Frequent readers of this blog will know that I’m often inspired by music. Having no musical talent of my own, I make up for it by listening to music all the time. Really all the time. In the car, in the bath, while I write, while I do chores. All the time except when a) I’m working at my day job (then I need silence), or b) someone objects (my spouse is very understanding).

I listen mostly on shuffle, which means a mix of country, hard rock, singer-songwriter, and assorted pop. I don’t mind, so long as it’s good. And most of this stuff I bought, so of course it’s good.

I steal a number of my ideas from songs. Sometimes the title, or a key line, or a misheard lyric. Careful readers will see nods to the artists in the names of characters or towns. Below are a few of the songs that inspired stories.

Songspiration – Seven Shells

Song Artist Story
Seven Shells Fred Eaglesmith Seven Shells

Fred Eaglesmith is a Canadian singer-songwriter who writes great music (and who is one of the several artists my wife lumps together as “the depressing guy”). This song has the great line “I got seven shells in my six gun”. Eaglesmith’s version is about a man inspired by love. Mine is about a bullied child.

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