The Early Days of a Better Nation

Monday, June 27, 2005

The musical baton

1. The person who passed the baton to you.

Ellis Sharp.

2. Total volume of music files on your computer.

None, except for a fake folk-song I wrote for Dark Light, which was arranged and performed by a couple who liked it and are real folk singers. It sounds just like I imagined it. Eerie.

3. The title and artist of the last CD you bought.

'Funeral' by Arcade Fire. We heard them on Jools and bought the album the next day.

4. Song playing at the moment of writing

None. I've occasionally blogged while listening to Warren Zevon, with sometimes regretable results. I've done better with music while writing fiction. The soundtrack for Newton's Wake was The Eagles''Desperado'. Other novels have been soundtracked by Karen Matheson's 'The Dreaming Sea' and The Chieftains' 'The Long Black Veil'; space battles scored by Warren Zevon ...

5. Five songs you have been listening to of late (or all-time favourites, or particularly personally meaningful songs)

'Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner' Warren Zevon
'Mo Ghile Mear' (trad) The Chieftains (with Sting)
'Why Walk when You can Fly' Mary Chapin Carpenter
'There's Always Sunday' Karen Matheson
'Be Good to Yourself' Frankie Miller

6. The five people to whom you will 'pass the musical baton.'

I've decided to stop being a meme vector. If anyone wants to pick up the baton, however, let me know and I'll link to your post.


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