Songs I Listened To While Writing The Minorities

Last week, I finished the arduous one-year journey of writing The Minorities – my most personal book, so far. The Minorities is, in many ways, my most in-depth exploration of the nature of friendship and love, and the emotions that drive them together, as well as the emotions that drive them apart.

My – shall we say – emotional metronome (emotronome?) in writing The Minorities are a series of songs that help me meet the emotional beats that hold up this story. Sure, The Minorities has pontianaks and wendigoes and other fantastical beings that roam Singapore and Malaysia. But the message at its core is simple: Love the people around you, and be true to yourself. These songs reinforce this message.

Without these songs, The Minorities would have been 24 chapters of soulless reticence.

I hope you enjoy them too and hey, better still, I hope you enjoy them while reading The Minorities.

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