"Tragic Journey" is the outcome of my tinkering with the old Mix Tape concept
. There had been some discussion that Mix tapes just aren't made for or by people these days and frankly maybe it is a thing of the past with iTunes and other music services like Last.FM and Pandora auto-generating playlists for their listeners. As a result, the brain trust over at Cave Radio.com
and the CaveIn crew on Twitter decided to resurrect the practice. I hope that this allows for the pre-show music segment to be programmed by the listeners during the Thursday night Live Show, but I'm not sure what Brian and Jen intend.
I've always used music extensively in my storytelling. Many writers talk about how difficult it can be to create while music is playing, that it is a distraction and sometimes I completely agree, but over the years I always used music to focus my creativity. When writing fiction or drawing characters I often take time to build a musical picture of their personality or story arc within the piece I'm writing. I find it helps when writing dialog or scenes to remove myself so thoroughly from this reality and let the music take me elsewhere.
"Tragic Journey" is about a love gone bad. It begins, like most love story's with the promise of love and fulfillment and devolves into a tale of two men and a young woman. One supportive but not the right fit, one obsessive and dangerous. She makes a bad choice and competition emerges, lies and betrayals occur and in the end all the participants are left changed in the aftermath.
I've started at 45 minutes, but will probably work to expand the story to the full 80 minute mark eventually. I wanted to begin with a concentrated list of songs. I'm considering adding some more of the roller coater romance into the story as well as some of the aftermath of her choice.. which is something I elude to in the playlist more than illustrate right now.
There is a song missing from this playlist unfortunately - the opening theme - which is meant to establish that the tale will not end well - The Smashing Pumpkin's "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning", however without it I think the playlist still stands up well enough.