Imperial Towers is rushing toward release!
But March 1st is still a little ways away so I wanted to share another 'writing soundtrack' - albums and songs I've been immersed in over the months while writing or editing Imperial Towers.
(Tomorrow or so, these will have links, but for now it's just the images)
I'm reasonably sure this is the fifth writing soundtrack I've done (I could be wrong and it's actually number 6) but here it is in any event, albums with sample songs of the music I was listening to while either writing or editing Greatmask :)
A friend introduced me to Hugh Masekela a while back with this awesome live performance of Stimela (The Coal Train) - have a listen!
It's been a while since I did one of these, but here's a few of the albums that I was/am listening to while completing the Never series.
For some of these, it was a while back (last year actually) when I was working on #1 (The Amber Isle) but some of the new releases will be part of draft one of book 4 :)
(click on the images for a youtube link)
I've been a little obsessed with this song lately.
I can't recall exactly how I stumbled across it but I suspect it was thanks to the AWESOME Mysterious Cities of Gold - but in any event, I'm really enjoying the song. I was already a Neil Young fan but for some reason I'd never heard Cortez the Killer or the Zuma album, which surprised me. A lot. And so perhaps in honour of that surprise I thought I'd share the song plus a bit of trivia about it (thanks, Wiki!):
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about this song is that it seems to upset some historians. Now, I understand that representation is a great mediator of reality but I doubt Young ever claimed to be presenting a historical document.
It's obviously romanticising history for the purpose of song - and listeners need to learn how to navigate all forms of media. Obviously, the Aztecs did indeed know war and hate and yeah, Cortez did murder a lot of people - but interestingly, Young seems to humanise the coloniser in the second last verse:
And I know she's living there
And she loves me to this day.
I still can't remember when
or how I lost my way
Like whoever wrote the wikipedia article on the song, I too wonder, does Young sing from Cortez's point of view there? Is Cortez pining for La Malinche? (And what a fascinating figure she is too.)
Next week - another banned song :)
Been meaning to share this for ages, some of you will doubtless have seen this already, but check out the awesome Richie Castellano performing all the vocal and instrumental parts to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody!
(He uploaded the video back in 2011 and has been playing with Blue Oyster Cult since 2004.)
I'm a bit less organised with my writing soundtrack for Crossings - but here (for the more curious among you) are the albums I remember listening to while writing or editing :)
Here's another writing soundtrack, this time comprised of the tunes I had on heavy rotation while writing & editing Sea of Trees. Among other styles, there's a bit more jazz and music from or inspired by Japan this time around. There were a few traditional pieces I didn't include here too, one of which is the beautiful Moon Over Ruined Castle.
Again (and I know I say this every time) one day I'll update some of these images and make them youtube links!
How about a youtube clip today?
Here's Yo-Yo Ma playing Astor Piazzolla's famous Libertango, an awesome piece that I never get tired of (fans of the film 12 Monkeys will no doubt recognise the distinctive bandoneon sound.)
Doing another clump of cover art because...well because it's fun! So here's the music that's been on rotation for writing and editing The Lost Mask. One day I'd like to add youtube links to some of these but I'm feeling too lazy to do so right now.
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
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