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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a firm believer in creative ritual and habit. And I’d wager that many of you artists and creative thinkers are, too!

For the past week and a half, I’ve had one album (and mostly, one song!) on repeat while writing poems. I’ve loved Volcano Choir (Justin Vernon and Collections of Colonies of Bees….sounds good already, doesn’t it?) since I first heard Unmap a few years ago. Their recently-released Repave does not disappoint.

“Alaskans” is my current muse-soundtrack. It’s a perfect song when I need to live in my writing-brain: ethereal vocals, serene tone, and hypnotic lyrics (that “decide, decide, decide, decide/repave, repave, repave, repave” haunts me—and speaks to what we do as artists, deciding, building, and then building onto/over what we’ve made).

How about you? What songs have you been turning to for clarity and inspiration?

In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

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