Writing seems to come much easier to me when I have music going.  Actually, for me, almost everything seems to go better when there’s music going.

Since Welcome to Newtonberg was compiled from twenty years worth of stories, I can’t give an accurate representation of everything I listened to while I was writing.  But on this page, I’ll list some artists, albums and songs I know were playing during the process.

Note that the list is inclusive.  The early stuff is still just as likely to be listened to as the new.

The Early Years (High school and college):
Goodbye Jumbo & Bang! – World Party
Flood – They Might Be Giants
You’ve Got To Stand for Something – Aaron Tippin
Bat out of Hell & Bat Out of Hell 2 – Meat Loaf
Crimson & Blue – Phil Keaggy
Eldorado – Electric Light Orchestra

The Middle Years (through the Great Writer’s Block of 2005-2012):
The Beatles
Negotiations And Love Songs (1971-1986) – Paul Simon
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie
Steve Taylor (particularly Squint and the Now the Truth Can Be Told box set)
XTC (particularly Nonsuch, Apple Venus Vol. 1 and Wasp Star: Apple Venus Vol. 2)
Daniel Amos (particularly Songs of the Heart)
Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt – Breakfast with Amy
Lyle Lovett
Kathleen Wilhoite
Opheliac – Emilie Autumn
Bring It On – Gomez
The Last Temptation & Brutal Planet – Alice Cooper
Gourmandises & Mes Courants Electriques – Alizee
Longtemps – Louis Bertignac
Forever Changes – Love

Welcome to Newtonberg (during “Christmas in Newtonberg” and book preparation):
Psychedelices – Alizee
Bowling for Soup
Lena Meyer-Landrut
Happyland – Amanda Jenssen
Voodoo – Alexz Johnson
Brown-Eyed Girls (and their solo stuff)
Park Jin Young

All That Remains (writing)
Forever Changes – Love
Brown-Eyed Girls
Lee Hi
Fight Like a Girl – Emilie Autumn
Green Room Serenade, Part One – Lost Dogs
Scripted – Icon for Hire

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