Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"The Last Olympian" and "Freebird"

Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series is fantastic, btw. I just finished the final book, "The Last Olympian". No spoilers -- just a weird experience. In the last quarter of the book, I read this line:

Besides, we know this drakon they cannot beat.

"We know this drakon they cannot beat" -- there was something familiar about the cadence of that sentence. I was sure it was some song lyric, with "drakon" fitting in the place of some other word or words. I kept rereading it, and tada! my brain suddenly decided that it was from Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird (popup warning).

Except it isn't. There's really no similarity between "We know this drakon they cannot beat" and "And this bird you cannot change". But there it was, stuck in my head. I could go no further down that path.

But honestly, if you need a song in the back of your head as a soundtrack to the battle of Olympus, "Freebird" rocks.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Are we human or are we dancer?

The lyrics to The Killers' "Human" generated quite a bit of discussion...


...a search will find many more sites. What seems to be definitive (from the writer's mouth!) is that "the lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson about how America was raising a generation of dancers." I had no luck finding the original quote by Thompson (looking for context) and no mention of it other than in connection to this song.

I've considered all of the interpretations I read and haven't really been satisfied with any of the theories. So I made up my own.

Human = physical; dancer = spiritual. Treating them as a dichotomy is the puzzle and "both" is the answer.