I’m over at the CBC Books blog talking about music that has influenced my writing, along with a bunch of other writers I like a lot. It’s a short piece, but there’s something very satisfying about getting the chance to talk about my love for Eric’s Trip in a public forum. They were were instrumental in helping me realize that I didn’t have to be some kind of ultra-professional sleek artist to create things that people might respond to, and I’ll always be grateful for that.
As much as I’ve become lazy with music as I’ve gotten older, it’s still so important to me – I never leave the house without earphones, I still make endless playlists (even if they’re different configurations of the same old songs I’ve been listening to forever), I know that the best way to cure a bad mood is to play a song really loudly and sing along. And I love writing about music, about memories associated with songs and records; it’s one of my favourite things. I should do it more often.