“When You Have Your Jukebox You Go And Visit Sylvanas…”

…and the moment Flagsworth said those words my brain finished the sentence for him. Here was a quest chain that I really had no interest in finishing because to me it seemed pointless, despite him telling me of some of the tracks he had managed to acquire up to that point.  But then came the knowledge that I could have Lament of the Highborne as the music in my Garrison. If I had looked in the mirror, I bet I shrunk, lost my hair and began muttering about “the precious.”

So I checked my Quest Log and it turned out I still needed three components. The S.P.R.K. Component was a piece of cake. Just skip over to Talador and take out a Shredder. That left the two items in the Spires of Arak. I took the furthest one first, which is the Laz-Tron Disc Reader. I would have picked it up more quickly were it not for the three rares that required my attention first. A few goblins later and I had it. So just the Phonic Amplifier way up in northern Arak. A little tip…if you’re doing this in the same such manner, follow wowhead’s comments on the best way to get there. Otherwise it’s a nuisance.

Once I had all the pieces it was back to my Garrison.

Jive

After Drix and Zarahi danced for a few moments it was time to head to Undercity. Took me a bit to find the Banshee Queen, but once I did I found her Strongbox sitting off to the side and sure enough, there was Music Roll: Lament of the Highborne. I was like that kid on Christmas who had the present they wanted…but couldn’t open because they were going to grandma’s place first. In my case, my Hearthstone was on cooldown (fortunately I had a blog post to write).  After what seemed like an eternity, back I went.

And it was majestic.

30 Days (April) – Favourite Dance

When it comes to the dances, I don’t know.  It’s one of those things in the game that when I see them, I’m often amused.  Actually when I see them I try to find some music and hope it times out perfectly in terms of rhythm.  But it does not mean I go out of my way to do so.  The dances are just…there.  If I had to put one at the top, it might be the Troll Male because I enjoy the Capoeira.  But many of the others are pretty close.  It might be easy to name which one I like the least, I would imagine.  Instead, though, I will  just appreciate all the /dance emotes for what they are and share the full list.

The Amateur’s Soundtrack: Warsong Gulch

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Unlike my previous soundtrack, which was inspired by the zone and its denizens, there’s no “inspiration” in this playlist.  Well, I shouldn’t say that.  You see, over time and many trips to Warsong Gulch (despite the agony that it can be, it’s still my favourite battleground) I have found myself refining a list of go to songs.  It wasn’t intentional, but I feel like I get my “BG mojo” going with these:

1. Stan Bush – The Touch (3:52)
When the countdown to the gates opening begins, I fire this track up.  Sure, it’s one of those tracks that fits the idea of fighting, but in the annals of great musical compositions, it won’t win any major debates.  A good portion of my love for the song does come from the real Transformers movie, and one of those “emotion-invoking moments” from my youth.  I guess it’s just stuck with me over time and transitioned to Warsong.

2. Journey – Wheel In The Sky (4:15)
Separate Ways could have easily made this list as well, as I’m an admitted fan of Journey (though mostly just their Greatest Hits stuff). The strong intro in the same tone as Stan Bush is what drives this one home. I find it to be a great track for the inspiration to make a run at the flag.

3. Heart – Magic Man (2:34)
Ann and Nancy Wilson make the list because, again, I like their music. I probably wouldn’t have included them if not for this fitting track. When it comes to Warsong Gulch, either I am the Magic Man on Elcombe, or I’m trying to kill any Magic Man I see (though in the latter case it’s usually the healer I’ve focused on).

4. Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills (3:50)
For the most part, the lyrics alone are pretty applicable…especially when people start grave camping.  I’ve said all along, not my style of play.  Doesn’t mean I’m blind to the fact Warsong Gulch involves nothing but going uphill or downhill for the entire fight.  Plus, it’s Maiden.  To me they’re the epitome of fantasy and warfare.  Still disappointed I don’t know anyone who wants to see them here this summer.  Anyway, back to the list…

5. Metallica – Wherever I May Roam (6:33)
I considered putting “One” on here, as it’s one of my favourite songs of all time (and there’s actually a recording of me singing it on a cassette in my attic somewhere…).  Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit with the rest of what I’ve compiled and it actually doesn’t fit the mood that is Warsong.    WIMR, on the other hand, definitely fits the battleground anthem criteria.  Again, nearly every track so far has a strong opening that gets the juices pumping.  This one’s no different.  It keeps the tempo as you keep hopping around the gulch, racking up the honor kills as you defend the flag or regain it from the opposing faction.  Or, you know, it just sums up that fool that runs into the middle of the battlefield over and over again.

6. The Black Mages – Other World (3:13)
If you’ve played Final Fantasy X (and if you haven’t, I do recommend it), you remember this track. It was the backdrop for some sports combat, and it fits just as well playing behind your screen as you cast your spells and swing your axe at the opposing faction.  Sometimes I’ll spin from this into some Rammstein, but not always.

7. Adema – Immortal (4:06)
Let’s face it, you can’t actually “die” in a battleground. You basically get knocked out and have to come back from the hospital.  In the mechanics of an MMO, let alone a battleground, it simply doesn’t have a place. So in some ways, our characters are immortal.  Add in a seriously adrenaline building song and you’ve got a recipe for awesome.  Oh, and if it sounds familiar to you it was the theme song for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.

8. Fozzy – To Kill A Stranger (4:01)
“The battle is won, but will it ever end?” That sums it up, doesn’t it?  This is another song clearly written with war in mind, so why wouldn’t I include it.  Fozzy is one of those bands you either know or you don’t.  Same with their lead singer.  I’m just glad I got the chance to hear this song, as it’s a personal favourite and certainly has its place in this playlist.

I find this list is usually good for about two Warsong battles.  Sometimes more, and sometimes less.  It all depends on the quality of the two player groups.  Either way, these are perfect for whoever I decide to take in on behalf of the Horde, or the Alliance.  If nothing else, the solid music keeps my sanity when I end up in one of “those” groups.  Hope you enjoy it as well.

Turn The Page In Azeroth

On a long and lonesome pathway, east of Orgrimmar,
You can listen as the war drums’ pounding out their battle song.
You can think about the boss raid, or the loot you won the night before…

But your thoughts will soon be wandering, the way they always do.
When you’re grinding out those levels and random dungeons, too.
And you don’t feel much like questing, you just wish you could push through.

Here I am, on an alt again,
Here I am, levelling again
Here I go, learning a class again,
There I go, in Azeroth.

Well you walk into the Auction House, lookin’ for a sword,
And you see that Trade’s upon you, as the trolls are gettin’ bored,
You pretend it doesn’t bother you, but you wish they would explode…

Most times you can turn it off, other times you can’t.
And the same old cliches, is it a woman or a man?
So you queue up for a battleground, and it’s time to make your stand.

Here I am, on an alt again,
Here I am, levelling again
Here I go, learning a class again,
There I go, in Azeroth.

Portalled now to Outland, you’re a million miles away.
Levels 58 to 70, you easily know the way.
As the gear keeps getting better, from the creatures that you slay.

Later in the evening, as you’re headed off to bed.
Echoes of Sylvanas and Arthas in your head.
You did the day’s last epic raid, and Rags’ is finally dead…

Here I am, on an alt again,
Here I am, levelling again
Here I go, learning a class again,
There I go…there I go…

Another In-Game Reference

I’m glad Matty was on when I saw this, because I had to share it with someone.  It made me even happier that she got the reference same as I did.

Not that we’re old, but just in case you’re a bit young to remember…this would be what that line refers to:

As you might have guessed, this has become one of my new favourite restaurants despite Murray Head never being on my all-time greats list (though I do enjoy the song, just the same).

**edit** Restaurants???  Where in Illidan did THAT come from?  One of my “new favourite references” is what that should say…

The Amateur’s Soundtrack: Westfall

Following Godmother’s Challenge earlier this year, I promised I would start posting playlists on occasion. With Mog Madness, Mists news, and everything else going on there has just been so much to talk about that I’ve not had the chance. There’s always something to talk about. The good news is that today I finally have a chance, and the first one I wanted to share was inspired by the Cataclysm version of Westfall.

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Westfall used to be a land of farming and agriculture, and of course the Defias Brotherhood.  These were the humans that basically gave the Stormwind kingdom the finger after they helped rebuild the city…only to not get paid for it as promised.  So, following Edwin Van Cleef they set out and made a decent go of it.  Despite that, Stormwind does claim Westfall as under its rule but really doesn’t do anything to help.  As such, vagrancy runs rampant in the region now, to say nothing of other problems.  It’s a zone of poverty and despair and that’s the approach I took with the soundtrack.

1. Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise (4:52)
Have you quested through Westfall? As a hero, what did you really do? Solve a murder, stop someone’s quest for vengeance. But in reality, you never really solved the bigger problem.

2. John Mellencamp – Rain On The Scarecrow (3:49)
With the look and feel of the zone, plus the Harvesters causing havoc, I always felt this song fit. It feels like a bit of a draught zone and that the government (Stormwind) is still doing little to help.

3. Scorpions – Winds of Change (4:44)
This is how I think I would feel were I a citizen of Westfall. Between the buildup of Sentinel Hill and the hero(es) trying to make things right, I would think it’s going to get better. Eventually it might, too, and deep down I would hope to see it come to fruition during my generation.

4. Bon Jovi – Dry County (9:53)
Not only does this also capture the feel of the zone in a way that Mellencamp’s song does, it does an immaculate job of illustrating what the former citizens of Stormwind have endured since following Van Cleef to Westfall years ago. It sounded good, and turned out to be too good to be true.

5. Kansas – Dust In The Wind (3:39)
If things don’t get better in Westfall, this is exactly what many people will become. Years from now the dust and wind will have eroded the land, and the people on it, unless things improve.

6. The Police – Message In A Bottle (4:06)
This speaks more to the desperation I have no doubt some people are experiencing. With such a vast coastline (even places that are Murloc free), you have to think that someone scratched a note and tossed the bottle into the sea if for no other reason than it can’t make their situation any worse.

7. Metallica – The Day That Never Comes (8:25)
Sure, Sentinel Hill has been built up over the years, but Stormwind has done next to nothing to help Westfall. I’m sure the representatives on Sentinel Hill have tried to promise change, and they might believe it deep down, but they have no support from the city. The day of hope and change isn’t coming any time soon.

8. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (8:33)
I loathe David Caruso and CSI: Miami, and the tribute was outdated. But still, Horatio Laine has his place in the new Westfall and if you remove him from the chain (mentally) then it’s actually a pretty decent mystery. However, because he’s in it, at some point the theme song should be played once.

9. Alice Cooper – I Am Made Of You (5:33)
This one’s for Vanessa Van Cleef. If you don’t know her story, I really recommend you do the quest chain (yes, it’s worth suffering through the Horatio stuff for). If you do know her story, then it’s pretty much ’nuff said.

10. Iron Maiden – The Evil That Men Do (4:36)
I wanted to select a song that gave a feel for the Deadmines but couldn’t really find exactly what I wanted. So instead, I thought I’d pay a little tribute to the original version of the instance and Edwin Van Cleef himself. As the line says, “the evil that men do lives on and on” and that’s clearly the case with Van Cleef.

Total Run Time: 58.10

Another Musings Post

I find myself with a great many thoughts on a great many things, but at the moment none of them amounts to a full post.  As such, you get another set of random ramblings this morning.

  • Got my soundtrack in to ALT:ernative.  60 minutes was just cruel.  Back in my cassette making day, 90 was the way to go.  As it was my original compilation was closer to 120 minutes.
  • Having mentioned “playlists” in my post the other day, I really see that coming to fruition either later this month or early in March.  Too many ideas already.
  • Stonetalon Mountains is my favourite Horde quest area thus far.  The quests are moderately fun, there’s a few really funny comments, and I knocked off levels ridiculously fast for not having BoA’s.
  • SWEET ILLIDAN I WANT GOT THE HEART OF THE ASPECTS MOUNT!!!!! (see below)
  • If you don’t understand why the Lovebird sells for more than a Chopper, you don’t understand economics at all.
  • Your situation is worse if you don’t understand it a month from now.
  • Claws of Nature hit Level 9 this week.
  • After we came up just shy Sunday night, I logged on and did two dailies Monday night.  Done and done.  Yay!
  • I want level 10 for cloaks.  Not good when I want character levels elsewhere.  I see a time issue, but it will happen.
  • Getting to level 10 will take a while.  I gave up trying to form a raid.
  • Even the night people said they were free, few ever actually are.
  • Twice in the last month I’ve set a record for site visits.  That’s an awesome feeling.
  • Checking the “what linked people here” and finding random forums talking about me is also an awesome feeling.
  • Raiding is 2011.  Transmogging is 2012.  Start profiting NOW.
  • Expect a detailed post on that in the coming days.
  • Hrm, I have been challenged.
  • I should really take Tumunzahar into the final HoT 5-man.  It’s the only one I’ve not done yet.
  • Why do I keep grouping with dps Shamans who refuse to drop totems?
  • Seriously, just because you’re not Resto does not mean it wouldn’t help even in a 5-man.
  • I have no idea how the Love Is In The Air dungeon fight works.  I just heal through it.  No one (short of the guide by Tome of the Ancients) has ever bothered explaining it.  All I know is I aggro huge when healing it.
  • Formula: Enchant Chest – Greater Stats.  To learn or not to learn?  Money is the question.  Perfect recipe book is probably the answer.
  • No Mists of Pandaria this year?  I’m actually ok with that.  Folks who signed up for a year might not be as content and that’s understandable.
  • I wonder if we’ll get anything new between now and Mists…
  • I’ve never levelled a Paladin to 20.  Now I have one past 30 and he’s starting to pull me, with a sign that looks like a faint “8” and “5.”
  • Liouxpold is camped in Zangarmarsh.
  • He’s not coming out until he’s Exalted and has that damn Hippogryph.
  • He’s about halfway to Exalted.
  • I can only take so much Naga.
  • I miss when Hunter pets took off after what you shot at.  It’s a little thing I don’t understand why they changed (especially when they removed Aggressive pet behaviour setting from the game).
  • I have seen Loque’nahar 5 times roaming the wild but have yet to see another spirit beast.
  • I don’t think I want to go anywhere near his spawn point until I have an actual Beast Master hunter.
  • Speaking of which, Oddfodder now has a color changing crocodile named “Fido.”
  • This is why playing a character is more fun than just killing time on a toon.
  • I want those ampm cups, all of them.
  • I live in Canada.  This leads to a rather flawed hope.
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