working playlist for working manuscript

Stuck on the current manuscript and kept feeling stuck. Made lists of writers and poets I thought the book was “in conversation” with, and that helped. As did asking myself what the playlist for the book might be. Here’s the working list.

  1. Landslide, Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac, 1977.

  2. This Woman’s Work, Kate Bush, The Sensual World, 1989.

  3. Love Out of Lust, Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes, 2010.

  4. Leading Me Now, The Tallest Man on Earth, There’s No Leaving Now, 2012.

  5. I Dream A Highway, Gillian Welch, Time (The Revelator), 2001.

  6. We Belong, Pat Benatar, Tropico, 1984.

  7. Holocene, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, 2011.

  8. What We Had, Handsome Furs, Plague Park, 2007.

  9. Escape, Richard Buckner, Our Blood, 2011.

  10. Landslide, Joel R.L. Phelps & The Downer Trio, Blackbird, 1999.

I can tell by looking at the list that there are decisions still to be made about tone, form, emotional arc. It’s helpful, I think, to have to look at the work through a different lens. I feel like a new kind of movement is now possible. And that is always a good thing.