This was one of the very first songs Sarah and I ever recorded for YouTube. “Fairytale” came about because Sarah’s sister asked us to perform a song for her wedding in the summer of 2012. She basically told us she wanted a love song that had some fantasy or nerdy elements to it, and described relationships like Han and Leia or Harry and Ginny. Well, we certainly weren’t going to let her down, which led to the pop-iest of our pop love songs.
I’m actually really fond of this one — except when Sarah starts it too fast and I can’t breathe in the last chorus. I like that we wrote a love song that’s about laughter and in-jokes and the awe of being together. There’s a lot of Sarah-and-I in this one, which, okay, was probably inevitable. We only really know one love story and that’s the one we’re IN, so…
When we wrote this one for Melissa and Matt, we put some gendered terms in like “king and queen” or “prince and princess” which made it slightly problematic for us in this set. Especially at CONvergence, being gender-inclusive is really important, and that includes non-binary gender. What’s funny to me is that if you asked me to choose between being a “king” or a “queen” just given how they are perceived, the stereotypes, etc, I’d rather be a king. Similarly I’d rather be the courageous prince doing the rescuing than the princess being rescued.
(Yes, we’re getting more movies about badass princesses rescuing themselves or, shockingly, not needing to be rescued at all, and YAY, but stereotypes are stereotypes and they’re not changing any time soon.)
Anyway. Here’s our happily-ever-after love song, written for the real-life story of my sister-in-law and my now brother-in-law, who really are heroes every single day.
*Please note that this entry has been backdated. Basically, the summer got completely away from me AND I lost access to posting on the site from the reliable computer I’d been using — and posting via smartphone is not as elegant as it sounds. So, to make up for it, I’ve retroactively put this entry here. Hopefully this won’t become an annual trend!