Swimming Sideways Play List

Music - for me - is a means of connection between my feet on the earth and my creative head in the clouds. It’s as though I’m plugging myself into an electrical outlet to run the current between my brain and my soul. It speaks to me in a way that allows me to plug into the protagonist and the narrative.  

Ear buds save my life in public places and in a living room where my boys watch TV.

Ear buds save my life in public places and in a living room where my boys watch TV.


One of my writing tools is to develop a playlist for whichever work is in progress (so Spotify is one of my favorite apps!). Whenever I’m working on the work-in-progress, that playlist is rolling. Though, the list doesn’t necessarily stay the same as the narrative changes (the playlist gets edited just like the work itself) eventually it gets to place in which the vibe is perfect to the story and the tone I imagine.

As I worked through the writing process for Swimming Sideways (Cantos Chronicles, Book One), the following songs became the playlist that I clung to like a life raft as I was swept up into the story. They are in no particular order.

  1. Oceans Away by A R I Z O N A, Mansionair Remix

  2. Nani Koolau by Keauhou

  3. Girl by SYML

  4. Waves by Hayden Calnin

  5. Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish

  6. Tomorrow’s Song by Olafur Arnalds

  7. Brassy Sun by S. Carey

  8. Tomorrow’s Song by Olafur Arnalds

  9. Kewalu Uka by Keauhou

  10. Souvenirs by Kina Grannis

  11. Pteryla by Novo Amor and Ed Tullett

  12. Māpuana Kuʻu Aloha by Keauhou