Super Emo Monday

Mood/Music Monday

I can't write a novel without communicating emotion, but where does that emotion come from? What's it comprised of? Is it possible to actually fully convey what I'm going through to my reader, or are my attempts in vain?

Writing fiction is an exhausting endeavor, putting myself out there to feel every last ounce of agony and angst my characters experience. It pushes my empathy to its limits, but makes it possible to build a story organically instead of having to force the tone.

I picked out a playlist this week that I feel follows the emotional map of this last book. (I listened to a lot of Dawes while writing, which is why they appear multiple times.) Someday, I hope to pen a novel as pure as Taylor Goldsmith writes a song. Wouldn't that be something?


Rancid
Olympia, WA

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How many times will it take me
Before I go crazy
Before I lose everything
Something burning deep inside of me



REM
Crush With Eyeliner

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I'm in like
I'm infatuated
It's all too much pressure
She's all that I can take
What position should I wear?
Cop an attitude? (You faker)
How can I convince her? (Faker)
That I'm invented, too, yeah


Bright Eyes
First Day Of My Life

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This is the first day of my life
I'm glad I didn't die before I met you
But now I don't care, I could go anywhere with you
And I'd probably be happy


Jeremy Messersmith
Bridges

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Suddenly you tell me
You never felt so wanted
And you wouldn't mind
If I stuck around


Conor Oberst with
First Aid Kit & Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes
Lua

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And I know you have a heavy heart
I can feel it when we kiss
So many men stronger than me have thrown their Backs out trying to lift it


Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes
From A Window Seat

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I want to make out all the signs I've been ignoring
How the trees reach for the sky or
In the length of someone's hair
'Cause when you don't know where you are going
Any road will take you there


Wilco
Please Be Patient With Me

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How can I warn you when my tongue turns to dust
Like we've discussed
It doesn't mean that I don't care
It means I'm partially there

You're gonna need to be patient with me


Dawes
Moon In The Water

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I hoped my loneliness found peace
I hoped my number had been drawn
When all I wanted from her was to
Remind me of you

So I stay out in the streets
Hoping to find you anywhere
Now that I understand
The woman you need to be


Dawes
Stories Don't End

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But the plot line wanders and versions change
And I don't know where to quit

If I tried to show every side of you
Through words of a song
I'd say a fraction of what I'd intend
'Cause if you're telling a story
At some point you stop
But stories don't end


Bright Eyes
Another Travelin' Song

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Well, I'm changing all my strings
I'm gonna write another traveling song
About all the billion highways and
The cities at the break of dawn
Well, I guess the best that I can do now is pretend That I've done nothing wrong
And to dream about a train that's gonna
Take me back where I belong