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Writing Soundtrack Pt. 1


It should go without saying that music is a beautiful thing, if not one of the most beautiful gifts we have on this earth. Music is a stress reliever. A time machine. A confidant. Music takes us to exotic places we might never see in our lifetime, or rather see in our wildest dreams. It also serves as a snapshot of our most prominent achievements in life, a graduation, a promotion, a birth. Music also helps motivate The Creatives into weaving ordinary words into majestic stories and movies; causing masters of colors to bleed out their personalities on the canvas for the world to see; or encourage other musicians to either follow the path a particular song or group laid out for them, or make their own.

So like most writers/authors, it’s a must for me to have a soundtrack waiting for me as I write. Usually any music that’s landed on my iPod has magical properties that leave me compelled to write something, or formulate a scene in my mind at any given moment. These songs are constant mainstays on my little Apple device, but there comes a time when  the right music for a particular project is a must. This is where the title of this blog post comes in.

I’m working on my first novel tentatively titled, “Blues from Down Here…,” which is, of course, from the rock gods known as TV on the Radio’s album Return To Cookie Mountain. I’m not ready to relay the complete details of the novel just yet, but I will say that it’s LGBT related and deals with the nightmare of coming out, or rather not having any control of coming out of the closet. It’s a dark piece laced with some bright moments that will leave the reader charmed, inspired, and hopefully feeling some type of way about the concept of ‘love.’

At the center of the book is Mike Emerson and Shane Douglas, the romantic duo who are the subject of my first ‘Writing Soundtrack” post dealing with the novel, and other works of my fiction as well. The songs selected describe not only their love story, but each individual as well. Some of the songs don’t take place within the time frame of the story (it’s set between 2006-2009), but said songs help motivate me to either add or subtract certain elements to the story. So without further ado, here is the Mike & Shane Mix Vol. 1 Playlist:


1. Blues From Down Here – TV on the Radio (Duh…)

2. Rhapsody – Siouxsie andthe Banshees

3. Hunting High and Low – a-ha

4. Sensitivity – Ralph Tresvant

5. How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths

6. Hotel Womb – The Church (the guitar intro alone should be a track itself)

7. Stripped – Depeche Mode

8. There’s A World Outside – The Psychedelic Furs

9. Face to Face – Siouxsie andthe Banshees

10. If I Ever Fall in Love – Shai

11. Are You That Somebody – Aaliyah

12. Love Will Never Do Without You – Janet Jackson

13. Ridiculous Thoughts – The Cranberries

14. Maniac – Kid Cudi

15. Paranoid – Kanye West

16. #1 Crush (Original Version) – Garbage

17. Tell Me – The Chain Gang of 1974

18. Family Tree – TV on the Radio

19. Disarm – The Smashing Pumpkins

20. Spellbound – Siouxsie and the Banshees

21. Asleep – The Smiths


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