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The Music Speaks! DS Playlist

Published August 13, 2016 by Ashley Townsend

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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.

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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!

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Prologue:

            “Drop of Smoke”—Hudson Taylor

Chapter 1:

            “I Will Be Back One Day”—Lord Huron

Chapter 2:

            “Best Friend”—Jason Mraz

Chapter 3:

            “Into the Wild”—Lewis Walton

Chapter 4:

            “Sing Loud”—Alpha Rev

Chapter 5:

            “Surrender”—Natalie Taylor

Chapter 6:

            “Surround You”—Echosmith

Chapter 7:

            “Another Story”—The Head and the Heart

Chapter 8:

            “History’s Door”—Husky

Chapter 9:

            “Big Bad World”—Kodaline

Chapter 10:

            “Can’t Pretend”—Tom Odell

Chapter 11:

            “The Lion’s Den”—Twin Oaks

Chapter 12:

            “Let it Go”—James Bay

Chapter 13:

            “I Have Made Mistakes”—The Oh Hellos

Chapter 14:

            “Moon Shines Red”—Jamie McDell

Chapter 15:

            “Running for You”—Kip Moore

Chapter 16:

            “Searchlight”—Phillip Phillips

Chapter 17:

            “Run”—Jasmine Thompson

Chapter 18:

            “All I Want”—Dawn Golden

Chapter 19:

            “Unclear”—Kodaline

Chapter 20:

            “Stay Alive”—Jose Gonzalez

Chapter 21:

            “Daniel in the Den”—Bastille

Chapter 22:

            “Fire”—Barnes Courtney

            “Volcano”—Emily Hearn

Chapter 23:

            “I Found Love”—Amber Run

Chapter 24:

            “Hollow”—Tori Kelley

Chapter 25:

            “Pieces”—Andrew Belle

Chapter 26:

            “Prince of Peace”—Hillsong

Chapter 27:

            “Way Down We Go”—Kaleo

Chapter 28:

            “Song for Someone”—U2

Chapter 29:

            “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”—Raign

Chapter 30:

            “Charlie Boy”—The Lumineers

Chapter 31:

            “All I Ever Wanted (Was Time)”—Vance Joy

Chapter 32:

            “On My Way Back Home”—Band of Horses

Chapter 33:

            “Light”—Sleeping at Last

Chapter 34:

            “Other Side”—Parachute

Chapter 35:

            “Hanging by a Thread”—Aaron Espe

Chapter 36:

            “All This Time”—One Republic

Chapter 37:

            “Home”—Gabrielle Aplin

Chapter 38:

            “Our Last Days”—The Fray

Epilogue:

            “Photograph”—Ed Sheeran

 

On the First Day…

Published December 24, 2012 by Ashley Townsend

On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeeeeeeee

One Super Sweet and Awesome Tradition!!!

IMG_1051[1]Every year, Elizabeth and I make a killer gingerbread house. This year’s wasn’t as wild as the two-story pumpkin farm/ice-skating rink we made last Christmas, but this house fit in so perfectly with our little Scrooge village! I can’t believe the countdown is over and that CHRISTMAS is tomorrow! I pray you all have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas, and don’t forget the Reason for the season. And, as always, remember to laugh and smile! Merry Christmas!

On the Second Day…

Published December 23, 2012 by Ashley Townsend

On the Second Day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeeee:

Two Lighted Trees!

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Liz’s beautiful white bulbed tree and Katie’s and my even teensier colored tree deserved a little spotlight before Christmas. We’ve enjoyed decorating these trees with old and new ornaments and decorations. Looking at these little fellas for a month makes me wonder why we ever pack them up. Nothing like a little faux tree Christmas cheer! 

On the Fifth Day….

Published December 20, 2012 by Ashley Townsend

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Fiiiiiive Golden Boys!

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This present day of Christmas is in honor of my sisters, Katie and Elizabeth. And, hey! The coolest part is that it can actually be sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, starting on day five. Begin!

One boy from Cheshire                   A moody one with glasses     

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        One funny Irish tenor                       

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A sweet angelic voice

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And ONE FUNNY BOYYYYYYY!!!!

On the Seventh Day…

Published December 18, 2012 by Ashley Townsend

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Seven Super Accents!

Unfortunately for you, this seventh day isn’t actually about foreign accents, but my favorite types of Christmas decorations and the things that are needed to make this special day a little more super…

seven 5Bada-dada-dada! The first snow!

sevenA huge, fresh Christmas tree,

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Ridiculously overdone outdoor Christmas lights and hideous Christmas sweaters,

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Bright reindeer and flashy Christmas trees on a lawn,

seven 6And Penguins! They make me so happy!

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