Like most writers, I’ve always got some tunes going in the background as I write and work on IN MAPS & LEGENDS.
So I thought I’d share some of the tunes that have inspired me, including some key lyrics that leaped out at me (and in some cases inspired me to even greater weirdness).
- “Maps and Legends,” REM (I know, showing my age here): “Maybe these maps and legends have been misunderstood…”
- “Get Out the Map,” Indigo Girls: “Why do we hurtle ourselves through every inch of time and space?”
- “Until the End of the World,” U2: “I kissed your lips and broke your heart, and you — you were acting like it was the end of the world.”
- “World on Fire,” Sarah McLachlan — perfect song for page 8 (and many pages to come, which is kinda unfortunate for Bartamus’ world): “We part the veil on our killer sun, stray from the straight line on this short run.”
- “When the World Ends,” Dave Matthews Band: “Collect your things, you’re comin’ with me!”
- “Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden: “Hang my head, drown my fear, ’til you all just disappear…”
- “Waiting on the World to Change,” John Mayer (okay, yeah, I did a search in iTunes for “world,” okay?)
- “Spirits in the Material World,” the Police: “There is no political solution — to our troubled evolution.”
- “Secret World,” Peter Gabriel — the music in this one sets the stage perfectly, all moody and atmospheric: “Down by the railway siding, in our secret world, we were colliding…”
- “Bodysnatchers,” Radiohead — this song is solely responsible for the creation of those weird rat-squirrels at Bartamus’ feet on pages 4-8 and 11.
- “Passenger,” Iggy Pop: “I am a passenger, and I ride and I ride and I ride…”
- “Of the Girl,” Pearl Jam: “Heavy the fall, quarter to four, fills his night with the thought of a girl.”
- “Here’s Where the Story Ends,” The Sundays: “So I cynically, cynically say, the world is that way — surprise, surprise, surprise…”
Thanks for listening, and for reading, too!
(Cross-posted to the Zuda Collective Blog.)