Songwriting the Poltergeist Way
'...and then, girls, we finish with a GRAND FINALE! All three of us will join in song! And we will shower the audience with rainbow light, and—-'
'Fill their souls with joy and sorrow and everything between. Again. Because we finish EVERY performance with Concerto Grosso. Honestly, haven't you got a sense of originality?'
'Lyrica, darling...We have practised Concerto Grosso until our fingers have started bleeding. Figureatively. It WORKS. We are GOOD at it. It is a time honoured Prismriver Ensemble tradition to finish our unique musical danmaku concert with Concerto Grosso.'
'I know, Lunasa. But...we've been hired for a special occasion. I just think that, y'know, we should put on a special performance for this special occasion.'
'Lyrica, you know I don't like it when you get Ideas. Bad things happen. Don't you agree, Merlin?'
'Huh? You sayin' something sis? Sorry, I wasn't listening. I was in my ZONE!'
'Beg your pardon?'
'My ZONE! I always go to my ZONE! when we perform Concerto Grosso. We do it so much that I can perform that riff in my sleep. Thus my ZONE! My ZONE! is my place I go when I think of new music. That stuff I did at my Muenzuka gig came from my ZONE!'
'See? Even Merlin thinks we need new material. C'mon Loony—-'
'Don't call me Loony.'
'Whatever. I'll bet Merlin's got some good stuff. Merlin's always got the foot-tappin' head-boppin' crowd-pleasing mega solos. Everyone always loves Merlin's stuff.'
'We can't END with a Merlin solo! Merlin is but one! We are THREE! Besides if we're ending on a solo, we should end with one of MINE! I AM the band leader, after all!'
'Lunasa...you're stuff is...it's good, really...but...it's such a comedown.'
'What? My music is beautiful and tragic! A young woman who waits eternally for her lover to return from a war! A rose wilting in an empty room! A small child wandering in the snow! My music...it touches hearts! It caresses the soul! Yes, it makes you sad, but it's a good kind of sad! A happy kind of sad!'
'Exactly my point. This is Lady Saigyouji's New Year celebrations. We want to end on a high note. Hence Merlin. Right, Merlin?'
'Ahhh, I don't know, Lyrica. My music is uplifting, yes. But...it borders on frenzy. A wild, untempered joy. A fierce fire that makes you feel ALIVE! It overrides your brain's commands, and issues its own instructions. DANCE! LAUGH! SING! Kiss the person next to you! Forget all other times but now! And when I stop, the spell breaks. And it all comes crashing down. So. Why don't you finish, Lyrica?'
'No. I'm good. I'm really good, but my music is just music. I don't have any special powers. I search out sounds that interest me and mix them in with my piano, creating images of distant times and places. But it's not magic. It's just music.'
'Lyrica, darling, don't be so down about yourself. You allow us to create a story with our music. You're our percussion, our bass. It may not be noticed at first, but take it away and the music sounds WRONG!'
'Soooooooo, Lunasa...are you sayin' that we should all play together?'
'She's been saying that the whole time, Merlin. The solo was my idea.'
'But Lyricaaaaaa! We're a team! We're the Prismriver Sisters! The Ghostly Band! The Phantom Ensemble! But I agree. Concerto Grosso is OLLLLLD! We need to be new! Fresh! EXCITING!'
'I...suppose you're right, Merlin darling...Very well. Let us find our sound. Our MUSE! Sisters! Let us hold a jam session! A new song for the new year! Carrying both nostalgic sorrow for the year that has passed, and optimistic joy for the year ahead, and FIREWORKS! EXPLOSIONS! You can do that, Lyrica! Merlin, prepare your ZONE! We are, after all, the GREATEST MUSICIANS IN GENSOKYO!'
'We're the only musicians in Gensokyo. Well, apart from that annoying bird.'
'I disregard that amateur. Now then girls! From the top!'
'Wait, who died and made you boss?'
'Excellent. Now then...ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!'
edited 28th Aug '11 2:01:33 PM by asterism