The Promise & At This Point In My Life: Training Season Extras! #tracychapman #music

I almost always write with a soundtrack. Either music is playing as I write, or I have certain songs in my mind that capture the vibe of what I’m going for with a certain section of the book. Sometimes it’s the lyrics that speak to me and other times it’s the music. In this case, it was definitely both.

The last third of Training Season was stamped with these two songs. I had them on repeat as I worked out the end of the book. I wanted the tenderness and growth to be all over those words.

The words at 4:19 through the end of the song are what I wanted Matty to be expressing during that part of the book.

Oh, this song. Is there anyone on earth who doesn’t have the feelings in them that this song expresses? Matty definitely had them and I wanted there to be that kind of longing and tenderness in the book. I hope I succeeded.

Five Shuffled Songs For Today! Syd, Stratton, Barber, and More! #music

A few weeks ago, I talked about doing a five songs post every day, but I quickly realized that would get super-spammy super-fast. So, I decided just to do a five songs post, a la Eric Arvin on Facebook, when I felt inspired to do so! I feel inspired today!

So, I’m pulling up my iTunes and I’m hitting shuffle! Let’s go!


Here I Go by Syd Barrett
(Shine on you, Crazy Diamond!)

Now It’s Gone by Casey Stratton
(From my favorite of Casey’s albums, Signs of Life)


One More Time by Jill Barber


Never Said by Liz Phair
(from the ever and always awesome Exile in Guyville. Oh, Liz, what happened to you? Does anyone know if her latest album was decent? I mean, is it wrong that I have endless hope that she’ll eventually return to her original form to some degree?)


Glitter in the Air by Pink

What an odd set of five songs. Interesting. And there we go! Five songs for today!

Five Songs on Shuffle Play #music

Eric Arvin has a ritual on Facebook of posting five shuffled songs to start his day. I love music and I love shuffle posts and thus I thought, “Why not do that on your blog, Leta?”

So let’s try it out.

First five songs on my shuffle play! Music brought to you by the powers of YouTube! If you like the music, go forth and buy it!


Sort Of by Ingrid Michaelson

It’s not a Gaga song, I promise. It’s the song set to the most wonderful Kurt fanvid ever made. The kind of fanvid that you’ll never forget. Watch it.


The World Spins Madly On by The Weepies (Animation by Ryan Woodward)

Stunning animation to a wonderful song.


Take On Me by A-Ha.

No explanation needed, amiright?


Goin’ Places by The Jacksons

Uh, I didn’t even know I owned this song? *confused*


Whatshername by Green Day

Bonus American Idiot Version!

Well, this was interesting! Gotta say! I’ll be curious to see what comes up tomorrow!

Been Reaching High, But Always Losing Ground #music #life

A paper installation of Mt. Hood by Marisa Green and Peter Bogart. Click the photo to see more beautiful pictures of it, especially the lovely one of people standing underneath the floating mountain.

The above picture represents my mind right now. I’m in the midst of completing the final touches on this draft (and there’s sure to be another draft!) of Training Season, a m/m romance about a figure skater and a rancher. Yes, really. You did read that right.

As I push through to the end, adding the necessary pieces to make this mountain fly (see above), I find that other responsibilities in my life are falling through the cracks. Emails to friends, reading I’m supposed to do for a fellow author, careful review of my child’s homework (oops, I might suck), and even my 20 year High School Reunion. Yep, it’s true. I skipped it to work on this novel.

So this is me apologizing to you–whoever you are, all of you, any of you–because of how I’ve let you down. I know that I have in some way or another. Hopefully, before too long, I will be in a place where the novel is in my editor’s hands and I get some room to breathe. For my child’s sake, at least, I hope this is soon.

This song is also fairly representative of how I feel right now. Listen and enjoy!

You see, when I’ve touched the sky

The earth’s gravity has pulled me down

But now I’ve reconciled that in this world

Birds and angels get the wings to fly

If you can believe in this heart of mine

If you can give it a try

Then I’ll reach inside and find and give you

All the sweetness that I have

At this point in my life

–Tracy Chapman

Oh, heck, here is that pic I was talking about above, because it really is so lovely. The smile on her face, the glow of the lights, the floating paper mountain. Humanity. Only humans do these things.

28 Days of Holiday Music: Day 7: Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)


From Wikipedia:

The “Coventry Carol” is a Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. The carol was performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew. The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed. The lyrics of this haunting carol represent a mother’s lament for her doomed child. It is the only carol that has survived from this play.

There are many versions out there, including one by Tori Amos, but this is my preferred version. Because it is creepy like it should be–especially near the end. Singing about the slaughter of innocents should be creepy.