Sunday, July 22
THE GREATEST KNIGHT: SOUNDTRACK AND NOTES
I've linked many of the tracks to urls at Youtube. Not all of the video content is appropriate to what I had in mind, but the songs themselves are all very relevant and will give readers an idea - I hope!
1. THE VOICE - Instrumental of the Irish Eurovision Song contest sung by Eimar Quinn.
A general introductory piece to settle into the novel
2. RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
William Marshal, a young knight has to learn to control himself in the thick of the fray as he experiences his first hard battle for real. http://tinyurl.com/382kur
3. FIGHT - No Vacancy
More of the above. A driving rock song as William is engaged in fierce fighting
4. FELL ON HARD TIMES - Neal Casal
William suddenly finds himself horseless and without a job. He has to sell his cloak in order to make ends meet. I loved the bit in the lyrics that echoes this: 'I sold my green leather jacket' .
5. GODDESS IN THE DOORWAY - Mick Jagger
William first sets eyes on Eleanor of Aquitaine and he is captured for life!
6. SHE'S ALWAYS A WOMAN - Billy Joel
More on the character of Eleanor of Aquitaine
7. I WANT IT ALL - Queen
King Henry's heir, Henry The Young King is impatient for power and glory. Echoes of William in some of the lyrics too
8. WOULD YOU? - Touch and Go
William's meeting up again at a tourney with Clara, the woman who saved him earlier
9. ADDICTED TO LOVE - Robert Palmer
Clara and William get to know each other better
10. WHAT ABOUT LOVE - Heart
Clara and the dissatisfaction about what she's getting from William
11. YOU'RE SO VAIN - Carly Simon
The Young King's personality
12. THAT DON'T IMPRESS ME MUCH - Shania Twain
More of the above. The Young King. 'So you got the moves but have you got the touch?'
13. HALLELUJAH - Rufus Wainwright
The conclusion of William's relationship with Clara. Some echoes too of William's relationship with the Young King
14. DON'T SPEAK - No Doubt
The relationship between William and the Young Queen's wife from her viewpoint.
15. EVERYBODY KNOWS - Don Henley
A comment on the end of William's association with the Young King. 'Everyone knows it's coming apart, take one last look at this sacred heart before it blows.'
16. OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY - Nightwish
William accused of things he hasn't done and he exiles himself on pilgrimage.
17. THE LEAVING SONG - AFI
More of the above. William takes a hard look at his life
18. PROTOCOL - Gordon Lightfoot
William on pilgrimage and coming to terms with himself. The death of Henry II. 'Where are the kings in their coats of mail who rode by the Cross to die? Did they all go down into worthiness, is it wrong for a king to cry?'
19. THE CLASP - Jethro Tull
Political manoeuvering between the Kings of France and England.
20. EASILY - Red Hot Chili Peppers
William expecting hard times after the death of Henry II, but finding himself in favour instead. In the difficult years he has very much become his own man and no one's gofer.
21. THESE DREAMS - Heart
Isabelle de Clare dreams of a life beyond the walls of the Tower of London
22. BRING ME TO LIFE - Evanescence
Isabelle and William meet and find out they not only have a great deal in common, they complement each other too.
23. GOD GAVE ME EVERYTHING - Mick Jagger
William suddenly finds his cup runneth over. His life force at full surge.
24.VINDICATED - Dashboard Confessional
An aching, bitter, poignant song about William's brother John.
25. FIELDS OF GOLD - Sting
William's brother John again. This time there's a sad, redemptive quality.
26. ALL ABOUT SOUL - Billy Joel
William and Isabelle. The foundation of their relationship. It's about coming through and going forward.