Setting the Tone

I’m working on Stalemate again. Val and I have been meeting with two close friends for a critique group every couple of weeks and we have been breaking it down, chapter by chapter. It has taken on a life of its own and I am very grateful for the feedback. It has also been a small thrill as a writer to see them interested and on the edge of their seats ever so slightly meeting after meeting.

One of the most emotional scenes in the book just came to life for me. I found the scene’s soundtrack and it transformed everything, as music often does. To say Ludovico Einaudi was one of my muses would not be an understatement…

I put the headset on my husband’s ears and asked him to read the scene. Part way through he put his hand over his mouth, moved, eyes tearing.

This is what I wanted. This is how I wanted the reader to feel. I’m happy.

Joy on Track

My family and I first found Rising Appalachia during our first First Friday Art Walk and I was hooked. The energy and vision of their music is invigorating, but it’s their soul and their joy that really makes it beautiful. I found this and had to share.

I’m also a sucker for trains (and am long overdue for a train ride) and jam sessions.

PS – I also took this video while we were there. I had a longer one on my GoPro, but it seems to have eaten it. If I can recover it I’ll post it.

My life has a soundtrack

I cannot live without music. I am very eclectic in my taste in tunes, just as in every other category, so I will listen to just about any kind of music depending on my mood. I keep a notebook of the songs I like, and any time I write there is music playing. In fact, if you look through any of my writing, you will often find songs titles jotted in analog margins or notated digitally.

CONNECTED

Over the years, I have progressed from LPs to 45s to cassettes to CDs and,  more recently, to internet radio.

When Pandora first emerged I geeked out. The idea of being able to create my own radio stations and share my music, even with the occasional ad, was fabulous. There were a few copycats showed up not long after that, but it wasn’t till my husband started using Grooveshark that I took notice.

Grooveshark has had its fair share of issues, but has still provided us with hours of listening for free. Unlike Pandora, though, it doesn’t suggest new music based on what our likes and dislikes are.  That is something that has introduced us to some incredible music we would never have found otherwise, like Beats Antique.

PLAYLISTS

Anything listed below that has an actual song title next to it is on my current playlist. I may like some, all or none of the artist other than the ones listed, but I’ll leave that up to you to investigate.

Soundtrack: The Secret Life of Arrietty – Arrietty’s Song, Our House Below, Spiller, Sho’s Waltz, An Uneasy Feeling, The Wild Waltz
Soundtrack: Ghost n the Shell: Standalone Project – Lithium Flower, Run Rabbit Junk, Inner Universe
Soundtrack: Record of Lodoss Wars – Niji

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
the MYST series (Myst, Riven, Exile)

Newsboys – I Am Second, Shine
Rob Dugan – Clubbed to Death (Matrix)
RJD2
Linkin Park – Burn It Down
Depeche Mode – Lie to Me
Ellie Goulding – Lights, Human
Hilary Grist – Right for You, City of Green and Blue
Onra – Last Tango in Saigon
Alex Clare – Too Close
Katy Perry – Wide Awake, Firework
Willow Smith – I Am Me
Prodigy – Firestarter, Breathe (my web design music)
Beats Antique
Rammstein – Feuer Frei!, Du Hast

…and too many to list from a list that is constantly growing.

Just one more reason to miss New York…

We surf around on YouTube a lot and have come across some pretty incredible things, one of which is ConcreteBeat.

Backstory. Years ago, early 90’s, I got to live close enough to NYC to be able to drive up for the weekends and hang out. It is a whole ‘nother world there. You see and hear stories about New York all the time, major motion pictures, the news. Being there, though, is an incredible experience and one that you’re not likely to forget.