So what is this?
It's a simple idea, really. Each week in 2012 I picked a song, usually at random, occasionally from a suggestion. I wrote a very short story inspired by that song, one draft and quick polish for typos, and posted a video for the song and the story on this blog.
Fifty-two songs, fifty-two stories. Except, in the end, there turned out to be fifty-three.
You can read them all here.
What songs did you did use in the end?
The complete list of stories/songs, from 2nd January to 30th December 2012, are:
Why Don't You Kill Yourself (The Only Ones)
Never Tell (Violent Femmes)
Sexyback (Justin Timberlake)
Psychokiller (Talking Heads)
Love Songs On The Radio (Mojave 3)
Caught By The River (The Doves)
Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants (Wild Beasts)
Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
Waiting For The Man (Velvet Underground)
These Days (Nico)
Come Inside (My Bloody Valentine)
4' 33" (John Cage)
The Grey Ship (EMA)
Way Down In The Hole (Tom Waits)
Invocation (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)
Angel (Massive Attack)
We're No Here (Mogwai)
Lucky You (The National)
Everything Trying (Damien Jurado)
Wolf Like Me (TV On The Radio)
Sad and Beautiful World (Sparklehorse)
Walk Away (Sisters Of Mercy)
Jimmy James (Beastie Boys)
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate (The Flaming Lips)
Someday I Will Treat You Good (Sparklehorse)
Keep On Knocking (Death)
TV Eye (The Stooges)
Elephant Gun (Beirut)
Admiral (King Creosote)
I See A Darkness (Johnny Cash)
Clandestin (Fatoumata Diawara)
The Boy Done Wrong Again (Belle and Sebastian)
Don't Ask Me To Dance (Arab Strap)
What We Gained In The Fire (The Mynabirds)
Four Ton Mantis (Amon Tobin)
A Grand Love Theme (Kid Loco)
Police And Thieves (Junior Murvin)
Seventeen Seconds (The Cure)
The Piano (PJ Harvey)
My Autumn's Done Come (Lee Hazlewood)
Blackout (Anna Calvi)
Come In Alone (My Bloody Valentine)
The Beast (The Only Ones)
Feathers and Down (The Cardigans)
Coward (Vic Chesnutt)
The Dead Part Of You (American Music Club)
Twins (Gem Club)
The Drowning Man (The Cure)
Daft Punk Are Playing At My House (LCD Soundsystem)
Hell Is Round The Corner (Tricky)
Beginning Of A Great Adventure (Lou Reed)
Closedown (The Cure)
What made you decide to do this?
A combination of two things that happened at the back end of 2012.
I was involved in a project called Off The Record, which is a charity anthology edited by Luca Veste, featuring stories from a host of excellent authors (and me) with each story inspired by a classic song track. Taking the opportunity for a plug: thirty-eight stories for next to nothing (Amazon UK | US), it's a bargain, and all the royalties go to charity - the National Literacy Trust in the UK, and the Children's Literary Initiative in the US. I contributed a story inspired by Hendrix's Purple Haze.
Around the time that Off The Record was released, I discovered a really entertaining blog called A Month In Music, written by Alex Watson, and based on a very simple premise. He had thirty days of music in his iTunes collection, 10,513 songs. He switched iTunes to shuffle, pressed play, and wrote about what he heard. The result was a very well-written, sweetly melancholy blog that riffs off the songs played across the month to talk about music, and memories, and how life turns out as it goes past, and I thought, I'd like to do a regular project like that. Something that commits me to writing something on a regular basis (but not an insane one, considering other writing projects that I have on the go).
And so, putting those two ideas together, this was it.
So, who the hell are you?
I like the photo in your header.
So do I. It's part of a bigger photo from stock.exchng, and credit for it and thanks for permission to use it to mn-que.