This is really only a minor recommendation, but eh, what the heck.
With the exception of the very first one, all the Foliage Census OOMs have had song lines as their titles. It makes it a little easier for me to spot them in Ray's journal, and it also reminds me of the general tone I’m trying for. The Foliage Census plot was essentially inspired by the Talking Heads song "(Nothing But) Flowers", so it seemed appropriate to bring music into it.
The songs whose lines are referenced are songs from my own iTunes playlist that I was either listening to specifically for inspiration at the time of the OOM, or that I thought would be very appropriate, or else that had appropriate lines despite the rest of the song not matching. And here they are, for those of you who, for some weird reason, care about such things:
if looks could kill they probably will - Games Without Frontiers, Peter Gabriel
bring my spear, invested with my youth - A Call To Arms, Mike and the Mechanics
I reached out for the one I tried to destroy - Until The End of the World, U2
out of the shadows and into the night - Don't Lose My Number, Phil Collins
it's a little too late and the wolf is on the run - This Is Where I Came In, the BeeGees
letting the days go by, let the water hold me down - Once In A Lifetime, the Talking Heads
turn out the lights, don't try to save me - You May Be Right, Billy Joel
"save my own ass, screw these guys" smoke and mirror lockdown - Bad Day, REM
you're kept awake dreaming someone else's dream - Electrical Storm, U2
nobody knew where to find him, no evidence was found - Don't Lose My Number, Phil Collins
I'm the fly in your soup, I’m the pebble in your shoe - When You're Evil, Voltaire
we caught a rattlesnake, now we've got something for dinner - (Nothing But) Flowers, the Talking Heads
just yesterday morning, they let me know you were gone - Fire And Rain, orig. by James Taylor, cover by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Paon jannat chale chal chhaiyyan - Chaiyya Chaiyya, by Sapna Awasti, from the Inside Man soundtrack, originally from the soundtrack to Dil Se (Bombay Dreams)
go down without following through, the day turns into night - This Is Where I Came In, the Bee Gees
this used to be real estate, now it's only fields and trees - (Nothing But) Flowers, the Talking Heads
if the sky can crack there must be some way back - Electrical Storm, U2
someone's faster on the draw and all whitetext in the accompanying entry – Shakedown, Bob Seger
if this is paradise I wish I had a lawn mower - (Nothing But) Flowers, the Talking Heads
"When You're Evil" is available as a free mp3 download from the artist's web site. The other songs, not so much. I can happily provide the rest of the lyrics if anyone wants them, though.
I KNEW IT.
I have always loved that song -- Nothing But Flowers, that is, and it is why I have the username nonebutflowers in some places -- also used to be my friendslist titgle -- and there was something familliar about that.
Of course, NOW I have 'You May Be Right' stuck in my head.
Because it might just be a lunatic you're looking for? Or something.