Welcome to the (almost) spring issue of 3 a.m. analog, an independent press dedicated to the fiction and creative non-fiction of musicians and songwriters. More than ever it seems musical artists are branching out into other disciplines, writing short stories, novels, and plays. We think musicians have a unique way of looking at the world and want to encourage and support these stories.
On the site, you’ll find plenty to read. One of our favorite artists, Richard Buckner is featured. I used to read Richard’s Tumblr blog before he took it down. (I also drove across country with him, once, in his pickup truck.) He’s a great songwriter and his everyday utterances are the stuff of writing workshop dreams. His most recent album, Surrounded, was released in 2013 on Merge Records. There’s a brief Q &A with Richard about life on the road and a longer piece, a profoundly moving article by writer and music journalist Rob O’Connor. “A play in six parts,” he calls it.
You’ll find new fiction by recording artist, producer, and songwriter, Jesse Harris. I heard from musician Tony Scherr that Jesse was writing short fiction and contacted him. Turns out he’s the real deal, not only an amazing songwriter (he won a Grammy for his song “Don’t Know Why,” recorded by Norah Jones) but an excellent fiction writer too. We’re proud to publish “A Camp Story,” about the confusing adolescent love lessons of some young campers.
Sylvie Simmons put out a record I couldn’t stop listening to last year, the self-titled Sylvie, on Light in the Attic Records. Simmons is an award-winning writer and music journalist, the author of the best-seller, “I’m Your Man,” a Leonard Cohen biography. Her short story, “Not Just A Gun But Dancing,” is a gem, a tale of late-night visitation and sleeplessness. All of the men who have ever shared the narrator’s bed, or her life, come to her ghost-like and she sees them clearly, “all who wanted to be brave and tried but couldn’t.”
From me, you’ll find the second installment of “Cold Weather” (the first in the series is still available on the site). Part mystery and part dog-loving, musician’s rumination, Owen Ash, musician turned marijuana dealer, gets out of the hospital and soon finds himself living with the enigmatic Dahlia in Part Two — until she disappears.
Everything from the first issue is still available too, in case you’ve missed it. There’s “Jacob,” by writer and songwriter Gee Henry, a story about a man who wakes up with a dark feeling that he can’t shake or name: “Something was missing and had always been missing.”
Songwriter, producer, and recording artist, Matt Keating contributes “The Piano,” a creative non-fiction piece about a very special discarded piano that seems destined to belong to him, despite his misgivings. It all begins with a voice in his head that tells him to “turn left.”
“Seventies Gold,” by writer and Moth StorySLAM winner, Elizabeth Trundle (who recorded for Caroline Records as Boo Trundle) is a work of fiction about the trials and tribulations of a girl named Katchie. Nostalgic, wry, and poignant, Julia Brown, guest fiction editor, compared it to Welcome to the Dollhouse. A must read.
There’s First Person, an account by singer-songwriter Lori Lieberman, whose experience of seeing a Don McLean show, in the 70s, became the inspiration for the song,”Killing Me Softly.” Lori has just released her 17th recording, called “Ready For The Storm.”
And an interview with Atoosa Grey, a poet and singer-songwriter whose chapbook Black Hollyhock was published by Finishing Line Press recently. In our interview with Atoosa, she talks about how poems and songs are different and the same.
There’s also a new writing prompt page with a photograph by Jeremy Balderson and a “From Our Readers” page where we will post reader’s submissions (send your poems, essays, and stories!)
While you’ll find plenty of free content on the site, the short stories will require purchase. You’ll be directed to Amazon after reading a sample. All of the stories are priced at 2.99, for various reasons. We hope you think it’s worth the splurge.
Thanks so much for visiting 3 a.m. analog and please come back soon.
Lori Carson, Editor
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