If you visit my house, you will see what my husband and I have spent all our money on over the past twenty-odd years: books, and music. I listen to music as both a passive consumer — aware something is playing in the background — and as a greedy supplicant: eyes wide, forehead sweaty, mouth slack. I can play nothing. I can sing a little, now that I’ve figured out I’m an alto and not a soprano. Because I lack the training and the language, I can’t tell you how or why a piece of music or a song works.
All I can do is respond.
I create playlists to go with various projects. In the old days, I burned CDs, and in the ancient times before that, I made cassette mixtapes. When I come back to revisions, I can get myself into the emotional places I need to be by spinning an earlier draft’s playlist.
I had many mixes for what became This Marlowe. Here’s one.
The Lizard — Pipher
Scarborough Fair/Canticle — Simon and Garfunkel
Loser — Beck
Maps and Legends — REM
Para mihi domine — Christobal de Morales, arranged by the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Gabarek
Locomotive Breath/Bond Theme — Scheppel with Feed the Wolf
Fuckin Up — Junkhouse
99.9F — Suzanne Vega
Morning — Beck
The Drunken Whaler — Copilot
Everybody Wants to Rule the World — Lorde
The Heart’s Filthy Lesson — David Bowie
Heart is a Drum — Beck
Scared — The Tragically Hip
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap — AC/DC
King of Birds — REM
Losing My Religion — REM
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) — Kate Bush
Faster — Within Temptation
Under Pressure — Queen with David Bowie
Breaking — Suzanne Vega
Uniko Iv: Emo — Kimmo Pohjonen and Kronos Quartet
Dear God — XTC
Pilgrimage — Suzanne Vega
Grace, too — The Tragically Hip
I’m So Sorry — Imagine Dragons
Dirty Knife — Neko Case
Say Goodbye — Beck
Demons — Imagine Dragons
This is Gospel — Panic! At the Disco
Heretic Pride — The Mountain Goats
Don’t Come Around Here No More — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
One thought on “This Marlowe: a playlist”
A mighty fine playlist.