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Well, my schedule has gone all loopy. I wound up tracking back the album Symphony of Enchanted Lands, where the song The Emerald Sword inspired me to write my novel. I wanted to contact the band - which seems from its online presence and history to be a much bigger, more famous Italian band than I thought. I guess I'm just not all that active in music. So it's like trying to write to Black Sabbath to use one of their lyrics in the frontispiece. Their website is down for a few days, I was looking for a contact link to connect with them, let them know their music inspired the book and offer to swap links as well as ask permission to put the lyrics in as frontispiece.

Turns out that album is part of a five-CD fantasy epic the lyricist wrote and he's into volume two of another one! So that rocks. That sense of story linking all the songs made sense, and if I'd gotten the album physically with its liner notes I would've had more of their story. Which rocks in terms of NOT violating Luca Turelli's copyright, I didn't read his story and it didn't influence mine. Not at all. I found out just how far from his story mine is -- and it's No Relation.

I'm actually feeling a little better about accidental infringement now that I've done this research, but it's less likely they'll like the book and decide to do a themed album. I think I pretty much inverted a lot of their symbols and was using bad guys for good guys sometimes. Theirs is much more straightforward good and evil, though dragons and dragonflame are major for their stuff too.

So I found the Luca Turelli Forum, since he's also doing solo stuff, registered for it and sent a message to the admin, Leo Turelli, asking him to give my email to Luca so that I can get permission etc. We'll see what happens. If they don't get back to me soon enough, I will go ahead without the lyrics and just do the book without that musical connection. But I'd love to have the album connection up there and I hope he does go for it. Couldn't hurt his American sales, really. I also wanted to send them a review copy, it's pretty obvious they love the genre!

It's also frustrating because I wish I had enough money right now to do everything I'm doing and buy about eight or nine new albums all at the same time. Well, maybe around December I can treat myself at least to one or two, if I don't blow it all on the ASW Holiday Sale.

I've been having trouble sleeping at night, most of it fibro flares. I didn't get to bed till around ten this morning and got up around four or five this afternoon. Now it's eight and feels like the day is gone. I need to relax and remember that unless I start getting really sick again, I have the whole night ahead of me and could get a lot done.
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Aug. 6th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
I'm in the same place. I just got in from work and I'm all, "oh no it's already 11!" but I have off tomorrow, and I only got up at noon.
Also, that's really cool about the music! I should check that band out. Although, I've been trying to cut back on my music... I have something like 3-400 cds and even went to try to sell some of them today. Oops.
Aug. 6th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Oh wow. That's something. I used to seriously envy friends who had several hundred albums -- all the way back to when those were vinyl and would take up enourmous boxes in my friends' rooms. I used to wonder why I didn't wind up getting a good music collection back then. I was working. But the money seemed to trickle out into stupid things that I couldn't remember or enjoy. A lot of it went to clothing that I didn't like, compromise clothes that my grandmother wanted me to get, the least obnoxious of the choices she picked out or the least obnoxious from the stores she dragged me to. Like buying clothes was some kind of treat, versus dropping all the money in a music store and getting started on a good music collection.

It's something that next year I may start training myself out of, putting off buying music. I got over the habit of avoiding buying books and now get books every year, so why not apply the same thing to music and quit going along with what a dead person trained me into? A big collection like that is probably full of favorites. Unless like my bookshelves it also includes some stuff that you're tired of or thought would be good when you bought it but turned out not to be.
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I have a few of those, ones that were follow ups from an artist I liked but didn't live up to their earlier work, or that were something I was into at the time and now listen to only sporadically, but for the most part I still listen to most of them. I once splurged on a 30GB ipod and it was the best thing I ever did...
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, then don't trim it too far. Seriously, if most of it is still music you like, you'd miss it if you cut it down too far. I've missed cutting too deep into my books every time I moved and couldn't take all of them with me.
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