Thursday, July 22, 2010
Up until now, Noelle had one great love, someone who because of circumstances too obtuse to explain here and now, ended up spending many years right next to her yet out of reach. "Goodbye My Almost Lover" captures how she felt during the last years of his life.
"Pennies From Heaven", the Depression classic is a song that Noelle sometimes sings to herself to help her cope with all that has gone horribly horribly wrong. And in her mind's theatre, it is the rich and pain-knowing voice of Billie Holiday that echoes the lyrics of this song.
"Who Wants to Live Forever" by Queen is one of those songs that crept into Noelle's heart, mostly during the lonely decades before EOTL begins--when, in the wake of tragedies both sudden and grinding, she set off to be on her own, a hermit amid one crowded city after another. One you consider it, the reason should be pretty obvious.
I'm not sure if Noelle has ever seen the musical Wicked, but if she did the song "For Good" would resonate with her regarding her relationship to Cecily, her very best and very worst friend.
Although she doesn't realize it as the story begins, "What Would Happen If We Kissed?" really captures how Noelle finds herself feeling about Roy. It is a startling development to her--a woman who chose loneliness, who prefers to keep others at a distance (or so she tells herself).