Here are the songs that I’ve included on my The Man Who Saved Two Notch Virtual soundtrack. If you like any of the songs, I encourage you to help the artists out and buy the song or better yet, the entire album. They haven’t read or endorsed The Man Who Saved Two Notch, but their songs remind me of the tone and feel of the book.
Murder in the City by the Avett Brothers
Rye Whiskey by the Punch Brothers
John Prine’s classic That’s the Way the World Goes Round performed by Jeffrey Foucault
Goodbye by Steve Earle
The Cave by Mumford and Sons
Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore
Woe is me, I’m ruined by The Lonely Forest
Dream a Little Dream performed by Eddie Vedder
I just heard this on the radio, and I couldn’t wait to add it to my list of songs for The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD. Eddie Vedder released a solo album of just him and his ukulele. Right, I know. It sounds crazy, but once I heard his cover of Dream a Little Dream I was sold. The haunting vocals and simple instrument make it a perfect fit for Two Notch.
So, I have this problem and it’s going to sound kind of insane. I can’t get rid of one of the characters from Two Notch. The guy just won’t leave me alone. No, he isn’t showing up in my bathroom while I’m brushing my teeth (Not literally, anyway). He’s just there every time I sit down to write Book Five of the Oz Chronicles. Writing fiction takes a heavy dose of visualization. I need my mind clear so I can settle down in the world of The Oz Chronicles, and it’s tough with this character from the other book there.
The character’s name is Abel Decker, and he’s not a nice guy. He’s a ruthless gun for hire that just happens to be hired by the good guys in my book. He’s killed a lot of people, including women and children, and he has no remorse. Despite all that, I like him. Pardon my French, but there is no bullshit in Abel Decker. He does what has to be done. There is no decision to big for him to make. He knows his place in the world, and he accepts it. I wouldn’t want to be him, but if there’s a life or death situation coming my way, I’d want him on my side.
I saw a gentleman on TV talk about his time in an Iranian prison. He was put in solitary confinement for several months, and he said he survived by having imaginary conversations with his dead father and sister. I told my wife that if I was in the same situation I would probably survive by talking to some of the characters I’ve created, namely Abel. The dude is just a good old fashion bad ass, and that’s the kind of guy you’d want to be in an Iranian prison with.
I’m saying all that to say this. I’m taking a few days off the interwebs to clear my head, so I can’t put 100% of my focus back on the Oz Chronicles. I’m going to read Book Four again, and get back on track.
I’ll be back on Tuesday, but for now, you can enjoy this video. It’s another song in my The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD. Call it a wish list of songs for the book’s soundtrack. This one is Woe is me, I’m ruined by The Lonely Forest.
Well, it’s out of my hands now. I sent the synopsis and manuscript for The Man Who Saved Two Notch to my agent a couple of days ago. It’s not a young adult novel and that’s the original genre his agency signed me up for, so I have no idea if he’ll want to represent it. It’s not an automatic just because he’s my agent. I like it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s marketable. I don’t have the brand name recognition to carry a book through the vagaries and pitfalls of the market unless it is a primo property. Publishing a book is a huge risk for traditional publishers. It kind of parallels the big studio film industry. I once got feedback from someone in the film industry about The Takers that went something like this, “It’s better than 95% of the stuff that comes across my desk, but I’m looking for something that’s in the top two percent.” And, I can’t blame him for that. The publishing industry is in the same position. So, unless it’s in the top two percent, you’d be a fool to take the risk.
That’s not to say that I won’t self-publish if he says no. Thanks to Createspace it won’t cost me a dime up front. I have a strangely strong gut feeling about this book that I’ve never felt before. I’m not talking about the quality of the writing or my abilities as a storyteller. My ego’s not that out of control. It’s more like a feeling of total immersion whenever I even think about the story. That suggests to me that I found “the zone” with this book when I was writing it. You more or less don’t write in the zone. You simply record what you’re witnessing.
Anyway, I’m adding a new song to The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD. This is nothing more than a collection of songs that remind me of the story. Today’s selection is Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore. BTW – If you enjoy on any of this songs, I encourage you to let your friends know. Help an artist out and spread the word.
Here’s another song I’d like to add to The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual soundtrack. I give you The Cave by Mumford and Sons. Who says the Brits can’t do Bluegrass?
Here’s another song for the The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD. This one is an oldie but a goodie. It’s called simply Goodbye. Written and peformed by Steve Earle, a chunkier, redneckier version of Bob Dylan.
Remember, I’m including these songs in my virtual CD list because they remind me of either the theme or feel of the book. Or in rare cases, both. None of the artists listed endorse or know about my little list.
Posts have been few and far between the last week here for a variety of reasons. Primarily, I am finishing up the first edit and rewrite of my new novel The Man Who Saved Two Notch, and I figured since I had the story in front me, I’d go head and write the screenplay, too. I’ve never successfully adapted one of my books to screenplay. I’ve written 12 screenplays (none produced, one semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships), but adapting one of my novels to screenplay hasn’t come easy to me. So far, I’ve had a easier time of it with The Man Who Saved Two Notch.
I’d also like to create a graphic novel and video game for the book, but I have no idea where to start with those particular formats. If anyone has any ideas, email me or Facebook me or whatever it is you do in this online social networking world. I’ll leave you with another song from my The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual soundtrack (Meaning, there is no official soundtrack. This is the music that reminds me of the book).
This is Jeffrey Foucault singing John Prine’s classic That’s the Way the World Goes Round.
Thanks to Bailey for turning me onto the Punch Brothers. I looked them up on Youtube and found the song Rye Whiskey, and I’m adding it to The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual sound track. Why? Because rye whiskey plays a fairly prominent role in the story.
Ever since a young reader by the name of Jeremy James asked me what the theme song was for The Takers, I’ve tried to assign a song to all my books. The Takers’ song is Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. In fact, all The Oz Chronicles books are Pink Floyd songs. My new book, The Man Who Saved Two Notch is different. First of all, it’s not a Young Adult novel. It’s a post apocalyptic novel for adults. Yay, adults! It’s full of violence and profanity and my attempts at dark humor. It also has an Old West feel to it, and that’s where the theme song issue takes root.
A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the Avett Brothers. I believe they are what’s known as a New Grass band. I love their music. In searching for a song for The Man Who Saved Two Notch, I found one of their songs to be exactly what I was looking for. Its soulful and macabre and sad and funny and moving, everything I want TMWSTN to be. I give you Murder in the City, the theme song for my new book. (Unfortunately, Sony Music won’t let you watch the video on my blog. You’ll have to click on the link provided on the video window to watch the video on Youtube. Don’t blame the Avett Brothers. Listen to the song. Buy their music.)