28 Days of Holiday Music: Fanworks Friday: Winter Song Inspires


So many fanvids made to this song! They’re mostly multifandom, too, which is interesting!

Just the climax of the song vidded to a lot of various couples.

Everything from Harry Potter to Pride & Prejudice.

Chloe and Oliver from Smallville.

A very odd multifandom one that seems tailored to a particular fan’s favorite shows/movies. It was a little too choppy for me to watch due to flashing or quickly moving images triggering migraines, but what I watched seemed interesting if only for the mish-mash of contents. Enchanted, The Notebook, Beauty & the Beast, Anastasia, Peter Pan, Pride & Prejudice, things I don’t even know what they are, and so on.

Another multifandom vid.



The original:


Watching: Vividcon: Disarm by obsessive24


Title: Disarm
Summary: The killer in me is the killer in you.
Warning: Spoilers for, well, all of Harry Potter basically.
Link: CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO Password: expelliarmus

Unfortunately, though understandably, the vidder has chosen not to allow the vid to be embedded outside of the site. It is also password protected. I have no doubt that those few extra clicks and taps will prevent a lot of people from watching this vid, but I’d like to suggest that would be a mistake.

Disarm is a fantastic character study of Draco. I should go ahead and take the fall now of admitting that I’ve never been a fan of Draco. I was always glad for his redemption, as I’d be for anyone’s, but I never liked him as a person, nor did I find him especially compelling to ponder. That is until watching this vid.

Link of interest about this vid:
1) Vidder’s Notes, downloads, and lyrics.

The killer in me is the killer in you.

My favorite parts:

1. The scene where Dumbledore’s hand grips Harry’s arm and it becomes grotesquely clear that there is an utter disparity in support between Harry and Draco.
2. When you see that Draco was put into the position of murder by everyone he ever knew, it’s heart wrenching. And it becomes clear that Harry could’ve been that person, too, but for the people around him, but for Dumbledore’s hand, and his friends.

Let me know which parts you enjoyed, found moving, or if you had any reaction–expected or unexpected–at all.

Performance: Jay Brannan in Nashville 2012


Dear Jay Brannan’s Fan Named Kim and All Of Her Drunken Friends,

I understand that you love Jay Brannan. I do. Heck, I love Jay Brannan, too. I understand that his music moves you. His music moves me, too. Luckily, though, his music doesn’t move me to get obnoxiously drunk, scream loud things throughout his set, crash his songs in the middle by trying to give him beers, or to sing along really loudly like I got confused, forgot they were singer-song-writer songs, and thought they were rousing pub tunes or something. Nope, his music just doesn’t move me like that. And I wish it hadn’t moved you like that, either.

Thanks for making the night a mess of second hand embarrassment, amazement, and anger. Believe it or not, I came to hear Jay Brannan, and paid money for that privilege. I didn’t come to see you misbehave and hear you and your friends sing. Okay, fine, I admit it. It was entertaining in a horrifying way that can only be described as oddly affirming. As in, I might not be the most awesome human in the world, but I am not so wretched as all that. And, Kim, seriously, honey, that’s not that kind of life affirming that you want to be to people. It’s just sad. Do better. Be better. I believe in you.


Leta Blake, who wishes you well


Because I was traveling to Nashville after I got off from work, I missed the first opening act and I was only there for most of the second opening act–a guy named Jesse Ruben who had some fine enough songs, but also seemed to suffer from ‘nice guy’ syndrome and possibly wanted to pick up geeky-hot girls (or boys, maybe) by throwing out his emotional investment in everyone worldwide reading Harry Potter and The Hunger Games? Which I found charming if rather transparent? Um, I might’ve been paying more attention to his persona than his music. He was kinda cracking me up with his pretty blatant appeals for someone (though not necessarily someone in Nashville, mind you) to give him a good college try. And I’m not talking about trying his music. But he was all right. And not bad to look at. That’s always a plus. See?



Now, on to the main event.

Jay Brannan was delightful and classy given the antics of Kim and Her Drunken Friends. His voice was on point, his anecdotes funny, and his attitude good given the circumstances.

I don’t want to dwell on the negative, but I will say that his set list left a bit to be desired.  In case he’s out there reading this–Jay, the Brendan story is awesome, the song is…not the best for a live show, especially when psycho Kim is making a ton of noise with her table full of beer bottles and drunk friends.

And, seriously, “‘Denmark’ or ‘Greatest Hits'” should never be words that come out of your mouth. Thank you for playing both of them. No one should be made to choose. That’s just cruel. They were lovely and only marred by Kim’s sing-along gang. Somehow I just couldn’t get past the inebriated and misplaced enthusiasm they had when singing the lyrics, “A punch in the gut, some black ’round the eye, there’s red from my lips, and I’m asking God why.” You, however, were flawless.


I did not take this photo. I have no idea who did. It was not from the Nashville show.  

Now for an annoyingly entitled proposed future set list for Mr. Brannan:

Everywhere There’s Statues
Can’t Have It All

Video Games (cover)

Spanglish Song
La La La
Ever After Happily or Bowlegged and Starving (if you have a piano)
Rob Me Blind

Super Bass (cover)

At First Sight
Greatest Hits
The State of Music

As for whether or not I recommend going to see a Jay Brannan show, I have to say yes. Because Kim probably won’t be at your show to ruin it for you. Also, buy stuff from him. Guy needs money so that he can eat more sandwiches before he wastes away to nothing. Bruises not withstanding, Mr. Brannan.

Go forth and buy Jay Brannan’s music! And watch him on YouTube, too!