Lorne's karaoke bar, "Caritas" to be exact, and you the listener have Lorne's incredible ability to read the aura, feelings, emotions, past and future of anyone who braves the mic.
After a few courage-inducing rounds, each member of the Secret Six take their turn singing their favorite 80's power ballad. With each musical performance, you the listener feel something new for each villain, an ounce of compassion perhaps, an intellectual respect or perhaps a deeper, more profound fear.
This, I recently realized, is how I am approaching my Secret Six (formerly called Villain's United) rewrite.
I've been focusing on Cheshire and found myself explaining her leitmotiv as a smoky bar, Cheshire on a small stage wearing a sexy, black (or green) dress, singing seductively into the mic a la Jessica Rabbit. I realized I was picturing Lorne's bar "Caritas" (I've been watching a lot of Angel recently!) and then it hit home what exactly I was trying to do with this suite. I want the listener, upon hearing the BCJO play one of these vignettes, to have a new understanding of the character in the same way Lorne can "read" a person who sings.
A lofty, albeit geeky goal and completely abstract way to go about composition. But it excites me and I appreciate any inspiration I can find towards the masochistic task of composing.
So tell me, fellow geek, what qualities or insights should be musically expressed? And more importantly, what power-ballad would each Secret Six villain sing at Lorne's karaoke bar?
Let's start with Cheshire...