Thursday, October 14, 2010

City of Bones Takes It Off

Before I begin this blog post I just want to let everyone know that this is not my typical form of musical entertainment. It's only through random happenstance that I actually have ever heard this song (a YouTube video that I'll be sure to put at the bottom of the post).

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)There's this song that I heard recently that I honestly cannot get out of my head. I attribute this to the fact that the tune is very common (and catchy) and therefore easily remembered.

Yet however you look at it, a mother of four having the lyrics...
And they turn me on.
When they Take It Off.
When they Take It Off.
Everybody Take It Off.
....stuck in her brain, is always a bit strange.

It wasn't until the fourth or fifth day of the song pumping in my head that I realized I had an image accompanying the lyrics.

The image of a girl in a night club watching a set of paranormal kids corner a demon in a back room.
   "The girl had reached the wall, and was opening a door marked NO ADMITTANCE. She beckoned the blue-haired boy after her, and they slipped through the door. It wasn't anything Clary hadn't seen before, a couple sneaking off to the dark corners of the club to make out--but that made it even weirder that they were being followed.
    She raised herself up on tiptoe, trying to see over the crowd. The two guys had stopped at the door and seemed to be conferring with each other. One of them was blond, the other dark-haired. The blond one reached into his jacket and drew out something long and sharp that flashed under the strobing lights. A knife."
For me this connection gave the song (Take It Off, by Kesha) a whole new life:
There's a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around.
It's a hole in the wall.
It's a dirty free for all.

When the dark
Of the night comes around.
That's the time,
That the animal comes alive.
Looking for
Something wild.
And now I'm stuck with The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare bouncing around in my noggin.
     It was Alec who spoke first. "What's this?" he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there.
   "It's a girl," Jace said, recovering his composure. "Surely you've seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one." He took a step closer to Clary, squinting as if he couldn't quite believe what he was seeing. "A mundie girl," he said, half to himself. "And she can see us."
   "Of course I can see you," Clary said. "I'm not blind you know."
   "Oh, but you are," said Jace, bending to pick up his knife. "You just don't know it." He straightened up. "You'd better get out of here, if you know what's good for you."
   "I'm not going anywhere," Clary said. "If I do, you'll kill him." She pointed at the boy with the blue hair.
   "That's true," admitted Jace, twirling the knife between his fingers. "What do you care if I kill him or not?"
At first I really enjoyed this book, but I was thoroughly disappointed with the ending and haven't picked up the second in the series because of it.

But recently I've started wondering where I can grab The City of Ashes (book 2) from.

I'm sure my library has it, I just have to push past my anger with the author and read it.

And as for that video I promised you...Well, enjoy, I know you'll love it. :)

Books: The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Music: Take It Off by Kesha


Shelley said...

I don't get it (the post, the connections in the post, not the video!)....

Jennifer said...

She's connecting the song with that particular scene, not the whole book. I can definitely see that as the kind of music that might have been playing in the club when all this was happening. The music thumping in the background, muffled by the walls between them and it, the silence where they are except for their voices... It works for me.


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