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we'll stick our fingers in the ground; heave and turn the world around

I'm a more than usually aural person. No musical talent to speak of myself, but I have a pretty good ear, and both of my parents are musicians--stwish, in fact, is a pretty damned fine banjo player. (if you can't handle the words "damned fine banjo player" in a sentence, you might as well walk away now).

Anyway, one thing I've noticed is that every book has a song.

I've written fourteen complete novels so far. As of today, conveniently.

And you know, every one has a song.

1. All the Windwracked Stars: Jackson Browne - The Barricades of Heaven / Dar Williams - After All
2. The Sea thy Mistress: Big Country - Eiledon / Leonard Cohen - Here it Is
3. By the Mountain Bound: Bruce Cockburn - Pacing the Cage
4. Hammered: Tom Cochrane - Life is a Highway
5. Blood & Iron: Steeleye Span - Tam Lin
6. Scardown: The Incredible String Band - Dear Old Battlefield
7. The Cobbler's Boy: Pat Benetar - Outlaw Blues
8. The Stratford Man: Tragedies: Carl Orff - O Fortuna (Techno remix) / Jann Arden - Could I be Your Girl?
9. The Stratford Man: Comedies: Peter Mulvey - The Trouble with Poets
10. Worldwiredi: Tom Waits - Earth Died Screaming
11. One-Eyed Jack: John Gorka - All That Hammering / Jeffrey Foucalt - Secretariat / ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas
12. A Companion to Wolves: Jethro Tull - Broadsword
13. Whiskey & Water: Emmylou Harris - Deeper Well / John Hiatt - Cry Love
14. Carnival: Vienna Teng - Gravity / Emmylou Harris - The Pearl / Ian Anderson - Panama Freighter



or two.

You know, I have damned weird taste in music.

Comments

Most of my novels have songs I relate to them as well. Earlier on, I used to start my writing session with the song (or songs, as a few had different songs for characters, and the song would be whatever POV I was in at the time).

Most of mine are a bit more mainstream, though :D
I envy you. I can't work - or o anything much aside from maybe housework or driving - with music playing. I love listening to music, but I own the smallest collection of anyone I know, because for me listening to music is an activity which requires my attention as much as reading or writing does; when I take it into my head to listen to something, I put the music on and usually end up sitting staring at the speaker as thought I think I'm going to /see/ the song that way. I sit and listen, and then after a while I turn the music off and go and do something else.

The image of you writing away with music going is terribly normal and yet, to me, very odd.

Still, I could see having theme music for something myself - I could easily imagine taking a break from writing to play something (probably by Dar Williams but possibly not) and watch iTunes make pretty pictures on my screen for a while

Fourteen is an excellent number. However, fifteen is not so good, so you'll definitely need to keep going after the next one.
Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

Tell me, if you would: did you grow up in a house where music was played? Because I didn't, really, and I think that's why I can't really background music. (TV or talking radio I can background easily - that's what the background noise was in my house when I was growing up.)
Hm. My dad played music when he spent time in the same room as the stereo. And my brother certainly played music a LOT. And both he and my father tend to put the radio on in the car, especally for long trips, which I almost never do.

I think there was less music in our house than in a lot of houses, but certainly not none, and my reluctance to have background music was at times a point of friction in the house, so I don't think it's that for me.

I've generally considered my relationship with music to be partly a result of ADD, and partly just an idiosyncratic result of my really caring intensely about music. I'm by far the most musical person of my immediate (biological) family - I sing, compose, and play a number of instruments moderately badly. Music /matters/ to me, so if there's music going on, I want to be paying attention to it. And if I'm not prepared to pay attention to it, then most of the time I'd rather not have it there at all.

But the ADD doesn't help, I expect. :)
Thanks for replying (and thanks to matociquala, whose journal we've hijacked to have the discussion)!

Neither of my parents listened to music when I was growing up. My brother listened to music, but only in his own room. My mother frequently had the TV on for background noise, and I find that I can tune TV out effortlessly, at least when the volume is reasonable.

Music, for me, is an all-or-nothing: either I'm *listening* to it, or I've tuned it out so effectively it may as well not be playing. I'm slightly more permeable to instrumentals, but only slightly. Lyrics demand my attention, and I end up trying to understand and follow them (which leaves me frustrated with a lot of popular music - it's virtually incomprehensible).

(Comment re-composed and re-posted because LJ ate the first one)
Hijack away.

I'm not paying for the bandwidth. *g*
Hm. My dad played music when he spent time in the same room as the stereo. And my brother certainly played music a LOT. And both he and my father tend to put the radio on in the car, especally for long trips, which I almost never do.

I think there was less music in our house than in a lot of houses, but certainly not none, and my reluctance to have background music was at times a point of friction in the house, so I don't think it's that for me.

I've generally considered my relationship with music to be partly a result of ADD, and partly just an idiosyncratic result of my really caring intensely about music. I'm by far the most musical person of my immediate (biological) family - I sing, compose, and play a number of instruments moderately badly. Music /matters/ to me, so if there's music going on, I want to be paying attention to it. And if I'm not prepared to pay attention to it, then most of the time I'd rather not have it there at all.

But the ADD doesn't help, I expect. :)
Colour me odd, but I fail to see what's weird about those selections...but my standard playlist includes Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Dar Williams, Tanita Tikarum, Oingo Boingo, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, kd lang and a couple of dozen others...

While I enjoy St. Span's Tam Lin, one of these days I'm going to find someone who has Pentangle's version (recorded for the movie and never released otherwise).

and as for "damned fine banjo players" -- well, I've known a couple of them myself :)
My novels and stories have songs (and/or complete playlists) as well. I find it interesting to compare writers' playlists for novels; when I finish Solace I'm planning on posting mine :)

Thanks for sharing!
You know, I have damned weird taste in music.

Same thing our friends said when they saw the list of songs on our wedding cd.

Ashokhan Farewell - Fiddle Fever
Making Memories of Us - Keith Urban
Wished For You - Squirrel Nut Zippers
Kisses Sweeter Than wine - Aoife Clancy
I Will Find You - Clannad
Nearness of You - Norah Jones
Shape of My Heart - Sting
Love of My Life - Santana/Dave Matthews
Amazed - Lonestar
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
when you Love Someone - Bryan Adams
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
'S Wonderful - Les Brown Orchestra
Everything I Do, I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong
Speaking of Sing and weddings, I read the other day that he sang "Every Breath You Take" at some celebrity wedding recently. It left me wondering whether he's sung it so many times he's forgotten what the words say, or whether it was a sneaky comment on his expectations for that marriage.
Sting, rather.
*snickers* Now that's funny.
I heard an interview with him where he talked about people that wanted it at their weddings and he would shrug and smile, while thinking, "Have you even *listened* to that song?"

I'm guessing it was a request from the celebs involved, and he just shrugged and smiled :)
Congratulations on finishing the novel!
Songs are nice. My books all have rocks, but only in my head. I have promised myself that when I sell a book, I get to go find its rock in the world. My first novel, for example, is egg-shaped lapis. I don't do it on purpose.

Also, put me down for another "not that strange" vote about your taste in music. But I think I've lost track of what strange taste in music would look like, given the people I hang around with.
My books don't have songs so much as my characters have songs. It makes for convenient playlists when writing.

Add me to the list of folks who don't find the music weird. :)
Jubilee and Soulrise each had songs (though I will not tell them to you, for you will no doubt mock my top 40 pop ways :-p ).

Oddly enough, considering the title, Song of Songs does not.

Hrmph.

banjo

actually i am a pretty good ex-banjo player.. until the next band... The first book i wrote, i played Tommy Jarrell's "June Apple" cd constantly...for those who dont know, its the single greatest document of Old Timey String Band Music. You have to know somebody to get it, so you will have to settle for Highwoods String Band "Feed Your Babies Onions (So You Can Find Them In The Dark)"

Now that i'm writing a book on Old Time Music, i cant listen to anything, because i'm transcribing interviews. This is a lot of work, in case you didnt know. So count your blessings, o fictionmiesters and fictionmiesrtressers.

Re: banjo

I am a'countin.

Also, people expect accuracy from you folks.
I usually have my iTunes on random when I write, and just skip over whatever I definitely *don't* want to listen to; and sometimes, iTunes finds the right song for the story, and I put it on continuous loop. This is why I've listened to the adagio from Gayne eighty-nine times.
I'm glad to see you switched to "Gravity" -- the frequent mentions of "My Medea" were starting to worry me.

---L.
I was playing the hell out of that one. But "Gravity" got even heavier rotation.

I'll post the playlist for this one, too, what the heck. *g*

banjo

Did we ever show you the picture of Jen playing the banjo at our wedding reception? :)

Congrats on another book "finished"!
Funny..."Hoist That Rag" is one of the tuning-fork songs for the new project I'm working on. Swamp pirates and such.

Now I really want to read Worldwired.
*g* Fortunately, only two more months to go.

I so want that sucker out there, so people can stop guessing what happens in it. *g*

tuning-fork songs. I like that. It's perfect.