Also how The Aislers Set worked, also Hilsinger and Beatty. Now, if those names aren’t familiar, that’s all right. They are indie bands, and only one still records. Yo La Tengo has been around since I was in high school, Amy Linton’s Aislers Set since 1998. Doug Hilsinger and Caroleen Beatty covered Brian Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) in 2003; all three of those groups are unknown to some great percentage of the population. But their art carries deep meaning to me. And my writing touches a similar small vein.
As I listened to “Bang Bang Bang” last night by The Aislers Set, it came back to me why I publish my novels; because I write them and I can. Indie musicians have been doing that for ages. Authors are on that path now, and while I don’t know which of those bands my road is akin to, the goal is the same. Make the art, share the art. The rest is out of my hands.