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Orpheus

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Orpheus was the first ever rock star. He may not have an electric guitar, but you would not believe the things this guy can do on a lyre. Orpheus plays so beautifully that he can charm the pants off of anybody—mortals, gods, animals, trees, rocks—you name it. And not only is Orpheus a fabulous musician, but he's a hero to boot. He went with Jason and the Argonauts on the Quest for the Golden Fleece, where he drowned out the Sirens with his amazing music. He also makes it on the very short list of heroes who managed to go down to the Underworld and make it out again (when he tried to rescue his wife, Eurydice). On top of all that, Orpheus is said to be the founder of the Orphic religious cult, which promised its followers a blessed afterlife. Rock star, hero, prophet—pretty much, Orpheus was the man.

Basic Information

Name

Orpheus

Nickname

King of Charm, Music Man

Sex

Male

Work & Education

Occupation

Musician

General Duties: Charming everyone with my music, being awesome

Education

Mt. Parnassus Musical Conservatory
I spent a semester abroad at Julliard

Beliefs

Political views

Free love

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Mom: Calliope
Dad: Oeagrus (or maybe Apollo—that seems pretty fitting)

Children

None. My one true love died much too early for children.

Friends

Eurydice
Rocks
Trees
All my adoring fans

Enemies

Dionysus (we're kind of frienemies, really)
The Maenads
Snakes

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Eurydice (death can't come between us)

Favorites

Quotations

"Music is love in search of a word."
– Sidney Lanier

"Hell is full of musical amateurs."
– George Bernard Shaw

"I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds."
– Dizzy Gillespie

"I don't know anything about music. In my line I don't have to."
– Elvis Presley

"After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
– Aldous Huxley

Books

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
"Bright Star, would I were stedfast as thou art" by John Keats
Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams
"Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10)" by John Donne
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
"Love Sonnet 17" by Pablo Neruda
"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman
"The Return of the Chorb" by Vladimir Nabokov

Music

It's not about individual songs for me. It's about the musician and who has the power to move me (and maybe animals and rocks) with their music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Beatles
Bob Marley
Johannes Brahms
Radiohead
Bon Iver
John Coltrane
Adele

Movies

Almost Famous
Don't Look Back
Amadeus
Black Orpheus
This Is Spinal Tap
Mr. Holland's Opus
Walk the Line
Orpheus
The Princess Bride
That Thing You Do!
Help!

Activities & Interests

Likes

Singer/Songwriters
Guitar Hero
Garage Band
Home Recording Equipment
Andean Pan Flute Bands
Summer Concert Season
Spelunking

Interests

Musicology
Lyric Poetry
Cults
Underworld Exploration

Groups

Music Lovers
Real Life Rock Stars
Dead Before Our Time
Orpheus Fan Club (Founder)