After the excitement over the Trailer, the next big discussion point on the Forum seemed to revolve around Soundtracks and musical scores. What type of music would Endgame have? Would they still use Queen? Who would compose? No one could get any reliable information, so there was only one alternative. If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself. Leah set out the Challenge: write the lyrics to a song for the new movie.

Being one of the few people not yet influenced by the Trailer, I had my own point of view. I wondered how the two MacLeods might react upon meeting after years, perhaps centuries apart. We start with Duncan confronting his former mentor, then Connor responds.

"Kinsmen": A Mid Week Challenge

May I call you Kinsman,
Or must I call you enemy?
Can I stand beside you,
Or will you someday stand against me?
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We lie to ourselves,
When we call it a Game.
Once youíre a part of it,
Youíre never the same.
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Thereís death all around me,
And blood on my hands.
Forever an Outsider,
With no true homeland.
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You can call me Kinsman,
For we two share an enemy.
And you could stand beside me,
Although the whole world fights against me.
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We lie to ourselves,
When we call it a Game.
Once youíre a part of it,
Youíre never the same.
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He fights with no honour,
He kills with no shame.
We face now a battle,
Beyond even the Game.
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Together we are Kinsmen,
Against this evil enemy.
If we canít stand together,
I fear for what the world might be.

I have to admit, I was somewhat doubtful about answering this Challenge. Although songs, and especially Soundtracks, have a profound effect on me, I have no real musical talent of my own. Or so I thought.  The first couple of lines wandered into my head within the first hour, the chorus came next. I had a horrible bout of writer's block over one verse, but I slept on it, and the words came. To my surprise, the finished product, though somewhat melancholy, was quite hummable. I found myself in the strange position of having "song in the head syndrome" for a song that didn't even exist.

The response on the Forum was once again extremely positive. One reader even said I had almost made her cry! Leah herself said that I would have to accept the fact that I'm talented :-) and suggested I start carrying around a notebook to capture stray ideas. Wow! Thanks Leah.
 

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