Welcome to “if I only had an iPod…” The first in an occasional series where visiting authors test drive my iPod. No more tired interview panderings—Where did you get your idea? How many rewrites? Is this book autobiographical?— here authors get a chance to show off their musical know-how, while the Happy Booker gets a few new tunes to add to her download list. It’s a win-win—well, mostly a win for me, but you can listen in…
Dallas Hudgens, uber hip enigma wrapped in wool hat, is today’s guest DJ. Drive Like Hell, Hudgens’ roller coaster of a first novel, is a Book Sense pick for March, Book of the Month Club first fiction selection, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers choice. If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about his writing, you can read about Hudgens this week in DC’s City Paper, here.
(Those in the Atlanta area can hear Dallas read tonight 7pm, Chapter 11 Books, Ansley Mall)
From Dallas Hudgens, guest DJ #1:
I’ve listed the artist, title, and then why Madam Booker should definitely put the song on her iPod.
1. A Girl Called Eddy —"Golden” and “Tears All Over " — Beautiful voice, pretty songs, and she really makes you feel something when she sings. I heard her sing live over the weekend. Great CD too.
2. Arcade Fire —“In the Backseat" —The strings and the way the song builds up this great energy. Plus, like the song's narrator, Madam Booker prefers riding in cars to driving them.
3. Doves — "Snowden" —Just a really pretty song. Another all-around great CD too.
4. Stereophonics — "Dakota" —Excellent pop song, and it's got synthesizers. Madam Booker is fond of 80's music, so synthesizers are good.
5. Keren Ann — “Nolita" — This song just came out today, title track on her new album . Sad. Lovely. Only heard it once, but it sticks with you.