House of Noir Presents: Find Your Noir Lover and Week Ten Post

This week, I was on the set of House of Noir’s show “Find Your Noir Lover” featuring the lovely Melody Bay with guest stars Jeffrey Davis Jack Spencer. My good friend Janelle was operating the camera while Janaye and Mariam worked on the editing of the clips taken from the show afterwards. Backstage, I talked with Jeff and Jack and they seemed like put together men by the first impression I had of them. In this show, Melody is looking for love among the bachelors, yet she was unsuccessful. She would ask us a few questions and we would have to answer as honestly as we can. The host, Mariam, introduced me as “Sebastian Crane, the Editor-in-Chief of The San Francisco Chronicle, is currently the Most Eligible Bachelor of the West Coast. A respectable man with mysterious charm and wit, he is certainly a fine contender for the lovely Melody Bay.” Below is the recorded exchange Melody and I had live on House of Noir:

We would all like to know the answer to this one: What would you plan for a fun first date? Well, to make things interesting, I would surprise her by ordering some flowers to be delivered at her workplace with a note that says “Meet me downstairs.” We’d go to her favorite restaurant and we would order each other’s dishes, ones we’ve both never had and see how that plays out. Then I would take her out for a night on the town. Go on the boardwalk, get to know her likes, dislikes, things like that. I would want to give her a date she could feel completely comfortable to be herself with me. Sounds like she really changed you. Her who? The girl you took on a date like this. She must have been special. Oh um… Alright let’s dig a little deeper now since we do have to find an honest man for Melody here. Have you ever hurt someone you love? Um..I have and I was just trying to protect her, but I hurt her more than I can ever know. I… Mr. Crane, are you alright? I’m sorry I can’t do this. There’s something I need to do. I can’t explain it all on live television, but dear Melody I am sorry if I have wasted any of your time. You will find a great guy because you are a classy woman with heart. I just can’t stand the thought of losing her when I know that I love her, even if I have never told her in person. Could you forgive me? Go out and get her. 

Melody seemed to sense that I was thinking about someone close to me when I told her about my ideal first date. And she was right. I took Sasha on this kind of date and I remember wanting to tell her I loved her, but I didn’t know if she even felt the same way. But I remembered when her evil twin knocked me out and threatened to kill Sasha and frame me for her murder if I did not break things off with her. Shannon had previously tried to kill Sasha in an apartment fire and she was unsuccessful fortunately. But I still had to break Sasha’s heart in order to protect her and this is something I couldn’t explain to Melody in full detail on live television. Melody Bay is a great woman who deserves to find a great man and I reminded her of this before I left the stage.

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I also had an exclusive interview with Burtis, Groom, and Bond this week. I was asked 8 questions pertaining to my way of thinking and living. I was called in from The Chronicle to be a part of this interview so that those listening could get a view inside of my head. I answered each question with complete honesty and here is the link to that interview with the one and only Sebastian Crane.  http://janellegelino.com/sebastian-crane/387/

When on the set with Jeffrey, Jack, and Melody, we all decided to create an aganecy in the next few weeks. http://janellegelino.com/uncategorized/organizing-house-of-noir-returns-to-the-agency/. We will keep everyone posted on the noir site.

During the week, I would visit my friend Janelle and she showed me her Daily Creates she made. Here are the 3 ones she did that were..what is the best word to describe them…interesting:

1. Breakfast Selfies- Mr. Pops https://www.flickr.com/photos/janellegelino/16906259712/. I saw Janelle cutting up the wrapping of the “Pops” cereal cover and she made a face with the fragments. She certainly is one of my quirkier friends.

2. 15 Second Batman- https://www.flickr.com/photos/janellegelino/16917067142/in/photostream/ I am not sure I would call Janelle the best artist after seeing this drawing of Batman she did in 15 seconds. Great masterpieces take time. I mean, look at me. ;)

3. Personal Inspirational Quote: “One choice set into motion a journey of defying limits and showing the world, ourselves, what it is to embrace passion. Become lost in the love you found and remember that you are here for a reason. Live and remember these moments.” Janelle wrote this quote as she thought of her years in color guard and I found her words very inspiring and well articulated. https://www.flickr.com/photos/janellegelino/16928324135/in/photostream/

10 Comments for the week:

http://www.stephaniebwhite.com/assignments/the-final-phase/

http://edithandart.com/assignments/video/psychotic-notebook-5-stars/

http://lexymaratellos.com/week-10/daily-create-5/

http://trysoccer29.com/writing-assignments/psa/

http://i-am-think-will.com/assignment-bank/layla-and-marcus-i-a-love-story/

http://landonepp.com/daily-create/life-matters/

http://www.saharalkhelaifi.com/ds106/15-sec-batman/

http://umwlaurenfalkens.com/thoughts-and-ideas/the-steadfast-sleuths-slaying-senioritis/

http://delovelyames.com/ds106_assignmentbank/daily-create-tree-art/

http://sgrubbs2.com/daily-create/take-the-plunge/

I also made an appearance on Twitter on Monday night and it was nice to see that the DS106 class extends beyond UMW and even America itself. It is accessible to anyone who wishes to create work for it.

(I hope I did not insult Tina too much, but her voice did hurt my ears).

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My Exclusive Interview with the DS106 Crew

Apologies about how my voice does not sound normal. This usually happens when I come down with a strong cold and the changing seasons got me feeling under the weather. I was at work for a few hours regardless and I was called in from The Chronicle to be interviewed by Groom, Bond, and Burtis. They seemed to have a variety of questions for me. Below you can see the kinds of things they asked:

What is your name? What is your weapon of choice and why?  Have you ever cheated on a lover?  What do you think about when you are alone in your car?  Do you feel that morality is relative? Do you believe that fate is predetermined? Do you believe in God? Who is your role model?

I would say I am an open book when it comes to questions and I try to be as straight-forward as possible. The questions that posed more difficulty for me to answer were the ones about what I felt about fate being predetermined and the idea of God. Fate is a complexity in and of itself and I’ve had differing opinions on that subject for quite some time. I did come to the conclusion that everything happens for a reason so therefore fate must be predetermined. With the idea of God though, it was hard for me to answer this question since I was never raised in a religious household and I never had a moment where I felt a strong conviction of belief in something like that. That point may or may not come in the future, but I am content with either way.

A Painful Flashback

Recently I was a participant on the “Find Yourself a Noir Lover” on the House of Noir Channel. Melody Bay was looking for love and she had the chance to meet 3 bachelors, including myself. The following are the questions that were asked and my responses:

  • We would all like to know the answer to this one: What would you plan for a fun first date? Well, to make things interesting, I would surprise her by ordering some flowers to be delivered at her workplace with a note that says “Meet me downstairs.” We’d go to her favorite restaurant and we would order each other’s dishes, ones we’ve both never had and see how that plays out. Then I would take her out for a night on the town. Go on the boardwalk, get to know her likes, dislikes, things like that. I would want to give her a date she could feel completely comfortable to be herself with me (looks to be lost in thought). Sounds like she really changed you. Her who? The girl you took on a date like this. She must have been special. Oh um…(other person tries to change subject with this question) So do you kiss on the first date? Depends on the girl (says with a smile). If she’s charming, how could I resist? (back to previous asker, as to get more information about Sebastian’s recent love). Alright let’s dig a little deeper now since we do have to find an honest man for Melody here. Have you ever hurt someone you love? *Cue flashback* Um..I have and I was just trying to protect her, but I hurt her more than I can ever know. I…(looks down, as if ashamed and tries to form words) Mr. Crane, are you alright? I’m sorry I can’t do this. There’s something I need to do. I can’t explain it all on live television, but dear Melody I am sorry if I have wasted any of your time. You will find a great guy because you are a classy woman with heart. I just can’t stand the thought of losing her when I know that I love her, even if I have never told her in person. Could you forgive me? Go out and get her (Melody says with encouragement. Sebastian then exits the show).
  • (This information was recorded by Janelle Pierangelino in a Google Doc. as the show commenced).

With the first question that was asked, I went back one of the dates I had with Sasha recently and we had the best time. That was the night I was about to just say it, tell her I loved her, but I was afraid she didn’t love me back or feel strongly for me. Ever since Margaret, no girl has made me feel completely safe until Sasha. There’s something about the way her eyes look into mine and I don’t want to be anywhere else but in that moment with her. She is genuine, beautiful, caring and I do love this girl. During the show, I had a flashback to a time where I hurt someone I loved. I remembered that I was knocked out by Sasha Kellogg’s horrible twin sister Shannon Mills and that she had come back to make Sasha’s life hell. She was certainly vengeful and she went to attack me when I did not agree to her notion of breaking Sasha’s heart by making her feel worthless. She held a knife to my throat and threatened that she would kill Sasha and frame me for her murder if I did not comply. I won’t ever forget how badly it hurt to see Sasha in tears. I told her everything was a lie and that I was just using her to pass some time. Her words still ring in my head. I remember watching her walk away and everything just moved in slow motion. All I wanted to do in that moment was chase her and tell her to her face those words weren’t true, but I knew that I had to protect her any way that I could. Shannon had already tried to murder Sasha by burning down her apartment, so I knew that she was serious in her demands.

On the show, I couldn’t allow myself to be chosen by Melody because I knew how wrong it would be to say yes to a person when you’re in love with someone else. Melody deserves a man who will be fully devoted to her and I was not going to stand in the way of that. Right now, I am still trying to contact Sasha, but she is not answering my calls and she has been moved to a different floor of the Chronicle. I don’t blame her for that. I just know that I want her back, but if being away from her will protect her from harm, I will love her from afar and ensure that no one else can hurt her.

The rest of the video show is on the Google Doc that House of Noir collaborated on.

“House of Noir” Episode Trailer and other planning notes

Above is the trailer for Sebastian Crane’s segment in the “House of Noir” episode next week. This trailer is intended to give the audience anticipation for next week since Sebastian will be dealing with a love crisis. I used a quote by Shakespeare: “Journeys end in lovers meeting” and a quote “Love is patient. Love is kind” to show cliches of love that may be knocked down next week. The are placed in italics to refer to how they are cliches or common love quotes. The text “And Cruel” comes after the patient and kind quote in bold, non-italicized letters to place emphasis on them and show their distance from the love quotes. This text continues with the quotes that follow, such as “Who will fall,” “House of Noir,” “See through the eyes of Sebastian Crane,” “Premiere next week.” In the beginning, I had a clip of myself looking happy to show who the love interest is as she is speaking (which will be Sasha Kellogg). There is the sound of a heartbeat to give the notion of love and yet also suspense as we await Sebastian’s answer. The trailer becomes darker when we see the clip of the person (my shoes) walking away in slow motion with Queen’s lyric of “Bohemian Rhapsody playing “Mama just killed a man. Put a gun against his head, Pulled the trigger now he’s dead.” I downloaded this slowed down version of the song since it gave a scary, horror effect to it. These lyrics lead into the title of the show that appears over the smoke and on the word “dead” the screen goes to black. This section of the trailer is meant to make the audience question what will happen to Sebastian or Sasha; would Sasha become violent if she gets a wrong answer? The question “Who will fall” refers to the idea of who will fall in love, or who will fall because of love. This is intended to show that Sebastian sees love as dangerous and cruel and his response may hurt or help Sasha. Also it showcases her as a possible femme fatale or that another femme fatale may make an entrance to wedge between them (which may be Sasha’s twin sister).

For our whole show, I came up with the idea of filming from our character’s perspective, the camera being their eyes. I thought of doing this since my character is male and I clearly am not, so it would be easier to shoot this way and could be very unique in the manner as well. We see what the characters see and this can allow for a strong connection between audience and characters to resonate more. We also decided to go with black and white to create suspense and to make sure there is a cohesive coloring since we have two characters from the past. For my own portion, I plan on writing up a script and I may have to change my voice on the computer for Sebastian’s.

The House of Noir group has plans to meet in person to discuss the show outline in the next few days.

Writing Assignment: Night Call Poem (2 pts)- “Love Calling Through the Night”

Love Calling Through the Night

 

Moonlight pools in from the open window,

saving the man drowning in his own shadows.

Throbbing temples, the internal voices pushing to be freed

through his lips; the words he is afraid to say aloud.

 

Her beauty.

A fiery canopy of curls against porcelain skin

and the secrets that swim in her ocean eyes.

The only wonder of his world,

she holds him captive, never leaving his mind.

No resistance, those restless nights he struggles

to memorize the labels he stamps on each feeling,

trying to make sense of something words don’t even understand

themselves.

Her smile melts his armor, yet he feels readied for

the waging war between logic and passion.

 

A gentle wind sweeps the curtains

and the locks of his hair,

Her voice whispering, calling his name,

his heart echoing hers, a two-syllable beat.

Unspoken love in the shadows of the night.

 

For this collaboration, I chose to use Kim Roehl’s Sasha Kellogg again because she is set to be the main romance in Sebastian Crane’s life. I wanted this poem to express who Sebastian has yet to confess his feelings for Sasha and he constantly has her on his mind. He is evermore curious about her since she is such a mystery and he has fallen for her. Sebastian fears telling her these feelings because he has been hurt in the past, but he trusts her enough to tell her soon. His mind tells him not to waste time on love, yet his heart disagrees. He knows that he can’t articulate the feelings he has for her and fears he won’t be able to say everything he wants to say to her. He knows words don’t truly describe a feeling like this and is conflicted in that way since he always knows how to express his thoughts, not when it comes to love though.

 

Visual Assignment: Poetry Art (3 pts)- “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”- Sebastian Crane and Lawrence Spitler

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For this character collaboration post, I chose to make a picture that contained not only the words from a poem, but the visual created by those words. The poem “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” is one I have read and seen at different times of my life and I wanted to make something dedicated to this poem. This visual shows how the death of Sebastian Crane greatly affected Lawrence Spitler.

Initially, I wanted a post where both characters were the same age, but I was so interested in Tiffany’s present-day character that I decided to come up with a story for how they know one another. By 2015, Sebastian would be 90 years old and Lawrence is in his 30s, so I had them be neighbors. When they first encountered each other, Lawrence thought Sebastian was just a senile old man, yet Sebastian saw himself in him and wanted to know more about him. So to initiate the conversations, Sebastian once put a letter from his mailbox into Lawrence’s (Sebastian still played his tricks, but these were not malicious) so that he would come to deliver it and he could try to talk to him more. Lawrence was still closed off, yet one night a man tried to break into Sebastian’s car and Lawrence scared him off. To thank Lawrence, Sebastian invited him over for a beer. Soon enough, Lawrence began visiting Sebastian’s house a several days a week and Sebastian brought out the best in Lawrence, as he was the most honest about his feelings when he was with Sebastian. Although they did have arguments about Lawrence’s lifestyle, Lawrence loved Sebastian like his own father and Sebastian like another son. They grow close to one another to a point where Lawrence sees him as the father figure he never really had after his own father passed when he was so young. Sebastian would tell Lawrence all about his life, from how he once was cold, but because of his loving wife Sasha and his brother Donovan, he was able to show his golden heart to all those he met. He once told Lawrence that “You cannot see light without walking through a field shadows. The light, the good, is waiting to be seized by you. Because every good and bad thing happens for a reason. We need the bad to know what good really is; to know what what is worth fighting for and what things can be left behind.” Sebastian saw himself in Lawrence from the moment they met and that was why he wanted the best for Lawrence and encouraged him to make better decisions or have more of an open heart. Lawrence drove Sebastian to the hospital when he had a severe stroke and stayed with him until the end. Before he passed on, he told Lawrence that he made the last years of his life better and that Lawrence would never be alone. At Sebastian’s funeral, Lawrence spoke of the man who showed him towards a new light and soon, he was the only one standing in front of his grave. He remembered Sebastian reciting the poem “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” once when they were on his porch as he told Lawrence that the poem helped him cope with the losses of his father, Donovan, and Sasha. He told Lawrence that he believed the spirit does not stay at the grave, rather they stay beside those they love, like a guardian angel. Since then, Lawrence had a change of heart because of Sebastian and he sought to do better for himself and others.

To make this photo, I combined a picture of an angel statue and one of two men walking beside one another on Pixlr and used Powerpoint to add the text (which took a very long time figuring out how to do because of the color of the text). After, I adjusted the color of the final photo to make the poem stand out more.

Explorations of Beauty and Decay father-son-walking

 

I chose the angel statue because it represented the idea of a grave and in this particular post, Sebastian passes away and serves to be Lawrence’s guardian angel. For the picture of the two men walking together, I wanted this to be a picture of Sebastian and Lawrence going for a walk, showing their closeness to one another.

Design Assignment: Groom Poster (4 and a 1/2 pts) – An Ice Cold Love Triangle (collaborative characters)

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It was about time I made a Groom poster and I have to say, I think it is beautiful. Kim Roehl and I collaborated to create this Titanic poster, featuring Sebastian Crane as Cal, Groom as Jack, and the lovely Sasha Kellogg as Rose. Initially, we were searching for a shot from the film where all three characters had their faces towards the camera, but kept running into pictures where they were either in profile or one was absent from the shot. So we decided that the two male characters could face the camera and we could cover the back of Rose’s head with Sasha’s photo. For Sebastian Crane, I felt he embodied the character of Cal Hockley in Titanic because of the arrogance he can frequently exude. The line “I always win. One way or another,” is a line I remember from this movie when Cal tells Jack he will not be ensured a seat on a lifeboat. We placed Groom as Jack Dawson because well, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love either of them? :) Kim had the one photo of Sasha Kellogg that we felt would be a perfect reaction to having two men wanting her. She has the look saying “I’m so loved,” which fits with her femme fatale persona. We also chose to do Titanic because it is a very well-known movie and we wanted to put a spin on it.

Kim was responsible for finding the Sasha and Groom photos as well as removing the backgrounds on all of the head shots using PowerPoint (now I’ve learned how to do that thanks to her). I found the photo of Sebastian, this scene from Titanic, and the title “Titanic.”

Week Seven Summary: Radio Days (Part Two)

The House of Noir radio show is completed! I am very pleased with how it came altogether. I did have worries since we all had different schedules, which is natural in the college life. On Tuesday, most of the group was able to meet to discuss how the show would go and we came to the conclusion that Janaye’s mysterious woman character would serve as the host since the other 3 members (including myself) had the characters falling under the category of “the jerk with a heart of gold.” She would present each “jerk” that appeared on the show. The following was the tagline of our show: “Jerks of the past, jerks of the present, and the women who love them. House of Noir is the radio show that takes your questions and answer them in real time. No need to feel embarrassed or ashamed; we are here for you every step of the way. On tonight’s show we have Jeff and Spence, with a special appearance from Melody Bay. Also watch out for our blast from the past tonight, Sebastian Crane, a timeless man whose advice stands the test of time.” For Sebastian Crane, he represents the jerk of the past while the others are in present time. I hope this is clear in the radio show since I have the date inserted as well as a 1950’s song as the intro to the old House of Noir radio show, where Sebastian Crane was a featured guest. I acted as the host and had my best friend, Zachary, from VCU record him saying the lines I wrote down so that the male voice would make this more believable to the audience. I also acted as the crazy, love-struck caller, which was done more in improv and in character of someone who is very obsessive and nuts. I had to go to a different room to record myself acting like a fan girl for Sebastian and I changed my actual voice as I spoke into the recording. My radio bumper I created last week is also featured in the radio show. To me, the House of Noir radio show flows in a cohesive manner and I am interested to hear what the audience thinks of it. Here, you can read more about the radio show progress and hear Sebastian’s individual section: http://janellegelino.com/thoughts-and-ideas/radio-show-progress-week-two/.

Here is the House of Noir radio show:

 

For a radio commercial I made this week, I decided to make one for a fictitious airliner called “Stardust Airlines,” which features audio from freesound.org and the song called “The Crimson Wing- Mystery of the Flamingos – The Arrival of the Birds” that I heard from the Oscar- nominated film “The Theory of Everything” (“Birdman” won though…YES!) I wanted to have this airline commercial to give a relaxing vibe to listeners and I liked the intro sounds I used for it that would serve as a sound logo for the company, which would be the traditional beep in airplanes, the sound of a plane landing with wind chimes playing simultaneously (like the twinkling of stars). http://janellegelino.com/radio-show/stardust-airlines-radio-commercial/

These are the Daily Creates I made for this week:

1. “A Life Full of Little Joyous Things” is a short video I made to show 5 things that bring me joy, which are my dog, loved ones, color guard, seeing others experience happiness, and the beauty in the world around me. Here is the link to the video with the song “Starscapes” by The American Dollar:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQVBfQSKhtY

2. “Bob’s Disturbing One-Night Stand” 5 emoji story. I made this one on my phone since I accidentally clicked out of one of the ones on the site that inspired this idea; I re-made it instead. Follow this link to see the picture and the description will tell you Bob’s horrifying story. https://www.flickr.com/photos/janellegelino/16023756064/

3. “Becoming Human” for the ‘Teal and Orange’ post. I used one my photoshoot pictures my friend and I do together for this assignment. The shoot was called “Washed Away” and I portrayed a mermaid reaching humanity and the end of her life as a mermaid; she is becoming human and her mermaid features/life are “washing away” and she fears for the future ahead. (This post was having diffuclty appearing on the tdc site, even though the tags are right).  https://www.flickr.com/photos/janellegelino/16041733054/in/photostream/

Below are my 10 comments:

http://ds106.jlawumw.com/Noir/assign/keep-knocking/#comment-28

http://kinzer.us/noir-106/they-brainwashed-her/#tc-comment-title

http://julaszakovits.com/daily-creates/five-things-that-bring-me-joy/#comment-214

http://mboleis.com/daily-create/always-listen-to-grandma/#comment-208

http://columnhugger.com/assignments/radio-show-progress-2/#comment-211

http://www.saharalkhelaifi.com/ds106/477/#comment-279

http://delovelyames.com/ds106/daily-create-ds106-in-a-nutty-nutshell/#comment-85

http://lifebysavanna.com/daily-creates/daily-create-out-in-space/#comment-123

http://edithandart.com/radio-show/mid-week-radio-show-progress/#comment-54

http://sgrubbs2.com/weekly-summaries/week-seven-summary/#comment-246

Radio Show Progress Week Two

The second week of the radio show was not full of difficulties. On Tuesday, I was mostly planning out Sebastian’s section of the radio show. I was with the House of Noir radio show group and we each wrote out our portions of the show in a Google doc, which definitely kept us on track for how the order of the show would go. There, we had our scripts and the links to the radio bumpers and commercials we were going to use in the show. We each decided to have our characters focus on a certain topic, more so with the three jerk characters we have. For example, Mariam’s focuses on something career related, yet brings up loss that her character faced in the past when he ignores the first question about loss. Since this is an advice show, I wanted to have Sebastian give his advice about the subject of love, which is something he fears having again. His response is honest in how believes that love can make or break a person. I wrote this as his response to the question, “Do you believe there is someone out there for you,” by a woman named Jenny Pierce:

Sebastian Crane: “Well, Miss Pierce, if I may be frank with you, I believe that love is something that only serves to weaken us and I’m not in a position where I want that at all. Certainly the idea sends the heart fluttering, but for me it’s not to the same effect. Mine…it’s just not the same. (pause) I’ve had love. I have experienced what it’s like to look into a woman’s eyes and feel safe and vulnerable all at once and it’s the scariest feeling in the world—giving your entire self to someone. You pray to God that this person will only give their love to you and it ends up coming down to the question of if you can truly know a person. Science can tell us that we can’t fully understand another human being and their intentions So why bother with love knowing this? It’s something the Shakespearean sonnets tell us thrives with inconceivable joy; It’s written in the words of Robert Frost that go,  “We love the things we love for what they are.” But how can you fully love if you don’t completely know what, or who, they are? Are we just supposed to put down all our walls and unconditionally love someone without knowing if we just leaped off a cliff without a parachute? Look, love isn’t safe or easy and I think you have to risk losing yourself in the madness of it all to be closer to having everything you dream love could be. If someone comes along in the future…well, (more cocky or confident tone compared to lines before) I don’t expect much more than a drink and a kiss goodnight. Right now, I’m content with being with myself, my career, and my family. That’s all that matters to me at this point in my life.”

The following day, I had my best guy friend record himself saying these lines since I wanted to have the male voice for Sebastian to make this more believable. This section recorded made it to about 1:46, so this was where I decided to make this longer by having House of Noir be radio show that has been around since the 1950s. I played as the host of this show that featured Sebastian Crane in 1952. Basically, my section of the group radio show is a flashback portion to the “Jerk of the Past” since this show is the following description (by Janaye Evans):

“Jerks of the past, jerks of the present, and the women who love them. House of Noir is the radio show that takes your questions and answer them in real time. No need to feel embarrassed or ashamed; we are here for you every step of the way. On tonight’s show we have Jeff and Spence, with a special appearance from Melody Bay. Also watch out for our blast from the past tonight, Sebastian Crane, a timeless man whose advice stands the test of time.”

To give my section the appearance of an old radio show, I had the intro be a 1950s jazz song called “Summertime” by Charlie Parker. Next, I had my friend records short responses that I could interact with as the host. Lastly, I wanted to make this section a bit humorous by having the caller be somewhat desperate for Sebastian Crane since she thinks he is dreamy and amazing. I talked to my computer in a high pitched voice, acting like a “fan girl” for Sebastian Crane to make this section more fun to listen to. Honestly, the House of Noir group really loved this idea, so I went for it! The jazz music comes in again when the caller is upset that Sebastian doesn’t want love (or her really) and the host tries to end the show, but the caller comes in again to give Sebastian her number. By his this caller, it can go back to the “…and the women who love them,” statement since this shows one of the effects Sebastian has on women due to his looks, intelligence, and charm.

Here is the section I did for Sebastian:

 

I will post the entire radio show in the weekly post since we finished it last night as a group. We reached 20 minutes and we worked very well together. I’m very happy with the House of Noir group.

Audio Assignment: Music Tag (2pts.)- “Stories Through Song: The Sebastian Crane Modern Music Tag.”

Let me start off this post by saying…this assignment should be worth more than 2 stars! It took me a very long time to do this so that the words of the songs matched one another at the end/start points. The songs I chose for this assignment are in my Spotify playlist and the process of picking them out was fairly simple. Connecting the songs by the words they had in common was a little tedious, but I did enjoy this assignment since it made me think of how the songs could somehow relate to each other.  But my larger problem came with copyright. I remade my mashup at least 5 different ways and it was still subject to copyright according to SoundCloud, so it was removed every single time. This was extremely (emphasis on extremely!) frustrating. I fist tweeted about my frustrations to Professor Burtis and she was very helpful in the advice she gave me, which was to try different songs or try just posting onto this page. But she warned me of the risks I’d be taking if I were to just post, so I didn’t want to try it. I then asked one of my friends what to do and she told me to play with adjusting the pitch and it should be fine. And here we are…success! I also adjusted the tempos slightly in some of the songs, which gave it a faster pace which kind of grew on me. With the pitch, I only adjusted it by one point and it still sounded nice for me. Since I did struggle through this ongoing copyright issue, I began to understand it a bit more. Personally, I have never had a copyright issue happen to me so this was definitely a first, and hopefully only time this will happen to me. In my mind after the copyright readings, I thought one could use the songs if they were using them in a new, innovative way, but Sound Cloud stated that as an invalid reason, so I did not dispute the claims.

But as for the mash-up of songs, here is the layout…

These songs are from the 2000s-present and represent how Sebastian views himself and how others view him. I felt like breaking away from the 1950s time period I placed him in to show how the experiences he goes through and how others view him are understandable and tangible to our current times. Each of the songs can directly connect to Sebastian’s internal views of himself and situations he finds himself in as well as how others view him.

1.“Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse- how Sebastian felt for Margaret, his ex-lover, when he was with her. He was “a fool” for her as one of the lyrics lends to and she set his soul alight,” meaning that she enchanted him in this way that brought his soul to life. This song illustrates how she drove him crazy at times, but he still loved her so intensely.

2.“Womanizer” by Britney Spears- how most women view Sebastian since he refuses to settle down; he is viewed as a player, but women still come to him knowing that he may not ever contact them after their one-night together. He does not mean to treat women in this manner since he knows nothing serious will come of them, but women view him as a womanizer all the same.

3.“I Don’t Care” by Fall Out Boy- how he tends to think of himself and does not pay mind to others’ opinions and if he does, it is only internally. Also can lend to his frequent egotistical attitude he can hold. Sebastian holds himself with high regard and some of his actions may be selfish, but he is willing to do what ever it takes to preserve himself, even if that means stepping on others’ toes.

4.“Love Me Again” by John Newman- how Sebastian wants a love like he had with Margaret again; he wants to be loved and love again soon, but is fearful of it because of his bad experience. In ways, he wants Margaret to be his again so he can feel that love he had before, but he knows how wrong it is to feel that way about someone who hurt him so badly.

5.“Undisclosed Desires” by Muse- how Sebastian views Sasha Kellogg: he wants to know what’s under the surface and he is deeply attracted to her. Sebastian senses that she has “demons” in her past and is evermore curious about Sasha since she is not the most open book about who she was and is now. Sebastian is intrigued by her because of her mysterious demeanor and this song can truly describe that tension between them.

6.“Afraid” by The Neighbourhood- how Sebastian is afraid that his dark side will consume him. He does not want to become someone who is loathed and this can even apply to his drinking habits since he drinks frequently, and therefore, fears he will become like his father in this way. Also the line “you make me wanna die” is how John Reeves (the man he publicly shamed) feels when he thinks of Sebastian or encounters him.

7.“Into the Past” by Nero- how Sasha Kellogg wants to know about Sebastian’s past so she can understand him and be with him now. This song was featured in “The Great Gatsby,” which alluded to the quote, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” With this idea of going into the past, it can also represent how Sebastian is somewhat consumed by his past since the fears he does have reflect his painful past; he relives his past when he can’t fully trust in someone because he has been physically and emotionally broken in the past and has not fully recovered. It was mainly with his mother’s departure, his father’s drunken beatings, and Margaret’s cheating habits that affected him so. He does not feel far from his past, even though his father and him began to mend their relationship and he is not involved with Margaret (he still has not heard from his mother). With regards to Donny, his younger brother who was enlisted in war and now has paralysis, he feels responsible for that injury since he could not go in his place because of his fractured shoulder from his father’s past rage.

8.“Do I Wanna Know” by The Arctic Monkeys- how Sebastian catches himself wanting Margaret back and he knows she wants him too, but he will not crawl back to the woman who cheated on him. This is a story I want to touch on in a writing section in the future to demonstrate how complicated Sebastian’s mind is when it comes to her. She remains a puzzle to him because he can’t fully believe she would hurt him the way she did and dreams about if things were different.