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Naming – Beth Kinderman and the Player Characters

I am the flame that sparks the ember
I am the thunder in the deep
I am a broken tree upon a far hill
a song to make minstrels weep

“Naming,” by Beth Kinderman and the Player Characters, about Kvothe, from Patrick Rothfuss’ trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle

Across the Water – Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters

so I’ll see you across the water
still the one & still my daughter
still you grow
& your list is getting shorter
& it’s you who gave the order for you know
all men must die

“Across the Water,” a song for Arya Stark by Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters.  I got to hear this live last year at a hotel room party (the way it’s meant to be heard), and let me tell you, the outro is a very good time if you’ve got a receptive audience.

Refusal of the Call – Beth Kinderman

I picked up some stones & then
I made myself a labyrinth
built the walls so high til I
could not see the stars
so tell your metamorphosis
that it is not invited here
those sounds you’re hearing now
are anything but minotaurs

“Refusal of the Call,” by Beth Kinderman, from her upcoming concept album The Hero’s Journey.  The Bandcamp description includes this quote from Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces:

“Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, or ‘culture,’ the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved. His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless—even though, like King Minos, he may through titanic effort succeed in building an empire of renown. Whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide from him his minotaur. All he can do is create new problems for himself and await the gradual approach of his disintegration.

Patriot – Beth Kinderman

Oh no, I can’t believe the things I’m hearing in my voice
As it turns out, if you want power you have to give up every choice
Once I could have kept myself safe on the floor
But my shoes are too tight and I don’t dance anymore
Guess my one chance now is to turn away
And hope you can forgive me someday

This is about Londo Mollari, but I recommend it even if you haven’t watched Babylon 5, because it definitely fits a number of characters. “Patriot,” by Beth Kinderman.  Download here.

Beyond the Rim – Beth Kinderman

I’m clinging to your memory, when the light has gotten dim
So not things shall pass beyond the Rim

“Beyond the Rim,” by Beth Kinderman, “a tribute to the many people involved with Babylon 5 who have passed away long before their time.”

Underneath the Mask – Beth Kinderman

And here’s to all the rebels and the ones who never settled
They were with me all along
They wandered undercover as I hungered for a lover
And I wondered what when wrong

I haven’t posted in ages, and I feel bad about that.  Have a Star War!

“Underneath the Mask,” by Beth Kinderman.  I got to sing with Beth at Marscon this year, she’s great.  Anyone who ends up at a convention in the Midwest somewhere, I strongly advise looking for her.

Sung by Beth Kinderman, featuring Justin Hartley on drums and Dave Stagner on electric guitar and synths.

And we’ll never be munchkins (munchkins)
It’s the story we want
Fight after fight, too much the same
We crave a different kind of game

I got to meet Beth Kinderman at Marscon last weekend, and when I mentioned it @sci-fantasy recommended this song, and…I strongly relate.  

Lyrics and lead vocals by Beth Kinderman, Justin Hartley on drums, Dave Stagner did synthesizer and production, and Nikki Walker is the backup singer.  Tune is “Royals,” by Lorde.

The FuMP: Munchkins by Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters

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