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Tavington’s Theme Song, Illustrated April 8, 2010

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There are several songs that remind me of William Tavington at various stages in the movie.  Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die is one because of the lyrics and passages of frenetic chaotic music between the verses that make me visualize an ongoing battle.  This song symbolizes to me how Tavington became the man he was in the movie and of his early dealings with Ben Martin.

Another song is the Doors’, Light My Fire, because the lyrics remind me of the church burning scene.

I’ve previously posted an entry with photographs of Tavington that correspond to these two songs.

But the song I most strongly associate with him is the Rolling Stones’, Paint It Black, which I associate with the battle at Cowpens and the end of his life.  It symbolizes the insecure Tavington, the man who always sought, but could never attain Cornwallis’ approval.

The opening riff of this song reminds me of the beginning of the battle, when waves of dragoons come charging over the hill into battle.  The heavy driving beat signifies the intensity of the battle, with the frenetic, chaotic music between the verses reminding  me of the pitched battle, and the guitar part near the end when they’re  humming the melody reminds me exactly of the sound of swinging sabres.  And the song’s driving rhythm brings to mind the sensation of moving quickly on horseback.

What follows are pictures that correspond to snippets of lyrics, with the complete lyrics at the end.

Also included at the end is a link where you can listen to this song to see if you can visualize what I do when I hear the song.

Waiting to chargeThis picture of the dragoons waiting to charge reminds
me of the song’s opening guitar notes

And when the drums and heavy bass kick in
I am reminded of the charging dragoons

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black

I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes

I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars (carriages?)and they’re all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back

I see people turn their heads and quickly look (run!)away
Like a newborn baby it just happens ev’ry day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door, I must have it painted black

Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue

I could not foresee this thing happening to you

If I look hard enough into the settin’ sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin’ comes

I want to see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I want to see the sun blotted out from the sky
I want to see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
Yeah!

This photo corresponds to the frenetic, chaotic instrumental parts
between the verses where they’re humming and at the end where
the guitar part sounds like swinging sabres.


Paint It Black

(Rolling Stones, 1966)

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black

I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes

I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they’re all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back

I see people turn their heads and quickly look away

Like a new born baby it just happens ev’ry day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door I must have it painted black

Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts

It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you

If I look hard enough into the settin’ sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin’ comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black

I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes

I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

Hmm, hmm, hmm,…

I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal

I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky

I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black

Yeah!

Listen to Paint It Black here:

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Rolling+Stones/_/Paint+It+Black

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Some Wedding Pictures February 15, 2010

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I thought I’d give you some pictures of Charlotte Selton’s wedding to William Tavington from All For Love.

Charlotte’s Wedding Gown

Charlotte’s Wedding Carriage

And, of course, the handsome groom

Some Photos Illustrating “Innocence Lost” September 8, 2009

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I thought I’d add a few pictures for Innocence Lost, my second Tavington story.

Patriot-movie-05Anne Howard on her wedding day with Gabriel Martin

BBWMTAV2Tavington at the Pembroke church

BBWMTAV33Tavington shaving at the creek after his “encounter” with Anne

patriot-0The Martins searching for Anne after Tavington kidnaps her

12655_20Tavington propositioning the “other woman” at the party.

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bordtbrennerAnne, with Bordon, her second husband, and Tavington, her son’s father.

Two Tavington Themed Songs August 16, 2009

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Following are a couple of photos that perfectly illustrate two songs that remind me of Tavington:

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“What does it matter to you
When you’ve got a job to do
You’ve got to do it well
You’ve got to give the other fellow hell”

–Live and Let Die
Paul McCartney

tavfire“Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire”

–Light My Fire
The Doors

Complications of War — Notes July 1, 2009

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I’ve always had a thing for “bad boys” in movies and on TV, probably since my earliest childhood when I’d root for the bad guys on cartoons.  I don’t really know why this is so; perhaps it’s because the good guys are boring and mundane.  Nor do they give the undercurrent of dangerous sexual excitement that a well-portrayed bad boy never fails to deliver.  I’d never heard of Jason Isaacs, until I saw the Patriot some time in either 2001 or 2002.  I’d missed it at the theaters, but rented the DVD when a friend recommended it to me, knowing my interest in historical movies.

The moment I saw Jason as Colonel William Tavington first gallop up to Ben Martin’s (Mel Gibson)  farmhouse, I was in love, or perhaps, more accurately, lust.  From then on, the movie was all about Tavington.  It didn’t matter to me at all that much of the movie was historically inaccurate; I sat watching the rest of the movie entirely enraptured.

Those ice blue eyes, the haughty demeanor, the purring, velvety voice, the sexy long hair, both loose and queued, the arrogant ruthlessness, and even the hint of vulnerability as shown in his interactions with Cornwallis and with the flowers.   Sigh — I was hooked for life.

And I knew I had to write fanfiction about him.  I’d spent the 90s writing stories about another bad boy, Deep Space Nine’s Gul Dukat, and I was ready for a new genre to write in.   William Tavington was perfect.

Also interested in the true story behind The Patriot, I researched the man whom the character of William Tavington had been loosely based on: Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton.  Known as “Bloody Ban” to those Americans fighting for independence, Ban Tarleton is a highly fascinating and attractive man in his own right, with more than a little of the bad boy about him, though he never burned a church with people inside.

When writing Will Tavington, my goal has been to keep him clearly as a bad boy, but one with mitigating factors in his life history that give understanding and background to his behavior.  While I’ve allowed him to veer into sociopathy on occasion, I have resisted writing him as mentally ill or psychopathic.  In my opinion, one-note, cardboard cutout, one-dimensional bad guys are for Batman, not historical fiction.  Personally, I prefer the multifaceted, conflicted bad boys to the one dimensionally evil ones.

Though I’ve included the real Ban Tarleton in a cameo role in this story, I’ve also grafted bits and pieces of his personality and experiences onto Will Tavington as appropriate.

Certain elements in my story were inspired by actual history.  A few include:

  • Camp followers were a fact of life among armies on both sides during this period.   Though some were the wives and other female relatives of soldiers, and many worked for the Army as cooks, laundresses, nurses, and the like, many of them no doubt supplemented or wholly generated their incomes through prostitution.
  • Tavington maintaining concurrent relationships with both Jane Thompson and his new wife, Caroline, is not without historical precedent.    Major Patrick Ferguson had two lovers up until the time of his death in the battle of King’s Mountain.   I was also inspired by the urban legend that Ban Tarleton carried a book around with him about polygamy,  Thylipthora, or a Defence of Polygamy by a Dr, Madan.  This was a book that Tarleton’s second in command, Major George Hanger, was a big fan of.
  • While Tavington could have conceivably been hanged or flogged for his rape of Caroline Martin, it is also quite plausible that General Cornwallis had the power to sweep this incident under the rug, especially considering that the Martins didn’t press the matter any further.  Reverend Oliver’s suggestion that Caroline marry her rapist was also one that would have been considered a valid solution to people at that time to preserve a woman’s good standing in the community
  • Tavington’s rape of Caroline after the wedding is also plausible in that marital rape was a legal non-concept until the late 20th century.  In the late 18th century, a woman was legally considered to have given her given her tacit consent to any type of sexual relations the husband desired the moment she said, “I do.”
  • General O’Hara sending his mistress’ husband to New York to get him out of the way is, of course, based on the story of General William Howe and his mistress, Mrs Loring.   General Howe gave her husband a promotion elsewhere and also paid off his gambling debts.
  • Cook’s Station is present-day Iva, SC in southernmost Anderson County, which puts it about 40 miles north of Ninety-Six, the site of a real-life RevWar battle. It wasn’t settled until some time in the 19th century, so I’m fudging history a bit in my story. The Pendleton District comprised present-day Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties. The area had only been open to white settlers since 1777 after a treaty with the Cherokees, and the Pendleton District did not formally get its name until 1789, so I’m fudging here again.
  • Tavington’s exclusion from the banquets given at Yorktown at the conclusion of the war is based on Banastre Tarleton’s own experience.  Tarleton approached Lt Colonel John Laurens, an aide-de-camp to General Washington, to ask whether his exclusion had been an accidental oversight.   Laurens’ reply was quite blunt:  “No, Colonel Tarleton, no accident at all, intentional, I can assure you, and meant as a reproof for certain cruelties practiced by the troops under your command in the campaigns in the Carolinas.”
  • A “by-blow” is 18th century slang for a child born out of wedlock.  It was a somewhat more polite term than “bastard”, but not quite as polite as another euphemism then used, “natural child”.
  • Many of the dragoons in Tarleton’s Legion, most of whom who were American born Loyalists, actually resettled in Nova Scotia after the war.

Some photos for you to enjoy:

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Caroline’s first view of Tavington as he
returns to their farm

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Tavington after he found out that he
must marry Caroline

Taviintentlighter-1Tavington in Jane’s tent

AATAV192Tavington returning from Jane’s tent
the morning after his wedding

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Ben Martin tells Tavington that
he regrets Caroline’s marriage to him.

green_gold01I imagine Caroline Martin Tavington
as looking something like this
young woman, but a bit more buxom

lp-262I can’t decide whether
Jane Thompson looks
like this women

SS_E._gown_K._linen_print_rear_full_length…or this one

06costume_college209I imagine Deborah Wilkins as
the taller woman

baldwinCaptain James Wilkins

bordCaptain James Bordon

n_aLt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton