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Sagas of Sundry Celebrity Playlist: Selina’s Playlist by Erika Ishii
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Sagas of Sundry Celebrity Playlist: Selina’s Playlist by Erika Ishii

Sagas of Sundry is our horror-themed RPG show, available exclusively on Alpha. The cast will be doing a special wrap-up show – One Night Only: Madness  – on Saturday, January 13th to share their personal experiences and take your questions. In the meantime, check out Erika Ishii’s commentary and playlist for her character Selina Tsukiyama accompanied by her insights and some behind-the-scenes tidbits below.



I’d like to begin by saying that it was an immense honor to be part of this story and get to work with such an unbelievably talented cast and crew. It was the most intense and rewarding acting experience of my life and the community response has been truly humbling. Thank you so much for watching and joining us in our collaborative madness!

Music is the language of my heart. I play violin and I create and listen to Spotify playlists to express and augment my torrid emotions. So I went into shooting with 3 playlists for Selina: one defining who she is, one with songs that she would have listened to while she codes, and one made for me by a friend to help understand her mental state. It was agonizing to consolidate the lists into a single album that said everything I wanted to say. In the end, I hope when you listen you can experience a bit of what it was like to be in Selina’s head for this remarkable journey.

Warning: Sagas of Sundry: Madness spoilers below.

Beneath the Brine- The Family Crest
When she feels like she’s drowning in the whispers and fear and loneliness, she reminds herself: “The walls are real. He is real. I am real.”

Shape of My Heart- Sting
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance
“I feel like when I’m dancing in the code, I’m really alive.” Selina doesn’t play for the money she wins, she doesn’t play it for respect. Sure, it’s the thrill of the game. But problem-solving and executing the meticulous details of an infiltration is one of the only ways she can stay sharp. And be sure her faculties are still all there.

Air V – You Forgotten- Sasha Siem
This is just one of the voices in her head but it sings her greatest fear. It’s programmed into her DNA to forget, or maybe be lost to the voices and the visions. The song is from a playlist made for me by a friend who sometimes experiences auditory and visual hallucinations similar to Selina’s. Listening to the playlist and the discussions we had were invaluable in helping me understand what psychosis feels like.

Little Talks- Julia Sheer, Jon D
Two people who loved one other, but now one is gone. Dead? Some people have speculated this is a song about one member of a couple having Alzheimer’s. Selina never let anyone get too close. She’d say it’s because “people are stupid.” Which is easier than admitting she’s afraid of letting someone in. That maybe one day someone she cares about would have to watch her forget who they were. And herself. She maintains her distance… until the soulful writer down the hall.
You’re gone, gone, gone away,
I watched you disappear
All that’s left is a ghost of you
Now we’re torn, torn, torn apart,
there’s nothing we can do,
Just let me go, we’ll meet again soon

Gasoline- Halsey
“Maybe she’ll understand. Maybe I can trust these people”
This one is for her fellow tenants. Especially Abigail. Dread was about friends torn apart, Madness is about strangers coming together.

The Beginning is the End is the Beginning- The Smashing Pumpkins
The ticking. The journey across the desert. The Black Door. This quintessentially 90s song somehow perfectly captures the otherworldly weirdness and rhythm of the Watcher’s domains:
Send a heartbeat to
The void that cries through you

Vincent- Don McLean
For Fenley. The artist. The beating heart of the group.

Behind the scenes tidbit: the line alluding to this was edited out (likely due to my very poor wording of it) but a few weeks after the incidents depicted, Fenly’s abusive ex-boyfriend woke up to find extremely compromising criminal materials on his home computer. At the same time as a knock on the door from the FBI. Fenley protects.

Firewall- Les Friction
The challenges. Selina had to protect first her mind and then her body from the Watcher. She’s no stranger to building firewalls that protect her networks and she’s always hidden herself away from the world to maintain control. This time the stakes are higher.

They come to your dreams with illusion
They come to bring shape to your mind
You know how to stop the intrusion
We all have to fight for our lives

Another song from the playlist by my friend. While it evokes the desperation inherent
in her mental state, the lyrics happened to fit perfectly for the challenges.

Another New World – Punch Brothers
In this cover, a brilliant explorer finds another new world in the Arctic. When disaster befalls the expedition, to survive he must leave behind the only friend he ever loved. A harrowing story of guilt, loneliness, and isolation.

I am obsessed with this song. Whenever we weren’t shooting, I was in the green room listening to it literally on a loop while doing pushups, situps, and planks. It kept me in Selina’s body and mind. To me, it defined so much of her character, and now I even see some parallels to her story.

World Spins Madly On – The Weepies
“Keep it on.”

The whole world is moving, but she’s standing still. Despite the pain of loss, she will tend to the machine. She will find a door back. If you haven’t seen Ryan Woodward’s masterfully animated video “Thought of You” set to this song, please check it out.   It’s one of my favorite pieces of art and has inspired me through a lot.

Moon River (Vocal Audrey Hepburn) – Henry Mancini 
“I’ll see you on the other side.”

Bonus playlist!

In order to decompress from the intensity of shooting and to cope with The Feels, I put together an in-character playlist that Selina would have made for Emmett. I used only music she would have had access to during the time period, songs she would have wanted to share with him. I’ll spare you the explanation of every song on there, but there’s a great deal of meaning behind each one.

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