Music – do I use it to write? The answer is yes, when I need some inspiration, or to get back into the groove of something I’m writing. Then I’ll hit my playlist of songs that bring back the atmosphere of whatever I’m working on (usually while I’m driving). The answer is also no, because when I’m actually writing I just can’t seem to tolerate lyrics in my ear. Sometimes when I’m concentrating hard on getting words together, even instrumental music can change the tone in my head. So I don’t listen while I’m writing.
But I do have a playlist for every book I’ve written – it seems to be a good way of sustaining the mood of a piece, especially over a long period of time (months or years). Here’s a few of the songs that I used to sustain me for Every Move. Some are character or scene specific. Others just seemed to be a good fit for the book. I’ve listened to all these songs dozens of times, and by the time the book was written, I felt like I’d milked all the goodness out of them and could barely stand to listen to them! Now, after the book’s release, I can finally add them to my playlist again J
Wolf – Pyramid
Definitely scene specific: it’s the getaway scene, when Rachel and Mycroft and Harris escape to Five Mile. Mentioned by name on p223.
White Noise – Disclosure
‘A new song by Disclosure comes on over the tinny PA system…’ – yep, it’s the chaos of Harris and Mycroft’s punch-up at the school dance.
Carried Away by a Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield
On p231, Rachel is hearing Harris’s story while ‘Through the car speakers, a woman sings plaintively of being carried away by a moonlight shadow’. This is a really old song, but it’s odd and weird, and a strangely good fit for this scene.
Nanganator – Drunk Mums
You know Mycroft has to have a song for every book, right? Well, in this book he kind of had two songs – this one for his anarchic moments at the start…
What I Like About You – The Romantics
…and this one, for his lighter, more funny moments with Rachel.
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
Folks, if you haven’t worked out that this is totally Harris’s song for this book, then…well, I mention it specifically on p251. (NB: This video is from Glee, and I think it's pretty much a perfect version by Cory Monteith - miss you, Cory)
Riptide – Vance Joy
Rachel ‘exercises [her] wooden fingers on a Vance Joy tune’ when she finally starts to recover her mojo after self-defence training. Actually, this song was everywhere while I was writing Every Move, and I started to think it was the book’s theme song.
Bonfire – Knife Party
In Mai’s room, ‘Some Knife Party song is playing, the electronic effects groaning out like a continuous belch.’ This song has a nice, ominous tone which I liked.
Strong (High Contrast remix) – London Grammar
This is a sad song, but this remix is high energy, and the soaring feeling of it was a good fit for Rachel in her recovery period, and closer to the end of the book.
Hope you like ‘em!
And wow, the launch is next week! I’m actually not excited yet, more flabbergasted that it’s all happened so quickly. Right now I’m thinking about food, and drinks, and door prizes, and trying not to say anything too sentimental at the launch (because then I will start getting all weepy – I’m a bit pathetic like that). If you haven’t RSVPed to Readings Carlton, and you’d like to come along, please do - then the lovely Readings folks will know what they’re in for! The Every Move launch is on Monday 16 March from 6-8pm, and you can call 9347 6633 to come along (it’s free), or sign up at the event page on Facebook. If you’re dropping by, please make sure you grab me and say hi – I will be a bit frantic, but I do want to make sure I get to say hello to everybody. The next day I get on a plane to present workshops and hang out at Somerset Celebration of Literature, so if you're in Queensland, I'll be with you soon.
Thank you to everyone involved in the blog tour – huzzah! It’s been a great week, and if you’re keen to see what people are saying about the book, go check out some of the reviews:
YA Midnight Reads: has a review and a giveaway happening...
Delicate Eternity: also has a review and a giveaway...
Novels on the Run: had a fun time trying to keep Mycroft 'on task' during a character interview with Rachel (and a great review)...
The Rest is Still Unwritten: has a review and giveaway going as well
Also, Birdee Magazine are running an Instagram competition for Every Move – go here to their post, and enter for a chance of winning $300 worth of books! I think that’s a prize I could happily live with J
Have a good week, and I’ll update again soon.