Playlists for My Novels

Complete playlists for my newer novels are on Spotify!
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I write based on the music I’m listening to. I have no idea whether the writing soundtrack is similar to the reading soundtrack, but here are the songs and artists that shaped my novels. In reverse chronological order:


Book 2: Nica of the New Yorks – listen on Spotify

To write the second FRAMES book, I tapped most of the Book 1 inspirations then put these on rerererepeat:

  • Kelly Joe Phelps (+ his influences, Mississippi Fred McDowell & Robert Pete Williams)
  • Lady Gaga
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Elliott Smith
  • Eminem
  • Lou Reed
  • Nina Simone
  • Nico
  • Burning Spear

Check out the playlist on Spotify for specific songs.

Book 1: Nica of Los Angeles – listen on Spotify

The first book in the FRAMES series evolved with lots of:

  • Miles Davis
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Punch Brothers
  • Chris Thile
  • Sara Watkins
  • Fiona Apple
  • Aoife O’Donovan

Check out the playlist on Spotify for specific songs.

Scar Jewelry – listen on Spotify

All of the bands and songs mentioned in the novel (Adolescents, Alleycats, Angry Samoans, Bags, Billie Holiday, Black Flag, Blasters, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Bob Mould, Butthole Surfers, Clash, Code Blue, Curt Cobain, Dead Kennedys, Devo, Differentials, Doors, Elliot Smith, Elvis, Elvis Costello, Germs, Go Gos, Green Day, Hank Williams, Husker Du, Jam, Joe Strummer, John Lennon, Kraftwerk, Los Lobos, Mary J. Blige, Mau Maus, Meat Puppets, Miles Davis, Minutemen, Patti Smith, Plugz, Pogues, Ramones, Replacements, Rhino 39, Screamers, Sex Pistols, Skin, Social Distortion, Spoilers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Suicidal Tendencies, Undertones, Warren Zevon, Weirdos, X, Zeroes), including most of the obscure ones, are on YouTube.

I especially listened to these:

  • X – Los Angeles; Under the Big Black Sun
  • Neil Young – “Hurricane”; “Hey, Hey, My, My”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “Landslide”
  • Jenny Lewis – “Acid Tongue”
  • Kelly Joe Phelps – “River Rat, Jimmy and Jehosophat”
  • John Doe – “A Little More Time”
  • Melissa Etheridge – “I Am the Only One”
  • The Pretenders – “Back On the Chain Gang”
  • Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights

C.R.I.M.E. Science

  • Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  • Geraldine Fibbers – Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home
  • Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks

Was It A Rat I Saw

  • The Replacements:
    • Let it Be
    • Tim
  • Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta – “You’re the One That I Want”
  • Charlie Sexton – “Beat So Lonely”


  • Graham Parker and the Rumour:
    • Howling Wind
    • Heat Treatment
    • Stick to Me
    • Squeezing Out Sparks
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
    • Greetings from Asbury Park
    • The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
    • Born to Run