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Riding the Music Wave with Brandon Hobson

Because serious art is where complex and difficult questions are made human and uncomfortable in a time when most people don't like to feel uncomfortable, I can only say that the music I listen to mostly makes me feel very good, especially with a drink or a good smoke. I can't listen to music when I'm writing, though, and am mostly interested in how songs are structured lyrically and musically. My list of songs would be different every week, depending on what rings my cherries, but this is what I've listened to a lot recently.

Guero Canelo — Calexico
Colchetes Di Oiro — Francisco Fialho
Rented Room — Craig Finn
Ask the Elephant! — Yoko Ono
Here Comes the Sun Again — M. Ward 
Nevertheless — The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Miss Misery –– Elliot Smith
Shine on You Crazy Diamond — Pink Floyd 
Cool it Down — The Velvet Underground 
Champagne Coast — Blood Orange


Dr. Brandon Hobson
is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow. His novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Reading the West award, and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. His short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in the Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, NOON, and elsewhere. Brandon received his PHD from Oklahoma State University, and teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts and New Mexico State University, where he is the Editor-in-Chief of Puerto Del Sol. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma.


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