Saturday, October 6, 2012

Eric's Playlist From All in the Half-Vampire Family

In All in the Half-Vampire Family, Eric wins a contest and is selected to play a series of concerts in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Eric is an amateur pianist, and his favorite composer is Scott Joplin -- mainly because there is nothing remotely vampirical about ragtime music.  :)
Naturally, this kind of a plot and such a setting lend themselves to the mention of many different songs. Thus, for your instruction (in case some of these tunes are unfamiliar to you) and enjoyment, I'm listing (and linking!) all the songs which are mentioned in the book, in order of their appearance.
Here we go:

1. "Orange Blossom Special" (folk tune)
2. "Für Elise" by Beethoven
3. "Maple Leaf Rag" by Joplin
4. "Peacherine Rag" by Joplin
5. "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven
6. "Arizona" by Mark Lindsay (Okay, this song isn't mentioned, but the girl described in the song is the entire inspiration for my character Arizona Olsen.)
7. "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General" by Gilbert and Sullivan
8. "Three Little Maids From School" by Gilbert and Sullivan
9. "Easy Winners" by Joplin
10. "Pineapple Rag" by Joplin
11. "How Beautifully Blue The Sky" by Gilbert and Sullivan
12. "Shoptime Rag" by Joplin
13. "Kismet Rag" by Joplin
14. "March Majestic" by Joplin
15. "Silver Swan Rag" by Joplin
16. "Fig Leaf Rag" by Joplin
17. "Fat Bottom Girls" by Queen
18. "Gethsemane" by Andrew Lloyd Weber
19. "Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik" by Mozart
20. "Rose Leaf Rag" by Joplin
21. "The Entertainer" by Joplin
22. "Rhapsody In Blue" by Gershwin
23. "It's Raining On Prom Night" from Grease
24. "Sleepers, Awake!" by Bach
25. "Phantom Of The Opera" by Andrews Lloyd Weber
26. "Auld Lang Syne" (folk tune with lyrics by Robert Burns)
27. "Loch Lomond" (folk tune)
28.  "Mary Mack" (folk tune)
29. "Skye Boat Song" (folk tune)
30. "Scotland The Brave" (folk tune)
31. "Highland Cathedral" (folk tune)
32.  "Lewis Bridal Song" (aka "Mhairi's Wedding)  (folk tune)

Now, Eric also mentions songs by Calliope and The Narcissistic Sarcophiles.  They don't exist -- except in Eric's world.  I made them up for the two books.  So, unless one of my readers decides to compose "Seven Men, Seven Heroes" or one of the other songs, I cannot give anyone a link to anything there. :)

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