Music inspires me.
One beat or pulsing rhythm or lyric that catches on my heart strings, and I’m hooked on a song. My sister Katie (follow her blog Books and Wonderful Things!) brought a random song from Florence and the Machine to my attention while I was writing Chasing Shadows, and the chorus and a single line in the bridge of “Heavy in Your Arms” inspired the waterfall scene between Jade and Will (“The one who creeps in corridors and doesn’t make a sound.” Come on, people!). Sometimes when I get blocked, I take a break, close my eyes and just nap in the sunshine and listen to music. I’ve overcome many a writing stump by absorbing the tone and lyrics of random songs.
My writing playlist consists of about 150 inspiring songs in all sorts of genres so that there is something to fit any scene (romantic, intense, moody, tragic). But there is always one lyric or beat or chorus that so perfectly encompasses the entire mood of a chapter that, before I realize it, the repeat button has been pressed, and I listen to nothing but that song as it inspires the setting and the way I write, even how the characters respond to one another. Some music causes me to pound away at the keyboard as swords clash and arrows fly, while sweeter melodies make me slow down and smile as I pen a romantic interlude (ooh, interludes! ^_~). Music is, essentially, the backbone behind life and every story, if you listen close enough to the birds, the wind, and “every breaking wave” (*cough* U2 reference *cough*).
Since there is one specific song that really stuck out to me as being the lifeblood behind each chapter, I had to share with you the melodies that inspired Defying Shadows. If you’ve read the book, then you’re probably freaking out because you’re reliving every laugh and tear and emotional tidal wave that you experienced while reading the book. If you haven’t started Defying Shadows yet, then find it here so you know why this playlist is perfect.
I hope you enjoy the sounds of Serimone!
“Drop of Smoke”—Hudson Taylor
“I Will Be Back One Day”—Lord Huron
“Best Friend”—Jason Mraz
“Into the Wild”—Lewis Walton
“Sing Loud”—Alpha Rev
“Another Story”—The Head and the Heart
“Big Bad World”—Kodaline
“Can’t Pretend”—Tom Odell
“The Lion’s Den”—Twin Oaks
“Let it Go”—James Bay
“I Have Made Mistakes”—The Oh Hellos
“Moon Shines Red”—Jamie McDell
“Running for You”—Kip Moore
“All I Want”—Dawn Golden
“Stay Alive”—Jose Gonzalez
“Daniel in the Den”—Bastille
“I Found Love”—Amber Run
“Prince of Peace”—Hillsong
“Way Down We Go”—Kaleo
“Song for Someone”—U2
“Knocking on Heaven’s Door”—Raign
“Charlie Boy”—The Lumineers
“All I Ever Wanted (Was Time)”—Vance Joy
“On My Way Back Home”—Band of Horses
“Light”—Sleeping at Last
“Hanging by a Thread”—Aaron Espe
“All This Time”—One Republic
“Our Last Days”—The Fray