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Hypable spoke to IAMEVE, an electro-pop artist whose song was featured in Sea of monsters, about her style, her creative process, and Thalia’s theme.

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“To Feel Alive” is the hauntingly beautiful theme song for Thalia, the daughter of Zeus who was nearly killed by a cyclops in Sea of Monsters, the second book and second film in the Percy Jackson series. She was saved by her father and transformed into a tree, where she has been guarding Camp Half-Blood ever since.

Hypable spoke to the artist behind the song, IAMEVE, about both her music and the song’s relation to the film and the character of Thalia. You can listen to the song below and read the lyrics on her website.

Q: What does the creative process look like when you sit down to pen or compose a song?

A: Every time is a little different depending on the mood or circumstances, but overall I find the best way for me to create is to focus on the feeling of the moment and try to stay out of my head. Often I am inspired by a certain story or intention and other times I hear a beat or melody that makes me sing and move. From there I try to just be open and let ideas flow out. What’s amazing is that there are so many tools to create with, whether its an acoustic instrument, computer software, or apps on the iPhone. There’s so many ways to be creative and get inspired. Tools and palettes aside, I still am an avid believer in the craft of songwriting and that there is nothing more important than strong melody and lyric. No matter what, in the end, the most important thing is refining the melody and lyrics over and over until it feels right.

Q: How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard your music before?

A: It’s kind of ethereal, fantastical, pop that is a little left of center with a lot of synths and big harmonies.

The Huffington Post described it as “if Alice took Ziggy Stardust’s hand and followed him down the rabbit hole to a world guided by the twists and turns of ethereal and colorful vocals.”

Q: What preparation did you take before this song was written? (ie. Did you watch the previous movie? Have you read the books?)

A: Yes, I did watch the previous and current movie, as well as reading excerpts from the books. I also have a love for Greek mythology, so I had fun researching Thalia and the Muses as well. Andrew [Lockington, composer] and I also spent a lot of time working on ideas for how to bring the sound of the film score and Thalia’s Theme together with my sound to create something that would connect in a magical way.

Q: What was your main objective with this song? What did you want your listeners to get from it?

A: The inspiration for me was to bring Thalia’s story to life by imagining what it was like to be in her shoes. I just loved her character and story because she has this beautiful combination of strength and vulnerability that is so feminine. Plus I loved the idea of her being in a state of slumber from childhood and waking as a young woman. It reminds me a little of Snow White, and it’s something that I think most females connect to on a deep level. It also made perfect sense with the ending of them film, where she awakes, especially since it connects to the next sequence in the series. It just seemed to be the perfect way to end it.

What I wanted listeners to get from it was the feeling of being lifted up and alive. It is such an extreme to go from darkness and aloneness, to suddenly out of nowhere waking up surrounded by people and bright lights. That’s what it felt like happened to Thalia, and I hoped to capture those emotions in the lyrics and music.

Q: This was written about Thalia Grace, but is there any part of you in this song?

A: :) Yes… It’s as much about me as it is about Thalia. It was a perfect set of coincidences, as I’ve been working on a concept album called The Everything Nothing, where I am lifted up into the universe after being trapped for a lifetime in a big black hole. Essentially, it’s about awakening, which is what I immediately connected to with Thalia’s story. I am so fascinated with women and our incredible ability to transform ourselves over and over again until we are barely recognizable. It’s truly magical, and Thalia’s awakening felt like one of those transformations to me.

What are your thoughts on ‘To Feel Alive,’ Thalia’s theme song, in ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’?

With Captain America: Civil War coming to theaters this week in the U.S., the Russo brothers are teasing their plans for Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2!

In an interview with Uproxx, the Russo brothers revealed that they believe that the current titles for the next Avengers films are misleading. Joe Russo stated, “The movies are two very different movies.” However, the current title makes it feel as though it’s the same story just split into two different films. It looks like that’s not what they’re going for, though.

“The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them,” Joe Russo went on to say in the interview. Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is currently scheduled for release on May 4, 2018 so it may be quite a while before we learn what the new title is. Thanos will be serving as the main antagonist in both of the films, with the conflict revolving around the Infinity Stones.

Before we even get to Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Marvel still has several movies to release. Including, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther.

Marvel recently pulled Inhumans from their upcoming Phase Three slate. It was supposed to be released July 12, 2019 after the release of Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. It’s still unclear whether the film is cancelled entirely or if it is simply being pushed back.

Are you glad to hear ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will be retitled?

Another nail has just been placed through the cable box coffin: Hulu has just confirmed reports that they’re putting together a live TV service.

Speaking in front of advertisers on Wednesday morning, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said that live TV on Hulu is in the pipeline and will offer consumers a way to watch network and cable channels live via Hulu’s suite of apps.

Hopkins’ comments arrive on the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal which first revealed the streaming service’s plans. According to that report, ESPN, ABC, Disney, Fox News, FX are the first channels set to join Hulu’s live TV service. Hopkins didn’t confirm any channels during his presentation this morning.

When it launches, Hulu will likely have one of the best shots at making a live TV streaming service take off, and it may seriously disrupt the traditional cable box business. The only other major service currently offering live TV via streaming is Sling TV (with plans starting at $20/month), but unlike Hulu, Sling lacks brand recognition.

Over the past couple of years it’s been widely report that Apple has made several attempts at creating a live TV service like the one Hulu is trying to put together, but the iPhone maker has run into trouble striking deals with the various networks.

Hulu’s current packages allow consumers to watch TV shows from most of the major channels the day after they air on traditional television. Plans start at $7.99 per month.

For some fans, watching TV shows live is important so they can live tweet or discuss their shows elsewhere online immediately after they air. A live TV service from Hulu could cause many people to get rid of their traditional cable boxes, which tend to come saddled with bad user interfaces and extra fees.

Are you tentatively interested in Hulu’s live TV service?

The price of the service will be an important factor in how many people subscribe, of course. Hopefully it’s cheaper than most cable subscriptions.

What Jon Snow’s fate means for the future of ‘Game of Thrones’

Oh, the places we'll go, the things we'll learn!

11:00 am EDT, May 4, 2016

This week, Game of Thrones continued to create more questions out of answering others.

Now that we finally know for certain what we all predicted, it’s time to speculate how this will impact Game of Thrones going forward. Yes, of course I’m talking about Jon Snow’s resurrection.

There are larger implications for the future of the show besides the fact that Jon is an active character again. Aside from how different Jon himself might be, we also must consider what his presence means for other characters and plots.

First thing’s first, Melisandre is going to die. She has two things working against her. 1) She did her part in bringing Jon back, so her purpose is done. 2) She’s getting a sympathetic edit, and that never bodes well. Start preparing yourself now, because Melisandre doesn’t have long for this world. It is known (wait, no, wrong religion!).

Now let’s talk about Jon. What Jon Snow are we getting back ? Resurrection is not new to Westeros. Most recently we saw the Mountain brought back to life through ‘scientific’ methods, and he appears to be quite obedient. He’s mute and just does what he’s told, a mere killing machine (although, you could argue that’s all he was in life too).

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Then there’s Beric Dondarrion, resurrected by Thoros through magical means in more or less the same way as Jon. Though Thoros was adept at this feat (he’d done it enough times), every time Beric came back, he lost a bit of himself. Memories would go, and he seemed only capable of (re)living for a singular purpose: revenge.

This was Melisandre’s first attempt at bringing the dead back to life, so it’s possible she might have screwed up somewhere in the ritual, causing Jon to come back a little different from the Jon we know. Even if she did it perfectly, Jon is likely to be a changed man.

Having died, he has no Night’s Watch oaths to maintain, and seeking revenge on those who killed him would understandably be a high priority. We’ve known Jon to be more merciful than merciless, but will this be reversed after losing a part of himself in death?

And will Jon’s return impact other characters? Sansa is on her way to Castle Black, and after hearing what she has to say (assuming they actually do reunite), Jon will have more vengeance to seek. The Boltons have taken over his home and hurt his family, so it’s likely he’ll rally all he can to help him go after them.

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Back home in Winterfell, Ramsay is planning on storming Castle Black, and if he’d done it earlier, he just might have won. The old Jon probably wouldn’t have been prepared for a man like Ramsay, but the new Jon will give no pity and show no mercy. After having died, Jon might feel he’s nothing to lose, that this is a second chance and he’ll take it guns blazing (swords slashing?). It would be the perfect contrast, the two Snow bastards who each believe Winterfell is theirs, fighting to the death.

Jon coming back is also almost solid proof that R + L = J. From the beginning we’ve heard tidbits of information about Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister, and the mentions last season were particularly blatant and frequent. Even this season, already, we’ve gotten a Lyanna reference, when Bran visited the past. Unless it’s a giant red herring, there’s obviously a reason a long dead woman with seemingly no relevance keeps getting a shout out.

Of course, if it is true that Jon is a Stark and Targaryen, then Dany is not necessarily the ‘rightful’ heir to the Iron Throne. Being half Targaryen also means that Jon has the blood of the dragon, and he has a claim to the Throne and to one of Dany’s dragons.

Side note: He probably won’t get Drogon, since he’s Dany’s favorite. But how funny would it be if Jon just strolls in and Drogon immediately bows down and does what he’s told? That’ll teach Dany the importance of training!

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Having been resurrected by the fire god and having the blood of the dragon also poses an interesting notion of Jon’s overall purpose. It’s long been postulated that the “Ice and Fire” referenced in the book series title is Jon and Dany. But what if it’s just Jon? Jon has gotten ‘looks’ from both sides: Melisandre stared him down when she first saw him, and believes him to be Azor Ahai. The Night’s King also shared what seemed like a telling look with Jon at Hardhome.

We know the war between ice and fire is coming, so what if Jon is a link that connects them? He’s the undead brought back to fight the undead, and put an end to this war. He won’t do it alone, either. Azor Ahai needed a weapon to fight the darkness, and he had Lightbringer. If we’re to assume Lightbringer is a physical sword, it’s most likely Longclaw. In season 5, both Jon and a White Walker were surprised to see Longclaw kill the White Walker. We thusly learned that Valyrian steel can kill White Walkers. But what if it was more than just being Valyrian steel? If Jon is Azor Ahai, why couldn’t Longclaw be Lightbringer, the ‘hero’s sword’ meant to fight the darkness?

Jon coming back opens many doors. There are so many possibilities his presence brings to the show. Is Melisandre finished? Will Jon be the one to kill Ramsay? Is Jon really half Targaryen? And most importantly, will he ride a dragon?!

How do you think Jon’s resurrection will impact the future of ‘Game of Thrones’?