I can’t believe I hadn’t made a soundtrack for this book yet. Such an important part of my prewriting process! It helps to set the tone, the characters, and the overall feel I want to achieve with the book, even if it’s just in mah little head.
I’m finding, with this being my 10th contracted book, a lot of songs start to repeat for me since I have a lot of the same themes in my writing, as well as knowing the particular song or artist works to inspire me (case in point: anything by Pink or the song Holding Out For A Hero seems to make regular appearances).
So… for LIVING IN EDEN, the songs plus a bit of explanation of why I picked them, are:
Hey Mama — Black Eyed Peas
–BEPs are great to get any plot going — especially one that I want to be a fun ride. The lyrics for this one have no meaning for me, it’s all about the feel of the song.
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head — Kylie Minogue
–Since the heroine will be dealing with somebody literally inside of her head since she’s possessed, how could I resist this little ditty? “There’s a dark secret in me / Set me free / Feel the need in me / Stay forever and ever and ever and ever”
Paralyzer — Finger Eleven
–This is a local band and I just love this song. I think it’s about being so struck by love that you’re paralyzed around the person, can’t talk, can’t think.
This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race — Fall Out Boy
–Love this song. The subtle difference between what seems like a normal girl/boy interaction can sometimes be all out war, yes? “I’m a leading man / And the lies I weave are oh so intricate”
You Make Me Sick — Pink
–Just because you think you hate him, doesn’t mean he isn’t teh hotness. “You make me sick / I want you and I’m hatin’ it”
Holding Out For A Hero — Frou Frou
–This song, right back to the Bonnie Tyler version, fills me with anticipation — “Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?/Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what I need” — you and me both, Bonnie. You and me both. I like the Frou Frou version because it adds a little whimsy to the retro song.
Talking In Your Sleep — The Romantics
–Another retro song. Sometimes you just can’t hide what you’re feeling inside. Especially when you’re sleeping. And especially if you have a hot demon lurking about.
Heart — Pet Shop Boys
–I’ve used this one a lot as well. Just love those PSBs. “Every time I see you, no matter what we do / There’s a strange reaction, can you feel it too?”
Sex Bomb — Tom Jones
–I feel no shame. I love Tom Jones. This song, the remixed modern version, is sexy and naughty. Just like my hero! “You can turn me upside down inside out / You can make me feel the real deal”
Black, Black Heart — David Usher
–Usher has such a sweet, sexy voice and yet this song is about the darkness inside. I’ve used it many times.
Vindicated — Dashboard Confessional
–A song perfect for your average everyday emo hero who doesnt’ feel he deserves the heroine even when she loves him despite his past mistakes. “I am flawed, but I am cleaning up so well / I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself”
Stay — Shakespear’s Sister
If you listen to this song from the eighties, you’ll hear the sweet heroine contrasted with the evil, twisted villainess (Siobhan Fahey from Bananarama looking all evil and badass in the video — oh, the memories!) who seems to want to take her love away and destroy him. “You better hope and pray / That you make it safe / Back to your own world” Does good or evil prevail?? Time will tell.
Okay…enough with soundtracks. Time to get some writing done!