Last time I played REM it was to remind myself not to go back to Rockville. Here’s another one of my favorite early REM songs, The Flowers of Guatemala. Flowers for your Friday. May they cover everything.
Today’s SOTD is a sad one. It also mentions being alone a lot. All by myself? Perfect for getting writing done. Bring it. Here’s Soma by the Pumpkins.
Today is one of my designated writing days so this post is short on words. Here are The Eels and Love of the Loveless.
Here’s today’s writing incantation.
May we write for miles, until it’s suddenly dusk. May we read like words are food and we’ve been starving, lost for months in the jungles of Burma. And may we edit carefully.
Ever since I wrote “upside your head” in yesterday’s post I’ve had The Gap Band’s 1979 hit “Oops Upside Ya Head” stuck in my head.
Here’s a pimped up version of that song. Which brings me to one more incantation: may we write with the confidence of Snoop Dogg.
So the other day over my morning coffee, I re-read a chapter of a book I started writing in 2013. After I read it, I thought: Oh ya. I have a book to finish.
It isn’t perfect but it has potential. And if I’ve ever wanted to do anything with this life, it’s that. I have a book in me. I don’t know if it’s that book. At least it won’t be that book in its current incarnation. But the possibility of its future incarnation excites me.
So for the next few months, as I embark on my own private writing retreat, I’ll be posting songs that are somehow writerly. Or poetic. Or otherwise sung by Morrissey.
May your own muse (writerly or otherwise) also smack you upside the head.
Continuing with our guitar-based theme, who better to bring it than the Smashing Pumpkins. This is probably the cheeriest of all Pumpkins songs and a pretty well-known one too. Here’s 1979.
I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to post some more Nick Cave. There are so many Nick Cave songs I’d like to post. This one’s in my top 10.
Here he is with The Mercy Seat. Live version. Can this guy sing from the guts or what?
So yesterday was my birthday. The sun shone all day. Up my sleeve was my still healing sleeve. On my head was a fresh barbershop fade. My button down shirt was crisp. Friends took me out for lunch. I ate a lot and laughed a lot. It was a good day. One of those days where this classic ‘90s song comes to mind.
And yeah, I’m checking all the buckets for this one. Love, survival, sobriety. I’m feeling it all.
Today’s SOTD is brought you by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. This is his song, Time to Move On. I’m filing this under sobriety.
“Under my feet, grass is growing. Time to move on. Time to get going.”
The lyrics in this song are all about sobriety for me (especially the early kind).
Today’s Song of the Day is brought to you by Camper Van Beethoven. This is their song, Good Guys and Bad Guys. This song makes me feel the soft plaid flannel of my ’90s Grunge shirt and my knees catching the breeze from the holes in my jeans.
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