It’s easy to go batty when you spend day after day holed up in the studio. I’m not complaining, it’s a great problem to have, but I definitely need to make time in my day to do something other than work. When I’m stuck, or when I want to break up the monotony, or when I want to procrastinate, I pick up my guitar for a few minutes. It’s a wonderful reset button.
Here’s what’s been on heavy rotation in my studio at the MacDowell Colony:
Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and Rebel Rebel (bossa, Seu Jorge version)
Galaxie 500, Oblivious and Tugboat
Jens Lekman, Tram No. 7 to Heaven
Neil Young, Cinnamon Girl and Cortez the Killer
Beatles, Every Little Thing
Villa Lobos, Prelude Nos. 2, 3, & 4
Satie, Gymnopedies No. 1
Tarrega, Lagrima and Adelita
Logy, Partita A-moll
(You can hear me playing some of the classical pieces on the Music page.)
I’ve also fallen in with a few musicians, Alex the nonfiction writing uke player, Cindy the painter banjo player, and Christian the poet guitarist. We play mostly old school country. I kind of follow.
(Cover photo by Peter LaMastro.)