So here is your non-fiction WYTO guide to Sex, Drugs, and Madness, plus a few more for good measure.
Sex, Drugs and Madness Playlist:
· “Little Cream Soda” by The White Stripes: This is my alarm so if this is playing we’re either very fond of each other, living together, or going to be best friends.
· “Second Chance” by Peter Bjorn and John: The first time I listened to this was in a half-built house at like two in the morning and it was proof that sometimes people do deserve a second chance.
· “Daydream in Blue” by I Monster: “I fell asleep amid the flowers.”
· “She Used to Love Me a Lot” by Johnny Cash: I used to love him a lot.
· “Electronic Sunset” by The Scientists of Modern Music: I’m really happy.
· “Steady, As She Goes” by The Raconteurs: Life goes on.
· “Maggie McGill” by The Doors: “People down there, really like to get it on.”
· “The Difference Between Us” by The Dead Weather: I don’t know the fuck to feel about anything.
· “Lazaretto” by Jack White: I listened to this entire album on my way home after I spent two days being awake and running around Greensburg playing music, writing poetry, and falling in love with my life again.
· “Come with Me Now” by KONGOS: If this is on, I’m about to make a bad decision and a great memory and I’m probably going to invite you to come along.
· “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane: “One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small.
· “Jolene” by Dolly Parton: This song isn’t my song, but it’s the song of someone who used to be/is very important to me. When I’m going through a major life change, I listen to this, and it reminds me to take life one day at a time...and to chill out.
· “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix: I have a weak spot for musicians. And great guitar players.
· “Alabama Song” by The Doors: “Show me the way to the next whiskey bar…”
· “Kiss Off” by The Violent Femmes: Give me a pack of cigarettes and an open road. I need time to think. And I’m probably going to wake up in the woods on the hood of my car.
· “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop: I’m going on a road trip and I don’t have to drive!
· “I Would Walk 500 Miles” by The Proclaimers: I’m going on a road trip and I have to drive.
· “Captain Jack” by Billy Joel: Summer 2014
· “No Regrets” by The Von Bondies: The Year 2014.
· “Where Is My Mind?” by The Pixies: But seriously guys…
· “Kids” by MGMT: After two years of healing, this was the song that was playing when I decided to let myself fall in love again. It didn’t work out, but it’s one of my happiest memories.
· “Spotlight” by Mutemath: I’m about to take a serious chance on something.
· “Madness” by Muse: I took a serious chance on something and I have no idea what to do now.
· “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard: I’ve had WAY too much to drink and I’m reliving Coyote Ugly.
Songs that always tap emotions:
· “In The Cold, Cold Night” by The White Stripes: My favorite song.
· “She’s Long Gone” by The Black Keys: My leaving song.
· “Little Black Submarines” by The Black Keys: My I-miss-you song
· “Falling" by The Civil Wars: My just-kill-me song
· “Jekyll and Hyde” by Five Finger Death Punch: My I’m-going-to-kill-you song.
· Wanted Dead or Alive’ by Bon Jovi: My I-forgive-you song.
· “Think I’m in Love” by Beck: My I'm-falling-in-love song.
· “Adrenalize” by In This Moment fueled Hysteria: A Collection of Madness and it’s the song I listen to every time I need to get myself pumped up to do anything with writing.
· I wrote Mourning Jewelry to Jill Tracy’s albums on repeat.
· An Exorcism of Angels was inspired by “Touch” by Daughter. This is my sad song. If I’m ever listening to Daughter, chances are, it’s been a bad day and you should bring me wine, walk away, and just let me write. Maybe come back with chocolate later.
· “Click Click Boom” inspired Brothel because it was playing when I got a super-hot kiss from a then-stranger, now close-friend. Hell, I even wrote a poem about it in the collection.
· The Eighth came out of me hearing “Baptize Me” by The Exies
· My WIP collection, The Widow Effect, came out of listening to Nick Cave’s “Jubilee Street” on repeat for a weekend.