I have been fretting that my process is annoyingly different every time, and as this book is brewing, I’ve torn out pictures from magazines, but haven’t felt even the slightest desire to brainstorm with a collage. (Yet.)
Then, yesterday in the mail, I had a package from my ex, who sent me his copy of Sonny & Brownie because I couldn’t find this one, and remembered he had it, so I asked if he’d copy it for me. He couldn’t get copies made for some reason or another (well, I do know why–a little late to computers, this one, and the process flummoxes him).
Oh, seeing that cover…..! I rushed upstairs and put it into the computer to copy and blasted "God and Man," which is one of the best songs EVER. I played it five times in a row, swaying and singing along and letting those voices echo in my chest. Once it was safely copied, I moved a copy into the soundtrack file for the new book, which so far looks like this:
Are You Alright? Lucinda Williams
Still I Long For your Kiss, Lucinda Williams
God and Man, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee
The Wind, Cat Stevens
My Lover’s Gone, Dido
Not Alone, Patty Griffin
What a Dream I Had, Simon and Garfunkel (which is not the name of the song, but I’m lazy and don’t feel like looking it up)
Every Morning, Keb Mo
Let Him Fly, Patty Griffin
Moses, Patty Griffin
Home, Marc Broussard
Now, it might seem an odd list, but often it is as much about the tone of the music and the emotions it stirs up as it is about genre or artist or even tone. This is a pretty bluesy list, but there are some other things, too, and it is not yet complete, and I’m listening to tons of music, listening and listening as I do other things. Wash clothes, drive around town. New things, old things, I don’t care. I know a song is right when one of the characters starts to move around.
This is morning, it occurred to me that this is just a different way to collage. I’m listening to this collage instead of looking at it. That has often happened in the past, too. Every book-child has its own requirements.
Looking at that list, is there something you think might add some nice flavor? Do you do soundtracks or collages? Just curious.