4711

4711 and limesA splash of limeade and orange zest, a rub of basil and flower petals, a breath of cedar, and then it’s gone.

The brevity is a strength–4711 glories in its opening moment, the interaction of refreshment, the awakening.

Many of us grew up with this one in the medicine chest rather than the vanity, used to disinfect cuts and soothe burns. It’s still one of my favorite comfort scents.


Haydn’s Surprise Symphony (No. 94) came out in in 1792 too.

Sweet

sweet edgierPut on that waxy red lipstick you can’t get rid of, bite a chocolate cherry cordial, then kiss the mirror. Voilà! Lolita Lempicka Sweet.

This one wears a short skirt with torn fishnets and whistles at construction workers and laughs outright when anyone tells her she shouldn’t do exactly as she pleases.


Drunk in Love by Beyoncé is by far the best song of 2014–when Sweet came out–but Lorde’s Royals is more lighthearted.

A DIRTY Vermont playlist

klimt music“A summer rain shower had left the evening air thick with steam.
Lazy fireflies flicked between the trees edging the streets as he drove. He tuned the radio to the campus station with eclectic song sets, and wound through several neighborhoods, old and new.”

In chapter thirteen–Kitchen Sync–of THE DIRTY SECRET, Killian drives through Burlington to walk in on Vessa, baking. She’s listening to the same indie radio station he was just playing.

A friend asked what song they were both listening to, so of course I had to make a playlist of some cool musicians from Vermont.

“He felt drunk, post coital with the euphoria spiraling through his guts and his spine, all because a girl had made him cookies.”

THE DIRTY SECRET Vermont Playlist:

THE DIRTY SECRET is available at amazon.com and other fine ebook retailers.

 

Songs for Seraphima

“What are you?” His voice is raspy with sleep. “I’ve never dreamed of an angel in a mask before.”
“In China, we get to be dragons.” A sharp pinch on her toe snaps Seraphima back into her bones, the boy and his room sliding into the astral plane like a morning star.

–The Scent of Flames, Chapter Three: A Borrower

the lovers

 

Dido – No Angel

Talvin Singh feat. Amar – Jaan

Temple of The Dog – Say Hello 2 Heaven

Hildegard von Bingam – O Euchari In Leta Via

Black Mountain – Angels

Eurythmics – There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

Lesiëm – Fundamentium

Beyoncé – Halo

Enigma – Sadeness pt. 1

Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

Jolie’s Playlist

Some music from Sweden for a long flight home, with YouTube links:

Capture MFD

Fever Ray: Keep the Streets Empty for Me

Nervous Nellie: Skeletons

The Leather Nun: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

The Cardigans: Erase/Rewind

NONONO: Like the Wind

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Crashing Down

Lykke Li: Little Bit

Tove Lo: Thousand Miles

A Midsummer Flight’s Dream, a short story originally published in the FREQUENT FLYERS collection, is available here.

Odin’s Murder Playlist

Julian worships Dylan, Ethan plays it loud, Memory wants it sexy, and Faye likes it strange.

nail polishMaggie’s Farm: RATM

Rumor Has It: Adele

One Two Three Four: Chennai Express

I Put A Spell On You: Shane McGowan et al

Hats Off to the Bull: Chevelle

Gotta Serve Somebody: Mavis Staples and Johnny Lang

Jaan: Talvin Singh

All Along the Watchtower: Jimi Hendrix

Shut Up And Drive: Rihanna

Facebook.con: Alabama 3

Subterranean Homesick Blues: Michael Franti

I Believe in You: Cat Power