By now I’ve got a number of libre songs that I didn’t create but have included in Stablehand (or considered doing so) under libre licences. There are a handful more less official ones on my tumblr, but here are the main ones right now to round out my music tag.
There’s a story of a man who had ambition like a whale
He might not’ve saved no maidens or put on no ornate mail
But the truth of it is that bloke was bravest of the brave
There’s not and never ever will be none to trudge the road he paved
Now this man known as Kolonok had whiskers like a fox
And although they were a-grayin’ he had mostly brownish locks
His colleagues all respected him until the day he said
“I’m gonna prove there’s no true magic or I’m gonna end up dead.”
Praise be to Haru of the heavens The beaked defender of this sphere For to Him I owe all I have wrought below The height of which none will ever near!
I’m Arkturuse Miraharu A bird much like a darkened swan Between my worldly wits and this unfailing team We could carve towers to the dawn
Some may call me prideful and bombastic But is that not all just a part of being grand? A person of my quality should escalate Until the skies rain tears of sand
Hail Haru of the desert skies (An example for all) Hail Him above the jess (Yet I fear I may fall) Hail Haru of all-seeing eyes (Though I crow and I cheep) Which I do not possess (Deep within I just weep)
My doormat spells the name of Haru A falcon rests upon my head My faith spans greater than this boundless void And that’s quite a thing to be said!
Ok, before I say anything else, let me get one thing absolutely straight: I didn’t create this song, nor did anybody purposefully create it for me. The title isn’t just a coincidence either; it had a different title, but that’s my new nickname for it now.
Now, with that out of the way, I present Portent Rider. It was created by DavidKBD (source here), and I’m now reposting it places under the CC-BY-SA, because remix culture is a beautiful thing.
Portent Rider, along with a handful of others, is basically a historical figure in the Stablehand universe. But there’s a bit of a twist as far as Portent Rider himself is concerned—unlike the others, I recently decided that he actually came from the future. Other than that I still need to work out his story, but one thing I’ve decided on is that he rides some kind of odd mechanical horse-ATV hybrid that’s somehow as fast and smooth as a motorcycle. (Initially it was just going to be a mechanical horse, but when I heard this song it immediately evoked “motorcycle” so… :p)
I love this song. I mean, it’s just the perfect theme for this guy. First it has that ominous buildup, and then those oddly dissonant sax chords as the main melody, and then it just slips into some silly kind-of-retro-sounding randomness that oddly fits with the general style of Stablehand and particularly these past guys’ story. All in all, I don’t think anything could possibly fit better.