Making a playlist is a curious thing. When writing, I do not listen to music. It’s too potent. The lyrics creep into my writing, the chords control the emotional content of the scenes. My writing becomes less and less mine.
But I listen to a lot of music in the spaces between writing times. With Devil and the Bluebird, songs fed the story in many ways. One was connecting me with characters. Lily and Madeleine reminded me of how sisters harmonize. Others helped flesh out specific segments. Neko Case’s “Deep Red Bells” was my song when I worked on the Traveler. “Pulaski At Night” kept me focused on Chicago. And some were simply the story on a more global level. Gillian Welch’s voice was there whenever I wrote about the music of Dry Gully. Tracy Chapman’s “Crossroads” hit the nail on the head with how we ask artists to sell themselves. The Oh Hellos’ straight up honesty helped my clarity. My words rest on an endless stream of music.
Listen to my playlist below.