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Random Tag Tuesday is a feature I came up with in order to mix things up a bit.  The name is a throwback to my college days when Tuesdays were the day for, well, random adventures.  For my blog, it will mean that on any given Tuesday I’ll tackle one of the many tags I always wanted to write about but never got around to.  Please note that most of these will come from my backlog notes and that I am terrible about keeping track of where I find these. As such, I probably will rarely, if ever, tag anyone.  It is not personal.

I’ve been looking for time to have fun with this tag for months now.  All you have to do is set a playlist to random and pair whatever songs come up with a book or character.  It’s intended to get gut reactions, so I image some choices are going to make a lot of sense while others might seem rather random.  To confess, I don’t really use Pandora or Spotify all that much and my personal library has been in a state of disarray since Winamp stopped being a thing so what came up for me was not quite as random or thorough as I might have wished.  As such, I‘m going to call this post Part One and revisit this tag again in the near future when I’m a bit more organized and can come up with some deeper cuts and more variety!

Gotta Knock a Little Harder, The Seatbelts Kaladin Stormblessed

“Happiness is just a word to me

And it might of meant a thing or two

If I had known the difference

Emptiness, a lonely parody

And my life, another smokin’ gun

A sign of my indifference”

Part of the soundtrack to the legendary anime series Cowboy Bebop, this song is a beautifully performed journey of someone’s attempt at escaping from the depths of depression.  My first thought here went to Kaladin from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive novels since his personal struggles with depression make up such a key part of the story thus far.

Gimmie Shelter (Live – 1971), Grand Funk Railroad: Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson

“Ooo, a storm is threatenin’, my very life today

If I don’t get some shelter, oh I’m gonna’ fade away

War children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

War children, it’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away”

I hate to double dip into the same universe right off the bat, but this is just too good a fit not to.  When an ancient enemy returns and unleashes the powerful Everstorm upon Roshar at the end of Words of Radiance, it is a signal that the main conflict of the series is getting started.  As for the song itself, I absolutely love the raw power and energy of this cover and daresay it surpasses the original version.  It also makes the literary tie-in feel that much more appropriate.

When the Levee Breaks, Led Zeppelin Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters, by N.K. Jemisin

“If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break

If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break

When the levee breaks I’ll have no place to stay

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan

Lord mean old levee taught me to weep and moan

It’s got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home”

This was another obvious one for me. If ever N.K. Jemison’s short story about one man’s battle again a timeless evil in Katrina-ravaged streets of New Orleans is put to screen, this song absolutely needs to be featured in the adaptation. It’s bluesy laments cast a hypnotic, almost otherwordly trance over the listener that would provide the perfect backdrop to the story.

Stay tuned for Part Two!