Thirty-nine weeks and still goin' strong! While I'm excited to jump into this week's Paladin Playlist, I have to give a quick shout out to my friends over at the Smash Fiction Podcast. If you haven't checked out their stuff yet, get on it! This week they're pitting Toy Story versus Small Soldiers, and, honestly, I adored this battle, and not just because a certain blogging raconteur was written in as both neighbor to Andy's Mom and Spirit of Writing. Seriously though, check them out here and make sure to subscribe to their podcast. It's well worth your ears' time.
On to the Paladin Playlist. Now, I'll admit that I might listen to the more... mature version, shall we say, but either way, this song is great for getting in the right writing mindset. I'm not going to pretend that I've followed DMX from way back, but I know when I hear a song that needs to be on my playlist. The moment I stumbled across this, I knew I had to write something with this as the soundtrack. It's visceral. It's dirty. It's real. I love it! Yes, it's DMX's X Gon Give It To You. From that pounding refrain, to the raw beats that get dropped from start to stop, there's just something perfect for setting a scene with this. Probably not going to play well for a high fantasy conflict between elves and dwarves, but when you're writing urban settings with plenty of human emotion and conflict, my god does this song get me going.
So, for your enjoyment, X Gon' Give It To Ya by DMX.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.