“Think how you love me,” she whispered. “I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am to-night.” Nicole – Tender is the Night

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948), born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband “the first American Flapper.” After the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), the Fitzgeralds became celebrities.

From early adolescence Zelda was a formidable presence in Southern society, outshining all other belles as the star in ballet recitals and elite country club events. Shortly after finishing high school, she met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance, but was unimpressed and agreed with her family on his limited financial prospects to provide for a family. With his professed infatuation, a light flirtation evolved into a lengthy long distance courtship of weekly letters, with Fitzgerald aware of her uncommitted dating of other men. Determined to obtain financial security, and thus Zelda, Fitzgerald increased his writing from articles to his first book. On March 20, 1920, Scribner’s Sons agreed to publish his novel This Side of Paradise and Fitzgerald immediately cabled Zelda, who agreed to travel to New York to marry and live with him. The couple wed in New York on April 3, 1920, and later moved to Europe.

“All my beautiful lovely safe world blew itself up here with a great gust of high explosive love”. Tender is the Night

In April 1925, back in Paris, Scott met Ernest Hemingway, whose career he did much to promote. Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald became firm friends, but Zelda and Hemingway disliked each other from their very first meeting; she openly described him as “bogus,” “that fairy with hair on his chest” and “phoney as a rubber check.“She considered Hemingway’s domineering macho persona to be merely a posture; Hemingway in turn, told Scott that Zelda was crazy. Her dislike was probably not helped by Scott’s repeated insistence that she recount the story of her affair with Jozan to Hemingway and his wife Hadley. In an embellishment, the Fitzgeralds told the Hemingways that the affair ended when Jozan committed suicide. It was through Hemingway, however, that the Fitzgeralds were introduced to much of the Lost Generation expatriate community: Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Robert McAlmon and others.

“One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pinprick, but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it”. Tender is the night

While Scott received acclaim for The Great Gatsby and his short stories, and the couple socialized with literary luminaries like Ernest Hemingway, their marriage was a tangle of jealousy, resentment and acrimony. Scott used their relationship as material in his novels, even lifting snippets from Zelda’s diary and assigning them to his fictional heroines. Seeking an artistic identity of her own, Zelda wrote magazine articles and short stories, and at 27 became obsessed with a career as a ballerina, practicing to exhaustion.

Tender is the Night (1934) by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the story of the relationship of Dick Diver, a promising young psychoanalyst and his wife, Nicole, who is also one of his patients.

“To be included in Dick Diver’s world for a while was a remarkable experience: people believed he made special reservations about them, recognizing the proud uniqueness of their destinies, buried under the compromises of how many years. He won everyone quickly with an exquisite consideration and a politeness that moved so fast and intuitively that it could be examined only in its effect. Then, without caution, lest the first bloom of the relation wither, he opened the gate to his amusing world. So long as they subscribed to it completely, their happiness was his preoccupation, but at the first flicker of doubt as to its all-inclusiveness he evaporated before their eyes, leaving little communicable memory of what he had said or done”. Tender is the Night

The title is taken from the poem “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats.

In 1932, Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was hospitalized for schizophrenia in Baltimore, Maryland. The author rented the “la Paix” estate in the suburb of Towson to work on this book.

It was Fitzgerald’s first novel in nine years, and the last that he would complete. While working on the book he several times ran out of cash and had to borrow from his editor and agent and write short stories for commercial magazines. The early 1930s, when Fitzgerald was conceiving and working on the book, were the darkest years of his life and, accordingly, the novel has its bleak elements.

“Nicole was the product of much ingenuity and toil. For her sake trains began their run at Chicago and traversed the round belly of the continent to California; chicle factories fumed and link belts grew link by link in factories; men mixed toothpaste in vats and drew mouthwash out of copper hogsheads; girls canned tomatoes quickly in August or worked rudely at Five-and-Tens on Christmas Eve; half-breed Indians toiled on Brazilian coffee plantations and dreamers were muscled out of patent rights in new tractors — these were some of the people who gave a tithe to Nicole, and as the whole system swayed and thundered onward it lent a feverish bloom to such processes of hers as wholesale buying, like a flush of a fireman’s face holding his post before a spreading blaze. She illustrated very simple principles, containing in herself her own doom, but illustrated them so accurately that there was grace in the procedure, and presently Rosemary would try to imitate it”. Tender is the Night

Zelda’s Art

From the mid-1930s, Zelda spent the rest of her life in various stages of mental distress. Some of the paintings that she had drawn over the previous years, in and out of sanatoriums, were exhibited in 1934. As with the tepid reception of her book, Zelda was disappointed by the response to her art. The New Yorker described them merely as “Paintings by the almost mythical Zelda Fitzgerald; with whatever emotional overtones or associations may remain from the so-called Jazz Age.”

The Jazz Age was a feature of the 1920s (ending with The Great Depression) when jazz music and dance became popular. This occurred particularly in the United States, but also in Britain, France and elsewhere. Jazz played a significant part in wider cultural changes during the period, and its influence on pop culture continued long afterwards. Jazz music originated mainly in New Orleans, and is/was a fusion of African and European music. The Jazz Age is often referred to in conjunction with the phenomenon referred to as the Roaring Twenties. The term “Jazz Age” was coined by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Jazz Age, a 2012 album, is a rerecording of some of Bryan Ferry’s compositions, as played in jazz style of the 1920s, by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra. The 13 songs have been chosen from 11 albums, from his very first release Roxy Music (1972) to his recent solo record Olympia (2010).

The Jazz Age – Brian Ferry

The artwork for The Jazz Age album consists of illustrations by the renowned French poster artist Paul Colin (1892–1985)

Zelda was the inspiration for “Witchy Woman” , the song of seductive enchantresses written by Don Henley and Bernie Leadon for the Eagles, after Henley read Zelda’s biography, of the muse, the partial genius behind her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald, the wild, bewitching, mesmerizing, quintessential “Flapper” of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties embodied in The Great Gatsby as the uninhibited and reckless personality of Daisy Buchanan. Zelda’s behavior in the lyrics of “Witchy Woman” refer to her partying excesses that were detrimental to her psyche: “She drove herself to madness with the silver spoon,” is a reference to Zelda’s time in a mental institution and the Absinthiana, slotted silver spoon used to dissolve sugar cubes with Absinthe, the popular 1920s alcoholic beverage distilled from the wormwood herb and called “the green fairy” for sometimes inducing hallucinations.

“The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing,” he said. “Maybe because the condition of emptiness is too shameful to be divulged.” Dick Diver- Tender is the Night

Just like a celluloid dream she burnt on acetate
Stealing every last scene just smouldering away
Tonight the radio said that now you’ve passed and gone
As something deep inside breaks, your memory lingers on
The face of the century, this cruel, twisted destiny
A fatal intensity that crossed beyond control
For what it appears to be is life taken needlessly
Oh, but how much you mean to me, god only knows

Tender is the night, I’m lost on the interstate
Tender is the dream with nothing to say
Tendrils of light covered whimsical vanity, render the white to grey
Tender is the night and soft is the tourniquet
Tender is the theme of tears in the rain
Slender is the knife on the wings of insanity, taking your life away

They made a suicide claim with no one else to blame
I know you must have cried out for help that never came
On just how many broken dreams you built your life upon
Remains a mystery and now your suffering has gone
The face of the century, this beautiful entity
A fatal intensity that crossed beyond control
For what it appears to be is life taken needlessly
Oh, but how much you mean to me, god only knows

Tender is the night, I’m lost on the interstate
Tender is the dream with nothing to say
Tendrils of light covered whimsical vanity, render the white to grey
Tender is the night and soft is the tourniquet
Tender is the theme of tears in the rain
Slender is the knife on the wings of insanity, taking your life away
As cruel as love is

The face of the century, this cruel, twisted destiny
A fatal intensity that crossed beyond control
For what it appears to be is life taken needlessly
Oh, but how much you mean to me, god only knows

Tender is the night, I’m lost on the interstate
Tender is the dream with nothing to say
Tendrils of light covered whimsical vanity, render the white to grey
Tender is the night and soft is the tourniquet
Tender is the theme of tears in the rain
Slender is the knife on the wings of insanity, taking your life away
As cruel as love is

Meaning of name Zelda
Etymology : Feminine form of SELIG
Origin : Yiddish

Self-motivated, efficient, resourceful, active and courageous, these are powerful personalities and tend to be good at managing and directing. They need to shine, want to impress and love attracting attention to themselves. They are original and can be rather haughty (they are often influenced by the sign of Leo). Zelda and Jamillah scorn all that is ordinary and are not made for subordinate roles. Bad losers, failure can make them resentful and bitter. Luckily, they know exactly how to grab hold of the opportunities that life offers them and they do so swiftly and decisively. Status-conscious, they appreciate jewellery, expensive clothes and accessories. Impatient, and usually in a hurry, they tend to be irritable and lacking in tolerance. As little girls, they can be uncontrollable, precarious and temperamental. They can be oppressive and exclusive and have difficulty sharing with their brothers and sisters, such is their need for privacy.

Serenade of Water: “Time passes, people move…Like a river’s flow, it never ends. A childish mind will turn to noble ambition…Young love will become deep affection… The clear water’s surface reflects growth..”

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, considered by many fans to be one of the greatest video games ever made.

The Legend of Zelda is a high fantasy themed action-adventure game series created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma. It was developed and published by Nintendo, with some portable installments outsourced to Flagship/Capcom, Vanpool, and Grezzo. Considered one of Nintendo’s most important and popular franchises, its gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure, and puzzle solving.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Hearing of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda, Miyamoto thought the name sounded “pleasant and significant”. Paying tribute, he chose to name the princess after her, and titled his creation The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda was principally inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto’s explorations as a young boy in the hillsides surrounding his childhood home in Sonobe, Japan where he ventured into forests with secluded lakes, caves, and rural villages. According to Miyamoto, one of his most memorable experiences was the discovery of a cave entrance in the middle of the woods. After some hesitation, he apprehensively entered the cave, and explored its depths with the aid of a lantern. Miyamoto has referred to the creation of the Zelda games as an attempt to bring to life a “miniature garden” for players to play with in each game of the series.

Bolero of Fire: “It is something that grows over time… a true friendship. A feeling in the heart that becomes even stronger through time…The passion of friendship will soon blossom into a righteous power and through it, you’ll know which way to go…”

Koji Kondo, who has been described as the “greatest legend in the video game audio industry” because of his work for Nintendo,has composed much of the music for the series, although the last game for which he was solely responsible for the composition of the soundtrack was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

“The rising sun will eventually set, a newborn’s life will fade. From sun to moon, moon to sun. Give peaceful rest to the living dead”. ~Sun’s Song Inscription


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