Every year I participate in a mix tape (well, CD) swap with other NaNoWriMos. Sometimes I take the time to produce a quality insert and this year was one of those years.
I selected the runner with the pencil from the NaNo logos and wrote the following liner notes for this year's collection, "I'm Yours Boston."
Yeah, I'm yours Boston - you're my home.
And we have had quite a year here in Beantown. A couple of punks tried to blow up our marathon, our hockey fans moved the world to tears a few nights later singing the "Star Spangled Banner" and leaving Renee Rancourt speechless on the ice, mike hanging from his hand and a look of wonderment on his face. Our Red Sox - predicted to do nothing or less by the experts - won the World Series and two players stopped the duck boats in the middle of the parade to place the trophy on the marathon finish line bringing things full circle.
That week set me up for NaNoWriMo this year and I found myself going to a lot of concerts, a Red Sox game or two, drank a lot whiskey and/or rum, writing a lot thoughts down and creating my story this year.
Most of the bands on here are Boston based: the Dropkick Murphys, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Big D and the Kids Table, FORT! The Band, Thick as Thieves, and Passion Pit. Others on here are bands that I found that made me smile, dance or just plain got me through the insanity of those topsy-turvy six months of emotion so that I could write with my fellow Boston wrimos - an event that warms my soul.
The concerts, the rum, the writing all got me from the mile 18 water stop - where I volunteer - to Nano. Writing is a marathon. Sure you can sprint along the way but the whole process is long and steady. I'm talking be more like Bill Rogers and not Usian Bolt here folks.
Boston and writing, like Ken Casey's rose tattoo, are signed and sealed in blood. I hope this collection inspires you the way it has inspired me.
The CD starts with "Tessie," the song the DKMs wrote associated with the 2004 World Series Red Sox and ends with the Standells (who are NOT a Boston band) doing "Dirty Water." In the mix are Jonathan Richman's "As We Walk to Fenway Park (in Boston Town), Big D's "I'm Yours Boston," Thick as Thieves "Here's to Waking Up," and Passion Pit's "Sleepyhead."
The non-Boston songs are ones that got stuck in my head or are from bands that made me dance my cares away at concerts.
It also helped me rethink some things.
My novel wants to focus on the battle in Lowell, not the airships and characters in Waltham. I will think a little more on things tonight as I finish packing up my CDs and mail them off to the corners of the US. I know Tara's story will get told along with the story of her guardian auntie Miranda who, as a result of the battle of Lowell, is now part cyborg and totally dedicated to a higher power.
Go listen to some local music tonight. If you have half a mind, find some local band at a local dive and support them tonight. You never know what may be unleashed inside of you.