This morning, as I was making my breakfast in preparation for my long, lovely commute, it occurred to me that I’m writing “that” book. No, not the masterpiece book. Nothing like that. It’s the book that drives an author crazy, just like the films that that drive directors crazy. For an example of what I’m talking about, click here for a list of ten of the most difficult-to-write books in history.
Now, of course the writing of Room 3 hasn’t involved major illness or the threat of impending death looming overhead, but it has gone through two fairly severe bugs, a lengthy pre-operative process, and now wedding planning. In between were also the usual bumps in the road. In short, life has gotten in the way of Room 3.
Of course, this is not to whine. I’m not the first to struggle with life during the writing of the book and I know I won’t be the last…nor will this be the last time it happens. I also get that art arises from adversity so from an artistic standpoint I must be doing a kick-ass job. I just say all this to let you know that I’m going to be delaying the release of Room 3 by about a month. I had originally targeted the book for release in Mid-April, but it’s going to have to come out in mid-May, with a big PR push beginning in early June. Unfortunately, this may shift the release of City of the Dead until September or even October rather than August, but I can’t move mountains. Two books in a year should be good enough, right?
To make this up to you (okay, and because I think the idea is just fascinating enough to work), I present my new blog: Found Music, in which I document “A Thrift Store Journey Through Sound”. Apologies for the current design; it’s rather basic and will be upgraded soon, as I sort through the concept. Speaking of which, the basic concept is that once a week I will post some obscure music that I find in a thrift store. Typically these are lost gems or oddities from the cassette era, though I’ve found a few odd CD-Rs and obscure local releases that will eventually featured. It’s fairly easy on the word count and shouldn’t interfere too much with the continued operation of this site and my own writing, but should provide a fun little outlet. And who knows, we might discover members of these bands who are willing to talk. Here’s a preview from the first post:
I’ve long been fond of musical oddities. When I was young, I had my time listening to Top 40 music, but soon found myself bored and wandered over to the local college radio station. It blew my tiny little mind: music that I would never dream of hearing on Top 40 radio, stuff with odd names like Echo and the Bunnymen, the Sugarcubes, and Husker Du. My ears weren’t quite ready for what they were hearing, but I could tell that this was something different, and almost forbidden. I became hooked on the idea, and throughout my music collecting years, I sought out the rarities, even for popular bands. I once boasted a Nirvana collection that featured 100+ bootlegs with lots of studio recordings, live performances, and radio appearances, and did the same for the Smashing Pumpkins in the mid-90s. At the same time, I would take chances on random bands at the local record store and often found myself rewarded – I discovered the Pixies this way, years after everyone else, but hey.
Of course, doing this is a lot easier these days. You just plug in a band name on Pandora or Last.FM and bam – you can start skipping around finding analogues to the band’s sound. It misses some of the poetry of what I used to do.
This week’s album is by a Maryland-based band called Quorum. If you think this might be your particular thing, please, go check it out. I’d love to have contributors sending me their weird, obscure stuff, too. Enjoy the music!