
I almost didn’t use this one, but I realized that Virgin Black didn’t fit very well with the other clips…so I replaced it. Again, I’m iffy about what to cut out of the hook, but I’ll sort it out.
…I am kind of sad that the doom stuff (V. Black, My Silent Wake, How Like A Winter) doesn’t fit, because they’re a big section of my show. I guess I just can’t fit everything sometimes.
6. The Awakening, Dark Romantics
This also has an intro that I can talk through to finish up all of my speaking parts, plus…it’s just such a good song, you know? How could I not include it?
7. The Last Dance, Dead Man’s Party
I like how this song ends and I am going to use it to end my promo:
“It’s a dead man’s party.
Who could ask for more?
leave your body at the door.
Leave your body and soul at the door.”
And I will put the title of my show in over the last few beats. It’ll be amazing.
And…now I am going to go read ch. 7 of my stagecraft textbook—I believe it’s about drafting plans or…something involving drawing and blueprinty things—and go to bed. How I long to wake up and not have my head stuffed full to exploding of goodness knows what…!
Oh, and before I go: I know I said I host a Goth show, and a lot of it is. Just not some of the stuff I’m using for the promo because “dark rock” is also what I play…and I need really good hooks in the sound clips, and long instrumental segments to talk over, but I need them to not be really violent, which is why I can’t talk over the instrumental sections of the doom songs. Wah. So that is why I am using clips from non Goth bands. I do play all of these songs though. Promise.
This is really the first production project that I’ve done where I won’t be graded, I wasn’t asked to do it, and I can do basically whatever I want…hopefully I will get it to turn out right and be about 60sec. The only things I’m really worried about are cutting things correctly and making it so they don’t clash…and my own vocal. I don’t have a creepy voice, so I am going to have to try really hard to do this right, and that includes using the right sound EFX…ugh…why do I have to like music that doesn’t match my voice at all??? x_x”
Anyway, time to go, time to go…
*“Girlie” playing in background*
Reeser: Ugh. I feel awkward about this song. Like maybe I should just take the CD out…
Chris: Awkward? *turns up the music*
Ashton Nyte: …just another oddity. You girlie boy. You little queer.
Chris: (horrified) Ashton, what have you done now?