I was recently told that musical theater was cheugy, so today’s post will not be about my idea for a Hamilton-style musical about Ælfric and Wulfstan. Instead, I wanted to share some of the playlists I listened to while writing, revising, and copy-editing Old English Ecotheology. The first was created by an anonymous genius at Spotify; the second two are mine and are designed to be shuffled.
Best playlist for drafting
I spent a lot of time drafting Old English Ecotheology at a makeshift standing desk (my Riverside Chaucer stacked on an encyclopedia on my kitchen counter) dancing to this playlist. Lots of Bad Bunny and J Balvin, which is an automatic A in my book. Drafting + dancing is another unbeatable combo.
Best playlist for proofreading
I’m not ashamed to admit that this playlist was born of severe procrastination and too much coffee. YES there are some obvious choices, YES some of them aren’t actually gender bent, YES I listened to it every day while copyediting.
Best playlist for frantically writing down ideas on the ski lift
I mentioned the other day that a lot of my best ideas for Old English Ecotheology came on the ski lift–the truth is this is probably because I spent a lot of time skiing over the last two years. When I’m not brainstorming on the lift, I love listening to music while I ski. Like all good ski playlists, this one is pretty heavy on Megan Thee Stallion.