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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Liz Scores National

For today’s Sunday Music Blog, I thought I’d do something a little different. In light of the fact that so many romance writers will be heading off to Atlanta this week, I thought it might be nice to, oh...come up with a musical score for the conference. A playlist of songs to capture all the myriad special moments of that one week every year when we writers of romance novels congregate, communicate and detonate. Something besides Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," I mean. So today, Squawk Radio presents The RWA National Conference Playlist! You can thank me in Atlanta.

For the hopeful unpublished authors:

P!nk - “Get the Party Started”
Blondie - “Dreaming”
Plimsouls - “Magic Touch”
Teresa James/Rhythm Tramps - “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday”
Don Henley - “The End of the Innocence”
Mason Ruffner - “Courage”
Anna Nalick - “Breathe”

For the jaded--uh, I mean seasoned--published authors:

Good Charlotte - “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”
Smash Mouth - “All Star”
Alphaville - “Big in Japan”
Stephanie Bentley - “I Will Survive”
Tom Waits - “Straight to the Top”
The Lazy Cowgirls - “Frustration, Tragedy and Lies”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies - “No Mercy for Swine”

For Rita Night, a trio of songs by Social Distortion:

“Winners and Losers”
“Let It Be Me”
“It Coulda Been Me”

For those editor/agent panels that can be a tad frustrating:

Green Day - “Walking Contradiction”
Fine Young Cannibals - “She Drives Me Crazy”
Sixpence None the Richer - “There She Goes”
Foo Fighters - "Hell"

For those editor/agent appointments that can be a tad terrifying:

Cheap Trick - "I Want You to Want Me"
The Cast of "Buffy" - "Walk Through the Fire"
General Public - "Are You Leading Me on?"
UB40 - "Please Don't Make Me Cry"

And finally, for the general, overall conference experience, start to finish:

Marshall Crenshaw - “The In Crowd”
Dave Edmunds - “Girls Talk”
Gin Blossoms - “Hey, Jealousy”
XTC - “Senses Working Overtime”
EELS - “I Need Some Sleep”
Green Day - “Give me Novocaine”
Bowling for Soup - “Last Call Casualty”
Squeeze - “When the Hangover Strikes”
Hoodoo Gurus - “Good Times”

No matter what the conference holds for you--good times or bad, highs or lows, hilarity or melancholy, desolation or jubilation--live by my favorite Green Day lyrics: “A free-for-all. F*** ‘em all.” And have fun in Atlanta, everyone!

Okay, I just KNOW there are a lot more conference-appropriate songs that could be on this playlist. So c’mon! Add to it! What else should we be putting on our iPods for National this year?
Elizabeth Bevarly, 9:56 AM