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March 2017



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In my dream, I'm suddenly in the Army...

Jenny's coming back, reluctantly. I'm pulling her back with music, which is never really fair, because she can't resist it, but there you have it. She's got to come back. I've promised her, though. Just one more war and then she can go home.

I do this a lot. Every novel (and quite a few of the short stories) wind up with a playlist associated. That music becomes one of my little meditation rituals to get into the headspace for the book. As a brief insight into the weirdness that is my taste in music, This is the current one for Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired:

Alice Cooper - Vicious Rumours
Amanda Marshall - Shades Of Grey
Arrogant Worms - The Last Saskatchewan Pirate
Aztec Two-Step - Johnny's an Angel
Aztec Two-Step - Killing Me
Aztec Two-Step - The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road)
Barenaked Ladies - Canada Is Really Big (LIVE)
Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Barenaked Ladies - One Week
Berlin - The Metro
Big Country - East Of Eden
Big Country - Remembrance Day
Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon
Billy Joel - Leningrad
Billy Joel - Only the Good Die Young
Billy Joel - The Downeaster "Alexa"
Bob Segar - Turn The Page
Boiled in Lead - Tape Decks All Over Hell
Boiled in Lead - Army Dream Song
Boiled in Lead - State Trooper
Bruce Cockburn - If I Had a Rocket launcher
Bruce Cockburn - Lovers In a Dangerous Time
Bruce Cockburn - Pacing The Cage
Bruce Cockburn - Peggy's Kitchen Wall
Bruce Cockburn - The Charity of Night
Bruce Cockburn - The Whole Night Sky
Buggles - Clean, Clean
Dave Edmonds - Crawling from the Wreckage
Dire Straits - Heavy Fuel
Don Henley - Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed
Earth, Wind & Fire - Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Eddie Rabbitt - Driving My Life Away
Elton John - Razor Face
Emmylou Harris - Boy from Tupelo
Emmylou Harris - J'ai Fait Tout
Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl
Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
Liz Phair - fuck and run
Golden Earing - Radar Love
Gordon Lightfoot - Song For A Winter's Night
Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey
Grateful Dead - Truckin'
Incredible String Band - Dear Old Battlefield
Incredible String Band - Talking Of The End
Jackson Browne - Lives In The Balance
Jackson Browne - The Next Voice You Hear
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
Jane Siberry - Half Angel Half Eagle
Janis Ian - In the Winter
Janis Ian - On the other side
Janis Ian - Play like a girl
Janis Ian - Pro-Girl
Jann Arden - Could I Be Your Girl
Jann Arden - Gasoline
Jann Arden - I Would Die For You
Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon - Plastic Jesus
Jethro Tull - Clasp
Jethro Tull - Doctor To My Disease
Jethro Tull - Dogs In The Midwinter
Jethro Tull - El Nino
Jethro Tull - I'm Your Gun
Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath
Jethro Tull - Nothing is Easy
Jethro Tull - Part of the Machine
Jethro Tull - Something's On The Move
Joan Osborne - Crazy Baby
Joan Osborne - Make You Feel My Love
John Gorka - Dream Street
John Gorka - Heroes
John Gorka - January Floor
John Gorka - Let Them In
John Gorka - Mean Streak
John Gorka - Morningside
John Gorka - Oh Abraham
John Gorka - Semper Fi
John Gorka - Where The Bottles Break
John Mellencamp - Another Sunny Day 12/25
John Mellencamp - Brothers
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus
Kate and Anna McGarrigle - Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine
Kate Bush - Army Dreamers
Kenny Loggins - This Is It
Kingston Trio - Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Kingston Trio - Merry Little Minuet
K's Choice - Not An Addict
Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows
Leonard Cohen - Democracy
Leonard Cohen - The Future
Leonard Cohen - There Is A War
Leonard Cohen - That Don't Make It Junk
Leonard Cohen - Here It Is
Leonard Cohen - You Have Loved Enough
Mamas and Papas - Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Marianne Faithful - Sister Morphine
Marianne Faithfull - For Wanting You
Marilyn Manson - Suicide Is Painless
Melissa Etheridge - Chrome Plated Heart
Modest Mouse - Out Of Gas
Molly Hatchet - Flirtin With Disaster
Mr Mister - Kyrie
Nine Inch Nails - the becoming
Oingo Boingo - Flesh 'N Blood
Oingo Boingo - War Again
Oingo Boingo - Winning Side
Pantera - The Badge
Pat Benatar - Too Long A Soldier
Peter Gabriel - Steam
Peter Mulvey - bright idea
Peter Mulvey - Charlie
Peter Mulvey - Shirt
Peter Mulvey - Smell The Future
Peter Mulvey - the trouble with poets
Peter, Paul, and Mary - Where Have all the Flowers Gone
Phil Ochs -- I Ain't Marching Anymore
Police - Walking In Your Footsteps
Porno For Pyros - Pets
Queensryche - I Dream In Infrared
Queensryche - Silent Lucidity
Queensrÿche - The Needle Lies
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I Could Have Lied
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under The Bridge
Robert Plant - Big Log
Ronny Elliott - Burn, Burn, Burn
Shriekback - Dust and Shadows
Shriekback - Everything's On Fire
Shriekback - Faded Flowers
Shriekback - Go bang!
Shriekback - Hammerheads
Shriekback - Over the Wire
Shriekback - Running on the Rocks
Shriekback - Shark Walk
Shriekback - Signs
Spirit of the West - Home for a Rest
Sting - Ain't No Sunshine (acoustic Live in Newcastle)
Sting - Russians
Sting & The Chieftains - Sisters Of Mercy
Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime (Live)
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
The Kinks - A Well Respected Man
The Kinks - Destroyer
The Offspring - Not the One
The Tragically Hip - Thompson Girl
The Wallflowers - One Headlight
The White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl
The White Stripes - In The Cold Cold Night
The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero
Tom Cochran - Life is a Highway
Tom Waits - A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun
Tom Waits - Earth Died Screaming
Tom Waits - Ol' 55
Tori Amos-Famous Blue Raincoat
Tracy Chapman - Hard Wired
Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line
Trevor Jones - "The Nobodies" - Marilyn Manson
Warren Zevon - Ain't That Pretty At All
Warren Zevon - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Warren Zevon - Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

My editor let me know today that we got another very nice blurb. On top of the positive comments on "This Tragic Glass," (and thank you, everybody who contributed--I meant to go through and answer all of them individually, but it was turning into an endlessl litany of 'gee, um, blush--') I'm thinking I'm having a very good writing week.

It's a very, very interesting thing, this process of selling a story, sending it off to be edited, and then seeing the positive and negative comments from people one does not know. Fascinating stuff.


It actually helps me think. And helps me notice when my focus is drifting, because I stat paying attention to the music.

If I had to have silence to write, I would never get a single thing done--not in this house, with the whiny dogs and the bothersome cats and the phone ringing constantly. I just learned to tune it out when I was in high school and college, I think, and learned how to write while doing other things. Now I find if I don't have some other task on hand (music, an internet chat room open in the background that I can check in on when I get stuck, whatever), I have a hard time paying attention to what I should be writing.

I am the poster child for Every Bad Writing Habit. I have all of them. And they somehow seem to help me work. :-P

It's funny

I thought I was the only one who did that. I found, recently, that when I revised the original manuscript of my novel This Is My Blood that I couldn't really get into the proper mindset until I pulled out Depeche Mode Black Celebration and Concrete Blonde, Bloodletting - the two CDs that got the most airplay during the initial writing of the book....


Re: It's funny

It's sadder than that. I sometimes even send CDs to my beta readers to give them the tone I'm looking for. *g*

Writers is nuts.

Re: It's funny

Yikes...okay, I've never done that. Partially, though, I think that the connections I have made could be taken VERY wrongly. In particular, I tend to read different meanings into Depeche Mode lyrics when I know that in reality they are all about the same thing. The words transcend for me, but might DEscend for a reader...too risky (lol).

Our tastes in music overlap a bunch.
Road Trip!

Did I mention how much I'm looking forward to seeing you in September?
I assemble soundtracks for stories and novels too, but I don't use anything with lyrics ---too distracting (it feels like those awful music sequences in bad movies). Mostly in instrumentals, usually, (but not always) lifted from my collection of movie soundtracks.
I find that I have a hard time noticing instrumental music. Which seems like a weird thing to say, but I suspect that I'm so strongly verbal that music without lyrics just goes completely beneath my radar.

It's really interesting how different people work!
Whereas I can't not notice Bach if it's playing. Too much pattern.


And the army life is good, but I'm ankle deep in blood

Interesting lyric that...

Great song though, vicious flying llamas and invading giant slugs, what more could you ask for!


Re: And the army life is good, but I'm ankle deep in blood

It's a great song. In so many many ways.
I listen to songs when I'm writing at the day job, but when I'm focusing on my own stuff, it has to be wordless. Fortunately, I've a large classical collection.

I should get my playlist off the other computer and post it.

Do all your novels have soundtracks? The one I'm revising now does; the one I'm writing doesn't. Weird.
Not *all* of them, but seven out of eight. Soon to be six out of seven, because two books are currently folding into one.

And three of the currently planned ones already have starter soundtracks...
Hah! Yeah, I do short stories too. "The Chains That You Refuse" was all Shriekback and Rochard Thompson, for example. The Garrett stories get a lot of Marianne Faithfull. Go figure.