Bartamus sings?

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).

  1. Maps and Legends,” REM (I know, showing my age here): “Maybe these maps and legends have been misunderstood…”
  2. Get Out the Map,” Indigo Girls: “Why do we hurtle ourselves through every inch of time and space?”
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.”
  5. When the World Ends,” Dave Matthews Band: “Collect your things, you’re comin’ with me!”
  6. Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden: “Hang my head, drown my fear, ’til you all just disappear…”
  7. Waiting on the World to Change,” John Mayer (okay, yeah, I did a search in iTunes for “world,” okay?)
  8. Spirits in  the Material World,” the Police: “There is no political solution — to our troubled evolution.”
  9. 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…”
  10. Bodysnatchers,” Radiohead  — this song is solely responsible for the creation of those weird rat-squirrels at Bartamus’ feet on pages 4-8 and 11.
  11. Passenger,” Iggy Pop: “I am a passenger, and I ride and I ride and I ride…”
  12. Of the Girl,” Pearl Jam: “Heavy the fall, quarter to four, fills his night with the thought of a girl.”
  13. 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!

"Stop (In the Name of Love)!"
Jeremy, in dire need of backup singers

(Cross-posted to the Zuda Collective Blog.)

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