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Sweet Jazz for Sweet Scribbles

Miles Davis playing trumpet

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.” – Miles Davis

Not all writers prefer it, but music can be calming, a tune to write to, sometimes even inspirational.  I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz lately, and really enjoying writing with it smoothing out the background, my pencil scribbles lining up with the bass and sway of trumpet notes cradling the surreal state of inspiration.

Music doesn’t always get the ink spilling for me, but lately, this jazz has been doing it.  Maybe it’ll do the same for.

In spirit of the quote above (“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later”), here’s some soul.


Any quintessential jazz artists I missed that you find helpful for your writing?  Post links in the comment section below!

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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