Posts about music

Bob Marley One-Question Quiz

Today would have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. I adore him, and I can’t help but throw my two cents up onto the interwebs. I offer a one-question Marley quiz for you. When you hear the name Bob Marley, what word first comes to mind? A) Jamaica B) Marijuana C) Dreadlocks D) That overplayed commercial

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I’m Loving “The Music Book” by Dave O’Leary

The Booktrope community of authors is pretty damn cool. I’ve had the chance to meet the most fascinating authors. Take Dave O’Leary for example. In Please, Pretty Lights one of the characters is a quirky bass player who lives in Seattle. Imagine my excitement when I heard about O’Leary—a Booktrope author and Seattle-area bass player.

September 22 , 2014 | Posted by inazajac | 2 Comments

Living by Ear with Booktrope Author Mary Rowen

I hope you enjoy the new website. Check out the events tab for the latest. Check out the music tab, just cause. Today, I am thoroughly psyched to share with you details about the re-release of Living by Ear, by fellow Booktrope author Mary Rowen. Like me, Mary writes about emotionally wounded characters. Her writing

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Drummers: part workhorse, part pack mule, part unicorn.

  Next time you’re watching a show, check out the drummer as they work their magic. Give thanks to the bringers of the beat. It’s easy to be enthralled with the cocky lead singer slinking the stage like a wildcat in heat. But if you do, I’m afraid you’ll be missing the real star of

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Must-See Nirvana Clip & the Unwritable Blog

I’ve had friends and editors ask if I’m writing a Nirvana blog because PLEASE, PRETTY LIGHTS is set in Seattle. Two of the main characters are in a 90s cover band. When readers first meet Matt (on bass) and Nick (behind the drum kit) they’re on stage performing Nirvana’s “Breed.” Nirvana means a lot to them because I am their author, and Nirvana means a lot to me.

Yes, I have written a blog – two actually. I wrote one with links to my favorite Nirvana songs from Bleach, Nevermind and In Utero. But, it felt off. It bummed me out. I wrote another about how Nevermind came out the same week I moved into the dorms at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. And, how the strained and soulful voice of Kurt Cobain resonated with something inside me; something lost, something fundamental. How Nevermind launched my sense of independence before it crashed hard and fast; totaled by my Seattle-sound snobbery. Posting it now feels disrespectful. After 20 years as a writer, I’m still learning the difference between stories that should be shared, and those ultimately meant for an audience of one.

Squirrels vs. Raccoons & Dave Grohl vs. Nickelback

It’s the question I am getting a lot since launching my official author page (Ina Zajac Writes) on Facebook. What’s up with the squirrel? Is your book about squirrels? No, though there are four kick-ass raccoons. Before explaining, a quick update. Since signing with Booktrope last month, things have been hectic. It’s good stress, the kind

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