TO: Jeremy Wallace
FROM: Irene Atwell
SUBJECT: Re: Self-Defense
Caruthers and I spoke on this subject awhile back--just before the month where we went missing. It's not how I imagined it going, but just about everyone who went has some training in self-defense and firearms now. I said before that I was willing to help practice and I still am. Assuming everyone isn't tired of my instruction after weeks in Knowhere.
As important as individual training is, most of the incidents that occur happen to more than one person. You should consider regular team-based exercises as well. This isn't about combat as much as it's about communication.
Any intense (destructive) mutation practicing should probably happen outside of the city. I know a few places.
How do you build a playlist? What's your process?
Every playlist begins with a song, either one that strikes me as being particularly relevant when I'm listening to it or one I've heard before and think of when I start putting a playlist together. I've listened to a...lot of music, so typically I go through the list in my head of songs and think of ones to add before going through a physical list and pull anything that seems right for the playlist.
After that is the long process of listening to make sure the songs fit and organizing them. Generally my playlists are narrative, if not always strictly chronological. So things are put together in a way that tells a story, be it about a character or the world or whatever.
Once it is semi-organized, I look for the gaps in the story, or the music, and try to fill them. Sometimes this means searching for song titles and looking for something very specific for a moment/attribute. Usually I look up individual artists who have the right sound for what I am looking for in bridging playlist gaps.
Irene: This playlist was just one song for a...really long time. I wasn't even sure I was going to make one. Half-joke, half-challenge, this playlist is almost entirely composed of pop songs. I wasn't sure it could be done (and you have to be really broad about the term pop music), but it was fun and makes for a very cohesive playlist.
Armando: I wanted his playlist to sound as (mostly) upbeat as he is, but I also wanted it to reference his Latin and Texan roots, so there are a lot of songs in Spanish and some country.
Micaela: A character with a loud personality needs a loud playlist, so I filled this with dance and rock tracks. I also deliberately interspaced the musical genres a little, so there would be slightly jarring moments, musically.
Is your playlist in an order? What is it?
I tend to organize my playlists a bit like a musician organizes their setlist. Start strong, stay upbeat for a bit, bring it down, bring it back up again, bring it down again, build up to finale. But it is ultimately dependant on the narrative I am trying to tell. They do always start with at least one statement song, which the song equivalent of 'this is who I am'.
Irene: Chronological order. The most chronological of my playlists.
In the Army: Salute‒Invincible
Love/Family Suite: Don't Need Nobody‒One Million Bullets
Staten Island/Aftermath: To Build A Home‒Evaporate
Post Staten Island Police Years: Bury It‒No
End of Police Days/Russians: Girl on Fire‒Cannonball
X-Factor: Outside‒I Am Invincible
Armando: Not chronological, just ordered for emotional/musical harmony.
Dancy: Bailar‒Let's Get Loud
Vaguely Relationship: La Tortua‒In Common
Softer/Sadder: I'm Like a Bird‒Pretty Pimpin
Upbeat: Trouble‒Good Life
Micaela: Chronological-ish. There are a lot of general character songs.
Character Suite 1: Lush Life‒You Call Me a Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing
Youth: Party At A Rich Dude's House‒Fire Starter
Character Suite 2: No Filter‒America's Sweetheart
Early X-Factor: Headstrong‒Emergency
Early Diego Relationship: Take It Off‒Run Run Run
Later X-Factor: Just Like Fire‒On Top Of The World
Staten Island/Aftermath: Skyfall‒Getaway
Later Diego Relationship: Backbeat‒El Mismo Sol
Europe to Present Day: Tel Aviv'n‒Die Young
If you had to pick one song to best represent your character, what would it be and why?
Irene: Rise - Selina Gomez
So even when your bones feel like weights / And it’s hard to lift the smile on your perfect face / You can still find a peaceful place / Close your eyes until you're floating up in outer space / It’ll be alright, they’re just jealous of your highs / So they can knock you down, but / Like the air you can / Rise from the rubble with your mind, you can hover / You can rise like the tide, like the heat in the summer
It was so hard to pick one! Irene has had a hard life, she gets knocked down a lot through circumstance and tragedy, but one of the things that defines her is she always shoulders that weight and gets back up.
Armando: Looking Up - SafetySuit
Call it a feeling / Call it a premonition / Things are about to go my way / You don't have to see it / Just believe it's coming / Some things are bound to change / Then I see twenty dollars in the street / High five the next person I see / Kick back to the guy with the sign / I'll be fine
It's upbeat! And it represents his boundless optimism well. Things bad? They'll get better! *finger-guns*
Micaela: Lush Life - Zara Larson
I live my day as if it was the last / Live my day as if there was no past / Doin' it all nite, all summer / Doin' it the way I wanna / ... / Yeah! Went low, went high / Still waters run dry / Gotta get back in the groove / I ain't ever worry
'Still Waters Run Dry' is pretty much her motto. It's a song about living to the fullest, consequences be damned, which is pretty much her character in a nutshell.
Do any songs represent events in your character's life? Which ones, and what do they represent?
Irene: I am going to have to be picky here, otherwise I could talk about everything and some better fit the next question. The organization list above is a pretty good guide to which songs are about what life events, so I'll just pull a few to talk about a little.
Everything Changes - Sara Bareilles
Two tiny hands, a pair of eyes / An unsung melody is mine for safekeeping / And I will guard it with my life
It's not perfect, but it's a pretty good song for motherhood, which is a primary motivation for things Irene does.
To Build A Home - The Cinematic Orchestra
'Cause, I built a home / For you / For me / Until it disappeared / From me / From you
This is actually the only song that was on the playlist for awhile. A lot of the emotion is in the music, which just has such a feeling of quiet ache over loss in it. Before getting married, Irene didn't really have a place she could hall home--she left her family to join the army and hasn't been in contact with them since. But she built a home, made a family, and then watched it shatter around her with losing her husband to the Staten Island event.
Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde
This is the start of how it all ends / They used to shout my name, now they whisper it / I’m speeding up and this is the red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart
The end of her police career. This also goes along with Jasmine Thompson's cover of Pompeii, which is more specifically about the dissolving of Irene and Vega's partnership. (And if you close your eyes / Does it almost feel like / You've been here before? / How am I gonna be an optimist about this?)
Armando: Almost two hours of music and amazingly, nothing specifically representative of an event.
Micaela: See the organization list above for a general guide. But a few specifics...
Into You - Ariana Grande
Been waiting and waiting for you to make a move / Before I make a move / So baby, come light me up and maybe I'll let you on it / A little bit dangerous, but baby, that's how I want it / A little less conversation, and a little more touch my body / Cause I’m so into you, into you, into you / Got everyone watchin' us, so baby, let's keep it secret
Micaela and Diego danced around flirting with each other for a long time before she finally lost her patience with him and made him date her...while they were on vacation. With other people.
Skyfall - Adele has become the Staten Island song, which others have talked about. (I put this after On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons because I am mean).
Let Them In - Pvris
I wanna feel something / That's not the touch of your breath on my neck / I wanna feel something / That's not the weight of your world in my head / And all the walls are caving in
I'm sure this is a more traditional relationship song, but I used it for being haunted by X-Factor after it fell apart.
Getaway - Tritonal, Angel Taylor
I don't see no red lights, just a wild ride / You're my getaway, you're my getaway / Tonight, I'm gonna be alright
Running away from problems, going with Diego to Spain.
Do any songs represent people or relationships in your character's life? Which ones, and who do they represent?
Irene: Ugh, I have so many.
Safe Place to Land - Christian Burghardt
Help me understand / The war you're fighting / We'll never have a chance / If you fire blindly / You're circling the atmosphere / Unsure if I'll disappear / I'm not going nowhere / Open your eyes / I'm always gonna be / Your safe place to land
This is a song from Harper to Irene. She was initially resistant to the relationship as she was struggling with a new job and reintegrating into the world after severing in the army. And he was consistently there for her through everything, even when she didn't expect it, which became a foundation of trust for them.
Compass - Zella Day
Compass points you home / Calling out from the east / Compass points you anywhere / Closer to me / ... / Where you are, I will be
In Harper, Irene found a home. I love that this song has a feeling of being out in the wilderness, since that was such a big part of their relationship. It's such a quiet, longing song perfect for someone who doesn't emote a lot, but feels deeply.
Like a River Runs - Bleachers, Sia
When I fall asleep I can see your face / What I lost in you I will not replace / And I could run away, I could let them down / But I will remember
And then the sads. Irene carries her grief with her all the time. Healing is slow, but she also is hanging on to what she had. Which has it's good aspects as well as its bad and this song encapsulates that.
Here For You - Kygo, Ella Henderson
And while they're on the ground / We'll be looking down / 'Cause we found the truth / And the fire in our hearts / ... / Whenever you're feeling down inside / I promise to take you off to the height
A partnership become a friendship become family...Irene and Vega have been through alot together. Circumstances have broken them apart before, but they always come back together. Irene is fiercely loyal and will be there when Vega needs her.
And Cannonball - Skyler Grey, X Ambassadors is the Irene and Vega fight song.
Armando: I've got some songs that are vaguely about relationships, but nothing specific.
Micaela: I have like...two song suites for Diego. I am not going through all of them. I will talk about two!
Run Run Run - Celeste Buckingham
You better know know know that I have conditions / I make the rules and make the decisions / and I want nothing less than what I deserve / So you better run run run before I decide that you are mine / two stars will collide / You better run run run / nowhere to run but to me
I enjoy the pun there with Diego's speedster powers, but this song probably encapsulates their early relationship best. Micaela was both high maintenance and inevitable.
Whenever, Wherever - Shakira
Tell me one more time / That you'll live / Lost in my eyes / Whenever, wherever / We're meant to be together / I'll be there and you'll be near / And that's the deal my dear / There over, here under / You've got me head over heels / There's nothing left to fear / If you really feel the way I feel
This song is my favorite for their marriage. Mutual, deep love and promises to be side-by-side. That's the deal!
Cherry bomb - The Runaways
Hello Daddy, hello Mom / I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb / Hello world, I'm your wild girl / I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb
This one came from Zz, but it is the Ciel/Micaela fight montage song.
I'm sort of sad I do not have one about being a frustrating (but fond) legacy for Kade. ;)
Would your character listen to this playlist? What song would be their favorite?
Irene: Yes! That's part of the joke. Stoic Irene loves pop music. Either Confident - Demi Lovato or You Exist In My Song - Wanting would be her favorite.
Armando: I'm sure he listens to a lot more dance and spanish rap than I do, or put on the playlist, but I think he'd listen to most of his own playlist. Either Cake By The Ocean - DNCE or La Mordidita - Ricky Martin would be his favorite.
Micaela: She would listen to some of it, mostly the dancey and hard rock parts. Have to stay pumped up! Either Take It Off - The Donnas or I Love It - Icona Pop would be her favorite.
To: X-Factor Solutions
From: Irene Atwell
Subject: Camping Trip
I'm getting out of the city for a few days next weekend and going camping. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome to do so. Although if you're an asshole out there I'm abandoning you to the bears.
I have room in my truck for three more people. I've got enough sleeping bags and a tent too. Pack your own food if you have special needs. Or just want to share. BYOB. S'mores provided.
If anyone wants to come by their own means, the directions are attached.
Let me know.
To: Ciel Kane
From: Irene Atwell
A delivery boy dropped by the X-Factor offices today. I think he left something for you, but it doesn't look like it was an official delivery. It doesn't appear to be obviously dangerous, but you never know. I have it so it wasn't sitting out in the open. Let me know when you want it, I'll bring it by.
Do you ever listen to a song and just think "Gosh, that reminds me so much of _____"? (And then you totally forget to tell _____).
Do you totally already have playlists for your character? Or do you just want to know what reminds people of your character? Or let them know what reminds you of theirs?
Then this Meme is for You! Open for: Irene
RULES: Post this into your feed. Commenters can then leave comments with links to songs (spotify preferred) that remind them of your character. Bonus points for explaining why. THE END