In the audiofile above you hear two snippets of the Sherlock Soundtrack (“War” and “Pink”). It is John’s theme. The first time it plays when John wakes up from a nightmare (“War”).
The characteristic melody is played by piano in G minor and has a distinctive motive of four notes (see mid0nz’s meta for more insights). I added the second part (“Pink”) to show you the “official" ending of John’s theme where the chords rise along the scale of D minor. (This figure is often used in other Sherlock scores for very dramatic scenes, sometimes resolving in death. Perhaps I will revisit this in a future post). Choosing a minor key for John’s theme strengthens the viewer’s impression of John’s depressed and sad mental state.
When I decided to give the music in Sherlock more attention, I was so overwhelmed that I chose to start with the obvious. And that’s John’s theme. For me it plays a unique role in the musical world of Sherlock because it’s the only theme that’s continously played by piano. And in my experience piano themes are often really unique in the whole range of a (movie) soundtrack with predominantly fully orchestrated pieces. They stick up as played by a single instrument against pieces played by 30 and more instruments in an orchestra. And that’s why piano themes are often used to intensify the intimacy of a scene. (I first experienced this consciously in Titanic: The piano version of Rose’s theme when Jack draws her).
So my interpretation of John’s theme is this: The piano played tune in a minor key shows the viewer John’s deep emotions like sadness, vulnerability and perhaps the hurt that love can cause. In this way the viewer is - in contrast to Sherlock - directly linked via the music to John’s emotional state. The music helps us to be sure how John feels in many scenes. And that’s why I’ll definitly write more about the magnifiscent use of John’s theme in every single season. <3
But for now I will finish this post by showing you how John’s theme is linked to the other two outstanding themes. The Main theme (title theme) and what’s called by the composers the Hero’s Theme. (My piano version of the key elements:)
John’s theme (beginning):
Main (=title) theme (bar 9 to the end):
Hero’s theme (first time: bar 11ff., several times again and at the end):
What we can see and hear: John’s theme and the Hero’s theme are combined in the main theme. If you want to, you can read this as the musical conjunction of John and Sherlock. (As this is the title theme of the show I’ll leave the further Johnlock interpretation to you…). And if you understand the main theme as Sherlock’s theme, then you could say that it integrates his heart (John) and his mind (crime solving=”the game”).
[Last note: the notations above are based on the piano arrangement of Anthony Weeden. I kept the notation in A minor for visual simplicity (=lack of accidentals), but’d like to clarify that John’s theme is played in G minor, the main theme in A minor and the hero’s theme in C minor when they are first introduced – please correct me if I’m wrong).
I have three cue sheets that the musicians used when recording the score. The first chords of John’s theme are marked in the following keys: Am | D9/A | Gm | F/C. In the End Titles the motif notes are C|E|D|A. I know next to nothing about music but I wonder how important the keys are in this given that the contour of all the character themes is the same? I think they matter very much but I have no musical skills to be able to explain it… My hunch is that it isn’t “Watson’s Theme” in there precisely but that John’s theme has the same contour as Sherlock’s 2 themes…
I thought I reblogged this when it was released but I guess it didn’t go through on my phone? The retweet went through, the Tumblr phone app is terrible. Anyway, in case anyone missed it, mid0nz did a great interview with Sherlock composer Michael Price. Go read it! A bunch of people have…
I’m not sure where to begin. I admire LSiT’s ferocity, gumption and intensity— I really do. But I’ll go on the record as saying that… well… I feel like I need a badge that says “I believe in Michael Price.” He’s a great guy, an honest one, not some “lying liar who lies.”
About the question of “Mycroft’s theme” you simply can’t get any clearer than this:
Mycroft doesn’t have a theme because we see him more (obviously don’t tell Mark Gatiss this) but we see him more in context of how his character plays against Sherlock and Watson’s, and I think there’s a balance to be found on a scene-by-scene basis and also an overall basis as to how obvious your working is. There’s certain genres of films, Lord of the Rings type films, where it’s a very Wagnerian leitmotif way of working, where literally character X walks on screen and you hear music for character X. We never wanted to be as literal as that with Sherlock, but we wanted to reserve for ourselves the weapon in our arsenal to have tunes that had got emotion and got resonance, and got context with them so that when we needed to we could focus in and play a tune. But if you… I think in the context of this show if everything was literally worked out, it would become too self-conscious. (x)
This sums everything up for me:
MJW: So there’s no nudge, nudge, wink, wink where we can go back later and go, “That was a hint that we missed.”
MP: I think it takes us back again to the fact that music should, or in my opinion, music should be emotionally honest with you as much of the time as it can be, really. That’s when it’s at its best. (x)
Ultimately LSiT and I absolutely couldn’t be farther apart on our views about Sherlock and its creators or our approach to meta. But so what? The conversation is interesting.
#vive la différence!
Just so it’s clear, I think all the showrunners are “liars” in the sense of someone who lies about, say, a surprise party, or a gift that hasn’t been unwrapped yet. It’s a lie told with love, because they don’t want to ruin things for the audience. I don’t think Michael Price is in any way a liar in the sense of being an antonym for a “great guy.” I have huge admiration for Michael Price (and David Arnold), just like I have huge admiration for Moftiss and Thompson, and Cumberbatch and Freeman, and so on. If I thought the show was run by a bunch of people who aren’t great and decent, I wouldn’t enjoy it or have much faith in their vision for the future of the show.
Anyway, we’ll see what happens.
Didn’t mean to imply otherwise— sorry if that wasn’t clear!
Let’s see what I can do :)
I never used to care much for HUMAN AUs of non-human characters, it felt like it was taking all the epic right out of them, and why would you do that?? But then along came Thor/Loki and I don’t know if it was just that I was so hungry for more of them or I finally found the fandom that wrote human AUs the way I liked them or just—-
I think a lot of it is that I want the chance for them to be happy, even if they’re often fucked up in human AUs as well, and there’s a chance for a “mundane” life for them, where MAYBE THEY COULD BE HAPPY??? And, fuck all of you, I want that forever and ever. Also, some of them are just really good, holy crap.
THOR/LOKI - HUMAN AUs:
→ Boy Scout’s Holiday by amcw177, thor/loki + other asgardians, NSFW, human au, street racer au, 44.8kWhen old man Odinson dies he leaves his sons two things: A thriving auto tuning shop and a lot of baggage. The latter mostly belongs to Loki who is sick of driving in Thor’s slipstream. Time for a change in leadership. What ensues is a plan that gets resurrected often enough to start the zombie apocalypse all on its own, explosions, dealings with overly invested reporters, epiphanies about heritage, a generous amount of illegal street racing, and the fact that what you get isn’t always what you wanted but might very well be what you needed.
→ Stone Age AU, thor/loki, nsfw, dub-con/non-con in parts (at first), brief descriptions of child death, stone age au, 60knorsekink prompt: Thor’s tribe destroys another tribe because they couldn’t agree about their territories. Loki, a son of the leader of that tribe, survives, but he gets captured and enslaved.
→ the only place that I call home by kiyala, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, amnesia, 8.7kLoki has always seen Thor at his regular bar every Friday night after work. But once they start talking, everything begins to change and soon, Loki begins questioning everything that he thought he knew about himself.
→ everything we are by stereobone, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, references to drug use, 2.4kThey don’t speak the whole ride home. The car is silent, radio turned off, windows rolled up. Loki keeps his lips pursed, stubborn, but still terrified to glance at Thor in the driver’s seat, Thor who has not said one word since he walked in on it.
→ Stormbringer by singleorganicmachine, thor/loki, NSFW, some fem!loki + male!loki, siren!loki, human!thor, viking!thor, jotunn!loki, mer!loki, 16kSet in an Alternate Universe where Thor is a human Viking, the headstrong young Prince has set sail in search of a mysterious “monster” that has been destroying ships and luring men to their deaths. The journey appears hopeless at first, but he cannot turn back for his honor is at stake and he fears he will never be king if he fails. Finally there comes a clue, and on an unknown island rimmed with the skeletons of sunken ships, Thor finds that this “monster” is anything but what he expects.
→ The Flood by anonymous, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, spy au, 3.3kThor is the government’s top black ops operative, specializing in retrieving wayward criminals. Loki is one of the most gifted hackers in the world, and will sell information to anyone for the right price. He’s also Thor’s newest assignment.
→ we are the heavy clouds by kiyala, thor/loki + background steve/tony and skurge/amora + other mcu characters, NSFW, human au, fashion designer au, 21.3kLoki Laufeyson is a fashion designer who dreams of making it big. He’s also one of those hipsters that you hate—the ones who loudly claim to hate mainstream bands while secretly loving them. Loki’s favourite band The Thunder—led by Thor Odinson, love of Loki’s life—go mainstream. Loki struggles to balance his genuine liking for Thor and the band with the fact that he feels like just another dumb fan.
Instead, Loki spends most of his time working on his clothes designs and drinking with his best friend and favourite model, Amora. But when Loki finally makes it big and begins to design clothes for none other than billionaire playboy Tony Stark, his dreams seem like they’re coming true. Little does he know that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
→ The Wheel by epistolic, thor/loki + background thor/ofc + background loki/ofc, human au, historical au, 24.1k1535, England. As ward to the Earl of Huxley, Loki has been brought up since childhood to be the perfect counterpart to the Earl’s only son and heir. But in the cut-throat world of Tudor England, where ambition and opportunism are the only guarantors of success, Loki must decide between loyalty and betrayal; between the past and the future; and between power and love.Teenage Thor and Loki being reckless and naughty and fucking in the back of a car.
→ 30 Day OTP Porn Challenge - 3. Body fluids by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, werewolf!thor + human!loki AU, dub-con, 2kLoki idly runs his hand along the cool bars of the cell, tapping out an uneven rhythm as his rings catch against the steel. Thor’s vacant eyes do not track the movement, but his head turns as Loki moves, nostrils flaring as he inhales Loki’s scent.
→ First Date - Cardiff Winter Wonderland by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, human au, semi-skating au, fluff, 1.4k“I thought you said you could skate?” “I can skate,” Thor says indignantly. “I am skating.”
→ falling like a flip of a coin by paxlux, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, (sort of) human au, 8.5kIt’s Thursday and the desert shimmers.
→ Just One Night by thisdorkyficthing, thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, crossover, moulin rouge fusion, 3.3kHis eyes fell on one of them, a man, tall, thin and pale, dressed in green corset and a black skirt, with black, wavy hair falling to his collarbone.
→ Blame it on your boss by dizbil, thor/loki + other mcu characters + background steve/tony, NSFW, human au, fluff, 26.2kThere’s a reason Loki never takes the subway, and of course, the first time he does, something bad is bound to happen. But he can not be late for his big day at work, Tony and Steve are not that comprehensive, and this tall blond guy is more than attractive. What’s that smell in the air? Troubles? Definitely troubles and there is only one person Loki can blame: Thor. His boss.
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Benedict can sew and likes to reuse his clothing appreciation post.
I’m gonna just drop this here.
HE’S GOOD WITH HIS HANDS.
NOT EVEN SORRY.
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My brother Ryley was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at 14 months old. He has been in a wheelchair since he was 3 yrs old. Mum requires a special van to be able to transport Ryley not only around town but to sleep studies at the Brisbane Mater Hospital every 6 months. Recently their van has pre…
Hey guys, so, I’m sharing this on behalf of my cousin Steph, who posted it on facebook on behalf of her brother Ryley.
Ryley is incredibly special to me. He is incredibly intelligent, witty, no one makes me laugh like he does. He’s a sarcastic little shit and I adore him.
Ryley has muscular dystrophy and is 100% dependant on his family. He’s recently had to stop playing some of his favourite video games because he doesn’t have enough mobility in his hands to hold the controller. He can type, but only if someone places his hands on the keyboard. He only has mobility in his fingers and his left foot at this point. He’s gone through so much in his short life- he’s only 17.
He needs to go to the doctor quite often for check ups, making sure that vital organs are still operating the way they need to. His life surrounds his lack of mobility. And his mum’s van- the only vehicle he can really travel in- has just died.
They are trying to raise some money to make sure that they can get a new (used) van so Ry can get to his appointments, so he can leave the house and see his family, so he can go with his family to the markets and just live as normal a life as he possibly can.
If you can’t spare a few dollars towards my beautiful cousin, please consider just reblogging. Steph, his sister, has written more about Ryley in the link.
Thank you for taking the time to read, for reblogging, for donating, and for caring.