Whenever I write anything of any length, I like to create a playlist to go along with it. The playlist evolves as the project goes on, with me filling in the blanks with things that strike me in the moment, songs I felt beforehand would be perfect and ones I searched for to cover the holes at the end.
In some cases, there’s a theme in the song that matches the chunk of the story that it relates to. Sometimes, it’s meant as background noise to the action, while at other times, it serves as an intro or the punctuation mark on a big event, like the sudden rise of a song as a favourite TV show cuts to credits.
I have to look hard for songs for certain scenes, while others naturally come up during the writing or editing phase, and feel so completely connected to whatever work I’m doing at the moment that I can’t help but include it, even if it doesn’t always make instant sense.
Still, when synchronicity like that occurs, it becomes impossible to separate the two things. It’s not meant to be a perfect list. It is a list that if I hear it, and think about the story, it will pull me into that space, into the characters and the setting and the events surrounding them, and all the ideas and feelings attached.
That’s a good playlist, in my opinion, if it does that.
Without further ado, here’s the playlist for Captain Hanna.
The Merman’s Tale: Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Pirate Party: Pirate Girls Nine – They Might Be Giants
Stowaway: Lozenge Of Love – Radiohead
The Plank: Plump, Hole
The First Battle: Cannon, The White Stripes
Midnight Parlay: Pirate’s Life, The Vandals
The Burning Of Barataria: Everybody Get Dangerous, Weezer
Tortuga/Captain Bones: A Pirate Looks At Forty, Jimmy Buffett
Outside The Door: (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear, Blondie
In The Brig: Captain Shiner, Primus
The Storm Chase: Shove, L7
Not A Chase, A Race: Eleanor Put Your Boots On, Franz Ferdinand
Daisy From The Mast: Show Me Forgiveness, Bjork
Heaven’s Taunt: Volcano Girls, Veruca Salt
Island Stonehenge: My Idea Of Fun, The Stooges
Math Problem: The Undoing, Interpol
The Stone: Revenge, Patti Smith
The Vision: Nautical Disaster, The Tragically Hip
The Escape: How’s The Weather Down There?, Local H
Cooperation Beats Tribalism: My War, Black Flag
Epilogue: Queen Anne’s Revenge, Flogging Molly
End Credits: Fell In Love With A Girl, The White Stripes