In the game of music, you win or you fade into obscurity. Karliene Reynolds stands out among other fan composers with a soft voice, simple lyrics and the gentle melodies she sings, inspired by Game of Thrones. Not content with only the theme music, this fan and artist sings other songs from the show as well.
Karliene didn’t start off as a fan of the books, but rather jumped in with the show. “The story really drove straight to my core and filled me with passion and inspiration,” she says. “I don’t think I’d been hit this hard by an obsession since Lord of the Rings.”
Her favorite character is Tyrion, because he is an underdog. “He is a strong character and what he lacks in height and physical strength he makes up for with his sharp mind. He is a true survivor and I think out of all the characters I am inspired most by him. I think Tyrion could teach us all a thing or two.” Her recording of The Rains of Castamere lends a gentler tone to Tyrion’s family song.
Karliene says the lyrics to her GOT fan song, You Win or You Die, was lighting in a bottle that she may not be able to re-create. “I don’t know if I have a process so to speak, the words floated through me as if the characters were telling me what to write.”
The song adds lyrics to the melody of the show’s theme song, and sums up characters in verse.
Karliene has had her share of ups and downs. For the last six months, she has been dealing with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease (LPR). LPR is a kind of acid reflux that affects the vocal chords. During treatment, Karliene was unable to sing. She says her voice was at its worst over Christmas, and she has had some dark days when she was unable to do the thing she loves most— singing.
Still, she recently began recording again, and she even has advice for those going through similar circumstances. “Don’t ever give up on it. I found the worst thing I could do was let myself get into a sobbing, self-pitying mess over it. Be proactive, explore all your options, if it’s a health problem then make sure you get as many opinions as possible. The main thing is (and I know it sounds very Disney channel) don’t give up.”
Karliene could have inspired Sansa’s Hymn herself, and has recorded her own version. The arrangement combines lyrics from GOT with sounds of battle and still photos in a video.
It’s not surprising that video editing is one of Karliene’s hobbies as well as a business. She dabbles in photography when she is not busy in her studio. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, sketching “medieval maidens and dudes with swords,” and says she is a true geek through and through.
Karliene is writing more GOT music, including The Bear and The Maiden Fair. She’ll be recording “My Featherbed” when her voice is further in recovery, and she is planning an album of original music for later this year. “I’m very excited and can’t wait for you all to hear it.” The music will have the same tone as her previous releases, including Sansa’s Hymn and The Rains of Castamere.
Karliene offers free downloads for many of her songs on her website, www.karliene.com. Listen to extended cuts of her GOT music, as well as songs inspired by other media, on her You Tube channel. Find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @KarlieneMusic to keep up with her latest releases and updates.
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