Independent Authors Blog
Article 15 Blog Tour Author Interview
November 15, 2019

What, if any, music to you write to? (If you don’t explain). Do you have a playlist for Article 15?

I worked mainly in verse when I finally got serious about scribbling things down back at the Ohio Wesleyan English Department. And, since you are working the rhythms and sounds of the language to create unmelodized songs, it’s difficult to listen to music while you are trying to make it. By necessity, then, writing was a quiet meditation for me.

So, I don’t have a specific playlist for Article 15, although I do reference Griff listening to Brad Paisley at excessive sound pressure levels as he races a convertible Mustang through the Carson National Forest on his way to Helena’s home in the New Mexico mountains.

The reason I worked mainly in verse back then was to improve my songwriting skills, as I entertained notions of Rock ‘n’ Roll stardom. And between there and here I did release an album of originals called Operation Thuderclap.

Also along the way, I created the very first novel ever with a soundtrack. If Alfred Hitchcock and the Rolling Stones spawned a bastard child of a story, it would be Crossroads. And if you’re going to have a story whose characters are musicians…well…then…it should have music. Right?

So I structured the story in twelve parts—like a twelve-bar blues—and each part opens with a song whose lyrics are relevant to the characters and the plotline. There are also fourteen other songs embedded along the way to help tell the story.

Most of the music publishers monetized the lyrics videos I created, while for a few of the others I used the official YouTube videos links in the manuscript, which you can click on to listen to as you read. Consequently, Crossroads can only exist as an eBook.

You can listen to the soundtrack here: Crossroads Playlist

These were some of the very best tunes I grew up with, wearing out the grooves on vinyl over and over and over again.

Now they’re all on my iPhone and at some point on every long road trip they serenade me down the highway.