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Winampmancy, and a riddle
Alright ... so, yeah, I'm a mage, I should be used to (*makes little quote marks with fingers*) "coincidences." Still, these things happen. They catch you off guard.

I was doing some thinking this morning about the TTU story I'm writing*; a few things about where Kiasu picked up his ability to work magic fell into place, and along the way - I'm not quite sure where - the glimmerings of a riddle to insert into the story sprang up. I got to work, tapped out a few notes into Notepad as I sat down at the computer, and promptly forgot about it until after deadline.

A few minutes ago, I opened the window back up, went "Ah!" and whacked my head against it some more. I had a few of the elements, but it was an uphill struggle to fit it all into a nice little poem. The first two lines came together without much grief, but coming up with a rhyme that would let me work in the other hints slowed me down, and suddenly right around the time I was kicking line three into place Winamp starts playing a song that answers the riddle.

No, really: The title of the song is the complete, succinct answer to the riddle. And it's mentioned quite repeatedly throughout the chorus.

That all having been said -- hey, if Winamp can guess it, I should give you a chance too. I'll print the riddle below; comments will be screened, and correct answers will be acknowledged without de-screening in order to give everyone a chance to join in. :)

They fear to gaze upon his face
and fear yet more to touch
Yet weak or bold, they take his gold
With praise both bright and lush.


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* Well, alright, I haven't set a single word to paper yet. But I've got a page of written notes and I'm on about the third draft inside my head, fleshing out the outline to where it just needs to burst out onto the screen.

Edit, 7-11-05: Comments now descreened. Congratulations to our winners!

Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: Tom Bailey singing the answer
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From:tropism
Date:June 29th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
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Hrm. The sun?
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
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tropism, got it in one!
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
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That's not quite the song ;) But the guess is right on, aris_tgd!
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From:kistaro
Date:June 29th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
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I don't know enough about song titles, but a potential answer for the riddle is Sol. (Y'know, the big ball of glowing gunk that this big wet dirty rock is whirling around?) Looking into the sun can cause eye damage, and it would likely be unpleasant to directly contct it, but the golden rays of the sun are critical to life as we know it on Earth- and many rituals, hymns, and odes have been written, and worships have been conducted, of the sun's bright light- and the results of the lush greenery that can grow in the light.

I'm fairly certain I'm wrong, but it seemed reasonable at the time.
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
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kistaro, you hit every clue in the thing dead on. Nice analysis.

I find it curious that the majority of the people who have gotten it so far have said "It probably isn't this, but ..."
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From:ceruleanst
Date:June 29th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
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The yellow eye, it burns us.
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Very poetic (and correct), ceruleanst!

Also, somehow, for reasons that probably only make sense inside my head, that icon seems entirely fitting.
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From:balinares
Date:June 29th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Could it be that the song in question was playing when you were thinking at some level or other of consciousness about writing a riddle, and you integrated the idea without noticing? That would explain the correlation between the riddle and the song's presence on your current playlist at least...

Also, it doesn't really fit the two first verses, but the second two make me think of sunflowers. :P
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
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balinares:

Could it be that the song in question was playing when you were thinking at some level or other of consciousness about writing a riddle, and you integrated the idea without noticing? That would explain the correlation between the riddle and the song's presence on your current playlist at least...

I haven't heard it in probably a month or two, and while the shuffling that generated my current playlist was done last week, I didn't bother to review the order in which songs would be played. I could imagine some deep memory of the song suggesting the riddle, but that wouldn't explain the exact timing of it coming up during the actual writing thereof.

As for your guess, you're on the right track!
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From:copperwolf
Date:June 29th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
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All right, first thing to come to mind:
"Here Comes the Sun"

I may guess again later if I'm wrong. :)
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
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copperwolf, another right guess, wrong song. :) I'm relieved -- I had wondered if people were going to cheat by Googling for musical clues, but the musical reference is turning out to be harder than the riddle itself.
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From:taral
Date:June 29th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
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I dunno. :(
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
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It's alright, I've had a few people say that and then pop out the right answer at a guess anyway. Feel free to give it a shot. :)
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From:elynne
Date:June 29th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Is it seeds/plants, growing in the sun? I can't think of a song to go with that idea for the life of me... is it a song that I'd hear on the radio, or one of your obscure ones? ;)
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From:baxil
Date:June 29th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
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elynne, that's answering the "they" more than the "he," and I'm not really sure that's the "they" I had in mind, but it's pretty obvious you correctly interpreted the clues for the actual answer. Congratulations!

I can't think of a song to go with that idea for the life of me... is it a song that I'd hear on the radio, or one of your obscure ones? ;)

I'm sort of hedging about calling the singer obscure -- most people would probably recognize Tom Bailey after a brief Google search for context -- but the song's definitely one of my weird-Baxil-collection hits. ;)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 30th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
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the Sun?

--
"Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there."
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From:baxil
Date:June 30th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
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Anon3ymous, that would indeed be it! (And good to see you again.)
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From:_thunderwing_
Date:July 2nd, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
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I think I spent more time searching for song lyrics than trying to answer the riddle. (: Anyway, my answer is the sun. I found a song with that title by the band Babble, of which Tom Bailey is a member. Linkage - http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:2f27gjyro6iv
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From:baxil
Date:July 2nd, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
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_thunderwing_, correct on both the riddle and the song! Marvelous!
From:lhexa
Date:July 12th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I did think it was the sun, but then decided that was too obvious. :P
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