This week’s topic is ‘music I love’ and ‘book playlists’. Playlists are popular with writers now but in the four books I’ve written, I only made a playlist for one of them.
Perhaps this is because I’ve never really understood whether a playlist is supposed to reflect the characters and the plot of the book? Or just what the writer listens to whilst writing? What do you think?
I don’t usually listen to music when I’m writing, but when I wrote The Dangerous Gift, I did and the playlist below is the result.
These were songs I listened to whilst wrote the final draft of The Dangerous Gift, I loved the US series Nashville and so that’s why over half of the songs are from the series. Since The Dangerous Gift is a Western Romantic Suspense, it put me in the right mind set, even though my story is set in Texas and not Nashville.
The other songs are longtime favourites of mine. I first listened to The Eagles when I started going out with my husband in 1980. ‘Take It Easy’, always manages to send me back in time , to a Bronze Ford Capri, with an an Eight Track Player. The days were full of sunshine and love. When times are hard, this song always makes me feel good and remember why thirty six years later we are still together.
The Roxy Music songs have similar poignant memories, so I listen to them frequently. Jimmy Nail’s ‘Cowboy Dreams’ and ‘What Kind of Man Am I’, fitted in with how Jared felt at times in the story and Savage Garden’s ‘ Truly, Madly, Deeply’ epitomises the love between Jennie and Jared.
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