Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Heart Shaped Box (and muse avatar Kurt Cobain)


I've never considered Kurt Cobain for muse avatar before - partially because even at the height of grunge rock mania, Nirvana wasn't a band I listened to a lot. Except one song.

Jessica Bell and I have teamed up for the A-Z blogging challenge this year to talk about our musical muses - a band/artist or song that has inspired, or affected us in some way.


HEART SHAPED BOX didn't just affect me - it haunts me.



Creepy video much?

Of course, the song's been redone by many artists, perhaps most memorably for me by Jordis Unga during her time on Rockstar:INXS. Back then, she looked and sang like this:



She didn't win - but she's vying for America's hearts once again on the new show THE VOICE. She's on team Blake Shelton and looks like this:

Bad ass, right?

Regardless of whose voice is behind the song - sassy Jordis or sexy Kurt - Heart Shaped Box is the song that never goes away for me.

I'd even considered titling one of my books after it...until I read a thriller novel by the same name authored by Joe Hill. (Great book!)

Even though I can't use the title, I still play the song every time I sit down to write that WIP. Most days it's Jordis' version, since I'm rooting for her on The Voice...but this week, it will be Kurt Cobain's vocals that will guide me through a very busy week. 

Your turn. Which "H" song goes straight to your heart?

Now, go check out some of the other blogs taking part in the A-Z Blogging challenge, including my Dawn Dalton blog where I'm talking about awesome YA books, and the Most-Wanted Monsters blog where Judith and I are writing poems and talking smack about some creeptastic beasties.

- Dawn


The Book In My Bag Today: Rot & Ruin, Jonathan Mayberry

18 comments:

  1. I can't specify which H song affects me, but All Apologies by Nirvana does strange things to me. I don't know why, but I was instantly drawn to that one song, and I still love it.

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    1. I had to go and YouTube that one Kyra because I hadn't heard it. Wow. Awesome tune. Thanks for that!

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  2. I've been thinking about Kurt alot lately since one of the MC's in Jeri Smith Ready's vampradio series was 'made' in 1995 and still dresses/speaks/lives in nirvana type grunge. Loved Jordis version of this! Intense!

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    1. Oh, you're so right about Jeri's series! Good call. Jordis IS very intense...I'm really hoping she does well on The Voice.

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  3. I love music but I couldn't tell you which song... although I love to rock out to AC/DC's Hells Bells. But I don't ususally writes to this type of music except when I'm writing something deeply dark.

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    1. Hell's Bells. Great song! Adding that to my H list.

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  4. I've written about this on other comments, so I might as well add it here, too! Yellowcard's How I Go is THE song that can absolutely crush, devastate and decimate my heart in two! I had to remove it from my iPod because I'd get into this, uh, mood that I couldn't easily tear away from, even if I tried. Heart-wrenching song for me!

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    1. Jack, I am JUST going to head over to ITunes and download that song. Sounds like something I need on my iPod...if only for those emotional scenes I need to crank out.

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  5. Now THIS is what I'matalkinabout! :)

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    1. LOL. Uh, we talking music or muse, sunshine? xo

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  6. Great concept for the A to Z Challenge! Jeff Buckley's version of 'Hallelujah' always gives me the appropriate amount of goosebumps! Actually, most of his songs do. I remember seeing him play live one New Year's Eve and realizing I had been holding my breath for most of the show.

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    1. Thanks Jess, I owe the topic idea to my partner in crime, Jessica Bell. Love Hallelujah but almost everyone who does it - going to check out Jeff Buckley's version. Thanks!

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  7. See, now and i WAS a huge Nirvana song--couldn't live in the Pacific Northwest through Grunge era and not be... but Heart Shape Box is my favorite, too (though I'd never seen the video--not sure i'm sorry about that). Cobain's pain made him a sublime songwriter.

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    1. I figured this one would resonate with you, Hart :-)

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  8. Being from Seattle, and not much younger than these guys, pretty much all Nirvana moves me in one emotional way or another.

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    1. Do you still listen? I think I have a deeper appreciation for the band now...

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  9. Wow, I don't even know the song.

    My mind went blank when I read your question. I'm sure there are a number of songs that begin with H that I enjoy. I just can't think what they are right now. But you can guarantee I'll be thinking about them all night. lol

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    1. Let me know if you think of one :-)

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