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In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Da...
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. The Moth is a wildly entertaining storytelling series, and its artistic director Catherine Burns highlights 50 of its best stories in this anthology. Stream a Spotify playlist of these tunes. If you don't have Spotify yet, sign up for the free service. In her own words, here is Catherine Burns' Book Notes music playlist for the anthology she edited, The Moth: When Hyperion asked us gather a number of our favorite stories for publication in a book, we were thrilled, but also, frankly, daunted by the task. We were concerned that putting the stories on the page was a little at odds with what we were known for, which is stories told and recorded live, with no notes (no paper involved, ever.) But as we began to transcribe the stories, we were amazed by how well many of them worked on the page -- how you could really "hear" the voices as you read. They felt alive, even in two-dimensional black and white. One of the nicest things about reading the stories, as opposed to listening, was that it allowed you to pause mid-story. If a moment made you think of something that happened in your own life, you could stop and reflect on that for a minute without missing the next three minutes of the story. Things suddenly stood out in the stories that you might have missed when just listening to them (even for someone like me who had heard every story in the book at least a dozen times). For the first time I noticed how often music was referenced in the stories. We ended up including the lyrics of three different songs in the text, and half a dozen other songs were mentioned. For fun I downloaded all of the songs, and created a play list that I listened to while I edited. I hoped the music would help me connect with the intention of the stories and the storytellers' voices, so I could preserve those voices as much as possible as I prepared them for the page. So when Largehearted Boy asked me to put this together, I jumped at the chance. Below is that play list, supplemented by songs chosen by a number of our raconteurs as the music they would choose for the soundtracks of their own stories. "A Thousand Tiny Pieces" by Sean Hayes This song features prominently in astrophysicist Janna Levin's beautiful story, "Life on a Mobius Strip." Sean was a friend of Janna's and her then-musician boyfriend Warren. Janna and Warren were in the midst of some pretty big relationship struggles, most of which were caused by their very different backgrounds. He was a self-professed uneducated musician from a tough part of working-class Manchester, England (with the brogue to match.) She had recently gotten her PhD in theoretical physics from MIT. When they first heard the song, they suspected that Sean had written it about them. These lyrics in particular seemed especially damning: We'll just play this one out until it explodes Into a thousand tiny pieces What's your story universe You are melody, you are numbers You are shapes, and you are rhythms "Moonlight" Sonata by Beethoven In the summer of 2008, The Moth traveled to Dushanbe, Tajkistan to work with the survivors of the recent brutal civil war. In "Tajik Sonata," Anoid Latipovna Rakhmatyllaeva recounts standing down a group of young machine-gun carrying soldiers who were destroying a roomful of musical instruments at the university where she was a professor. She started playing this song on the piano, and they stopped, put down their rifles and listened until she finished, then left peacefully. "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan In Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' story, "Angel," the rapper is saved from suicidal thoughts by listening to thi
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