I had some valid complaints on Facebook last week. (Sorry!) It seems a lot of you really like it when I put up the soundtracks I use when I write my books. And I haven’t done that in a while. Mea culpa, my readers. I’m posting the soundtrack for Blood and Sand today. And I’ll try to update some of the others when I get a chance.
Soundtracks. Hmm. What do they mean? For me, music plays a big part in how I write. It’s one of the things I use to trigger my personal creative process. Sometimes, soundtracks can be spoiler-y. For reasons that became obvious, I didn’t post the full soundtrack for The Force of Wind until AFTER the book came out. (“Dante’s Prayer” might have given more than a little away.) Sometimes, there’s a lyric in a particular song that really expresses something about a character or a relationship or a scene. Sometimes, it’s a mood or an emotion that I want to evoke. A lot of times, a song just sounds right for the scene that I imagine. There’s no science to it, so don’t take them too literally.
Many thanks to the amazing artists on this list. They are all inspiring in different ways. A HUGE thank you has to go to Florence + The Machine on this book because “Ceremonials” was all over this soundtrack. Love that album. In fact, if I had to pick one song for this book that really captures the mood and the feel, it would be “No Light, No Light.” Here’s a video of Florence performing it live (which you MUST go see if you have a chance) and soundtrack details are after the break.
Music for Blood and Sand: Elemental World Book Two
No Light, No Light—Florence + The Machine
Heavy Metal Lover—Lady Gaga
American Girl—Tom Petty
Crash Into Me—Dave Matthews Band
Iris—The Goo Goo Dolls
All Through the Night—Cyndi Lauper
Leave My Body—F+TM
Set Fire to the Rain—Adele
Never Let Me Go—F+TM
And there you have it! You’ll have to tell me what songs you hear when you read the book after it comes out on the 28th!
Thanks for reading,