Whiskey Road Playlist.

My background in film production comes into play when I write novels. I visualize a lot of scenes to music and my books tend to unfold like movies in my brain.

If Whiskey Road: A Love Story was a movie, this would be its soundtrack:

Hurt – Johnny Cash
American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
How Soon is Now – The Smiths
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
The Living – Natalie Merchant
Into Dust – Mazzy Star
A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
Effigy – Natalie Merchant
Blood Red River – Beth Orton
Devil Song – Beth Orton
The First Time Ever I saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Consummation – Nina Simone
I Hung My Head – Johnny Cash
I See A Darkness – Johnny Cash
Fire & Roses – Mimi
Run Baby Run – Sheryl Crow
Hold Back the Night – Sinead O’ Connor
Don’t Give Up On Me – Solomon Burke
I Shall Believe – Sheryl Crow
*Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix

*Bold As Love was the original title of the novel.

The songs are in a kind of order that makes sense to me. For instance, when Caleb stops for Jimi at the side of the road in Darby (chapter 2), it happens to Mazzy Star’s Fade into You. And there’s totally a sex scene that plays out to Nina Simone’s Consummation. (Because what’s a love story without a bit of melodrama?)

There are other songs I associate with Whiskey Road that don’t really fit into the order of the book:

Breathe – Anna Nalick
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
The Stranger Song – Leonard Cohen
Pass in Time – Beth Orton
No Need to Argue – The Cranberries
The Judgment – Solomon Burke
If It Be Your Will – Jann Arden
Foolish Games – Jewel

So Whiskey Road: A Love Story is officially in stores Tuesday! Part of me can’t believe the official pub date is already here. Another part of me can’t believe it’s been 3 years since we sold this baby. A lot has changed, and at the same time not so much.

It’s already available at Amazon.com.

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Break of Reality.

So, we spent my birthday weekend doing things we don’t normally do…even though we talk about doing them all the time. We went to Lincoln Center Friday to catch Dawn Upshaw with the New York Philharmonic. We enjoyed it, but Dawn only performed for 25 minutes. Next time we go to Lincoln Center, I think I want to see an opera or ballet. And I want box seats.

Saturday, we went to see Break of Reality perform at Baruch College’s performing arts center. It was our first time there and it was pretty. It was also our first time seeing a full performance by Break of Reality, a chamber rock quartet we just happened to stumble upon last year while they were performing in the middle of one of the paths we frequent in Central Park. Three cellists and a percussionist play heavy metal, rock and original pieces, sometimes standing up with their cellos to play hard like dueling guitarists. It’s just about the coolest thing you can see on stage. What’s even cooler is that they’re kind of geeky and shy. I love it when talented people leave their egos at the door.