Rebecca Mayes Muses: Starcraft 2

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I don't know why, but this song makes me want to scream, "Groovy!"

This is, of course, a good thing.

I've watched a few of these songs now and even though their not my brand of tea, you seem to be putting up some effort.

Wouldn't shed any tears if this segment was removed from Escapist though. Good luck in the future!

I loved the song...

Not as much as the Halo Reach song,

But is it just me - but did it seem like she was subtly saying 'Riiiiiiiight'

THAT WAS AMAZING. I'm astonished. I've got a new favorite!

So awesome. So, so awesome.

Don't get me wrong I think That all of Rebecca's songs are impeccably good. She has an amazing voice and she is a wonderful lyricist. I just think she's lost her passion for video games as a medium/muse for her songs. I mean I could be completely wrong and she might love it. I'm just noticing a big difference from her earlier song reviews in comparison to her latter ones.

Her first song reviews were laced with lyrics which cleverly pointed out aspects or criticisms of games. One in particular that I like in this regard is her review of the reboot of Bionic Commando. Her lyrics referred to the game's repetitive and linear nature. You can actually compare her song to the Zero Punctuation review of the game and see that they both had similar criticisms of the game.

In the Halo Reach review I didn't see any references to the game at all. The main message of the song seemed to be using the game as a way to tell us to stop using a video game character in order to feel heroic and instead be heroic in our real lives. It's an inspiring message but seems kind of anti-video game in a way.

Today's video kind of poked fun at the idea of people holed up in their homes playing star craft all day.

I mean I could be simply crazy and sniffing too much glue but try looking at her recent songs/videos again with that kind of attitude in mind... maybe you'll see what I'm talking about.

Again I in no way was trying to insult Rebecca in any way. I think she's immensely talented. I just think she might be losing her passion for making songs about video games. Singers and song writers need to write songs about things they are passionate about, and when you're not all that into a video game I imagine it's quite hard and one might try to make the song about something they feel is more meaningful... just sayin.

Anyway I wish you all well and thanks for calling me out on sounding Trollish... it wasn't my intention.

Aghh... The freedom fighters line reminds me of another song and I cant think what. The tune of it is a real ear-worm. Its going to annoy me all day now.

Apart from the hours of torment, though, great tune!

>.<

So, is the line "tank full of crackers" supposed to be a note that 1. Terrans are all white trash rednecks 2. Starcraft grinders sit next to boxes of cookies snacking nonstop or 3. Both.

1. Bravo, 2. Bravo, 3. BRAVO!

Love the spread sheet comment. Still very obsessed with image, I see. Not that I blame you; it's hard not to notice all the "costume designers." Still, "Mirror" was better commentary in that regard. A good song, all the same.

I think that this is one of the better songs she's written.

Catchy chorus. Now I have to look up how to pronounce bourbon.

Wow this song would be so much better without that lame spoken section

First time EVER I have liked one your songs. Maybe your 2 week song thing is paying off.

Keep it up.

ArmorArmadillo:
So, is the line "tank full of crackers" supposed to be a note that 1. Terrans are all white trash rednecks 2. Starcraft grinders sit next to boxes of cookies snacking nonstop or 3. Both.

1. Bravo, 2. Bravo, 3. BRAVO!

Unless they're from Earth, then they're posh sounding:P

themerrygambit:
You're a ridiculously talented song writer. .

I kinda believe the opposite, I wouldn't hire her to write radio jingles. Don't take my word for it, just wait a bit, real talent always gets recognised and in won't be the case here.
Just had to say to counterbalance the enormity of your statement.

themerrygambit:
I'm I the only one seeing that Rebecca Mayes more or less is completely over video games? Maybe even down right dislikes them. I mean the first videos she put out were clever critiques of video games in song form. The last 8 or so videos however have more or less all said "get off your ass stop playing video games and live a real life." I don't think she even plays these games much anymore. The entire Halo reach song was based off a speech by Nelson Mandella.

Video games just seems out of her element. She's a hippie bohemian, a free spirit who likes being outside and swimming in streams... Rebecca... if you don't like video games... just move on. You're a ridiculously talented song writer. Just put out your own album inspired by your own words. You don't need this anymore.

No, you aren't. I've simply stopped watching hers but I had to see if her SC2 vid was as generic as the rest.

Promising start, but then went back to her usual "hippie banjo" strumming style.

Still, the "Spreadsheet" line was funny and I must know what the heck that random person making a speech was in the middle (cannot Google it).

themerrygambit:
Don't get me wrong I think That all of Rebecca's songs are impeccably good. She has an amazing voice and she is a wonderful lyricist. I just think she's lost her passion for video games as a medium/muse for her songs. I mean I could be completely wrong and she might love it. I'm just noticing a big difference from her earlier song reviews in comparison to her latter ones.

Her first song reviews were laced with lyrics which cleverly pointed out aspects or criticisms of games. One in particular that I like in this regard is her review of the reboot of Bionic Commando. Her lyrics referred to the game's repetitive and linear nature. You can actually compare her song to the Zero Punctuation review of the game and see that they both had similar criticisms of the game.

In the Halo Reach review I didn't see any references to the game at all. The main message of the song seemed to be using the game as a way to tell us to stop using a video game character in order to feel heroic and instead be heroic in our real lives. It's an inspiring message but seems kind of anti-video game in a way.

Today's video kind of poked fun at the idea of people holed up in their homes playing star craft all day.

I mean I could be simply crazy and sniffing too much glue but try looking at her recent songs/videos again with that kind of attitude in mind... maybe you'll see what I'm talking about.

Again I in no way was trying to insult Rebecca in any way. I think she's immensely talented. I just think she might be losing her passion for making songs about video games. Singers and song writers need to write songs about things they are passionate about, and when you're not all that into a video game I imagine it's quite hard and one might try to make the song about something they feel is more meaningful... just sayin.

Anyway I wish you all well and thanks for calling me out on sounding Trollish... it wasn't my intention.

I'm glad I'm not the only one seeing this trend, but meh. As Yantzee has said "don't do your job and you'll eventually lose it".

YoUnG205:
Good song! I prefered the Halo reach one.
Also I don't know why but it remined me of the Gorillaz song Monkey Mountain.

...Monkey Mountain?
...oh you mean "Fire Comes Out Of The Monkey's Head"... right?

OT: nice song I haven't listened to a lot of your stuff but I'm starting to...

So, I am wondering if there will be a song that doesn't say in so many words that playing games is a waste of one's life.
Music, i suppose, is a worthy, artistic endeavor, and free of any such taint.

I like it, I'm no critic but I always find Rebecca's stuff creative and meaningful. It may be unusual and artsy but I like it the more for that I think.

Cristian Capatana:

themerrygambit:
You're a ridiculously talented song writer. .

I kinda believe the opposite, I wouldn't hire her to write radio jingles. Don't take my word for it, just wait a bit, real talent always gets recognised and in won't be the case here.
Just had to say to counterbalance the enormity of your statement.

There is talent and there is talent, there is the hollow worthless kind which is popular and gets in the pop charts, then there is the deep and artistic kind that sinks without a trace.
Not that i'm making any particular comment about Rebecca, i'm just pointing out that popular conceptions of success aren't the be all and end all of an artistic media.

I liked this one a lot (I like a lot of these a lot :D)

I liked this song. Sounded pleasant, and nice little in-references.

Continuity:
I like it, I'm no critic but I always find Rebecca's stuff creative and meaningful. It may be unusual and artsy but I like it the more for that I think.

Cristian Capatana:

themerrygambit:
You're a ridiculously talented song writer. .

I kinda believe the opposite, I wouldn't hire her to write radio jingles. Don't take my word for it, just wait a bit, real talent always gets recognised and in won't be the case here.
Just had to say to counterbalance the enormity of your statement.

There is talent and there is talent, there is the hollow worthless kind which is popular and gets in the pop charts, then there is the deep and artistic kind that sinks without a trace.
Not that i'm making any particular comment about Rebecca, i'm just pointing out that popular conceptions of success aren't the be all and end all of an artistic media.

First of all, if it's popular it doesn't necessarily mean it's shallow and meaningless. The Beatles, Queen, Miles Davis and a boatload of others rocked millions of people. Nowadays, every hipster with a webcam thinks she's an artist filled to the brim with originality and inspiration but the masses are to obtuse to get her art.

Secondly, success is exactly that: the recognition of others and surpassing your original condition.

From what little I've played of SC2 I think the chorus is apt. A revolver, a bottle of bourbon and a cheesy one liner.

Sacman:

YoUnG205:
Good song! I prefered the Halo reach one.
Also I don't know why but it remined me of the Gorillaz song Monkey Mountain.

...Monkey Mountain?
...oh you mean "Fire Comes Out Of The Monkey's Head"... right?

OT: nice song I haven't listened to a lot of your stuff but I'm starting to...

Ye thats the one sorry, not really a big Gorillaz fan.

Cristian Capatana:

First of all, if it's popular it doesn't necessarily mean it's shallow and meaningless. The Beatles, Queen, Miles Davis and a boatload of others rocked millions of people. Nowadays, every hipster with a webcam thinks she's an artist filled to the brim with originality and inspiration but the masses are to obtuse to get her art.

Secondly, success is exactly that: the recognition of others and surpassing your original condition.

I know what success is thank you, and no, not every popular work is shallow and meaningless; I was employing a generalisation to make a point, I would of though that was plain.

I would expand my argument but you're plainly being deliberately obtuse so I shan't bother.

Maybe the next step could be to advance the visual element of each muse from Low Tech,low budget student camp into something more polished.
Surely Mayes has some artsy buddies that could take turns doing the visuals each fortnight and would appreciate the exposure.
Might add a whole new dimension to each muse and free her up to work on the music more.I mean shooting these videos must take time.

Edit:I dont see these muses as so far gone 'artsy' that the rest of us cattle cant understand or fathom their meaning.I mean they're either a direct comment on the game or stepping back and taking in a bigger picture which also includes the game.
Not really much else you can do with games as source material.

here, I haven't likes allot of your songs lately, but this one is definatly good. you used your lyrics for satire and review, your imagry was conectable and relivent, and the tune was engoyable. stick to this formula more please.

o-o Wow. Nuff said.

I agree with the others, very catchy.

I'll be listening to that again a few times for sure, Great Stuff as usual Miss Mayes.

And I've got my revolver and a bottle of bourbon and a cheesy one-liner.

Best line in the song. Great, catchy song.

I think this is another great song by Ms. Mayes. I notice this one is more literal into the game than the last one...and I just want to register that I like both song styles, the more literal and the more abstract.

Anyway, here's my two cents: Ms. Mayes will you put out an album of your more recent Mayes Muses? I listen to your first two albums all the time on my ipod, and I'd like to add this most current crop to them.

So...I'd love, not only your new non-game related album, but also another collection of your game related songs. Woot!

As a fan of StarCraft 2, I think it is healthy to occasionally listen to criticism. Playing a glorified spreadsheet, eh? I never thought of it that way; kinda makes sense...maybe.

The one-liners, though, yeah. Even I, a fan of the game, cringed at a few of those.

Continuity:

Cristian Capatana:

First of all, if it's popular it doesn't necessarily mean it's shallow and meaningless. The Beatles, Queen, Miles Davis and a boatload of others rocked millions of people. Nowadays, every hipster with a webcam thinks she's an artist filled to the brim with originality and inspiration but the masses are to obtuse to get her art.

Secondly, success is exactly that: the recognition of others and surpassing your original condition.

I know what success is thank you, and no, not every popular work is shallow and meaningless; I was employing a generalisation to make a point, I would of though that was plain.

I would expand my argument but you're plainly being deliberately obtuse so I shan't bother.

Oh wow, instead of an argument I get insulted. I'm sorry my friend but that's never how someone with something eloquent to say about a subject reacts.

Btw, why generalise when we were talking specifics? That's just a way to change the subject when you feel like you're losing your grip on the matter.

Very catchy. The melancholy is sad... What is 1:25?

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