Track 38: Musicians

Welcome to episode thirty-eight of the Mixtape Book Club Podcast.

Episode 38 logo: Musicians

In this episode, Ellen and Mal welcome author Casloveshisfreckles to discuss fics where Dean or Cas (or both!) are musicians. Fics include Casloveshisfreckles’s Standing Where the Lightning Strikes, Appoggiatura by ceeainthereforthat, Take the Lead by JinxedAmbitions, Tennessee Whiskey by TrenchcoatBaby, and plenty more.

You can find our Mixtape Book Club Ao3 collection here, containing the stories we’ve discussed on the podcast so far.

As always, Mixtape Book Club contains swearing and discussion of adult topics. Please listen at your own discretion, with attention paid to any little ears that might be nearby!

A transcript is available for this episode.

Our Guest – Casloveshisfreckles

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Standing Where the Lightning Strikes by Casloveshisfreckles (06:37)
Published for Pinefest 2021, 54k words, E
With art by Kayrosebee
Playlist: Open Spotify

When Sam gets his life together and fucks off to live in a hippy-dippy self-sustainable commune in Costa Rica, Dean never considers following suit. That life isn’t for him. But after years of being away from his brother and withering his own life away at his monotonous, soul-sucking job, Dean finds himself caving to Sammy’s pleas, accepting a job offer he can’t refuse, and boarding a plane to the exotic island.

It’s nothing like Dean could have ever imagined, full of vibrant life and color, foods he’s never heard of, and animals he’s never seen. It’s a tropical paradise… a paradise that becomes a hell of a lot more interesting when a dark haired, blue-eyed commune native catches his eye. After a rather upsetting first meeting with the grumpy stranger, Dean must continue to navigate life on the island, his new career as the school’s music teacher, and the ultimate feat of dislodging his foot from his very big mouth.

With a community of characters as familiar as his brother and as wild as a capuchin monkey with a flair for mischief, Dean will discover that maybe it wasn’t just Sam’s life that needed a reboot.

Still, the question remains; will Dean be able to win over Casa Nova’s most reclusive resident?

Appoggiatura by ceeainthereforthat (38:00)
Published 2014, 121k works, E
Ellen’s Spotify playlist: Open Spotify

Castiel leaves the religious commune of Heaven Farms to study classical piano after winning a full scholarship paid for by the Deanna Campbell Memorial Foundation, and answers an ad in the campus newspaper: 1 bedroom to let. Meals provided. 50mb wifi, quiet odd music student preferred.

Take the Lead by JinxedAmbitions (56:19)
Published for DCBB 2015, 66k words, E
With art by The-Dangerous-Ginger

Castiel is one of the world’s biggest rock stars. Lead singer of The Garrison. He’s living a life of decadence, but he can’t come up with inspiration for their next album, and they’re supposed to be back in the studio in a matter of weeks. It’s no secret that The Garrison’s music is mostly about Castiel’s sex life, and the man experiments in lovemaking as often as he does with the band’s sound. Now, Cas needs a new sexual experience to inspire his music.

Dean Winchester is a Mixed Martial Artist with a reputation for being able to take a hard hit and being able to deliver an even harder one. Having a fight in Vegas is surreal for the Kansas native. Being propositioned by a rock star after the fight is equally surreal. First of all, Castiel is decidedly male with a reputation with the ladies as sordid as Dean’s own. Second, his proposition to be at Dean’s mercy in the bedroom is as ridiculous as it is intriguing.

Tennessee Whiskey by TrenchcoatBaby (01:10:25)
Published 2019, 21k words, E

Dean Winchester is a midwestern farm boy turned country music icon. Castiel Novak is a rising star pushing the boundaries of the genre, his fame reaching new heights. Despite never having met him, Dean hates Castiel completely, and one of those reasons is definitely not because Castiel is the hottest man on the planet. Nope.

Other Musician AUs (1:16:20)

Other links

What’s your favorite musician fic? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Our intro music is “Angel with a Shotgun” by The Cab, arranged by Ellen.

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