incorporate in rome | a mix for tamora, volumnia, lady macbeth, and cleopatra* [requested by axonsandsynapses]
*note: this mix is based on my undergrad english thesis, which explores these shakespearean women in terms of the physical language of rule (the concept of the king’s two bodies) and the ways in which they enact their politics on and through their bodies. not all the songs are perfectly applicable to all of them—as a whole it’s probably most cohesive for tamora—but it ranges through many of my topics: manipulative lovers, calculating wives, murderous mothers, ruthless queens, the shaming and stimatization of female bodies, and these women’s attempts to transcend and transform their own physicality in order to become viable political figures.
I’ll find a day to massacre them all
And raze their faction and their family,
The cruel father and his traitorous sons,
To whom I sued for my dear son’s life,
And make them know what ‘tis to let a queen
Kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain.
01. rise up to rule henry jackman - [instrumental] | 02. black black heart david usher - something ugly this way comes | 03. wasp nest the national - wrath and cutting beauty | 04. black widow susanne sundfør - i’d kill all my darlings for you | 05. evening on the ground (lillith’s song) iron & wine - blame me, i will wear it | 06. bones & skin mirah - it’s in the mouth, it’s in the blood | 07. ribboned blood ed tullett - bathe in blood and iron | 08. my body is a cage arcade fire - my mind holds the key | 09. leave my body florence + the machine - history keeps pulling me down | 10. wildfire ramin djawadi - [instrumental] | 11. invasion eisley - you would take the cherished people that i hold | 12. enemy jesca hoop - falling fast from a state of grace | 13. grendel’s mother the mountain goats - i laid my son on the bier | 14. rake it in imogen heap - do you know what i have in store for you? | 15. i can’t take it anymore trent reznor and atticus ross - [instrumental] | 16. vengeance zach hemsey - i will have vengeance | 17. i feel evil (creeping in) islands - my blood is dirty and i like it | 18. my medea vienna teng - this child i would destroy | 19. this is going to hurt hans zimmer - [instrumental] | 20. o death jen titus - my name is death and the end is here