In preparation for my novel Lipstick Trace to be released I have decided to blog regularly about the Soundtrack to Lipstick Trace. LT was inspired by music that some would consider anathema to declare affection for, and it was also inspired by friends of mine.
The music that I listened to while writing this are commonly the songs that appear in the story. When LT began, it was William’s story, so I’ve known William the longest. His inspiration came from two friends, and David Bowie. I imagined William to be a mixture of a friend from high school, and from college.
In High School I had this friend who was completely fun to be around, and was so talented. And then there were drugs. Some of them mostly harmless, others not so much. As he began to sink deeper into those drugs, it was like watching that fun part of him die.
Years later, I met a person whom upon meeting, I instantly knew this is what that friend could have turned into had he not gone so far down that dark path. I was sitting at Reality Tuesday’s in Fort Wright Kentucky when I first met William Denslie in my head, and Reality Tuesday is what turned into The Funky Bean (you’ll be able to read about that later on at this point).
The songs that most capture William for me are hard to choose, but choose I must. I think that “Down Under” from Men At Work, and “Start Wearing Purple” from Gogol Bordello always make me think of him most. The mellow tunes of Down Under make me feel like William must, he’s never really worried, and is very easy going, and somehow seems to thrive on meeting new people – which is how I interpret this song.
“Start Wearing Purple” is how I think of William’s dress style, he is very peculiar, much like the story told in this song. “All your sanity and wits they will all vanish, I promise; it’s just a matter of time”, you start hanging around William long enough, and you’ll start losing your problems, and concerns, and just go with it. Life’s gonna happen, and you carry on.