Probably because I'm a huge dork, or because I love listening to music while I write, I actually have put together my own "soundtrack" for my book. I'm not the only one who does this, I'm sure. In fact if I remember "She-who-must-not-be-named" aka "Author of crappy vampire book" did the same. Not that I stole my idea from her or anything. I think I've been doing this for a while now, at least since my first writing attempt. In fact, that whole book was based off of a single song. Crazy right? Err... back to dorky, huh?
Admittedly I don't really have a cool or unique taste in music. I just kind of like what I like. Sometimes I randomly hear a song on the radio and it just sort of clicks with me or a certain scene from my book.
When I first started writing my book I just gotten the new Lifehouse album "Smoke and Mirrors". I'm a huge Lifehouse fan and always have been. So right away several of the songs went onto my book soundtrack playlist. They are...
"All In" - How could I not include this, one of my all time favorite songs? I even named a chapter after it. And the lyrics are awesome too, "All night, staring at the ceiling, counting the minutes I'm feeling this way, so far away and so alone. But you know it's alright, I came to my senses, let go of my defenses. There's no way I'm giving up this time." I know only like five of you have actually read my book, but this song totally fits.
Also from Lifehouse I have "From Where You Are", "All That I'm Asking For" and of course, "Hanging By a Moment", old-schoolish, but I love it anyway.
One random song that I heard on the radio and it completely clicked with me, especially for the last chapter of my book, is Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain"....AMAZING! Went straight to iTunes, bought it, added it to my soundtrack.
Another random one, "Secrets" by OneRepublic. Because it's all about the secrets, and giving them all away, right? You don't have any clue what I'm talking about do you? I'm basically talking to myself, I know.
Besides Lifehouse, my other all-time favorite band is...brace yourself...Linkin Park! Now, I love their rowdy old stuff, but their newest album "A Thousand Suns" is...amazeballs. Can I say that here? Whatever... Tons of those songs went straight to the soundtrack.
"When They Come For Me" - "Oh when they come for me, come for me, I'll be gone..." Love it. Add it to the car chase chapter!
Also, "Burning in the Skies" - Although this one feels more like book two to me...hmmm.
"Iridescent" - Another one of my all-time favorite songs, period!
"Leave Out All the Rest" - not from A Thousand Suns, but it just fits. Yes I know what soundtrack it's really from don't remind me!
Finally, "Waiting For the End to Come" - This one was just made for me, I swear. "Waiting for the end to come, wishing I had strength to stand. This is not what I had planned, it's out of my control. Flying at the speed of light, thoughts were spinning in my head. So many things were left unsaid, it's hard to let you go. I know what it takes to move on. I know how it feels to lie. All I wanna do is trade this life for something new, holding on to what I haven't got." Okay, sounds a little depressing, but it's awesome song. And it just complete fits with the last two chapters of my book.
So there you have it. Exciting no? No? I guess you'll understand when you read the book. I know once it gets published then subsequently made into a movie there will have to be an orchestral accompaniment as well, but I still have a while to work on that....
Yes, that last part was a JOKE!