Some of my best memories of summer involve making playlists for friends and for the inevitable road trip to the beach.
I remember one summer in short shorts, slathered in sunscreen, in the passenger side of my friend’s convertible listening to Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen while the days seemed to stretch before us forever.
I think that’s why making a playlist for my books seems so easy.
playlist for a story, they have to meet one of two criteria:
The lyrics have to match what a character is feeling
The song captures the mood of a scene
That said, here are the songs I chose for this story and why. If you’re interested, I created the playlist on YouTube so you can listen to the whole set here:
Moving On by Needtobreathe
He’s waiting for his lover to reappear when their stars align but is
contemplating moving on. It encompasses that kind of sad but inevitable feeling
that you might be waiting for nothing.
Mission Impossible Theme
certain that Wilson, the self-appointed leader of the technology thieves,
insisted that this music be played in the van on the way over to Forbes’s lab.
Oliver was lucky he drove his own motorcycle to the scene, because they would
have come to blows over the endless repetition of this song.
99 Problems by Hugo
sound of this song. This is Oliver’s song as things start to go south. He’s
suddenly on the wrong side of both Forbes and the gang of thieves he’s working
Take On Me by A-ha
the near future, so I’m going to say Forbes has it in his music library because
his parents listened to it.
Ruler of My Heart by Irma Thomas
a Forbes song. He’s waited so long for his lover to return and when he does,
it’s not at all in the way he expects.
Jeepers Creepers by Frank Sinatra
cat robot embodies this quirky little ditty. He probably plays it in the house
whenever Forbes leaves.
Do It Alone by Sugarcult
alone anymore. He’s willing to beg Oliver to stay.
With you by Natalie Walker
perfect for THE BREAK-IN. Forbes definitely found his life changed by Oliver
and as a result his love didn’t fade despite time and circumstance. It’s a
sappy song but those are okay sometimes.
Life Less Ordinary by Carbon Leaf
somehow a lot less ordinary together and together they will have an
10. Little Wonders by Rob Thomas
over for both Forbes and Oliver. The twist and turns of fate have left them
exhausted and time has fallen away. It’s definitely the heart that really
matters in the end.
11. All Will Be Well by Gabe Dixon
characters that “all will be well” but only time will tell.