Living Musically: Wanderlust Edition

This has nothing to do with music, but it is indicative of how I feel this week. Plus: Hobbits.
This has nothing to do with music, but it is indicative of how I feel this week. Plus: Hobbits.

D: Wasn’t that the title of last week’s edition of Living Musically?

A: You mean the edition that wasn’t posted?

D: That would be the one.

A: Yes, well, it started to get maudlin, and while I am Irish, and St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. . .

D: You have no appreciation for the Celtic soul, A.

A: I have a Celtic heart – does that count?

D: (Grumble, grumble, mutter)

A: What was that?

D: Yes, fine – I suppose. At least you have me to stand in for that soul you lack.

A: Indeed I do, D – and a fine trade it is. Now, shall we get down to business?

D: Certainly. Pray tell, what started you thinking of wandering?

A: When have I not thought of wandering?

D: When you lived in Ireland.

A: . . . You’re really working that Celtic soul thing, aren’t you?

D: Someone has to – so, I suppose this abominably cold winter had you and your iPod dreaming of different climes?

A: Indeed. First there was Erebor.

D: You’re going to be a Dead Man Walking if you keep up the Hobbit references.

A: I don’t know why. . .

D: Oh, fair play – although it is a little Sentimental for my tastes.

A: Hm, does that mean you’re not into Angels?

D: I don’t know, A – the seraphim and that lot are rather lumped together with the Fae in my book – it’s all rather a sort of homecoming, aye?

A: Careful D, you might have me thinking of Bag End.

Evil cute cat. Better than Hobbits (just don't tell D).
Evil cute cat. Better than Hobbits (just don’t tell D).

D: (Eye roll) You are not a Hobbit, A. First of all, you’re too tall.

A: I know, but I had second breakfast this morning, does that count?

D: Perhaps.

A: Right then, so you won’t mind if I play this honorable mention . . .

D: Good lord, three of them?!

A: I know, I know, I need a different playback function but honestly can you blame me? It was sunny, above freezing twice this week, and I had Hobbit songs to sing me into work.

D: Best week ever?

A: Yeah, pretty much, and not just because I didn’t have to hit the ‘skip’ button at all.

D: You hit the skip button??

A: Yeah, I get six skips a week – kinda like Slacker on my blu-ray. There are just some songs I can’t quite stomach at 6:30 in the morning, D (and they have their very own blog post coming up soon!)

D: Fine, your excuses work this time. . . but what else was it about this week that made it fabulous?

A:Well, without further ado . . .

Helena made her Kickstarter goal!

With 10 days to go. All of you out there, you’re awesome. I mean it. I nearly screamed when I found out, and I was at work! Go read about it here. And here. I don’t have quite the words to express just how happy I am for Helena and for the people who supported her, but needless to say: Nice job, internets. You all rock.

D: Nicely said, A. I think.

A: (Eye roll) Also, everyone needs to take a gander at John W. Howell’s site, as he has posted a new trailer for his thriller, My GRL. It’s pretty cool.

D:  And as a reminder to everyone, Charles is having a Twubs chat tomorrow (Saturday, March 15) – if ever you had a question for the scribe of Windemere, now is your chance to ask! What are you going to ask him, A?

A: Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend. I’m going to be carrying sponsor banners in Milwaukee’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and celebrating heartily afterward.

D: Do you ever wish you were Back Home in Derry?

A: Um, I lived in Dublin, so no, but nice D. Very nice.

D: I thought so.

A: You would – for other Music Highlights (and these highlights are a-freaking-amazing) check out Helena’s Tom Waits revue.

D :And also head over to Jack Flacco’s site for his take on Playlists. I swear to the heavens, he and A are long-lost twins. Now if only she’d listen to him about playlists.

A: One day, D. . . one day.

D: Maybe.

A: If you’re lucky.

D: And with that empty promise, we bid you adieu.

A: Have a great weekend, everyone and thank you so much for reading!


Published by Katie Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in Milwaukee with her daughter, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first series, The Changelings Saga, a young adult historical fantasy trilogy is available on Amazon. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

10 thoughts on “Living Musically: Wanderlust Edition

  1. Gosh, what an amazing line up! Anything from The Hobbit has inspired me with ideas and stories I wouldn’t have had hadn’t I listened to the score. Such beautiful music. I love Over Hill! I had for a while Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why on repeat for a long time. What a great song!

    Oh, and my goodness, thanks for the awesome mention, Katie! Hey, anytime you want to talk playlists you know where to find me! 🙂


  2. So, Nina’s favorites have been Angels and Back Home in Derry. Which my tablet speakers aren’t very good but Back Home in Derry reminded me of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (wish I hadn’t broken my headphones).

    Yay for Helena! Yay for everyone! Ooo songs you can’t stand, I look forward to that post because I bet there are songs I like on there, lol.


  3. Katie, thanks for the shout out on the book trailer. I love all these songs. My favorite is “Don’t Know Why,” by Nora Jones. Had an experience in life where a loved one simply stopped our relationship and it was along the lines of don’t know why. Still feel it when I hear the song.


    1. Thank you, John. That Nora Jones sing took me through the 2 breakups of my life, and there’s just something about it that is beautiful and sad all at once.


  4. Loved that version of Dead Man Walking. Jim and I actually met at the David Bowie Is show to discuss the whole Kickstarter thing. Katie, it was amazing. I saw handwritten lyrics to Ziggy Stardust. And every costume ever, including that great Union Jack overcoat from Earthling.
    And this is one of my favourite U2 songs. That whole album , really – the first Eno/ Lanois produced one that gave them that definitive sound. “Bad” is on that album for the win. As always, thanks for the shout out.


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