I thought it would be SO EASY to assemble a fanmix for Phryne Fisher - umm, not so much. About 1/3 was easy; another 1/3 was cannibalised from my potential Jack/Phryne shipper mix, and another 1/3 I just couldn't work out until today.
The covers gave me some issues, too - I really wanted some Art Deco fonts for this. Finding them was relatively easy, so was installing them once I read the instructions properly. But the program I do my initial runs on wasn't registering them, so I switched to paint which won't let you alter the text once you click off it! I spent four attempts trying to get it right, until I tried my initial program again - guess once paint acknowledges it, so will the other. Really need to look into photoshop at some point.
But I am really proud of how the covers turned out! The art deco wallpapers came out rather nicely, didn't they?
ZIP files here @ mediafire
This includes all songs and the 3 covers. I didn't put in the tracklisting, this time, because wayward requires a short blurb about the fandom - naturally, mine ended up being a full page in Word! *eyeroll*
About Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher was created by Australian authour Kerry Greenwood, with the twentieth book in the series published in 2013. Phryne is named for A) a courtesan of Ancient Greece; when she was brought up on charges in court, her lawyer ripped open the front of her robes - the court was so awestruck by her beautiful breasts she was instantly acquitted. B) The Fisher King of the Holy Grail mythology; Greenwood says this was meant to symbolise her Lady Detective ‘fishing for the truth’.
In 1900, Phryne was born literally dirt-poor in Melbourne, Australia, as the eldest child of an English ‘remittance man’ (i.e. a member of a prominent family who behaves so badly that they are exiled to ‘the colonies’ with an allowance, on the condition that they stay away and stop embarrassing their relatives). Life is not only harsh, but downright miserable for Phryne and her younger siblings (who vary from page to screen) until the Great War kills off several young men between her father and the title. So Phryne goes from fighting over scraps in the pig bins at the Queen Victoria Markets in order to eat, to England where she’s showered with material gains and expected to behave like a proper lady.
Phryne loves the bathrooms with running water, beautiful clothing and proper food. Behaving like a proper lady, however, does not appeal to her in the slightest. So she runs away from home, and becomes an ambulance driver on the battlefields of France. After the war she lives in the Latin Quarter of Paris in bohemian poverty, working as an artist’s model, until she is finally guilt-tripped into returning to her family. She becomes a quintessential Bright Young Thing, until she becomes utterly, unbearably bored with society parties, flower arranging, Good Works, and families who expect her to marry their appallingly useless sons simply because she’s slept with them once or twice.
So in 1928 (and the start of the first book), she packs up her Paris designer fashions, pearl-handled pistol, diaphragm and diamente garters (which secure both her silk stockings and her dagger), and returns to Australia, where she becomes a Lady Detective.
In 2012, she sashayed onto TV screens worldwide, played by highly regarded Aussie actress Essie Davis. Naturally, certain liberties were taken with the characters - Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Phryne’s chief ally in the police force, is elevated from secondary character to the male lead and enduring love interest; his and Phryne’s flirtationship is a source of equal delight and frustration for fans. Also, Phryne’s younger siblings, the only-mentioned-once brother Thos, and lesbian socialist Eliza are exchanged for Janey, who was kidnapped and presumably murdered shortly before the Fishers left Australia. One of the reasons Phryne comes back in the TV show is to make sure that the man responsible, Murdoch Foyle, (who wasn’t charged with murder because Janey’s body was never found) is never paroled, and Foyle is the foundation of the season one story arc.
Despite critical acclaim, very good ratings, (on a Friday night, no less!) and being sold to 120 countries, a third season has yet to be commissioned. Fans worldwide are petitioning (and begging) Australia’s ABC for another season (during which Phryne and Jack might finally become a couple!), but currently to no avail.
update: as of June 2014, a third season has been commissioned, and will start filiming in October, for a 2015 broadcast! YAY!
Phryne is a character who fascinates by her boundless contradictions. Her poverty-stricken past and her luxurious present; she’s promiscuous as a cat but never sleeps with married men; a socialite in the highest circles who is also a gifted detective, dancing through ballrooms and stalking down dark and muddy alleys with equal aplomb in pursuit of the truth. She would storm Hell (and kick down the gates) for a friend, but stays as far away from most of her blood family as possible. A kamikaze driver and icy-cool pilot, who shimmies on the dance floor with reckless abandon. The epitome of light-hearted gaiety, bearing the weight of an aching sorrow that never fully leaves her.
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher: enchantress, adventurer, aristocrat - and avenger of all those denied justice, regardless of station.
Lady Justice dances the Charleston: a musical portrait of the Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher
Witchy Woman – The Eagles
(Phryne the enchantress; she owns a room simply by entering it)
Raven hair, and ruby lips
Sparks fly from her fingertips
Echoed voices in the night
She’s a restless spirit on an endless flight
(Woo-hoo) Witchy woman,
See how high she flies
(Woo-hoo) Witchy woman
She got the moon in her eyes
Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol) – Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts
(Phryne the seductress; constantly taking new men to her bed, then leaving them behind playfully and effortlessly. With one rat-bastard exception, all of Phryne’s lovers in the show remember her with fond smiles and no regrets – as she does them. No one is deceived with false expectations or promises never intended to be kept; Phryne’s heart is never deeply touched, but no heart is every broken by her either.)
Still sitting pretty with a pistol in hand
Living to love you, will you be my man?
If I beg, if I plead
Would you please, please, please satisfy me?
Anything goes in this cosmic dare
Anything goes so take care
Did you feel my heartbeat to your sighs
Mon amour sweet love of mine?
‘Cuz I can – p!nk
(Phryne the scandalous! She does what she wants, when she wants, with who she wants. She gets away with it because she’s rich, titled, beautiful and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her. Socially adept to the point of weaponisation, she can cut down an enemy equally well with a double-edged phrase, or with her pearl-handled pistol.)
You know I'm rare, you stop and stare
You think I care - I don't!
You talk real loud
But you ain't saying nothing cool
I could fit your whole house in my swimming pool
My life's a fantasy
That you're not smart enough to even dream
My ice is making me freeze
You can try and try you can't beat me
So I'll cash my cheques and place my bets
And hope I'll always win
Even if I don't I'm ***ked because
I live a life of sin
But it's alright, I don't give a damn
I don't play your rules I make my own
Tonight I'll do what I want
Cuz I can
Dancing through life – ‘Wicked!’ soundtrack
(Phryne the carefree; having survived her childhood and the war, there isn’t much that can scare, worry or even bother her all that much. As this exchange from episode 1x03 The Green Mill Murder illustrates:
“I don't think you're taking this seriously, Miss Fisher.”
“I haven’t taken anything seriously since 1918.” )
Dancing through life
No need to tough it
When you can sluff it off as I do
But knowing nothing matters
It's just life, so keep dancing through
Dancing through life
Swaying and sweeping
And always keeping cool
Don’t know how to stop – Halestorm
(Phryne the adrenaline junkie – and the darker side of her nonchalance. Phryne believes that there is no danger greater than those she has already survived unharmed, and no threat more frightening than those she has already defeated. Reckless in her pursuit of justice as she is in her driving, her offhand disregard for her own safety occasionally terrifies those who love her.)
Head lights, red lights, got it in my sights
Nothing’s in my way
No sound, hush now, push the pedal down,
Got no time to waste
It's a long way home,
You just crossed a borderline
When I say go,
You know you better hold on tight!
I don't know how to stop, I give it all I've got
It's like my brakes are shot
I gotta have too much, I don't know how to stop
Gets crazy but so what?
Weight of the World - Evanescence
(Phryne the sorrowful. Phryne is still grieving and haunted by her beloved little sister’s murder – who was stolen while on a forbidden adventure with Phryne. As a young adult, Phryne went to war, ‘the war to end all wars’; despite never seeing active combat, she was equally as traumatised by all the brave young men who died as she watched, so greviously wounded that she could do nothing to help but hold their hands as they slipped away.
The line ‘freefall, freefall, all through life’ harkens back to Phryne’s more extreme hobbies – if BASE jumping had been around in the 1920’s, she would have done that too!)
Feels like the weight of the world,
Like God in heaven gave me a turn.
Don't cling to me, I swear I can't fix you.
Still in the dark, can you fix me?
Feels like the weight of the world,
Like all my screaming has gone unheard.
And oh, I know you don't believe in me.
Safe in the dark, how can you see?
Freefall, freefall, all through life.
If you love me, then let go of me.
I won't be held down by who I used to be
Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire
(From the first time I heard this, it evoked memories of the climax of King Memses’ Revenge, the final episode of season 1. It’s a major turning point in Phryne’s life; she has not only defeated Murdoch Foyle once and for all, after he kidnapped her adopted daughter and tried to kill Phryne... she finally finds the grave that holds her beloved little sister Janey.)
Just as an angel cried for the slaughter,
Abraham's daughter raised her voice.
Then the angel asked her what her name was,
She said, "I have none."
Then he asked, "How can this be?"
"My father never gave me one."
This may be considered cheating, but for me, it’s nearly impossible to build a true portrait of TV-verse Phryne without also considering Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. I honestly think he has the most wide-ranging point of view of Phryne, and his relationship with her is the most layered and intricate in the show.
In the beginning, Jack sees Phryne as an annoyance who won’t stay away from his crime scenes and interferes in his investigations, who nonetheless amuses and charms him against his will; she quickly becomes his unofficial partner (by season 2, the police officers of City South station don’t even blink when Phryne shows up on a crime scene and starts discussing the case with Jack). When they first meet, Jack is a married man; he came back from the War a very different man, which lead to a formal separation from his wife. Even close to a decade later, his profound code of honor demands that he hold true to his vows. Phryne banters and flirts outrageously with him, but always stops short of actually making advances. No matter how interesting and attractive, or combustive their chemistry, Jack is out of bounds to Phyrne as a lover, and that line is clear to both of them.
Because of this, Jack becomes something unique and rare in Phryne’s life – both a true friend in her personal life and an equal partner in her professional one. At the end of season 1, Jack is granted a divorce (at his wife’s request) and saves Phryne’s life during her final confrontation with Murdoch Foyle. He stands beside her as Janey’s grave is dug up, and at the most emotional point of the scene – Phryne reaches out and clutches his hand as her anchor.
Their friendship – and their flirtation - deepens slowly but surely during the first half of season 2, until the episode Blood on the Wheel forces Jack to confront both his true feelings for Phryne and the potential consequences of her always-reckless behaviour - and her rejection of conventional bonds and relationships. This leads directly to a heartrending scene where Jack breaks up their partnership, a deliberate choice by Jack in a desperate attempt to protect what is left of “a heart as deep as the Pacific Ocean” (as Phryne so eloquently puts it). They soon repair their friendship and partnership, but there has been an irrevocable change. Jack now realises that he’s deeply in love with Phryne, though he believes it unlikely that she will ever feel the same way about him; however, living without her is far more painful. Phryne has also come to a deeper understanding of how much she values Jack’s presence in her life, and the normal parade of men through her boudoir has slowed to a trickle – but whether the two find a compromise and become lovers is still in the hands of the ABC executives. (sigh)
Ms Vanity - Rob Mills
Never waits in line
Never has the time
But she makes you lose your mind
Yeah, that's just the way she is
That's just the way she is
You'll never be what she needs
She'll always leave
With your sanity
She'll never do what you want her to
You know it's true
Always a Woman – Billy Joel
She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
Oh, she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She's ahead of her time
Oh, and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind
Cleopatra – Kelly Clarkson (demo version)
(quick explanation, here; Jack is a well-established Shakespeare fan, and his play ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ is something of a running theme for Jack and Phryne. In episode 1x06, Ruddigore, Jack recites a speech from the play to Phryne, which comes across as at least half a declaration of love. In Murder in the Dark (episode 1x12) Phryne and Jack attend a formal fancy-dress party at her Aunt Prudence’s estate; Phryne dresses as Cleopatra, and has brought a Marc Antony costume for Jack – to further frustration of the Jack fangirls, she doesn’t get more than his bow tie undone. Interestingly, season 2 features a running theme of scarves and ties during significant Jack/Phryne moments!)
You’re probably Cleopatra
Dancing just for your pleasure
What ever you wish babe
(a whisper is all it takes)
My arms will keep you warm
No one will ever cause you harm
I’ll be your shelter through the storm
They won’t get near you baby
Protect and keep you steady
Rock you when things get heavy
Hold you forever ever
They can’t stop you my baby
When things start getting crazy
I catch your back, lean on me
I won’t break - never never
With everything I have left
I saved it all just for you
If they try and defeat us
Watch me do what I'm good at