October 3, 2006
Kate Hunter's The Dream Sequence carries a blurb from one of my favorite poets, John Ashbery. When Ashbery called the book "scary, mesmerizing, sometimes improbably funny," I knew this was a book for me. The Dream Sequence follows a woman with no memory as she fights to regain her past through her dreams with the help of a witch doctor. Hunter deftly portrays the woman's struggles, both against her cursed amnesia and the bad memories she is sure to uncover.
musician: Link Wray
song: “Fire and Brimstone”
commentary: “I’ve seen fire, fire and brimstone, coming down, around my head.”
song: “I’ll Fly Away”
musician: The Velvet Underground
commentary: “Insects are evil thoughts, part of my selfish mind, they nearly drive me crazy.”
musician: Tatyana Makhavadze
song: “Kari Shalshi Antebulo”
musician: Taana Gardner
commentary: Once in the mid-eighties I was walking up Broadway in NYC and I heard this song blasting. Some people had stopped their car while it played on the radio and the whole family—grandparents, parents, kids—were dancing to it in the street.
musician: Led Zeppelin
song: “When the Levee Breaks”
commentary: “When the levee breaks, ain’t no place to go.”
song: “You Doo Right”
commentary: “You made a believer out of me.”
musician: JJ Cale
song: "If You’re Ever in Oklahoma”
commentary: “If you’re ever in Oklahoma, you’d better move around the law.
song: “Dream Baby Dream”
commentary: “Dream baby dream. Forever.”
song: “Walk This Way”
commentary: Two songs in one.
musician: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
song: “Prayer to Nyame Sherab Gyaltsen”
commentary: Tibetan Buddhist monks write new words to this song for each person they love, asking them not to die.
song: “Kick Out the Jams”
musician: The Staple Singers
song: “I’ll Take You There”
commentary: One of a number of great songs I have heard in drugstores.
musician: Skip James
song: “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”
musician: Iggy and the Stooges
song: “I Need Somebody”
musician: Buddy Miles
song: “Them Changes”
musician: Ardino Marras
song: “A Su Duce Italiano”
musician: Bob Dylan
song: “Baby Let Me Follow You Down”
commentary: “Well I’ll do anything in this God Almighty world if you’ll just let me follow you down.”
musician: Tim Buckley
song: “Move With Me”
commentary: “Oh what a waste of sin.”
song: “Let the Sunshine In”
commentary: Happy Ending.
Previous Book Notes submissions (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)