I'm still loving the hell out of Aztec Dance Tunes. It's a hard book to write, sure, but aren't they all? Anyway, here's a couple of fun things.
I made another playlist, this one with a few of the long songs I wanted to put on the first one but which wouldn't fit. (I couldn't get all of them on this one either.) This playlist isn't necessarily made up so much of songs in which I hear the novel as songs which aren't off and strike me as good writing background music for this book. Or at least that I think will be. It's mostly long songs. And a few short ones because. I'm now rotating out the two discs (still Podless, oh wealthy benefactor).
ADT Long Songs #1 Playlist
Scatterheart / Bjork
Car / Catherine Wheel
April The 14th (Part I) / Gillian Welch
Draining The Pool For You / The Go-Betweens
The New Cobweb Summer / Lambchop
23 Minutes In Brussels / Luna (Live)
The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be / The Magnetic Fields
I Think I Need A New Heart / The Magnetic Fields
Miles Away / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Fourth of July / Galaxie 500
Your Dirty Answer / Kristin Hersh
Limbo / Throwing Muses
I Dream A Highway / Gillian Welch
In general, the music I'm putting on these is slightly older than what I'm listening to the rest of the time. And I'm recycling several of the same artists -- people who have made a great deal of music that I love -- maybe because this book is also drawing on all sorts of things I've loved for ever and ever and ever. I like the familiarity and also that little buzz you get from hearing something you haven't been listening to a million times a week already but still love. I'm mostly sticking this one up here because some of you cottoned to the first (and there will be many more, I'm sure, before this sw-et b-tch is done), but also to see what long songs you have to recommend... (Long song = 5 minutes plus.)
And here, as a bonus, is one of the best, grossest bits of my research reading that I don't plan on using and can't help but share. I like to call it "The Misunderstanding":
As discontent arose, the Mexica themselves precipitated their own violent departure. Obeying the promptings of Huitzilopochtli's priests, they had approached Achitometl, one of the Calhua magnates, asking for his beautiful daughter as their "sovereign" and "wife of Huitzilopochtli." Not understanding the implications of this request, Achitometl acceded to the honor; his daughter went to Tizaapan, where she was splendidly arrayed and sacrificed. Following an old custom, the body was flayed and a priest donned her skin in an ancient agricultural rite symbolizing the renewal of life. The unsuspecting chieftain Achitometl, invited to participate in the concluding festivities, suddenly recognized the skin of his daughter on the body of the priest. The outraged Culhua took arms and were joined by others and, in the wild melee of javelins and arrows, the Mexica were once again driven into the reeds and brackish swamps of Lake Tetzcoco.
From The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend
I know you're wondering why I wouldn't use such a spectacular gem. But, you see, Aztec Dance Tunes is funny. It's not just funny, but it's supposed to be funny enough that this particular anecdote won't quite fit. Misunderstanding or no. (Oh, to be a fly on the wall of an Aztec bar.)