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The Diary of a Rope Fiend Mix Tape: Part 2!

Music played a huge roll in this creation of this book.  Many of the people in its pages are strongly attached in my memory to a certain song.  Other chapters were written while listening to a song over and over for hours.  So here's a little behind the scenes look at the making of Diary of a Rope Fiend in musical form. The first half of the mix tape can be found here.

Bon Iver--Skinny Love

Mr Chapter 16 was absolutely no fun to shoot photos with and his depressing mix of mopey music didn’t serve to improve the situation.  If he hadn’t been tying me up for his lovely noir inspired images I would have run away quickly.

Milky Chance--Stolen Dance

By contrast Mr Chapter 17 was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in the name of photos.  He was hilarious, we listened to amazing music, scandalized a friend who dropped by in the middle of the shoot, and he was super dreamy.

Muddy Waters--Mustang Sally

So many of the naughty adventures I went on with Mr Chapter 18 started in his fancy black Mustang.  I’m not into cars but something about his was kind of a turn on.

Storm Large--8 Miles Wide

Much of my time shooting photos with Mr Chapter 19 was explaining the Keep Portland Weird concept and that no matter what we did with a camera and rope we would never be the strangest thing happening.  So this weird song by a local musical genius seemed fitting here.

Edge of the World--Faith No More

This is one of the creepiest songs I’ve heard, just as the lead up to the shoot with Mr Chapter 20 was intensely creepy.  What with him taking me many miles out of town to an abandoned section of the woods.

Lovage--Stroker Ace

Mr Chapter 21 and I had a lot of fun together. While baking and practicing rope we also shared new music.  This was one of the songs that was in heavy rotation to the sound track during our evenings of creating cake and bondage.

Miami Horror--Colours in the Sky

Given Ms Chapter 22’s interest in all things bright, happy, and psychedelic this song seemed fitting to capture the mood of our time together.  Everything about her was colorful, including her crazy teal rope.

Kill Bill Theme

This was the song that started out the evening as myself and a group of intrepid kinksters put on an epic rope performance for nearly 1000 people. It was my first public rope scene and first giant play party so this sweeping musical score was a perfect way to get in the mood before running into Mr Chapter 23.

Kronos Quartet--Lux Aeterna

The way Mr Chapter 24 spoke in poetry while tying me reminded me of the wordless but intense theme to Requiem for a Dream.  So it became the song I listened to endlessly to capture the feel of being in his rope while I wrote this chapter.

Hozier--Take me to Church

This scene was the beginning of the end for the tumultuous relationship Mr Chapter 25 and I shared.  It was heartbreaking, passionate, and confusing much like this song which I listened to often while writing the book. It had a way of dropping me back into the difficult years of my life I was trying to describe.

Imogen Heap--Goodnight and Go

Mr Chapter 26 and I only had the briefest of acquaintances before he left the country to move onto other lands and experiences.  And yet he had a rather large influence on my rope life at the time.  Ours was also a requited crush that neither of us could get over our shyness long enough to do anything about.

Martha Wainwright--Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole

Perhaps the only fitting song for Mr Chapter 27 who violated my trust in the most unforgivable of ways.  He tried to break me but he didn’t succeed.

Spoon--I Turn my Camera On

Mr Chapter 28 and I have gone on a crazy number of photo shoots together.  It’s thanks to him I’ve seen so much of the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  He’s always up for nudity and sometimes rope for the sake of photos and I love him for that.

The Devil Makes Three--Do Wrong Right

This song could have been Mr Chapter 29’s theme song.  He is the sweetest kind of trouble maker, always going on journeys of the road and of the mind.  He was kind enough to take me on a few and introduce me to this band.

Grouplove--Let Me In

This seemed a fitting way to end. The song captures the mood of being tied by Mr Chapter 30 while knowing I’d then collected enough stories to sit down and write this book.  It was liberating getting suspended off several of Portland’s bridges to draw the project to a close.

The Diary of a Rope Fiend Mix Tape: Part 1!

Music played a huge roll in this creation of this book.  Many of the people in its pages are strongly attached in my memory to a certain song.  Other chapters were written while listening to a song over and over for hours.  So here's a little behind the scenes look at the making of Diary of a Rope Fiend in musical form. 

Click above to listen to the playlist.  Pass it on!  And if you really enjoy it, please consider contributing to my IndieGoGo campaign.

Eddy Grant--Electric Avenue

This was my favorite song as a kid; playing it over and over on a loop until my parents were crossing their fingers my tape player would break.  Before I understood the dark message behind the catchy beat, I would put on fashion shows with the neighborhood kids to this song.

Ani Difranco--Loom

This album got me through college, my angsy years of sexual exploration complete with a series of poor relationship choices.  The high light being Mr Chapter 1, the married man I fell in love with.

The Red Elvises--Gypsy Heart

My college roommate, Mr Chapter 2 and I, fell under the spell of the same woman after they tied me up together.  When she was toying with our emotions we would console one another by singing this song to one another.

John Cameron Mitchell--Sugar Daddy

Hedwig and Mr Chapter 3 both have a delightful German accent.   Both characters have also been huge influences in my life since we first became acquainted so its no wonder the movie soundtrack always reminds me of Mr Chapter 3.

The Kinks--Tired of Waiting for You

I was always waiting for Mr Chapter 4: for him to get ready to go out to dinner, for him to get a clue, for him to tie me up.  Then at the end of our tumultuous relationship I couldn’t wait for him to leave.

Nine Inch Nails--Only

Mr Chapter 5 takes me to a kink club where the only things I heard that entire evening were screams of pleasure/pain and an endless loop of NIN songs.

Gotan Project--Vuelvo al Sur

In addition to being a rope expert, Mr Chapter 6 is a dancer.  This sultry tango music was the sort he would use in the background to a rope scene and to his combination dance/rope stage performance..

Josh Ritter--Wolves

This bittersweet song reminds me of my long time love, Mr Chapter 7 who is my live in partner in crime throughout my memoir.  Though he didn’t understand my obsession with rope he was always supportive of it, proving that opposites can attract.

Johnny Cash--One Piece at a Time

Mr Chapter 8 is an epic story teller, weaving epic tales of his undertakings in small town Wisconsin. Stories so strange they’re true but hard to believe, kind of like this song. He’s also the person to truly ignite my passion for rope bondage, giving me the courage to seek it out and be myself.    

Elvis Presley--Suspicious Minds

This is Mr Chapter 9’s favorite song and the one he writes on me one afternoon when he ties me up in a playful scene I’ll never forget.

Jack Black--Let's Get it On

It's all about the bedroom in this chapter.  Mr Chapter 10 and I had a very brief but memorable tryst but he probably doesn't even know this song because he's such a youngster so I chose an updated cover version.

Shiny Toy Guns--Le Disko

My acquaintance with Ms Chapter 11 began in a club where this is the sort of music that would be blaring in the background while I stood in awe of her tying herself up.

Lissie--Bad Romance

The rope with Mr Chapter 12 was amazing but everything else was a mess.  The sort of almost love affair that seems impossible to end.  He also put this song on a mix tape for me once upon a time.

Josh Clayton-Felt--Paint the Tree Green

This serene, almost dreamlike song reminds me of standing in the forest where Mr Chapter 13 tied me up, surrounded by trees, including the one that had fallen over a waterfall that I would be suspended from.

Turning Japanese--Liz Phair

Mr Chapter 14 is a serious practitioner of gorgeous and very complicated Asian inspired rope.  He would become the center of my rope exploration and treasured partner in photo expeditions in Portland.


During the ropey and artist photo shoots I did with Mr Chapter 15, he always had the best music playing in the background to set the scene.  His great taste in rope ties, music and movies never ceases to amaze.

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