Monster Ballads - Josh Ritter (obviously)
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles (I think you said this was your favorite Beatles song?)
Green Garden - Laura Mvula (you should listen to this)
Anytime You Need Me - Michael Franti & Spearhead (we listened to this in the car the other day)
No Power - Absofacto (Wash)
Obviously. And that is my favorite Beatles song! Thank you! I listened to “Green Garden” just now.
Padme - by Iain Mccaig
He has too much of his father in him.
Tomoe Gozen 巴御前- onna bugeisha
Tomoe Gozen was a female samurai during the Genpei War of 1180–1185 CE. Though female warriors were not uncommon in Japan at the time, Tomoe is one of very few female samurai, highly trained and skilled in horseback riding, archery, sword fighting and she was also greatly skilled in the use of the naginata, which is a long staff with a curved blade at one end. Tomoe Gozen beheaded many enemies with naginata, because she didn’t believe in staying behind in battles, she was always at the fore front of any battle line.
She was a senior captain under general Minamoto no Yoshinaka, and either his attendant or consort as well, depending on the source. Her surname is not known, as Gozen is simply a title, somewhat like “Lady.”
The earliest written source regarding Tomoe Gozen is from the 14th century Japanese classic, The Tale of the Heike, which in turn is derived from oral tradition. This source describes her as almost supernaturally strong, very beautiful, and surpassing her male colleagues in skill and bravery.
The Heike Monogatari goes on to say that Tomoe was one of the last five of Yoshinaka’s warriors standing at the tail end of the Battle of Awazu, and that Yoshinaka, knowing that death was near, urged her to flee. Though reluctant, she rushed a Minamoto warrior named Onda no Hachirô Moroshige, cut his head off, and then fled for the eastern provinces.
Some have written that Tomoe in fact died in battle with her husband, while others assert that she survived and became a nun.
I’m going to be turning 25 next Wednesday. I count myself lucky that, so far, I haven’t had any great crises about age, any little gasps at the edge like I’ve seen. Aging is inevitable and life is long and 25 is young, and it would be like worrying about clouds existing. I’ve got at a bunch of different fun birthday events lined up, and I think that week will be bright.
A lot of people died in Dirge, but the Water Spirit remembers her spirit particularly well and incorporates it into herself.
The empress is not a Glorious Strategist exactly but she does not want to live in the swamp either, and so when the spirit monk comes to Two Rivers during the invasion she meets a merchant who points her in the direction of Sagacious Zu. The Spirit Monk does not find the merchant again for a long time, but she doesn’t find her ghost either.
Wash shoots South faster, halfway through the word “What.”
Wash hands Delta over to Caboose when Alpha implants, and Alpha sees a mindscape that has been neatened, softened, affected as much by York’s all-important definition of “human” as by Delta’s logic. Alpha doesn’t comment.