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Music Monday… Avicii “Levels”

1) Avicii “Levels”

This video, so ridiculous, sometimes so fun.

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Music Monday…Girls and Guitars Kick Ass (The Dollyrots, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 78Violet, Halestorm, and The Kelley Deal 6000)

1) “Because I’m Awesome” The Dollyrots

Because bassists + vocalists are awesome.

2) “I Love Rock & Roll” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Because badass lasts forever.

3) “The Good, The Bad, The Boring” 78Violet

Because sisters + guitars are twice as much badass. (I wish they’d put out more official videos. I love them so, and would rather share official videos.)

4) “I Miss the Misery” Halestorm

Because wicked voice and talented guitar skills is badass.

5) “Get the Writing Off My Back” The Kelley Deal 6000

Because rumor has it Kelley Deal didn’t start playing the guitar until she was 30, and that’s badass.

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Music Monday…Currently Listening

I’m in the middle of a couple projects, so I don’t have soundtracks to share, but I am currently listening to some music which I thought you might like.

1) “I Am Me” Willow Smith

2) “21st Century Girl” Willow Smith

How awesome is this kid? And she runs with the wolves in that second video, which filled me with glee the first time I saw it.

3) “Kiss Me Again” We Are the In Crowd

There is just something so cheery and fun about this song.

4) “It’s Not You” Halestorm

Halestorm + roller derby? AMAZING.

5) “Unity” Shinedown

Part of this video was filmed in Kansas City, at Rockfest 2012, and I love seeing one of my favorite things about KC featured in this video.

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Music Monday…Soundtrack for “Lone Wolf (Bound)”

Last week I posted “Lone Wolf (Bound)”. Today, I thought I’d post the songs I listened to while writing it. (I’m unfortunately not doing a lot of fiction writing except for the Full (Moon) Flash Fiction, which is frustrating, so I don’t have a lot of playlists to pull from right now.)

Only three, because I listen to my music on repeat while writing, and flash fiction doesn’t require an extensive soundtrack.

1) The Lumineers “Ho Hey”

Totally unashamed of falling in love with this from the Bing commercial. Between this and the vampire Bing commercial, I find Bing commercials to be the best.

My favorite lines are, probably unsurprisingly: So show me family / all the blood that I will bleed / I don’t know where I belong / I don’t know where I went wrong

2) Alex Clare “Too Close”

I swear, I don’t actually get all my music from commercials. This one, Tech Guru introduced me to the song before I actually saw the IE commercial. (Which is kinda gorgeous. Whoever Microsoft is using for their ad work right now, GOOD JOB. Did you see that awesome Iron Man bit?)

It’s actually not the lyrics that get to me on this one, just the rhythm and the electronic work. What would you call that? Someone musically smarter than me should help me out with the proper terms.

3) Florence + The Machine “Drumming Song”

The rhythms here work nicely for the building tension of a full moon night, I think. (I’m not generally a fan of Flo + The Machine, particularly after the whole racist “No Light No Light” video; see Racialicious.com’s “No Light No Light White Supremacy All Dressed Up in a Pop Video is Still White Supremacy” for a great analysis.)

What are you listening to this week?

Music Monday…Songs in the Key of Werewolf (Month of the Werewolf Day Three)

For this week’s Music Monday, I thought I’d focus on songs about werewolves, considering this is Month of the Werewolf. (What I will do for the rest of the Mondays, I have no idea. I should probably do some batch post writing this weekend and get that figured out.) Here are some of my favorite songs about werewolves; probably you will be familiar with most of them, but maybe there will be one or two new.

1) Pack A.D. “Wolves and Werewolves” (Yes, previously featured in the very first Music Monday here, but still an excellent, oft ignored song.)

Wolves and werewolves, baby
scratching at your door
Said there’s wolves and werewolves, baby
scratching at your door
I think I fed them earlier,
I don’t know what they’re here for

2) Bowling for Soup “Lil Red Riding Hood”

Is there an official video for this song somewhere? I think there should be, it would be so much fun. Probably it would involve a lot of Cursed, though.

Okay, so this may not technically be a song about a werewolf, but that is my pet interpretation (see what I did there?), and I think the lyrics support it. Sheep suit can totally equal human skin, right?

I’m gonna keep my sheep suit on
Till I’m sure that you’ve been shown
That I can be trusted walkin’ with you alone

3) Shakira “She Wolf”

Video maybe not safe for work, though it doesn’t actually show anything.

Part of me hates this song, because the video falls right into that horrible trope of sexual woman as monster (I really need to do a meta post about this at some point during Month of the Werewolf), but I find it very catchy, and also there are times when I find the video hilariously charming. (Some of the dancing as transformation is fantastic.)

A domesticated girl that’s all you ask of me
Darling it is no joke, this is lycanthropy
The moon’s awake now with eyes wide open
My body’s craving, so feed the hungry

4) Moonspell “Full Moon Madness”

The guitar is what makes this song for me. The rhythm of it gets beneath my skin, sort of like lycanthropy, yeah?

We are wolf memories
that tear the skin apart
Wolves that once were men
and shall be them again

5) Robert Mirabal “Skinwalker’s Moon”

Beast is on the loose.
Can you sense the desire?
The beast is on the loose.
I can see the village fires
glowing in the dark.
It’s the full moon.
Skinwalker’s moon
just let it rise.
Skinwalker’s moon
just let it rise.

(No guarantees on the accuracy of any lyrics included in this post.)

Do you have any favorite songs about werewolves, either explicitly or implicitly?

Music Monday…Favorite Cover Songs

(I’m trying out batch posting these days, in which I set aside time on Sunday to schedule posts for the week. This week, I didn’t write them in order, and I am trying hard not to reference posts that come later without putting it into context, but I apologize if I missed a reference.)

Later this week, for Werewolf Wednesday, you will see another trailer for The Howling Reborn. It inspired me to focus this week’s Music Monday on some of my favorite cover songs. I write to them a lot, too, so it still fits the theme lately of the soundtracks to my songs.

Gus “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”

Oddly, I didn’t know this was from Scream when I first heard it. Scream was one of the movies playing in the background of my teenage life, though. Some of my dearest friends adored it, and we watched it all the time. I’m still a big fan; I rewatch the first movie regularly. I even saw Scream 4 at the theater this summer. (I saw it at the drive-in as a part of a double feature. Had I watched it on its own, I’d probably be disappointed that I didn’t wait to watch it on dvd, but it wasn’t too horrible.

This song is gorgeous, no matter what.

Johnny Cash “Hurt”

I like the NIN version of this song, but the Johnny Cash cover is absolutely unbelievable. It is the most heartbreaking, painful cover I’ve ever heard, and the video shatters me every time.

Scala and Kolacny Brothers “I Touch Myself”

I love, love, love this cover. I walk around listening to it on my mp3 player and beaming at the world, just absolutely beaming. It is so fun, and so unexpected. I love having people listen to this for the first time. They’re always so surprised by it, and then so full of joy.

Glee “Fat Bottomed Girls”

Incredibly, incredibly ashamed of this, because I think is a horrific show full of racism and sexism and biphobia and fat hate and ableism. However, some of their cover songs make me grin and crack me up, and I really, ridiculously love this one. Though I couldn’t find a version on YouTube in my brief search, the performance they used on the show is pretty sexy, too. (I find just watching the performances recommended to me by friends helps keep my rage down regarding everything else.)

Echo and the Bunnymen “People are Strange”

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite horror movies. Oh, 80s, you certainly gave me movies to love (The Howling and The Lost Boys in particular). And then the 00s and the 10s gave me sequels and remakes that were horrible. What is this life? Why do you hate me so? At least I got Cursed, which while sometimes horrible, was a nice shiny rock video of a movie for werewolves much like what The Lost Boys was for vampires.

This song, though, is awesome.

What are your favorite covers?

Music Monday…Songs From My Current Werewolf Playlist

I realize I did songs from this same playlist the last time I did Music Monday, but it is a massive playlist, so there is always more to share. I have specific songs for specific scenes or chapters, but I also have a playlist for background music; it doesn’t have to exactly match whatever work I’m doing, it just needs to make me feel good while I write, for various definitions of “feel good.” Also, my music can be eclectic.

“Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield

Johnny Cash references for the win, no matter how cheesy. I grew up loving Johnny Cash’s music, and I just love it more the older I get. Also, I really love the fire in the video here, and that gorgeous car. I like the rise and fall of this, the softness and the powerful chorus. Total windows down, music up roadtrip song.

“Devil Town” Bright Eyes

Not the official music video, but this claymation and live action fusion is fabulous and, at times, hilarious. (The vampires!)

“Whispers in the Dark” Skillet

This great, too, though the version on my playlist is acoustic, and therefore wicked haunting.

“White Sandy Beach” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

I really should stop putting his music on my playlists, because mostly what it does is break my heart that he isn’t still alive and making music. (Johnny Cash’s music does the same thing to me, really.) I have a lot of Iz’s music on this playlist for a couple reasons, but this is one of my favorites.

“Boxer” The Gaslight Anthem (live at Bonnaroo 2010)

Mostly for these lyrics:

There was something heavy holding you down
And there were whispers that were driving you crazy
And now you hunt the heart of this town
Remember when I knew a boxer baby

“Drop the World” Lil Wayne feat. Eminem

Tech Guru showed this to me for the first, and sold it to me as an apocalyptic rap song. Until that moment, I didn’t know how much I wanted apocalyptic rap songs. The version on my playlist is uncensored and is SO MUCH BETTER. I recommend syncing up an uncensored version with the official video, because it’s amazing. (Tech Guru did this for me the first time, because he is awesome.)

So what are you listening to while you write?

Music Monday…Songs From My Current Werewolf Playlist

I am deep into a werewolf novel right now, and have lined up some music to go with it. I thought it might be interesting to share some of the songs here, along with their official music vids where I can, because official music vids are frequently ridiculous. (Also, sometimes awesome.) (Most of these songs were introduced to me by either Eliza Reeve or my dear friend Kira. I really need to schedule trips out west to visit each of them.) I choose music to write to based on a combination of appropriate lyrics and/or mood and/or a rhythm that gets to me.

Escape the Fate “Issues”

Escape the Fate “Gorgeous Nightmare”

(Wow, this was the first time I watched the official vid. You can skip to about 1:20 for the song to start, but that’s kind of intriguing. Not such a fan of the fat hate, but I will have to spend some time analyzing the video some other day.) (The rhythm on this song really gets to me, especially when the lines repeat.)

Skillet “Monster”

(I still sometimes sing this as “I feel like a rockstar” because it cracks me up every time I do. No idea why.)

The Pack AD “Wolves and Werewolves”

(Alas, could not find an official vid for this one, but I highly recommend buying their album.)

Bowling for Soup “Girl All the Bad Guys Want”

Bowling for Soup “High School Never Ends”

(Also my first time seeing the video, and it’s horrible and hilarious at the same time. Plus Bowling for Soup is ridiculously hot.)

So what are you listening to (or watching) while you write?