playwriting playlists and feeling good

I feel like I’m going back up the hill of the roller coaster today after having spent the last couple of days down in the pit, and I AM SO RELIEVED. My stomach is still nervous-upset and I feel far too soft and crumbly to deal with the notes I’ve received on “Monster Girls at Sunshine Doughnuts” (October 23; mark your calendars!), BUT. The people in my life are very good and kind, and I have a lot of nice snacks right now. Like, a lot of super great snacks.

Speaking of plays and notes, I also need to get to work on fixing up “to thine own self:” the one-person show debuting virtually through the Atlanta Shakespeare Company on Friday November 20 (IS YOUR CALENDAR OUT YET?). I can’t write a show without a good playlist, so, if you’re interested, here are the songs that are getting me through this new script:

I’m Still Standing – Elton John (aka: Dani’s song of 2020)

Spanish Ladies (THERE ARE SEA SHANTIES IN THIS PLAY.)

Star of the County Down – Emerald Rose (I am going back to my Celtic-nerd middle school roots HARD.)

The Hologram/Binary Sunset – John Williams (I just want to be Luke Skywalker, okay?)

Across the Stars (Love Theme) – John Williams (Yes, Attack of the Clones was trash, but this is a solid love them and I used to listen to it in the 7th grade and just PINE.)

Old Maui (SHANTIES.)

Boyfriend – Tegan and Sara (I am gay and struggling.)

Mr. To You – Dorian Electra (I am genderfluid and struggling.)

Music Again – Adam Lambert (This song was weirdly important to my heart in the back half of 2019.)

Rogues in a Nation – The Lost Boys (AGAIN: this play is sort of my sad little memoir, so I needed all my high school RenFest jams.)

Requiem for a Dying Song – Flogging Molly (The first band whose shirt I owned.)

Jumper – Third Eye Blind (Third Eye Blind just tastes like being at a water park in the late 90’s to me.)

Check Yes, Juliet – We The Kings (GET IT? ‘Cause Juliet! From Shakespeare!)

Peace Train – Cat Stevens (The best.)

Rebel Rebel – David Bowie (“Can’t tell if you’re a boy or a girl…”)

Concerning Hobbits – Howard Shore (I WEEP.)

Haul Away Joe – (We will haul for better weather, I hope.)

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