Another day, another free-writing challenge, this time inspired by three stellar pieces of music that my ears were most certainly seized by…


David Bowie – Magic Dance

Sitting against a sofa of worn orange corduroy. I’m looking into Mr Bowie’s mismatched eyes and feeling a chilled flurry envelop me. Having just seconds ago metamorphosed from a snowy owl with feathers that were the purest of white, his bleached mullet wasn’t one of hilarity, it was a monochrome menace as much as the vampire like front teeth and the pale face. Jareth the Goblin King.

Radiohead – Talk Show Host

Plucked strings. The sands are flooded with a golden tinge. Leonardo sits in blue with a smoking cigarette in his hand, soft blonde hair trailing into those cobalt blues. Teenage crush. Teenage angst. Driving in the rays of the English summer. Closing my eyes and my head tripping backwards. Laying on the floor and staring at the ceiling. Gazing out the car window, pretending to be somewhere else. The spirit being sucked from my chest as it lifts towards the sky and my body drags it back down again with a weighty thud. We hope that you choke. Do not choke.

Alexandre Desplat – Courtyard Apocalypse

One the outside they are gritty soldiers. On the inside, they are trembling. We are sneaking through the darkness, overcome. Can we drink it in? Trying not to sob, we are overwhelmed. Finding a place at the pinnacle. They’re seizing my insides, behind the eyes, in the chest, deep in the stomach, and they’re not letting go. The breathing of many on the head of only one. This is the epitome of sadness.

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  1. 17 September 2014 / 8:27 pm

    I love this – it kind of reads like poetry with the short but endlessly descriptive sentences

    • 17 September 2014 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you! I guess I was trying to be rather lyrical considering the subject! 🙂

  2. Andrey Lychik
    17 September 2014 / 9:46 pm

    Talk about inspiration on the fly! holy cow on the first song, I listed to it and have no idea how you came up with that narrative, must have traveled a long way ♪ down, down, ♬ down.. ♫ to goblin town ♫

    • 17 September 2014 / 11:50 pm

      Haha, it’s actually probably not than random if you’ve seen the film it’s from, I watched it relentlessly as a child, it’s called Labyrinth, you should check it out!

      • Andrey Lychik
        17 September 2014 / 11:51 pm

        Now you got me intrigued.

      • Andrey Lychik
        17 September 2014 / 11:58 pm

        Does the movie have a Goblin King? or a Goblin Town?

        • 18 September 2014 / 12:12 am

          Mr Bowie himself is the goblin king, and he does live in a goblin town! It’s about a young girl who has to rescue her baby brother from the Labyrinth… he’s taken away by the goblin king. There’s all sorts of strange creatures in it too, but it’s rather fab, in a very 80s way!

          • Andrey Lychik
            18 September 2014 / 12:16 am

            Ha! the “Down, Down, Down to goblin town” are lyrics from a song from “the hobbit” movie/book

            • 18 September 2014 / 12:25 am

              Ah I should’ve recognised those! I rather like this genre of literature and film. 🙂

              • Andrey Lychik
                18 September 2014 / 8:24 pm

                Why you no post yet?!

              • 18 September 2014 / 8:25 pm

                I’m just working on it now… real life got in the way and I’m struggling! haha!

  3. 18 September 2014 / 12:58 am

    YES! David Bowie Magic Dance. . .LOL Loved the Labyrinth! Loved Magic Dance. Sigh David Bowie was so cool. . .yet creepy. lol

    • 18 September 2014 / 1:06 am

      Haha, ah I’m so glad to find someone else who’s heard of it, most people think it’s a rather weird one. He was SO creepy. Ha

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