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09 January 2011 @ 05:06 pm
30 Day Vampire Diaries-Meme, Day 20  
Day 20 - Your favorite TVD song?

"Bloodstream" by Stateless (Season 01, Episode 22, "Founder's Day")

This was actually a very hard choice for me. Originally, I was flat-out going to cheat and pick a song per season ("Bloodstream" from season one, and "I Was Wrong" from season two), however, I've tried really, really hard to not go for ties and what-not here and so I made the hard decision. As much as I adore "I Was Wrong" and its place in the series (playing over Damon telling Elena he loves her, with the lyrics, I was wrong playing between the lines "I don't deserve you" and "but my brother does" no less), as a whole, "Bloodstream" is just simply utter perfection. Even if it's not Elena, but rather Katherine, in that moment, from Damon's point of view, it *was* Elena he was baring his soul to, it *was* Elena he was kissing, and it *was* Elena who'd gotten into his bloodstream. But here's where the beauty of the song comes into play, while it works perfectly as a metaphor for the Damon/Elena relationship -- taking on a more romantic, albeit slightly florid note, it works just as well for the Damon/Katherine relationship, taking the song at a more literal and possessive bent.

I wrote this about the song in an earlier post and it very much still stands: Has there ever been a more perfect song accompanying a kiss than "Bloodstream" for the Damon/"Elena" kiss? I do not think so. It's not just the beat, the melody, but also how it builds and wraps itself around their words and the moment, ratcheting up the tension between them. Finally, it's the lyrics and how they so perfectly encapsulate not just what Elena does to Damon, but also what Katherine did/does to him ... and so it does fit that particular reaction they both arouse in Damon.

I can never not hear those opening notes and not react. Amazing.

Past days:

Day 01 - Your favorite character?
Day 02 - Your least favorite character?
Day 03 - Your favorite guest star?
Day 04 - Your least favorite guest star?
Day 05 - Your favorite episode?
Day 06 - Your least favorite episode?
Day 07 - Your favorite Damon scene?
Day 08 - Your favorite Stefan scene?
Day 09 - Your favorite Elena scene?
Day 10 - Your favorite Caroline Scene?
Day 11 - Your favorite Damon one-liner?
Day 12 - Your favorite quote?
Day 13 - Your favorite funny scene?
Day 14 - A scene that makes you sad/cry?
Day 15 - A scene that makes you happy?
Day 16 - A scene that makes you angry?
Day 17 - An episode that pissed you off?
Day 18 - Your favorite TVD friendship?
Day 19 - Your favorite TVD romance?

And I am officially caught up (until next week, when I will no doubt fall behind again).
vamplover85vamplover85 on January 9th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
AH Bloodstream is my favorite but "All I need" comes first! <3
Arabianarabian on January 9th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
I love the scene that accompanies "All I Need," but the singer is too blandly 80/90s pop sounding for me. And the evocative beat and lyrics of "Bloodstream" just do me in. Plus, the lyrics of AIN don't really fit Damon and Elena's storyline, while "Bloodstream" does. I'm so picky!
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on January 9th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Great choice. This song is just perfect for this scene. The video is very well done. I like the lyrics showing in the inset pane. Although, I thought the 3rd and 4th lines were:

Words can be like knives
They can cut you open

It's totally possible that I'm wrong, though.

I've had a hard time narrowing down my choices and was going to do a tie, but thanks to you, I've decided to not do that. Stay tuned for my choice tomorrow.
Arabian: Damon & Elena01arabian on January 9th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those are the correct lyrics. I just grabbed the prettiest of the lyrics-vids out there. I didn't check to make sure the lyrics were correct. Oops!
Mitten: vampiresugarsyringe on January 10th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh yes, that song, it's absolutely amazing! I think it'd be my pick too, although I also have a soft spot for the Within Temptation one.
Arabian: musicarabian on January 11th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
My soft spot for the Within Temptation one is based solely on the dance, but the song, while pretty, doesn't really move it on its own. If it were not for the connection with the scene, I don't think I'd pay any attention to it. "Bloodstream," on the other hand, just blows me away. And on top of that the lyrics fit so well with both the idea of Damon/Elena and Damon/Katherine that it adds such layers to the scene.

Yeah, I REALLY love this song and it's scene placement, LOL!
Mitten: eternal sonatasugarsyringe on January 11th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
I understand what you mean about bloodstream. It was just perfect.

With Within Temptation though, it's a song I already knew prior to the show and already liked so I guess that for me it's a little different! ;)
Arabian: musicarabian on January 11th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, if you have a pleasant association with a song pre-scene it's definitely stronger!
the resolute urgency of now: damon&katherine; stolen kisseslaniaaa on January 10th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
bloodstream has my heart. i liked it before tvd, and god, pairing it with that scene just ate my heart. And the evocative beat and lyrics of "Bloodstream" just do me in. -- what you said there is perfect.
Arabian: Damon&Katherine01arabian on January 10th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard the song before, but I absolutely adore it so very much now. It's just gorgeous.
crowandfogcrowandfog on January 12th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
It's weird. I absolutely love the scene, and I love the song in the scene because I think it's really appropriate. But taking the song out of the show, I'm just not that into it. So I can't really consider it a favorite.
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on January 14th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
Hah, that's what it's like for me and "Within Temptation." The song is okay, but outside of the scene, I'm just eh about it.