I don't often listen to music while writing (especially not songs with lyrics) but when I'm plotting, or playing out scenes in my head searching for ideas, I have some favorite songs I keep going back to. These songs don't necessarily reflect how I imagine my fictional musical family would sound, but for various reasons the music inspired me.
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So, why these songs? A few notes...
I haven't found the "perfect" song for this band but the following either sound a bit like them (not the singers necessarily, but the feel and beat) or lyrically remind me of something going on in their lives:
- I Bet My Life - reminds me of the “feel” of the band's finale song ("a love song to each other")
- Castle - for the girl power!
- Whole Lotta Love - Santana/Chris Cornell version - I admit I prefer this to the original (blasphemy!) and can imagine the band covering this at a gig or just for fun (during quarantine lockdown, for example?)
- Part That's Holding On - Remember when Wynter couldn't get through Transgressions at the charity gig (book 8)? This might be the song she was singing.
- Farewell - something about the chugging guitars in this song make me think of Rule212 (NOTE a couple of the bands listed are Christian bands but Rule212 isn't Christian, despite what Wikipedia says)
- The Ever - makes me think of Wynter's journey through the outside world
- I Am You - I love the idea of Wynter singing this to any of her brothers ("charms on a chain"...)
- Hold Me Now - Another one Wynter might sing to Caleb or Indio
- I Won't Run Away - Indio's repeated promise to Wynter that he won't run from her darkness came from listening to this song
- Torn to Pieces - insert generic Indio heartbreak here, whether romantic or maternal
- The High Road - a moderately angry song that represents Indio's teenage and college life
- Be Alright - for some reason this song makes me think of Jesse, although he'd never actually write it
- Starlight - gotta have a space-themed song for Jesse, maybe when he was pining for Dusk
- The Blues - in his bluesy songs Jay Smith maybe sounds like Caleb
- Blue on Black and This Night perfectly reflect his solemn mood toward the end of book 9
- Dust to Dust - if Kim was a singer, which she's not, she might sing this with Caleb
Wynter & Indio
- Say Something (singing about Miriam, of course) - I like this Boyce Avenue cover although the voices aren't Indio & Wynter, I just think the sentiment fits
- Hate & Love, Temple of Thought and The Messenger are three beautiful songs that make me think of (dare I say it) Wyndio and their complicated relationship
- The Honeymoon is Over - purely for the guitars, because it sounds like a little ditty these two might jam on
I will add to the list if I find more songs.
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