Yikes! It’s already summer 2019. The 50-90 time of year seems to get here quicker all the time.
What have you guys been reading over the past several months? Anything special you’d recommend, or that you’re pretty sure will inspire you to write a lyric or a song?
I’ve been reading like crazy over the past couple of months, though mainly crime thrillers. Have discovered a few excellent writers: e.g. Gillian McCallister (‘Anything You Do Say’), Sandra Block (the Zoë Goldman series), Sharon Bolton (‘Little Black Lies’), along with Chris Hammer, author of a rivetting Australian-based tale, ‘Scrublands’. I’m in the process of reading ‘Emily Koch’s ‘If I Die Before I Wake’.
All of the above tell a good tale, and the writing is excellent.
I’ve also just re-read Mark Forsyth’s ‘The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language’ and ‘The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase’. I heartily recommend them (again). They’re brilliant. Educational, Entertaining, and Enlightening. Aristotle would approve.
Forsyth delves deeply into the roots and linguist aspects of English, but presents the material in a hilarious manner. (The second book also contains a lot that can be applied to the writing of lyrics.)
I’m about to re-read his third book, ‘The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language’.
After that, Takeshi Kovacs sci-fi ‘Altered Carbon’ is on my list, followed by ‘Naomi Klein’s ‘No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics’.
Ooops, nearly forgot to mention the excellent book on songwriting by Bill Pere. ‘Songcrafters’ Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting’. I came across it only a month or two ago, and was astonished I’d not heard of it earlier. The author really gets down to the nitty-gritty, especially as regards lyric writing.
So, tell us what you’ve been up to in the world of books!