I love sing-a-longs!
Why? I am insanely over-enthusiastic about everything. I overdo it all. I am the Queen of Cheese. I'm Spielberg meets Baz Luhrman. I'm Katy Perry and Chris Isaak's love child.
What I'm trying to say here is subtlety is not always my strong suit. Enthusiasm, however? Yes.
By the way, these are just samplings. If you're ever interested in my full playlists, you can always check me out on Spotify. I publish all of the playlists under my book title. And as making a playlist is one of the first things I do before writing, you might get a good idea of what's in the works.
Revelations: Song of the Silvertongue
I'm always amazed at what people will name their children. It seems to me that the younger you are when you have a child, the more likely that poor infant is going to wind up with a weird name. So, when I settled on the character of a teen whose own mother was a teen when she had her, I knew the name had to be, at the least, unique. I didn't want it to be too awful, though, because while Kyrie's mother was young, she was still intelligent. Kyrie is named from the very eighties pop song, but Kyrie, eleison is actually the name of a Christian prayer as well, meaning Lord, have mercy. Kyrie is, at times, quite frustrated with her name and having to always explain how it's pronounced.
Prologue Ten Speed (Of God's Blood & Burial)by Coheed & Cambria
"Believer, you'll leave her, in leaving them all"
Coheed & Cambria definitely became a strong inspiration while I was writing. This song is a conversation between two characters--a writer and his bicycle--but is also, in a way, a conversation between good and evil. Also, hello, electric guitar riffs and amazing hair.
Chapter 1 American Honey by Lady Antebellum
So innocent, pure and sweet
Get used to country music since this is, after all, a book that takes place in Texas. I had a lot of troubles picking out a song for this chapter because it's mostly setup. Settlin' by Sugarland was a candidate, but then I felt it might be a little too on-the-nose. Like the song they'd pick to start this movie if it was a romantic comedy. I decided to go with one of the many songs on my playlist that are "Kyrie" songs, songs that aren't really story focused but epitomize who Kyrie is to me. I picked American Honey 'cause the little girl in the yellow dress in the video looks kind of like Kyrie. Kismet!
Nate is a special character. He has a mind of his own. He broke Kyrie's heart, but not enough that she's not just a teensy bit tempted to let him put it back together for her: "Lips like gravity, pull me under/reckless weather on his breath." He seems like trouble, but at the same time, he pushes Kyrie into greatness she never knew she had.
Chapter 3 Green-Eyed Boy by Dolly Parton
"And the fire still burns for the green-eyed boy..."
Ooh, and here we learn that Kyrie isn't the only one with a penchant for bad boys. If anything, it's an inherited trait. Read the chapter, listen to this song, self-explanatory, no? Dolly Parton I adore, and chances are it won't be the last Dolly song I include.
And of course, the whole chapter isn't about Kyrie's mom. It's also about rebellion and making your own decisions. (I had two choices. One, a boring version that just posted the lyrics. Two, a Pride and Prejudice fan-made music video. Guess which I chose!)
Chapter 4 The Happening by Diana Ross and the Supremes
"One day you're up, then you turn around, you find your world is tumbling down"
Every book in my mind plays like a movie. I build my books like movies and I think that's why soundtrack is so important. If I were making this book into a movie, Buddy'd have the oldies station playing as he drove down the road. It's just source music, but as her bad situation steadily gets worse, the song continues to build until - Bam! Happy Motown over the first (but certainly not last!) truly shocking moment in her life. (Don't you just love how happy and upbeat Motown singers can be, even as they sing about emotional devastation and sorrow?)
Good gracious, you know, it's a pain in the 'tocks trying to write these things and keep them spoiler free. Next post I'm just going to throw up a spoiler warning and be done with it.
Chapter 5 Your Heart is as Black as Night by Melody Gardot
"Your lips may be sweet, such that I can't compete, but your heart is as black as night"
Bettie makes her evil appearance once more. For obvious reasons she's my favorite of the Four Horsemen, so she gets her own theme song.
We also need a nice action-y boost for the end that reflects Kyrie's disillusionment and also nicely ties in with what happens at the end of the chapter.
Chapter 6 Tongue Tied by Eve 6
"Sit alone sweat in silence/We don't tolerate defiance"
I really want to pick something from Eve 6 here. It's chapter 6! And Eve 6 just works so well with Aaron, and small-towns in general. But I have a really hard time associating Eve 6 with any book except the Hidden Talents series so. Yeah. It's tough.
Okay, fine. This is Aaron's theme song right now. Poor boy can't speak in public that well and definitely is not a conventional thinker. He's actually a rebel once you get to know him.
Chapter 6 (cont'd) I've Got this Friend by The Civil Wars
"He's not much for words/He's hidden his heart away"
Simple and sweet. A nice reprieve from the last chapter. Also, my inclusion of the Civil Wars (which I did listen to a lot) will hopefully help me build up some "cool" reserves for when I show you what the next song is.
Chapter 6 (cont'd) Who Am I Living For? by Katy Perry
"I can see the writing on the wall/I can't ignore this war"
This is the next song. Yes it is on the nose. I at times like on the nose. What? Think about what's going on in the book, it works! It's fun! Now excuse me while I go hang my head in shame.
Chapter 7 Would I Lie To You by Charles & Eddie
"Everybody wants to know the truth/In my arms is the only proof"
I think the extremely awesome music video says it all.
It could be worse. I could have chosen R.E.M.'s "It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)". Also, this YouTube video is way cool.
Chapter 8 (cont'd) Visions of the Night by The Police
"They say the meek shall inherit the earth/How long will you keep it?"
Okay, seriously though, I'm going to find something a little more creative here. Also, anyone who hasn't listened to the entirety of Message in a Box needs to evaluate their life priorities. Just saying.
I hope you like Eve 6, 'cause I do!
I listened to several different versions of this song, but this one is old timey!
This was my favorite hymn in church growing up, possibly because it made the most sense to me. Or maybe because it referenced birds. I like birds. Also, I like Cat Stevens. Dulcet tones are relaxing.
This chapter is mostly exposition and set-up for the following chapter, so I'm going to pick Meriah's theme song for it. On a side note, I can't find the version I like on YouTube. if you want to listen to the awesome cowboy song, you'll have to do it through Spotify.
Also, Hawkmoon 269 by U2. Haven't decided yet. Moving on.
Chapter 13 No One But You YoYoMa, the Goat Rodeo Sessions, with Aoife O'Donovan
"The torch you're trying to carry burns, for no one but you"
Poor Meriah. She got rather the raw end of the bargain in life.
Don't listen to this one if you don't want a spoiler.
I think there's an element of self-blame in these situations. It's not fair, but it is.
Because it's about a tornado!!! Also I like this song because this is when Kyrie begins to 'feel her oats,' so to speak, and I think that this captures that feeling.
This is specifically referenced. Love you, Lena!
So. I love the HQ version of this song, but I don't want to rob you of the opportunity to see Nat perform it. But now here's the HQ version.
I do indeed love this song, honestly, but I also find it has a very creepy element. Which is why I listened to it on repeat endlessly while writing a certain scene in this chapter.
By now you may have noticed a pattern with the Coheed and Cambria songs. Have you figured out the pattern?! I'm sure you'll get it by the next one.
Oh yeah, time for Kyrie to fight some baddies. My favoritest parts are about fighting the baddies.
What do you do when you've struck rock bottom? You plead for help.
Cool music video! And thematically appropriate, all things considered.
Chapter 20 Bring on the Night by the Police
The future is but a question mark
Hangs above my head, there in the dark
Can't see for the brightness is staring me blind
God bid yesterday good-bye
This song is hot. That is all.
Honestly, I had so many Flo + The Machines songs I wanted to include. But I wanted to limit myself, and this fits the best. Also, I love this music video.
Yes, it should be Panhandle Dawn, but otherwise it's note perfect.
That's it. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Send me an e-mail!