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Revisiting the Bell Forging Cycle Playlists

Revisiting the Bell Forging Cycle Playlists

My taste in music is… uh, eclectic. It’s not uncommon for me to be listening to southern gothic country, switch to hip-hop, move to bluegrass, then pivot to classical. I like variety. Often, songs serve as an inspiration for a setting or a character, more often I’ll find a song that captures the mood I am trying to evoke in a difficult scene. Over the years, I’ve created and shared playlists of songs that have inspired the books in the Bell Forging Cycle. I’ve posted them below (with new album artwork!) for your listening pleasure.


The Tunes Were RightThe Tunes Were Right

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Old Broken PlaylistOld Broken Playlist

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Red Litten TracksRed Litten Tracks

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As I’ve begun preparations to write the fourth book (yep, it’s happening), I’ve been going back and listening to each playlist. It’s fascinating how each captures my emotional state while writing the individual novels. Introspection and discovery abound in The Tunes Were Right, there’s a root-inspired personal darkness that’s explored in the Old Broken Playlist, and the songs in Red Litten Tracks carry a frenetic punk-like energy that nails the dread that hangs over Wal. Of course, all of three have an undercurrent of jazz that runs like an artery through the soul of the Bell Forging Cycle.

How does music inspire you in your creative pursuits? Do you enjoy listening to playlists from authors? Which of these three are your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Red Litten Tracks - Music that inspired Red Litten World

Red Litten Tracks

We’re now one week away from the release of Red Litten World, so I figured it’d be fun to share a playlist of songs that inspired me during the writing of the book. If you’re a longtime reader you’ll know I have done this before with the other books in The Bell Forging Cycle. Personally, I always find it fun to see what music influences a writer. So I enjoy sharing these with everyone. You can listen to Red Litten Tracks using the embedded Spotify player, or visiting any of the links below.

Spotify | Rdio | YouTube

Aaaand… here’s the playlist. As with previous playlists, you can click on any of the names below to read about the band on Wikipedia. If you want to listen to the song, the song title links to videos on YouTube.

  1. Man ManLoot My Body
  2. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  3. Echo & the BunnymenThe Killing Moon
  4. PixiesSilver
  5. Louis ArmstrongWest End Blues
  6. Dark Dark DarkDaydreaming
  7. Iggy and the StoogesGimme Danger
  8. Coleman HawkinsBody and Soul
  9. WintersleepOblivion
  10. WolfmotherNew Moon Rising
  11. The Temper TrapSoldier On
  12. Crooked StillAin’t No Grave
  13. Jack WhiteThat Black Bat Licorice
  14. Soko — We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow
  15. Bang Camaro — Out On The Streets
  16. The Cramps — What’s Behind the Mask
  17. Marvin Gaye — Inner City Blues
  18. Dave Brubeck — Unsquare Dance
  19. The National — This is the Last Time
  20. Phantogram — Black Out Days
  21. Polk Miller — Old Time Religion
  22. Jace Everett — No Place To Hide
  23. Run the Jewels — Blockbuster Night Part 1 (Explicit) 
  24. Kaiser Chiefs — I Predict A Riot
  25. Marty Robbins — Big Iron
  26. Snooks Eaglin — Saint James Infirmary
  27. Interpol — Evil
  28. The Bastard Fairies — The Earth Died Screaming
    (Note: This was a cover of a Tom Waits song by the same name. However, The Bastard Fairies don’t have a video for this cover. So instead I’ve linked to the original song.)
  29. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — Rival
  30. Four TopsSimple Game
  31. Death from Above 1979Black History Month
  32. Agnes ObelPass Them By
  33. Ben NicholsThe Last Pale Light In The West Lyrics

Did you enjoy this playlist? Check out the playlists that inspired the previous two books in The Bell Forging Cycle:

The Tunes Were Right

The playlist for my first book The Stars Were Right, starting off with a smooth jam from Marion Black and mixing in an eclectic mix of jams from Johnny Cash, Scorpions, Andrew Bird, and more.

Old Broken Playlist

You’ll feel the dust on your skin and the hard pan beneath your boots in this playlist for Old Broken Road. Featuring tracks from folks like Future Island, BRMC, Woodkid, and Louis Armstrong.


So there you go! The latest playlist for my soon-to-be-released novel, Red Litten World. I’d love to hear what you think, feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email with your thoughts.

Remember, you can still preorder Red Litten World on eBook for Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Kobo devices. Pre-order copies will arrive on your reader on launch day. There’s also still five days left to enter for a chance to win a free signed trade paperback of Red Litten World during the Red Litten World Giveaway. Super easy to enter, winner will be selected this Friday!

Seven days!