Thirteen weeks and counting! Woot!
Anyway, today I'm looking at a song that floored me the first time I heard it. Now, I'm probably going to catch some flak for not loving the original more than I do, but this version is absolutely entrancing. Amy Lee's cover of Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing.
I do have a particular character in mind when I listen to this song and her name is Angelina Arriette. When I first heard this song I had to stop what I was doing. I think I was getting ready to do some filming at the Las Vegas convention center and this came over YouTube. I had to stop and favorite the song, and, frankly, I played it to death.
I'm a big Amy Lee fan, but I hadn't heard anything she'd done since the older Evanescence stuff. When I heard her doing this cover, it just immediately put an image into my mind. I had previously listened to the original Chris Isaak version, and that's a great song, don't get me wrong. It didn't inspire anything though. Just a simple change, though, giving a the lyrics over to a woman with a voice like Amy Lee, and now I'm seeing the song from the point of view of the woman.
Angelina, my character, evolved quite a bit from the moment I heard this song. She's sensual, but very in control of it. She's the leader of her own parish and she commands the respect of her crew. She acts as something of a foil to the character of Samantha who is introduced earlier. Samantha is a physically strong, large woman. An amazon, practically. She is threatening to her foes in a very apparent way, but Angelina, she's more subtle.
Angelina is able to be just as strong, just as deadly as Samantha, but she embraces her femininity and expresses it even in her combat. Where Samantha will break your arm and put a gun to your head, Angelina will confidently stroll past you and bring a knife to your throat. She is nowhere near Samantha's level, physically, but there is no question that she deserves the command post she has.
This is a great song for a powerful woman. I know I've talked a bit about making sure you convey characters opposite your own gender in a way that addresses stereotypes rather than just ignoring them, and I think this song helps bring that along. You can't listen to Amy Lee sing this song and not think bold, powerful, but very much feminine.
Enjoy Amy Lee's cover of the Chris Isaak song, Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.