This is just pure madness. And I love it. Especially the guy at 4:30 who kicks himself in the head.
"This book is painful. This book is in agony. This book is crazy. This book is sad. This book is miserable."
Another one that's inspiring my new one. I dig it.
This one has an incredible melody. Cuts me in half.
This song makes me think about some of themes I've been exploring in my writing. Like what it means to be both the creator and the subject of a story, or in this case, a song. It's another one that's informing the spirit of the new novel I'm working on.
When writing, I create music playlists to help get my ideas going. Usually, I don't listen while doing the actual writing, but I do listen while walking around, commuting, etc. I try to get myself into the headspace of the characters and situations. It's all about tone and feeling.
I don't remember how I found "Swannanoa" by Water Liars, but once I did, it connected to everything that I've been thinking about when it comes to the story.
This is one of those songs that I'll replay at least 3 times in a row before I'm ready to move to another song.
Craig Finn is one of my favorite performers of all time. I love his band The Hold Steady but his solo stuff is probably my most frequently listened to music of the past few years. He's one the greatest storytellers writing songs today. Each of his songs are like Raymond Carver stories set to music. His characters are so complete and real.
"Jester & June" from his latest album "We All Want the Same Things" is one of his best. It's a wonderful story about a couple of ne'er-do-wells who are trying to reclaim their old nicknames.
Been listening to this one a lot. I'm beginning work on a new novel, and this is one of the many songs that's helping to inform the tone. Love the feel of it.
This is one of those songs that will come on shuffle and I'll replay it over and over again. Not sure what it is, but it just gets to me. In a very good way. Such an undercurrent of sadness.
The final page of Tyranny of the Muse #5, the comic series I created/write, is up at Study Group Comics. Head over there to read the whole issue now. If you need to catch up, you can read the previous 4 here.
I'm really proud of this issue. I'm so happy with the work Dave Chisholm did on the art. I think it's the best one yet.
It'll be hitting print and digital in the next couple of months.
Click the thing to read the whole thing.
"The Sing" by Bill Callahan feels like wandering a city alone. It smells like a damp carpet in a bar. It's a perfect song for sipping an afternoon drink while sitting at a wobbly table, mindlessly staring at a baseball game with the sound turned off. It goes good with a notepad and a pen.
"The only words I've said today are 'beer' and 'thank you'."
I wrote the side-story in the newest Regular Show original graphic novel WRASSLEPSLOSION. It's all about pro wrestling. The main story (by Ryan Ferrier, Laura Howell, and Fred Stresing) involves Mordecai and Rigby doing battle in the land of Pound Town where wrestling is all there is. The story I wrote is called "The Comeback." It's 20 pages and about the guys meeting Mordecai's hero -- the washed-up, overly clingy pro wrestler Don Dynamo. I had a great time writing it. This all-ages stuff is really fun. Elle Power did the art, Lisa Moore colored it, and Warren Montgomery lettered it. They did awesome jobs.
Here's a preview. Go get the whole thing.