If I had to live in a world without books, it better have music. Or vice versa. If I were stranded on an island without either, I’d just go ahead and guzzle some salt water and die.
When I was a kid, my parents didn’t take me and my sister to church on Sunday. They’d play their records all morning until the game (football, basketball, whatever) came on in the afternoon. Since this was in the early ’70s, my sister and I went to The Church of Motown and The Holy House of Funkadelic.
This would eventually come to an end when my dad decided to start taking us to church when I became a teenager, but the “damage” had been done. My musical education had taken root. When I was in fourth grade, one of the radio stations I listened to changed its format and started playing “classic oldies,” which at the time meant 1950s and 1960s. So while most of my friends were listening to the same Top 40 tunes, I was listening to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll.
I studied piano for several years and learned about classical music, and then I discovered blues and ska music (during its “second wave”). But it was my mother who introduced me to the New Wave coming out of the UK—and that took a strong root inside the fertile landscape of my sense of taste.
When I was in high school, we had a radio station, and I was a DJ for the last two years of my sentence. I learned about playlists and realized that it was just like creating a mix tape, but with one important difference: THE CROSSFADE!
So what I’m saying is that I have a wide range of taste and appreciation of music and can pick music to reflect any mood. I will create a playlist of tunes that reflect the story I am writing. The songs can center around a theme or a character or the setting—anything.
Here’s a sampling of songs that have inspired me. You may see some you recognize.
“Wuthering Heights” – Kate Bush (1985 “New” Recording)
“Knocks Me Off My Feet” – Stevie Wonder
“Take Me” – Everything But the Girl
“Tupelo Honey” – Van Morrison
“My Flame” – Bobby Caldwell
“Astrud” – Basia
“Almaz” – Randy Crawford
DP or “DEEP PENETRATION” or “DOUBLE PENETRATION”
“More” – Sisters of Mercy
“This Corrosion” – Sisters of Mercy
“The Anvil” – Visage
“Feel It” – Kate Bush
“Waking the Witch” – Kate Bush
“Back Door Santa” – Clarence Carter
“Trust in Me” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
“I Want You” – Elvis Costello
What songs/artists/albums get you in the mood to get it on? I’m open for suggestions for music to inspire my “dirty” mind.