Musical Encounters of This Kind

Album Cover Physical Graffiti

Jake Cottrell, the reluctant hero of The Twelfth Paladin, listens to the vintage stuff…Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, and Blue Oyster Cult. Thunderous beats pounding within musical madness is what he craves when it comes to music. Who could forget Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song or Black Dog? Kill a few minutes and drift away as Robert Plant’s haunting voice takes you back in time. In The Twelfth Paladin, a beautiful, but deadly, temptress extraordinaire named Rachel Darnell seduces the hell out of Jake while Kashmir…my favorite Led Zeppelin song, saturates the air with a frightening overload of melodic genius. Kashmir is one of those few songs able to escape the parameters of time. It still mesmerizes people young, old…and in-between.

Album Cover Social Distortion

Winners and Losers by Social Distortion…an amazing American punk rock band from Fullerton, CA and formed in 1978, easily fits into Jake’s musical collection. Try Bad Luck and I was Wrong to see if Mike Ness impresses you with his raspy voice and powerful delivery. After three decades of performing, I’m not sure if punk rock totally encompasses Social Distortion’s sound. It’s punk mixed with the blues, plus a bit of a hard-hitting country slant is there too.

Angie Helms, another character in The Twelfth Paladin, and the one who steals Jake’s heart and soul…is into her music as well. She can’t resist the trendy stuff. City by Hollywood Undead is more up her alley, and she tries to get Jake interested in new music. Angie goes for music that has a thumping beat, powerful lyrics about survival and love lost…then found. She is a true romantic, but due to her entanglement with Davis Travers, a nasty fellow without a soul, Angie must fight to stay sane, and she does that with the help of her music. One of Angie’s favorite songs is Can’t Be Saved by Senses Fail. When a good day has been trashed, Snow Patrol can bring a smile to her face with Called Out In the Dark. This is a super funny video and a terrific song! Had a bad day? Give it a try. Also check out The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars, Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie, and Skillet’s Hero to get a feel for what Angie Helms loves to hear. Skillet has quite a few memorable songs, like Monster, Awake and Alive and The Older I Get.

Album Cover Sense Fail

Not ready for your chill pill session to end? Get ready for Davis Travers’ top pick. Davis messes with everything evil in The Twelfth Paladin…indulges in sin to the point he goes mad. His music contorts reality and twists it until dissonance is spun into spine tingling pieces of musical chaos. He’s more inclined to listen to dark, moody songs echoing with danger. That’s exactly what Davis wants to hear while he admires his beautifully wicked façade. Nox Arcana most exemplifies Davis’ taste in music. Here’s a piece that once heard…is difficult to forget. Nevermore.

Ah, yes…music makes the world go round and round. I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip into the musical realm somewhat inspired from The Twelfth Paladin. Feel free to comment and suggest some more songs from the past or current songs you feel are the best of the best. Thanks for visiting the Noracast!

*No intent to infringe album cover copyrights…used simply to highlight the bands’ music.

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Beautifully Bad Boys

When evil gets obliterated by a rebellious guy with a mind-blowing physique that harbors enough rage to ensure justice will be done…it’s all good. Bad boys bring it on with style making us ache to jump into their world, if only for a day. Yes! The adrenaline infused actions of these guys are overloaded with a zest for life, an appetite for destruction, and this all makes for great entertainment. Truth? In reality, these guys would be hotter than Hell to handle, probably too much for most of us mere humans, but they live in a fictional world where “happily ever after” is possible.

So what is the allure of the bad boy who is also heroic? It’s seeing that hope resides deep within these guys even when the odds are unquestionably against them. They will risk it all to accomplish their mission…even die with no regret if that is required. For example, in Chronicles of Riddick, was it not amazing what Riddick went through to save Kyra? Haven’t seen this fantastic movie? No way! Check out The Chronicles of Riddick.

Although my kids will argue I am crazy to consider myself lucky to have seen just about every episode of the original Star Trek series, I must say I loved it! Seeing Chris Pine as a young James Kirk…troublemaker and all, was thrilling. He was bold, defiant, and quite funny at times, plus Pine played the role with a touch of sarcasm, but always the audience knew he’d do the right thing. James Kirk in this 2009 movie version was a combination of recklessness and righteousness that provided many opportunities for laughter as well as magnificent special effects.

Wolverine. Oh, yes…he has the animal magnetism thing going on, doesn’t he? A tortured soul, this tough guy is not afraid to use deadly force as he tries to regain his humanity. He seeks revenge on those who caused him misery…but if you read this background on him, you’ll see why Wolverine was a very bad boy who had to fight for his sanity.

Some of my other favorites are (Batman) Christian Bale/Dark Knight version, Dean Winchester from Supernatural, Leon: The Professional…which makes me think of  Cha Tae-sik from The Man from Nowhere, Luke Jackson from Cool Hand Luke, and of course so many characters played by Clint Eastwood. Hold on…I can’t leave out Jake Cottrell. He’s a seeker of mischief in my latest release, The Twelfth Paladin. Jake is his own worst enemy as he battles evil while becoming a supernatural slayer.

Do you prefer bad boys striving to do good as heroes, or do good guys through and through…like Captain America, entice you to read and watch them? Feel free to share your thoughts!

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