Way back in 2005, I decided I wanted to write a book where the main character is so attached to music he can’t get through his day without it (just like me). Consequently, that produced a book with a crap-ton of music in it–all kinds, too. Fast forward to May of this year. My publicist at Flux asked me to make a Spotify playlist of all the songs and artists mentioned in the book, in case people wanted to check it out. Know how long it took me? 8 hours. Know how many songs are in it? 154. 10 hours of musical weirdness (though Share My Playlists says it’s 17 hours). Everything’s not quite perfect–the song I mentioned wasn’t there, etc.–but it’s close. Justin Bieber and Britney Spears are mentioned in the book, but I couldn’t bring myself to put them in the playlists.
154 songs! 10 hours! I had no idea.
I also made a second list of songs, the ones I would have used had I discovered them sooner (Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick Push”), remembered them sooner (“Tell Me Baby,” Red Hot Chili Peppers), or they’d come out sooner (Cee Lo’s “Fuck You”). But music is like that–the more you listen, the more times your favorite song changes.
Poor Gabe has my funk and soul leanings. I hope he doesn’t mind.