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Review: Firefly Music Project

2005_serenity_logo_001 The Firefly Music Project is a group of musicians from Austria and Germany who have banded together to write and record come amazing tracks about Firefly and Serenity.  It is nearly impossible to explain the quality and the passion of these people without listening to their music. They are in the process of building their own site, but can for the time being be found on MySpace.

Can’t Stop the Signal (download here)

stars-5 An 80’s style rock anthem dedicated to Firefly, and it mentions Buffy and Angel.  I never thought I would hear a Rock tribute to Joss Whedon, but now I know I should have.  The clip of Joss at the breakdown made me should, “Hell Ya!”  For some reason this song reminds me of “We want the Airwaves” by the Ramones.

Reaver (download here)

stars-5 A metal track with a simple message: Fear the Reaver.  The foreboding guitar silhouette’s the the song dark black against the clips from the show and the lyrics.

River (download here)

stars-5 Amazingly beautiful song that tells River’s story. Chills ran up and down my spine as I listened to this song.  The clips from the show/movie are almost enough to make you cry.  The Guitar feels the song with a haunting rhythm as Nic sings the song from River’s point of view.

Serenity (download here)

stars-5 This song reminds me of a Moody Blues song.  This is a true love song to the ship.  Mellow, and oddly heartwarming, this song brought a smile to my face and made me want to instantly sing along.

Kaylee’s Lament (download here)

stars-5 Sheena sings this whimsical song from Kaylee’s point of view about her love for the doctor and how he never seems to notice her.  Hauntingly beautiful.  I hate to keep saying that, but it is the only words that fit.

This Land (download here)

stars-4 This is a techno song, which is very different from the others.  It is a good song, but compared to the others, this song is not nearly as powerful.  It need to make sure I have it on disk to give to DJs at the conventions I go to.  It would be fun to dance to, but I am not sure how often I would just listen to it.

Unsere Crew-Serenity (download here)

stars-4 This song is in German.  The title is Our Crew- Serenity.  It is a good song, and unfortunately suffers by comparison to the others.  It is a sort of role call song, where every character introduces themselves and talks about their story.

Final Thoughts

I hope they stick to the acoustic, rock, and metal style that sets them apart as one of the most interesting filk groups I have ever heard.

Mosque Attacked, Iraq Explodes

C.E. Dorsett Chills devoured me when I heard yesterday about the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra. I was horrified. This morning's headlines are no better:

More than 100 people were feared to have been killed in a wave of reprisals and execution-style killings since a bomb attack yesterday that reduced the Golden Mosque in Samarra, one of the most sacred Shia shrines, to rubble (Times of London).

My heart and prayers go out to victims of this violence on all sides. May they find a peaceful solution.

What is the Golden Mosque?

The Al Askari Mosque or Al Askari Shrine (...) is a Shiite Muslim holy site located in the Iraqi city of Samarra. It is one of the most important Shiite mosques in the world, built in 944 [1]. The remains of the tenth and eleventh Shia Imams, Ali al-Hadi and his son Hassan al-Askari, known as the two Askaris (al-`Askarīyāni), rest at the shrine [2]. It stands adjacent to a shrine to the twelfth, or hidden Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi. The Al Askari shrine is also known as the Tomb or Mausoleum of the Two Imams, the Tomb of Imams Ali al-Hadi and Hassan al-Askari, and al-Hadhrat al-Askariyyah (Wikipedia).

The modern city of Samarra is situated on the bank of the river Tigris some sixty miles from the city of Baghdad. The city is of outstanding importance because of its two shrines. The golden dome on one shrine was presented by Nasr al-Din Shah and completed under Muzaffar al-Din Shah in the year 1905 A.D. Beneath the golden dome are four graves, those of Imam Ali al-Naqi (10th Imam) and his son, Imam Hasan al-Askari (11th Imam). The other two are of Hakimah Khatoon, the sister of Imam Ali al-Naqi who has related at length the circumstances of the birth of Imam al-Mahdi and the fourth grave is of Nargis Khatoon, the mother of Imam al-Mahdi, peace be upon him. The second shrine marks the place where Imam al-Mahdi went into concealment. It has a dome that is distinguished for the soft delicate design that is worked in blue tiles, and beneath it is the Sardab (cellar) where the Imam is said to have disappeared. Visitors may enter this Sardab by a flight of stairs (Al-Islam.org).

This helps me understand the anger, but I hope civil war can be avoided.