Music Monday: “I Am The Resurrection (Jon Carter’s Mix)” By The Stone Roses

Easter weekend has never meant much to me beyond candy and chocolate. But it’s always nice to have a long weekend and I enjoyed spending this one with my family, especially since a growing list of complications had meant I hadn’t seen them since Christmas (and it almost didn’t happen again, as my car battery was dead when I went out to start the car on Saturday. Thankfully, I have a good neighbour who was home to give me a boost and get me on my way).

There were a lot of Easter posts, and Easter jokes on my Facebook wall over the weekend. None of this has anything to do with music though! While I was thinking about what I’d been listening to with great frequency over the past week, and with apologies for one more bad joke added to the pile:

(The Al Jourgensen remix of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Reverence” nearly made the cut.)

Remixes and cover songs. I love them, except for covers of Rolling Stones songs (which, by and large, most of them I wish I’d never heard. The only ones I’ve enjoyed tend to be sung by women. But that’s another blog).

I used to make tons of mix-tapes, and then mix CDs for myself and others, and a good cover was always a great way to draw someone into a mix that they didn’t think they’d like. The familiar spun out in a fresh way that’s more palatable to the potential listener.

When I moved to Winnipeg for university, a lot of the friends I made in second year were really into 90s Brit Pop (you know who are). I wasn’t. It took me a long time to form any opinion on The Stone Roses, Oasis, Blur, The Charlatans, or Suede, and many many more. (Although, I felt I was one of the few folks who really enjoyed The Stone Roses second album–Second Coming. Probably because it didn’t sound like the rest of the Brit Pop I’d been exposed to. It had a 70s rock-riff vibe.) They were all fun to dance to, but I never went out of my way to listen to them on my own.

Anyway, I stumbled across this remix and I wasn’t disappointed. It was one of those cases where a remix made me go back and appreciate the original more.

Lyrics that count:

Down, down, you bring me down

I hear you knocking down my door

and I can’t sleep at night

Your face it has no place

No room inside my house

I need to be alone.

The above are actually from the opening of the original, as the remix only uses “Down, down, you bring me down” but I tend to finish the verse in my head these days anyway. So what’s your favourite remix or cover song, music fans?

Write on!


April Goals

March has come and gone (and good riddance, I say. This was the second year in a row that I’ve spent most of the month sick), so how’d I do with my monthly goals?

  • Reread one of my novel WiPs to refamiliarize myself with a work that I’ve been mostly ignoring since the summer.
  • Finish a comic script I’ve been noodling on.
  • Finish drafting that novella I’ve been noodling on.

Not bad. Could’ve been better, but I didn’t count on getting a cold/flu that lingered for over two weeks. I did complete another draft on that comic script, but it still doesn’t feel ready to send away.

The novella was the first thing to get finished in the month, and I’m pretty sure I still want to add a few scenes to it, and flesh some things out, but I like the characters and the weird little made up city they’re running around in. This was the first time I’ve tried writing a novella, but the drafting was relatively painless. It was also one of my more heavily outlined projects to date. Possibly why the drafting went so well. Not enough data points yet to decide whether I want to move away from pantsing a story to outlining first.

I only read most of that novel WiP. I reread all of the chapters I had considered mostly “locked in”, revisited the outline, and read the next fifty or so pages of rough drafts, to get a feel for where I’d left off, and where I was going. I did manage to lock in one more chapter and do another draft on the next one, which I hadn’t been expecting to get to. I feel pretty good about this book, so I’m excited to get back to it.

Which brings me to my April goals (no foolin’):

  • Work on my other WiP
  • Revise and submit one of my previously drafted short stories.
  • Get rolling on keeping the rest of my short fiction on submission again (FINALLY)
  • Finish my comic script

Write on!