February 6, 2009
So writers out there, who are you listening to these days? Musical artists who inspire your poetry–or process? Beats that help you find your way back to the page? I can’t have music on while I’m writing, but need a musical infusion before I can dive into a new project or hit my stride on revisions.
I’ve had David Byrne and Brian Eno’s song “Strange Overtones” looping on my iPod lately. I’m relating particularly to the lines:
Your song still needs a chorus
I know you’ll figure it out
The rising of the verses
A change of key will let you out–
Although, here in New England, this verse is also feeling familiar:
Put on your socks and mittens
It’s getting colder tonight
A snowball in my kitchen
I watched it melt before my eyes–
You can find the lyrics on the website for the album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. (There’s also a link to a free download of the song, or you can pull it up on youtube if you’d rather just take a quick listen.)
I had fully intended to link to a traditional poem today, but the tie between music and poetry has my attention at the moment . . .
Today’s poetry roundup is hosted by Wild Rose Reader.