Last Exit to Vegas: Songs From and Inspired by the Short Story Collection

Once upon a time, one of my writing professors gave my class writing prompts. Writing off the cuff is always good. She noticed that the prompts seemed to skew towards Vegas. Write what you know; I know Vegas. I intend to return at the end of my program.

I had my ear to the ground for almost 10 years, having worked in various resorts on the Strip in different roles. I always listened to what my friends and family had to say about their lives in Vegas. I kept them in my head. Some of their stories are in the collection, albeit heavily fictionalized. I really have a love/hate relationship with the place, but it’s home.

The collection itself is still a work in progress, but I feel so strongly about it that it will be completed in the next six months. It will be called “Last Exit to Vegas.”

If you don’t already know, music is a massive part of my creative process. I will always find a song for the right mood, at any time of day. This mixtape reflects the overall theme and tone of the collection. Listen to it on shuffle for maximum effectiveness.

  1. Androgynous Girls by Girls Aloud
  2. Black City Parade by Indochine
  3. Build God, Then We’ll Talk by Panic! at the Disco
  4. Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd
  5. Constellation of the Heart by Kate Bush
  6. Electric Feel by MGMT
  7. Express Yourself by N.W.A
  8. Farewell to the Fairground by White Lies
  9. Feeding the Fire by Hayley Kiyoko
  10. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  11. Just Got Paid by Johnny Kemp
  12. Lay Down in Swimming Pools by Mutya Keisha Siobhan
  13. Let Me Entertain You by Shakespears Sister
  14. Loose Wires by Kenna
  15. Movement by Katy B
  16. Sam’s Town (Abbey Road Version) by The Killers
  17. Skin Trade by Duran Duran
  18. Touch It/Technologic by Daft Punk
  19. Twilight Zone by Golden Earring
  20. Vegas Skies by The Cab
  21. Wondaland by Janelle Monáe

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