My Third Novel's Conclusion, My Heartbreak

My heart begins to break when I think about completing this particular book -- because this narrative has sustained me like no other story I've known. It's both more personal and more universal than my other works. But beyond memory and archetype, it's a cri-de-coeur about needing to become the person one is destined to be. And in the writing, I have met my own life's work, my own fated journey -- having the sense all the while that the pages are suffused with a resonance, an energy, an electrified field that defies explanation. Writers hope and pray to be overtaken by a work in this way -- to be conscripted into passionate service of a profound story. To experience it even once in a lifetime seems a great privilege. I still have perhaps six months before this novel is complete, and this constitutes my reprieve. Because I'm not ready for the beauty to end.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Music 7

I'm still listening to my February 12 playlist, because, well, some of those songs have no expiration date -- Fix You, Magic, Fire and Rain, Strange and Beautiful, Never Knock.  Still, I've made a few additions to my travel tracks -- so I thought I'd share them with you.  I hope to return home in a week or so, though I'll try to post before then.  In the meantime, enjoy!

Where's My Love -- Alternate Version -- by SYML

Numb -- by Carlos Vara

Never Tear Us Apart -- by Bishop Briggs

The Scientist -- by Coldplay

Dare You to Move -- Alternative Version -- by Switchfoot, The Beautiful Letdown

Supercut -- El-P Remix -- by Lorde

Make It To Me -- by Sam Smith

Retro pick:  Yesterday -- Remastered -- by The Beatles


  1. SYML has some great songs. Where's My Love is definitely one of them. Have you heard In My Body?

    1. Do you mean "Body?" Yes, I love that song. Very moving, on every level. "I fought the world for your hand." SYML gets my attention.

  2. You almost never include rap, so I'm glad to see you listed Supercut.

  3. I'm adding Numb to my list. Appreciate the find!

  4. Never Tear Us Apart has a great retro sound to it. Like a traditional dinner club soloist.

  5. Yesterday is my all time favorite Beatles song. You can catch Paul McCartney's very first performance of it on Youtube if you're interested.

    1. I've seen this -- the one with the intro by John Lennon. Brilliant performance -- so fresh.