Music Day

Some days it’s better to get lost in some music. Not a day for putting knife to whetstone, or grindstone, or that crack in grouting that needs cleaning out. So! Here are some pieces that I listened to obsessively while writing Kilea: Belle & Sebastian, The State I’m In – A sucker for narratives in song, I’ve been listening to this one since at least 2002. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife (3) – This song recounts a Japanese (I believe) fairytale that has a lot in common with the stories of seal-people (Silkies) to be found in Scottish stories. A man finds a woman in the forest and takes her in to care for her. He falls in love, little knowing that she is in fact a transformed crane. She keeps him from poverty by stitching wonderful fabric from her own feathers, damaging herself out of love, until one day, his greed pushes her away. The guilt of the singer definitely influenced the minister Grieve’s attitude throughout the novel, and I even put a handful of cranes in. Cranes are birds of peace, bearers of the dead to heaven. They also, from my experience of them on the rooftops of a Spanish town (Zaragoza, I think), make interesting clattery purring noises.

And finally, – Hot Chip, Over and Over. This one powered my walks to and from classes during the PhD, and, figuratively speaking, makes into neat bows the scraggly, though apparently stationary (‘laidback”) process of editing and rewriting. “The spell of repetition is really upon you.” “I got to thinking I knew just what to do.”


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