‘…We walk into her room, where her speakers are wafting out Triple J…’
Every good book deserves fruit. Hang on: that should be ‘every good book deserves a playlist’. It’s taken nearly two years to get Every Breath onto bookshop shelves, and in that time I’ve had to keep the flame alive.
I find the best way to do that, largely, is to have a theme song (or two, or three…) that gets you back in the mood for the characters and their lives. Certain scenes have their own songs. And yes, because it’s taken two years, we have a little problem with dated material…but y’know, I can live with that.
So here’s the playlist for Every Breath, and if you’re knocking around at the launch with me, you may get to hear some of these tracks wafting out of the speakers in the background.
* ‘Plans’ - Birds of Tokyo : For reasons unknown I always imagine this song playing during the opening credits of Every Breath: The Movie. No doubt any producer putting aforementioned movie together would have the sense to use something that wasn’t so old-hat (also something by a band that didn’t immediately follow up a really decent song with a really lame one like ‘Lanterns’). But I still love the lyrics, and find them just right: We made plans to kiss the sun at night/Hopeless dreamers, hopeless times…
* ‘Boyz’ – MIA : Did you know that Every Breath originally started with a fight scene? This was the soundtrack to Mycroft crackin’ skulls.
* ‘My Sharona’ - The Knack : Do I need to explain why this is Mycroft’s theme song? (And did you also know that – tv-nerd-alert – the Girl Watson character in the old tv show Monk was called Sharona?)
* ‘Gimme Shelter’ - Rolling Stones : Probably my fave Stones song ever. Has the requisite tension, plus a mix of violence and self-awareness that creates good accompaniment for the pivotal scenes in Chapter 2 & 3 (the title should give this away).
* ‘7 Nation Army’ - White Stripes : God, I really dug into my back list for these tracks, huh? If I tell you what scene is attached to this song I’ll be accused of spoilers. But it involves a certain drunken confrontation… The beat and tone of this song is so dark, so deep and resonating, I couldn’t go past it for Mycroft’s dark moments.
* ‘Jungle’ - Emma Louise : Always think of this one as Rachel’s ‘my head is too full!’ angry song.
* ‘Embrace’ - Oliver Tank : Post-dramatic finale. You know how, when something really full-on happens, there’s that feeling of everything being in slow motion? This song is perfect for that, and also the lyrics are poignant for Rachel in that scene.
* ‘The Nosebleed Section’ - Hilltop Hoods : Because ‘…someone puts Hilltop Hoods on the stereo, away down the block…’ I love Hilltop Hoods. Love, like lerve. My lerve is like a river of lerve, that meanders on down to a great ocean of lerve… And hey, I mention them in the book, so they had to go in somewhere.
* ‘Allies’ – Mutemath : A nice upbeat number for the end credits. Plus a totally appropriate title.
Okay, before I go I have to say this really loud: OMG, IT’S HAPPENING!!! We are having a book launch TOMORROW NIGHT!!
My excitement is clashing together with my nerves right now, to the point where it’s all bouncing around together in my head like a…well, like a Skrillex song or something. I’m sort of terrified that the cake won’t be ready (Note to self: phone about the cake). I have to work out what to wear. I’m taking lots of deep breaths.
If you want to come along and see me sweat, haha, then go for it. The Every Breath official launch is on at Readings Carlton, 6.30pm, Thursday 12 Sept. If you haven’t RSVP’d, and you’d like to come, do it now!
If you want to come but you can’t make it – bummer. We’ll miss you! But you can join in the action on Twitter on the night @elliemarney. Or if you’d like to check out the fun interview I did on Bad Ass Bookie, go have a look.
I’m also still giving away copies of the book – see the sidebar and click to enter the Goodreads giveaway, or go over to the site (there’s some awesome reviews of Every Breath over there as well!)
And if I haven't said this to you, personally, yet - thank you. Thank you for reading, thank you for reviewing, thank you for supporting, thank you for being as into Every Breath as I am. I am full of the loves right now, for everyone who's been with me on this journey, and for all the friends and family who've given me a hand along the way.
YOU ARE ALL MADE OF AWESOME. Just so that's clear :)
See you tomorrow night!!