Miracle of Sound: Half Man's Song (Game of Thrones)

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Great Song, Gavin. Tyrion is one of my favourite characters in both the books and the show, tied with Jon and Arya. The song fits Tyrion's character extremely well, and I like the almost villain song feel to it. Also, is it just me, or do I detect a bit of the show's Rains of Castemere in this song?

This is brilliant, even by your standards. It's only really topped by Mind of the Bat for me, although that might just be the heady feelings of new love talking.

Outstanding. great work

blackdwarf:

"And the ravens black against the winter's mist
Are whispering the half-man's song"

Actually, that line about the black ravens is a line about just that... ravens.

Slycne:

blackdwarf:
"And the ravens black against the winter's mist
Are whispering the half-man's song"

While I used imagery of the Night's Watch in the video because I liked the double entendre nature, felt very Tyrion-esque. I took the line to mean that the messages the raven's carry around the realm are laced with Tyrion's plots, schemes and such as he manipulates those around him.

Or at least that was my interpretation.

That's exactly it ;)

theyellowmeteor:
This son is in my top 2 favorite songs of all time.

Glad to hear it :)

I think this is my first comment about one of your songs. Truly impressive work, Gavin.

Someday I'll play the game or see the movie/show before you make the song, I swear... Someday... Until then, all I can do is offer my ignorant context lacking opinion XD

This song seems very folksy to me, like a song you would hear in an old Pub (Like the bards in Skyrim). It gives me a "tribute to an antihero (or villain?) that accomplished great things" vibe, kind of like the praise for Bonnie and Clyde and other outlaws (obviously with a different aesthetic though).

The music itself is outside of what I usually listen to genre wise, so it'll take more listens than normal for me to decide whether I like it or not, but so far so good. Two thumbs up would do business again :)

...And now that I have more money I can stop being cheap and buy your stuff on Bandcamp instead of Itunes. You deserve more than a paltry 0.99 $ for these tunes!

I'm almost caught up with Game of Thrones, and I think if I wasn't into the show I probably wouldn't appreciate the song as much as I do now.

The lyrics to the song fit really well with him, and is probably something he would say.

Love this song Gav. :D

Slycne:

blackdwarf:
"And the ravens black against the winter's mist
Are whispering the half-man's song"

While I used imagery of the Night's Watch in the video because I liked the double entendre nature, felt very Tyrion-esque. I took the line to mean that the messages the raven's carry around the realm are laced with Tyrion's plots, schemes and such as he manipulates those around him.

Or at least that was my interpretation.

The Ravens are also notorious for huge flocks of them eating corpses, naming someone as Raven food etc is declaring them to be dead. I think its a duel message, both for carrying his plots and messages and for the way many of his enemies end up dead.

As for the song, great lyrics and well sang. The Music didn't really grab me but the lyrics where awesome.

J Tyran:

The Ravens are also notorious for huge flocks of them eating corpses, naming someone as Raven food etc is declaring them to be dead. I think its a duel message, both for carrying his plots and messages and for the way many of his enemies end up dead.

As for the song, great lyrics and well sang. The Music didn't really grab me but the lyrics where awesome.

Sounds like Tyrion to me, lots of misleadingly vague notions, most of the time required to keep his head where it belongs.

The Scollard:
tied with Jon and Arya.

Yeah, both Jon and Arya are awesome, though I've also grown fond of Bronn. I mean seriously, how can you fight this logic?

Jon is a wee bit of an idiot at times though...

JaceArveduin:

J Tyran:

The Ravens are also notorious for huge flocks of them eating corpses, naming someone as Raven food etc is declaring them to be dead. I think its a duel message, both for carrying his plots and messages and for the way many of his enemies end up dead.

As for the song, great lyrics and well sang. The Music didn't really grab me but the lyrics where awesome.

Sounds like Tyrion to me, lots of misleadingly vague notions, most of the time required to keep his head where it belongs.

The Scollard:
tied with Jon and Arya.

Yeah, both Jon and Arya are awesome, though I've also grown fond of Bronn. I mean seriously, how can you fight this logic?

True, Tyrion often hides his true intentions in his actions and makes them seem something else and then often serve a dual purpose.

As for Bron I think he is a great character,

Been on loop all afternoon. Great job!

To quote David Mitchell, "All this not being able to reach things from shelves, one day will be made up for when I kill millions of people. I shall stand on their bodies to reach the jam."

Fiz_The_Toaster:
I'm almost caught up with Game of Thrones, and I think if I wasn't into the show I probably wouldn't appreciate the song as much as I do now.

The lyrics to the song fit really well with him, and is probably something he would say.

Love this song Gav. :D

Don't worry yourself too much. I haven't seen any of Game of Thrones, and I still think this is one of his best pieces.

Slycne:

blackdwarf:
"And the ravens black against the winter's mist
Are whispering the half-man's song"

While I used imagery of the Night's Watch in the video because I liked the double entendre nature, felt very Tyrion-esque. I took the line to mean that the messages the raven's carry around the realm are laced with Tyrion's plots, schemes and such as he manipulates those around him.

Or at least that was my interpretation.

Also, he has no imagery from the show of the toll of Winter on the land. Winter shapes Westeros, especially in the North (hence "Winter is Coming"). It is a time of lean and death and speaks to the coming darkness that is built from book one up to book six "The Winds of Winter" so to me it is perfectly suited to the notion of someone planning ahead.

Also, the line "cruel tricks of romance" hit home to me and the character. In his past how his heart has been the play thing of others and why, in part, he carries his cynical view.

Aw man, I love this so much.
I really can't wait to get Season 3 going Davos Seaworth gets seriously badass (reading through Book 3 right now and want to finish it before I start up the show).

-slackjawed-
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Gosh, that was just Amazing! I really can't find any other words to describe it.

I love you, man :'-)
...in a platonic way!

This song is amazing, took me a few rewatches to truly like it. But it grows on you quickly, and as always the quality is apparent from the start :P

Very nicely done indeed.
If I'm not mistaken I hear strings but what I'm not sure as to what is that which they are occasionally accompanying.

That was quite wonderful. Peter Dinklage, take note, this needs to be your theme tune from now on.

Do you know what I love most? That Gavin revealed he was working on this in an interview with me, ages ago. And it's well worth the freaking wait! Nice, smooth and sexy. Just like the Imp himself, am I right?

Long time listener, first time poster.

My thought process:
Game of Thrones on Miracle of Sound? Sounds rad, let's check ... aw, come on. Tyrion?! Really?! Hasn't he been worked to death because we ALL love him. Anyway, let's give it a try.
And this better be good, because I friggin' love Tyrion.

I am now currently listening to the song for the twelfth time, and the gooseflesh on my arms is not really decreasing. This is amazing. I thought "Rise" was your masterpiece, but this ... this is so amazing, I'm beyond words.

This is Tyrion. This song, literally, is Tyrion.

A masterpiece. Thank you, Gav.

Despite not knowing anything about Game of Thrones, this was very enjoyable to listen to.

Is that a mockingbird I hear in the background, or am I imagining things?
But anyway, great song!

Truly amazing piece of work once again, a nice tune with elements much alike Sovngarde Song. The "within" at 2:22 is one of the most beautifully executed things I've heard you pull off in any of your songs and it makes me think about what wonders you could pull off with a celtic inspired folk song in the style of say Heather Dale.

Larcenist:
Truly amazing piece of work once again, a nice tune with elements much alike Sovngarde Song. The "within" at 2:22 is one of the most beautifully executed things I've heard you pull off in any of your songs and it makes me think about what wonders you could pull off with a celtic inspired folk song in the style of say Heather Dale.

I would love to make some heavily-Celtic influenced stuff at some stage, (being from Ireland and all that) I plan on it this year :)

It's nice that you noticed that line, I was always a fan of those little accents and slurs in songs.

ConjurerOfChaos:

I am now currently listening to the song for the twelfth time, and the gooseflesh on my arms is not really decreasing. This is amazing. I thought "Rise" was your masterpiece, but this ... this is so amazing, I'm beyond words.

This is Tyrion. This song, literally, is Tyrion.

A masterpiece. Thank you, Gav.

You're welcome and thank you for the kind words :)

Anachronism:
That was quite wonderful. Peter Dinklage, take note, this needs to be your theme tune from now on.

I tweeted it to him but not sure if he saw it, haha. Maybe if more people did too he'd spot it, hint hint. :D

MiracleOfSound:
I would love to make some heavily-Celtic influenced stuff at some stage, (being from Ireland and all that) I plan on it this year :)

It's nice that you noticed that line, I was always a fan of those little accents and slurs in songs.

I'm a huge fan of celtic themed music, especially Heather Dale and Loreena McKennitt (well Irish music in general as well, growing up to The Pogues, Dubliners and Dropkick Murphys), and Heather in particular caught me very much by using a wide variety of vocal techniques in her songs which is why that single phrase in your song caught my attention.

As a musician myself I love having new Miracle of Sound releases to look forward to apart from the other content on The Escapist so I play for your long lived success, and albeit a little late props for learning to cope with your tinnitus and still release quality songs on a regular basis in such a short time, it really shows a lot of how much you care about music which in turn is an inspiration in its own to us all.

Erm, correct me if I' wrong, but there was a comment here about the Night's Watch being associated with the 'whispering ravens' from the lyrics; aren't the members of the Watch referred to as 'Crows' in the books, never as ravens, because ravens are simply Westeros' equivalent of carrier pigeons (and are about a million times more awesome than simple pigeons)?

Oh, and while I'm on the subject of the video: the imagery of Viserys during the 'whispering' was great, The Spider being the Master of Secrets and having his whispering little birds (but no ravens, those are Tyrion's ...).
And congratalustions on the beginning, with the showing of the other persons and the 'revelation' of Tyrion only during the last verse of the first stanza.

And another congrats on doing a ASOIAF-related video that shows Sean Bean only in the very beginning. That is not to say I didn't like him, but he's almost as done to death as I thought the character of Tyrion was.

YES I am still listening to this almost continually and spending way too much time on it (and its lyrics).

Unrelated favorite Tyrion quote:
"We all need to be mocked from time to time, lest we start taking ourselves too seriously." - Tyrion Lannister

DVS BSTrD:
No reference to praying with cocks?
2/10 :P

And here I thought "Play a tune on the half mans pipe" was a reference to just that thing. While as juicy fruits was exactly the opposite.

Easily one of the best GoT songs that has been recorded.

One small criticism: when you say "Cut through all their shit with a brazen wit", you enunciate the "t" sound on "shit", but then you don't do it on "wit"; it makes the line seem unbalanced.

I like the song though, even when I haven't watched the series.

I love how close the frames from the show matched closely the lines of the song. Thank you!

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