First off, the weekly winners:
Congratulations to CARL who won the signed copy of Royal Street (and whose footsteps I do not hear behind me, LOL). To EVERYONE: if you've preordered the book and would like a bookplate and haven't already told me so, let me know. I'm going to start sending them out this week. Make sure to tell me what name you want it signed to.
Congrats to STELLA (EX LIBRIS), who won Alma Katsu's The Taker.
Congrats to AURIAN, who won Eve Marie Mont's A Breath of Eyre.
Congrats to LESLEY D, who won Back from the Undead by DD Barant as this week's Reader's Choice.
Winners (and people wanting bookplates), email me HERE with your snail-mail address.
Continuing with the playlist today...I love music, and it's important to my writing process. For Royal Street, I listened to a lot of the music that had been written about Hurricane Katrina, so I'm sharing some of it today.
Here's a contender for most poignant--it's by Jep Epstein, called "Our Home Louisiana." The funny thing is, Blue Cross Blue Shield was using part of this song for an ad campaign, but then Katrina hit and people started wanting to hear the whole song. I couldn't listen to this song without crying for at least a year after the storm. I had the pleasure of hearing Jep perform this live at several events at Tulane (where he went to school):
Here is what I think is the most poignant of all the post-Katrina songs, written by my current musical obsession, Zachary Richard: "The Levee Broke." I like this song because it makes reference to the real cause of the Katrina damage: coastal erosion, poor levee maintenance, politics, apathy. He mentions Plaqumines (where River Road is set), Lakeview, which is a neighborhood where a lot of Royal Street is set, St. Bernard, where the first chapter of Royal Street is set, etc.
Next is a song that was really about the 1927 Mississippi River flood, but (like Aaron Neville's version of "Louisiana 1927" I posted yesterday), this Zachary Richard song became even more poignant after Katrina. Anyway, here's Zachary doing an unplugged version of "Big River," which he posted in support of a flood in Canada a year or so ago.
Another post-K song, this is "Godforsaken Town" by Reckless Kelly.
And yet another, "I Am the Big Easy," by Ray Bonneville. Love this!
More music coming Wednesday, and I promise to lighten up and give you some Easter Eggs. This was the heavy stuff!