Music has always played a formative role in my life. So, whenever I’m writing, invariably at some point a song lyric will come to mind. As my second book TEN began to take shape, I knew I wanted to begin each chapter with a lyric that I thought captured the heart of that particular Word in some way. Now that TEN is out in the world, I thought it would be both interesting and kind of fun to crowd source a playlist for each Word. So for the next 10 weeks I’m hoping you’ll help me do just that. As an incentive for your participation, I’ll mail a signed copy of TEN to the person who submits the song lyric that strikes me as most fitting/clever/unexpected for that week’s Word.
My guess is that some Words will be easier to find songs for than others. When we get to the Word on adultery, for instance, I can imagine having to place a limit on the Country song entries. We’ll see. Just as in the book, we’ll take the Words in reverse order. So this week we begin with the Tenth Word:
“You shall not covet your neighbour’s house;
you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife
or his male servant or female servant
or his ox or his donkey
or anything that belongs to your neighbour.” Exodus 20:17
This Word is about envying what your neighbour has. And it’s not just about wanting what she has; it’s also resenting the fact that she has it. My friend Matt Russell has an equation for this:
Envy = Desire + Resentment
As I initially reflected on this Word, here’s what came to mind for me, from the British band James 1989 anthem, “Sit Down”:
“If I hadn’t seen such riches I could live with being poor.”
So – what song lyric springs to mind when you think about “coveting” or envying what your neighbour has? Add it in the comments section for this post, with the title of the song and the artist (and the year, if you’re a bit of an anorak like me). At the end of the week, I’ll announce my favourite entry, pop a book in the post to the person who submitted it, and then compile the entire playlist on Spotify for your musical edification.
[It’d be lovely if you were to take a moment to click a button or two below to share this post with your friends and help me compile a cracking playlist. Cheers!]