Laila's first book, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, made several Best Of lists this year, including a top pick nod by the discerning Large Hearted Boy. Currently on a short break from her blog duties at Moorish Girl and hard at work on her next book, Laila still found time to send us a list of what she's listening to these days. We wish her and all our HB readers a very happy new year! Enjoy…
iPod Playlist, by Laila Lalami
I've been listening to lots of different music while working on my new novel, and I've picked a few songs for your iPod.
Depeche Mode: "Strange Love." I was listening to this song while I was working on a scene in which my character goes into a dance club in Santa Monica, and for some reason the association stuck in my mind. So now I can listen to Depeche Mode and immediately get in the mood to write from the point of view of that character.
Beck: "Guero." About half of my new novel is set in Los Angeles, and I can't imagine Los Angeles without Beck on the iPod. I like this new album a lot.
Souad Massi: "Deb." I love Massi's voice, and the way she blends different musical styles--from chanson to jazz, from folk to Andalusian. I highly recommend the song, and the album by the same name.
Rage Against The Machine: "Killing in the Name Of." Okay, so this isn't the kind of song you sit down and write to. But I'll put this in when I'm trying to get started, to get pumped up.
Audioslave: "Set it Off." I guess I'm a fan of Tom Morello--I like his new band, and this song, in particular, is great for getting me in the frame of mind of some of the teenage characters in my book.