Rhythm of the Keys: Adventures in Writing

I began writing in earnest at age 10. My first story was a half-page tale for English class, and the plot, such as it was, told of two girls who started a band one day after synthesizers rained from the sky.

Some things never change.

I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the fourth year in a row, and there’s still a lot of music in my writing. There may even be women starting a band involved. It’s going well this year, and I may even achieve the 50,000 word goal this year. Please excuse me while I try to get Amii Stewart’s cover of “Knock on Wood” out of my head now.

To celebrate a steady start, here’s a mix of songs that have been inspirational to me and my characters so far.

NaNo One Mix


  • The Black Keys – “Here I Am, Here I Always Am” (Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band cover)
  • The Black Keys- “Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles” (Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band cover)
  • minutemen – “Jesus and Tequila” (live, Miami Beach, 8.2.84)
  • HotChaCha – “Bukarest”
  • Rocket from the Tombs – “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”
  • Drive-By Trucker – “This Fucking Job”
  • Barnburners – “Take Five” (Hound Dog Taylor cover)
  • Barnburners – “Back to Georgia” (originally recorded by Timmy Shaw)
  • The Violent Femmes – “American Music”

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