A Mixtape to Set the Mood

I listen to music while I’m drawing, and I’d like to think that the music that I listen to has some sort of effect on the lines that I put on the page. With All Star being set in the 90s, it seemed natural to have a 90s playlist for the occasion. What I found was that the songs that took me back the most were not the songs that I liked the most at the time. The songs that really brought me back were the songs that didn’t make it out of the 90s. I loved Weezer’s blue album in high school, but it’s an album that I have listened to a great deal since then, and so it doesn’t necessarily pull me back. But Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s takes me back, because I only heard it in high school and never again.

Here are some others:

Here in Your Bedroom – Goldfinger

Pepper – The Butthole Surfers

Closing Time – Semisonic (be careful: this song gets stuck in your head super easy)

Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand – The Primitive Radio Gods

Lovefool – The Cardigans (my secret anthem)

Lump – The Presidents of the United States of America

The Freshman – The Verve Pipe (I hated this song and I can’t say I care for it much now, but it takes me back to talking with friends about how much I hated it)

In the Meantime – Spacehog

No Rain – Blind Melon

These songs are the songs that take me back. I don’t love them necessarily, but they lock me into a place and time. How much effect does this have on the lines that get put on the paper? I don’t know, but I’m not sure if that Alanis Morrisette joke would have gotten in there without them.

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Jesse Lonergan
Jesse Lonergan
Jesse Lonergan was born in California and grew up in Saudi Arabia and Vermont. He graduated from Hampshire College in 2001. Since then he has lived in Boston, Chicago, Turkmenistan and Vermont and has worked a wide variety of jobs.

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