The Burning Point Playlist


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading a thorough critique of my memoir, The Burning Point, published in 2017 by By Common Consent Press, in Issue 50:4 of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Reviewer Mel Henderson had a great idea:

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Excerpt from Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

There is a natural playlist on The Burning Point, and at the prodding of a few of my fellow bloggers, I pulled out my own copy and headed to Spotify. As I flipped through the chapters, certain songs simply rose up on the tide of the words and I added them to the playlist. Some of the songs are tied to specific memories, some to feelings the pages evoke.

The jukebox at Jakes had Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin on constant rotation. The Grateful Dead has been part of the weft and weave of my life for three decades (man, I’m getting old!) The days darkened and loss came home with Mumford & Sons, and Chris Cornell personified the razor’s edge of darkness and light. Some of the songs are obvious choices, some are deeply personal.

On that personal note (because what else am I?) it feels oddly more vulnerable sharing the music that is carved into my heart from these days than it did giving my book to the world. But here it is.


  1. I love this.

  2. Kevin Barney says:

    When I read it I think more than once I had California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas rolling around in my head.

  3. Tracy, this is probably not the appropriate forum in which to say this, but I can’t figure out how else to get this to you, so here I go:

    I loved your book, and I love your writing. Thanks for taking the time to share your talents, your deeply personal experiences, and so much more with the rest of us. Please keep it up, to the extent that other circumstances in your life allow.

  4. D Christian Harrison says:

    Sublime. <3

  5. MikeInWeHo says:

    That’s really cool. Thanks, Tracy!

  6. Thanks for sharing this, Tracy.

  7. Kristine N says:

    Oh, this is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Some of my other favorite authors have released similar lists that they listened to while writing their books. I’ve found listening to the playlist really enriches the experience of reading the book.

  8. This is really nice.

  9. Thank you, Everyone.

    And thank you Matthew73 for the encouragement and kind words.

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