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Monday, September 12, 2016

#MusicMonday - IDLE INSPIRATION

A few years ago when I was bored and uninspired by my job I wrote a screenplay called Idle. Now when I am feeling uninspired I play this playlist of music that inspired me to write the script.  While I listen the "movie" I wrote plays out in my mind's eye and I get to enjoy it, just like it really got made. The imagination is a beautiful place to go.



SCENE 1 / PAGE 1
Song: Dies Irae
Artist: Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique 
A.K.A.The theme song from The Shining, 1980
(We see how bored the Devil is. The leader of her soldiers, General Lucius arrives to update her on the political climate of her dominion, Hell)

SCENE 2 / PAGE 2-3
Song: She
Artist: Charles Aznavour
(The Devil storms through Hell, bored as Hell. It’s hard to believe anyone can be bored in such a colorfully, bizarre, terrifying, beautifully grotesque place.)

SCENE 2 - 3 / PAGE 3-4
Song: Oh Heavy Lightness
Artist: Circus Amok
(The Devil is annoyed as The daily Welcome to Hell Parade crosses her path. She has a bitter exchange with the Parade’s Grand Marshall, Alister Crowley. She slams him to the ground face first. She decides to leave Hell and go to Earth. She tells all the doomed souls to “Fuck Off!”)

SCENE 4 - 12 / PAGE 7 - 23
Song: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ
Artist: Bach
(The Devil emerges in New York City. It’s Christmas. She hates Christmas. She spits in a homeless man’s cup on her way to an Executive Therapy office. The therapist she is going to see, Dr. Adams is considering suicide when the Devil suddenly appears in his office. She forces him to “do therapy” with her. They argue. She won’t leave. He tries to help her and she kills him. The Devil goes back to hell, more miserable than ever.)

SCENE 16  / PAGE 24 - 25
Song: Exile
Artist: Lisa Gerrard
(The Sorceress Morgana, the Devil’s best friend, tells The Devil she must give up her powers to find love.)

SCENE 17 / PAGE 26
Song: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Artist: Rod Stewart
(The Devil holds a contest in Hell to find a lover. Men trapped in Hell reluctantly compete for the Devil’s affection. The Devil offended by their reluctance and fear announces the contest is over, she knows who she loves and she will go get him.)

SCENE 18 and 19 / PAGE 26 - 27
Song: Exile
Artist: Lisa Gerrard
(General Lucius encounters Morgana in the Devil’s throne room, she is wearing the Devil’s crown. He tells her to take it off. She refuses. He goes to fetch his troops to stop Morgana from usurping the Devil’s throne but his troops are all gone.)

SCENE 20 / PAGE 28
Song: Stand By Your Man
Artist: Motorhead 
(The Devil arrives on Earth to dig up the grave of Dr. Adams. When he is free from his grave she tells him she dug him up because he is “The One”. Dr. Adams does not want to be the one. He hates her. They argue. She offers him her powers because she wants him to love her. He is wary of her offer…)

SCENE 20 and 21 / PAGE 32 - 34
Song: Double Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins
Artists: Bach
(Dr Adams takes The Devil’s powers from her and money begins falling from the sky. He is playing with being a God. The Devil is now powerless but she hides this fact from Dr. Adams. She doesn’t want him to use her powers to destroy her.)

SCENE 23 / PAGE 35
Song: No Remorse
Artist: Metallica
(Morgana has taken over Hell. She is wearing the Devil’s crown and torturing people joyfully during the daily Welcome to Hell Parade. It’s a painful, horrific bloodbath. Alister Crowley loves it.)

SCENE 25 / PAGE 35 -39
Song: Fade Into You
Artist: Mazzy Star
(The Devil and Dr. Adams are still in New York, in a bar, discussing his powers. She tries to flirt with him but he isn’t having it. He tells her he needs her to take his powers seriously, he needs her. The Devil falls head over heels in love with Dr. Adams. Together they come up with a plan to save humanity.)

SCENE 26 / PAGE 39 - 41
Song: Exile
Artist: Lisa Gerrard
(Morgana is in Hell using a magical pool to spy on the Devil and Dr. Adams in the bar, planning to save humanity. General Lucius arrives with some demon soldiers to arrest her but she uses her powers to paralyze and enslave him. General Lucius is horrified. Morgana is more powerful than anyone suspected.)

SCENE 28 - 32(33ish) / PAGE 47 - PAGE 53
Song: Gymnop├ędie No. 1
Artist: Erik Satie
(The Devil and Dr. Adams go camping. He will show her how to enjoy life on Earth.)

SCENE 34 / PAGE 54
Song: Exile
Artists: Lisa Gerrard
(Morgana is in Hell, working on a plan to steal the Devil’s powers from Dr. Adams, she amuses herself torturing General Lucius in the cage. The General tells her her plans will never work when suddenly the portal to Earth opens for Morgana.)


SCENE 36-46 / PAGE 60 - 74
Song: Angel Dust (Not the lyrics, just musical elements)
Artist: Cormega
(Dr. Adams and the Devil get bad news, the orphans they helped have died in a building collapse. They get  into a huge fight over it. Dr. Adams prays to get away from the Devil. An Angel arrives on Earth to save Dr. Adams from the Devil. The Devil doesn’t like this sexy angel.)


SCENE 47 / PAGE 74 - 75
Song: One Dove
Artist: Antony and the Johnsons
(Dr. Adams betrays the Devil and abandons her to leave with the Angel. He kisses her on the forehead before he goes.)

SCENE 48, 49 / PAGE 75 -77
Song: Crazy In Love
Artist: Eminem
(The Devil realizes Dr. Adams betrayed and abandoned her. She must get him back. She must not let him kiss that Angel and give her powers away forever. She gets arrested and deported.)

SCENE 50-51 / PAGE 77 - 78
Song: One Dove
Artist: Antony and the Johnsons
(Dr. Adams realizes he made a mistake. He misses the Devil)

SCENE 52, 53, 54 / PAGE 78 - 79
An Eminem Version of La Cucaracha
(The Devil is trapped in Mexico and trying to get back to America to find Dr. Adams.)

SCENE 55 / Page 79 - 80
Song: One Dove
Artist: Antony and the Johnsons
(The Devil crosses the desert sees the spirit of a little orphan boy and she becomes human.)

SCENE 56 - 58 / PAGE 80 - 82
Song: The Long Way Home
Artist: Norah Jones
(The Devil hitches a ride in a truck with General Lucius. She is saved from the desert but gets stuck in Las Vegas and becomes a waitress.)

SCENE 59,60, 61,62,63,64,65,66,67 / PAGE 82 - 86
Song: I Will Always Love You
Artist: Whitney Houston
(The Devil finally gets back to New York, and she is immediately arrested and institutionalized.)

SCENE 68 / PAGE 86
Song: Fade Into You
Artist: Mazzy Star
(Dr Adams is camping alone in the woods. He is trying to figure out how to find the Devil. He has an idea.)

SCNE 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 / PAGE 86
Song:
Christmas Music
(The Devil is homeless in NYC. She gives up her bed in the shelter to a woman and baby. The woman hugs her. The Devil hugs her back. She is now doing good deeds all on her own. She convinces the stranded homeless people to go camping with her.)

SCENE 73 / PAGE 90 - 91
Song: Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
Artist: Carl Orff
(The Devil and the homeless people are having fun camping. One of the homeless men looks familiar… Suddenly the Angel appears in the woods, she is there to kill the Devil, but something goes wrong, The Devil survives the attack and she realizes the Angel is no angel)

SCENE 81 / PAGE  97
Song: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air
Artist: Bach
(Dr. Adams finds out the Devil is on Earth! He goes to find her to tell her he loves her.)

SCENE 82 / PAGE 98
Song: Riddle Of Steel/Riders Of Doom
Artist: Basil Poledouris
(The Demon Army arrives with Morgana to destroy Earth!)

SCENE 83 A / PAGE 99 - 103
Song: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air
Artist: Bach
(Dr. Adams pretends to be an injured hiker to test the Devil one last time.)

SCENE 83 B / PAGE 103
Song: Riddle Of Steel/Riders Of Doom
Artist: Basil Poledouris
(Morgana arrives to kill the Dr, the Devil, and destroy Earth once and for all. A battle ensues, and just when all hope is lost The Dr. kisses the Devil, she gets her powers back and destroys the demon army and sends Morgana to the abyss. Earth is saved.)

SCENE 85 / PAGE 109 - 112
Song: Muzak version of Crazy In Love
Artist: Eminem
(A mass murder is waiting for his fate in the reception area in Hell. The Devil and Dr. Adams have fun bringing him into their office to tell him his punishment for killing so many innocent people.)

THE END

Closing Credits Music:

Brand New Day
Della Reese

Living On A Prayer

Bon Jovi