Just to have it here, too.
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes by Lily James from Cinderella
So, the big question is wtf is this song doing on Zabathôr’s playlist.
Zabathôr is all about big dreams and big success. Somehow, beneath Mordor’s tutelage he grew to translate force and power into the force and power of one’s belief in the possibility of success. Perhaps because he always felt very spiritual in relation to his magic even though he understood it was manipulation of the physical.
His ability to manipulate his words to convince others to side with his cause comes in part from his true sincerity in his belief of his own words, as well. He creates dreams for others and convinces them that all they need to do to see them through is wake up.
Also, the soothing, lullaby tone of this song reminds me of the tone he sets when he woos those around him. Sweet, charming, motherly.
Come, child, I will make it all right.
Firestarter by Prodigy
Zabathôr loves fire. It’s pretty and hot and is easily too powerful to control.
But he can control it.
Just ask Sage.
I’m the trouble starter, punkin’ instigator
I’m the fear addicted, danger illustrated
I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter…
Seriously, though, picture Zabathôr walking into frame with flames all around him, his hands out to his sides as his palms and fingers burn, with the intro of this song in the background.
Be Prepared from The Lion King
Oh, the grand, scheming, charismatic, bad guy. Zabathôr needs you for his army (of slaves) and sends you smooches. But he thinks you’re a dumbass.
Skeletons on Parade by Ludo
(Oh, look, it’s Ludo after all…)
Zabathôr always wanted his own little army of undead that would be completely under his control. They would wreck havoc and then drink until the ground beneath them was stained red with wine.
Bleed it Out by Linkin Park
Who doesn’t like to party? And bleed? I mean, every party has to have blood, otherwise it just isn’t a party.
Zab would totally be jammin’ to this as he tortured someone. He’d even stop to headbang to the chorus.
I’ll make you face this…
On a more serious note, however, underlying the fun times, Zabathôr feels like the puts quite a bit into keeping the Four Lords whole. It might not be physical, but at times, he feels drained by their efforts and the lies.
Forest by System of a Down
Zabathôr has never lived for another person in his life. He’s never taken a moment to look past what he thinks he knows is right. Lately, something has changed that and this song has dual meaning for him.
First and foremost, he is beckoning for Pharazanû to join him in the grand success he sees for the Four Lords. He knows it is against Pharazanû’s nature and it is very difficult for the younger man to “walk with [him]…to the forest of denial.” He hopes that eventually, he will be all right.
On the other hand, Zabathôr is looking at himself and his role in creating the forest itself. He’s finding himself split and is having to face himself for the first time through the eyes of a different sort of soul. One that is usually a victim of one like him.
Closer by Nine Inch Nails
“I dedicate this song to a special someone in my life…”
My Eyes by Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog soundtrack
Um. Hard to explain without giving away too much. Will update. >.> Nothing to see here now, though. Move on. Move on.
Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie
This might seem just as odd as A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. So first, some context.
Forest fires are normally a natural part of nature that cleanse and allow regrowth like prairie fires. But human interference, negligence, and construction have turned them into something unnatural. Their destruction can be devastating.
I hear this song as the confrontation between humans and nature. In this song, a forest fire in California looms. Nature fans the fire and everything seems to go against the humans. Things look bleak. But the juxtaposition of the little girl laughing and dancing “through a field of graves” sort of sums it up for me. The destruction is needed. Natural. And everything would be all right.
This is from Zabathôr’s childhood. I picture little kid Zab standing in a field of destruction, smoke, and ash, and having to process that. Having to get beyond it if when it burns away, it doesn’t regrow. I hear him telling himself that everything will be all right given time just like this song does.
If only the rain would come.
Everything You Ever by Neil Patrick Harris from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog soundtrack
This is a glimpse into the future and the past. Zabathôr has lacked emotions for so very long as a survival mechanism. He’s on the cusp of greatness. What is he willing to sacrifice to get there…?
(By the way, if you’ve never seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, I highly recommend it.)
Beelz by Stephen Lynch
While this seems like a troll song, I actually think it captures Zabathôr’s charming, irreverent attitude toward many things. And he has that peppy cheerfulness, as well.
Of course, it doesn’t capture the cruel seductive side of him.