Vampire Pianists – The Piano Songs of Edward of ‘Twilight’ and Bill of ‘True Blood’
Edward Cullen sweeps Bella off her feet with a romantic piano song in Twilight, while Bill Compton hunts for dinner with a jazz tune in True Blood.
It is time for Bella to meet the boyfriend’s family. Meeting our possible future in-laws for the first time is nerve wrecking enough, add vampire in-laws to that and we have a panic attack waiting to happen.
Contrary to widespread belief Edward did not play ‘River Flows in You’ by Yiruma in the movie Twilight. It was actually a song composed by Carter Burwell a long time ago for a woman he fell in love with. When he got involved in the making of Twilight the song was used as the tune that became known as ‘Bella’s Lullaby’.
Regardless, that does not matter to Bella. She was awestruck sitting next to Edward on the piano bench. Listening intently to the piano play, every note touched by the vampire seemed to melt her heart even more.
There are valuable lessons to be learnt here if you want to get the girl.
First, learn how to play the piano - checked.
Second, turn into a vampire - still working on this one, Alice Cullen can bite me anytime.
Another vampire plays ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’in the HBO series True Blood. Bill Compton has no intention of impressing any girl except his maker. Accompanied by his piano playing they seduced an admiring couple and ate them for dinner.
Like Robert Pattinson who plays Edward Cullen in Twilight, Stephen Moyer who plays Bill Compton in True Blood also played the piano himself in the scene. He sings too.
‘Hard Hearted Hannah' was first published in 1924. Yes, that long ago. It still amazes me how some piano songs can still be remembered almost a century later. The song was composed by Milton Ager, Jack Yellen, Bob Bigelow, and Charles Bates.
Some vampires are fans of classical music. Lestat in ‘An Interview With a Vampire’ played a variation of Piano Sonata in E flat No.59 second Movement ‘Adagio e Cantabile’ by Joseph Haydn.
Now that I have discovered that piano is the favourite musical instrument of choice among vampires in the underworld, my next project is to research if werewolves can play the violin or cello.
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