Music: New Zealand Music Month – Anika Moa

DebE —  May 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

The trouble with today’s post is that it is so hard to pick just one song by Anika. However, if I allow myself to go past one, I won’t know where to stop. Yes, I am a big fan. She features heavily in my “Music to Write By” playlist because she sings in such a quiet, soulful way that I can let slip into the background of my thoughts, yet I am just as happy to allow some of my attention to slip her way thanks to the emotion she is able to bring forth for me. She sings about her relationship with her absentee father, as well as classic love and love-lost songs.

I have chosen this song because it resonates with me when I am writing my WiP: WoW. I don’t know if it’s her intention to have created a character in this song as similar to my main POV character, but I feel she has. I mean, anyone who has a rational view of sex and relationships knows that sex does not equal love, and my character knows that, too … but, she has the problem that she struggles to believe that men want anything more from her than that. And so, this song, with it’s main “protagonist” singing “We can do it, do it, do it, till you love me again” really seems to fit my own protagonist’s thinking. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that, but I’m not here to completely break down my character’s psychology outside of the framework of the story. I’m meant to be showcasing a local artist!

Take it away Anika:



Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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