Guns and The Music of The Night

August 12, 2019 at 10:58 pm (Fantasy, Geopolitics and International Relations, International Intrigue, Poetry, Romance, Science-Fiction, The Supernatural) (, , , , )

Guns and The Music of The Night

Cosmos is truly a cosmic word
It means the whole created order 
Cosmos therefore means much more than universe
Cosmos could mean there are multiverses

In C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, he talked of a planet where a plethora of worlds grew as trees 
Lewis was truly a visionary 
In his book That Hideous Strength 
He foresaw the rise of Transhumanist science that would occur 50 years later
And as breakthroughs in physics happen day by day 
Which seem to indicate that there are multiverses 
Lewis foresaw that too

And so in another time and another place 
In a multiverse far away
Carmen Rouge stood at the window of an early 20th Century Paris

A Paris under siege by the Kaiser’s forces 
And not stuck in the trenches of northern France during the First World War as happened in our universe

Outside the window was Carmen Rouge’s steampunk artillery gun 
Ready to bring down German aeroplanes and airships

On her small table in front of the window 
Was the candelabra her father carried 
In the depths of the Paris Opera House
Attached to the stand of the candelabra was the mask he wore 
Next to the candelabra was an old phonograph that played her father’s voice 
Her father singing to her mother,
“Softly, deftly, music shall caress you,
hear it, fear it, secretly possess you…
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight 
The darkness of the music of the night”.

For Carmen Rouge is the daughter of Christine Daae and Erik
The Phantom of the Opera

And so around this particular window
In a Paris apartment 
In another Paris
In another universe 
You have both guns
And the music of the night 

-A poem written by Christopher
Monday August 12th


  1. Jerry Brotherton said,

    A great poem my friend. Very intriguing…

  2. Marlapaige said,

    The idea that they had a daughter who remembered and loved him when he couldn’t stand himself… that is a beautiful alternate universe.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      It is indeed, Marla. 🙂

      • Marlapaige said,

        Sorry, WP linked me to a bunch of your phantom works. I ended up reading them all and they all touched me enough to comment

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I’m glad they did.

        I’d forgotten I’d written a whole bunch of Phantom poems.

        I could always relate to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Erik.

        I’m still looking for my Christine Daae.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Christine is an every woman. She is just a female, and little more. Much like Raoul. The woman – I forget her name – she had the only spoken line “keep your hand at the level of your eyes”, she was the woman that was worthy. She understood him, there was a part of her that empathized with him. She respected him. She was an underutilized character, but worth more than all of the Christine’s in the world.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I don’t remember her.

        I’ll have to watch that movie again.

        Probably about 5 years since I last saw it.

      • Marlapaige said,

        NOT THE MOVIE!!! Oy…. that made me HATE the Phantom. It took away all that made me love him. All of the movies make Christine too important, Raoul medium important and the Phantom pure evil with no positives. His love is never love, it is obsession, control, and abuse. Yuck.
        She was the lady in control of all the girls. She has her own song too…Madam Geery, maybe? I can’t spell but I think that was it.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        The movie I was referring to was the 2004 film of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical.

        It’s probably been 20 years since I saw any of the other Phantom movies you hate and I hate as well.

        I’ve never seen the ALW musical on stage.

        Only on film.

        My dad saw it live on stage in West London 30 years ago but I wasn’t with him on that trip.

        When I say movie, I mean the ALW musical movie.

      • Marlapaige said,

        You mean Gerard Butler and the mousy girl. Ugh.

        I saw it. They somehow took beautiful music and still made him into a vicious black hole of aggression and violence. I truly had high hopes for the movie too.

        I thought it was just me. Honestly, I thought maybe I expected too much from the movie and I was twisting the play in my head to make it so much better than it was. My ex had never seen anything involving the Phantom because his ex before me loved it almost as much as I do. To be stubborn he refused to do anything that involved the Phantom – they were weird together.

        The movie came out and we went to see it in the theater. I wanted to scream at what they did to the Phantom. He said “that was pretty good.” and that was all that he said. I didn’t say anything else. He asked if I liked it, and I just shrugged because anything else would have turned into a comparative analysis.

        I went home and I purchased tickets for a live ALW version of the play. All that chatter removed. I surprised him with it and for the first time, he actually looked kind of excited to see a play (I will give the movie that much credit). He could tell that I was way more excited about the play than I was having seen the movie, and when he wanted to see the movie a few days before the show, I ended up cleaning the kitchen because I couldn’t sit through that angry and unsympathetic version of my Phantom.

        We went to the play. At intermission, I looked over at him and he was swiping at his eyes. I asked if he was crying and he said “no. Who the hell is the cleaning company here? It’s extremely dusty in this theater!” I cracked up. We got up to stretch our legs and get something to drink. Every couple we passed had a man complaining about how dusty the theater was with a patient looking woman calmly mansplaining emotions LOL

        At the end of it, there wasn’t a single person talking about dust. Just screaming, clapping, jumping, and crying – all at once.

        When we got back to the car, he turned to me and said, “OK. I get it. That theater needs to be better kept up, that dust is brutal, but the movie is not nearly as good. But at least we don’t have that much dust at home.” I could do nothing but smile and think of the inch and a half of dust that coats everything five seconds after dusting.

        If you can, go see it live. The lack of talking makes it more powerful, by a LOT. And they don’t have a chance to make the Phantom into a one-dimensional monster. In the play, he really is you and me and everyone else. He’s just a very damaged man who is in a lot of pain and striving for better.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I suppose if I had seen it live in a stage production, I might not have liked the movie.

      • Marlapaige said,

        No, you very well may have.

        For me, Phantom is something different than it is for many people I have interacted with.

        Most people have the image of the Phantom portrayed in decades of movies and the book. The play doesn’t necessarily fit that, but the music is so powerful people are able to suspend what they already know in favor of the picture ALW is painting with his lyrics and music.

        For me, I was never a fan of the book, and the old movies I had seen as a kid didn’t do much for me either. When I saw it on the stage, my world shifted. I saw it fairly young, at a time when I was full of self-doubt, loathing, and angst. The character of the Phantom spoke to that for me. He became a version of me (one that could carry a tune!)

        ALW’s power is in his music. The movie portrays that beautifully, but a lot of the back story bleeds in because of all the dialogue and their need to add more than what was there in the play (there is ample source material for this sort of move though and it requires no creativity on their part, just the canon of the character).

        For me, to me, the character that has the most depth, is by far, the Phantom. In every version, he is the eye of the storm and everything sort of circles him in a rush of terror and hell. In the play, ALW made him the center of it all, but there was more there than was previously put there. He removed some of the details – not ignoring them, not pretending they never existed, but by simplifying them greatly. As a result, the Phantom could not rest on only the negative, he had to expand to fit the lyrics which allowed a better character to be born.

        The woman I told you about, Madam Geery – she had the only spoken line in the play: “keep your hand at the level of your eyes.” People who do not know anything but the play do not understand this line. But fans of the character and with knowledge of thecharacter know that his preferred method of killing was using a lasso around the throat to strangle. By keeping your arm up, you are making it impossible for him to use his lasso on you. Every other line of the play is in song. Even people who hate musicals do not realize they are listening to nothing but singing until she says that. The surprise at the fact that you have not heard a spoken word in nearly 2 hours is palpable.

        My suggestion to you, since plays are not exactly high on the list of things to worry about at the present moment, is to get your hands on the recording of Phantom. The most famous one is with Michael…. erm… wait a second… crawford? Yeah. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. If you listen to it straight through (used to be a double disk, who knows what it is now that everything is digital?) will give you the truest experience.

        Michael Crawford is not as strong of a singer as most of the people they get to play the Phantom now. He is sort of…autotuned…? But you get the emotion from him that you don’t get from Gerard Butler’s brooding and growling version. But it would be a fair warning to tell you that Michael Crawford’s version does make the emotion palpable so you get that experience, but there’s something about his voice, even though it’s overlayed with that techno stuff to make it sound… other… you truly cannot help but not believe that he’s capable of any of the bad stuff they talk about within the lyrics throughout the play.

        My suggestion: Use them together. Watch Gerard Butler make him into a vicious monster, growling, stomping and brooding through every scene. Watch Emma Rossum (Emmy? Emma? I can’t remember her first name) be as mousy as possible so you can get an idea of how small and innocent Christine was at the start of the play. Then put on the official soundtrack with Brightman and Crawford. She is nearly as powerful a singer as any female singer alive now. She shows you what Christine can TRULY be, and what she will mature into under the tutelage of the Phantom. Crawford will ooze so much tender emotion in regards to her, you will feel the hardest parts of you want to reach out and touch him to support him. Even Pan Goatee would want to embrace him and have a good cry.

        Use the movie for the general sound of the play, use the soundtrack for the feeling of it all. Then you will understand what I mean and why it gets me so strongly. But it actually has to be the Gerard Butler version as far as the movie goes, because he was the right vocal type for how they portray him now, but the emotions of Crawford are always there as well because of the songs themselves.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Your description of The Phantom is the way I feel about him.

        I’ve only seen any other Phantom movie once.

        ALW’s Phantom is the Phantom for me.

        In my comment above, I absolutely could not remember the name of the woman who sang Christine in the West London production that my dad saw.

        But then you mentioned her.

        Sarah Brightman is the woman my dad talked about.

        I wonder if it would have been Michael Crawford as the Phantom he saw as well.

      • Marlapaige said,

        That would be the original casting!

        That would have been amazing to see! I wish I could have seen it… however I saw a man called John Little (yes, I am the only one who got the reference), and he was breathtaking. The perfect blend of Crawford and Butler. He also happened to be over 6 ft tall (I met him after the show). The irony of that is not lost on me either lol

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        The name John Little was also a character in the Robin Hood novels whose name was changed to Little John.

        John Christopher Little was the name of a literary agent that I had sent a manuscript of my fantasy novel to coincidentally.

        He sent me a six page handwritten note (rather than typewritten) back afterwards along with the manuscript saying how much he loved it and would represent me in a heartbeat (again reiterarating that he really meant it) if he wasn’t so busy and had so much on his plate.

        Years later, I was reading an article on J. K. Rowling.

        And half-way through the article they quoted her literary agent- a man named John Christopher Little.

        Well, now I could understand why he was so busy.

      • Marlapaige said,

        I did not know of the literary agent, so my mind went to Robin Hood.

        However, I would lay bets that if you’re the literary agent to Rowling, you kind of have to give up on the idea of having more than 1 client.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Exactly. 😂

      • Marlapaige said,

        That must be a nightmare. Good money, but can you imagine having to turn down people that you think are amazing simply because she may come up with another book?

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, that’s got to hurt.

      • Marlapaige said,

        A lot about her seems to cause that kind of feeling in those around her.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        It does.

      • Marlapaige said,

        But, because of her, we did get Hagrid. So….yeah, can’t say makes up for the rest, but it’s def a good thing!! 👍👍

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,


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