Tuesday, 21 August 2012

TLG Blogpalooza: Thank You for the Music


So, that title. Yeah. I am cringing, if you were wondering. Quoting ABBA in a blog post title has to be my lowest point thus far.

And can you kneel before the king
And say 'I'm clean, I'm clean'?

-Mumford and Sons, 'White Blank Page' 

I've never made a secret of the fact that I need music to write. It's like a magic wand, music: it can set a mood, define a scene, inspire a whole emotion. Sometimes I use instrumental, movie-soundtracky stuff. Sometimes it's a pop song. It varies and THE LOST GIRL's playlist was no exception. Some songs define a character's relationship with someone else (usually Eva with someone else). Some songs fit a character's thoughts at that point in the story. Some songs kind of even tell you what's going on (like the lyrics I used above this paragraph). Well, they do a little. Whatever they do, they all have one thing in common: they helped me shape this book.

I've had the playlist posted on my website for a while now, so that's nothing new. But I'm going to repost it here today because, like Friday's word cloud, it teases.

  1. Francois-Paul Aiche – Chimerical Dream
  2. Michael Jackson – Beat It
  3. Plumb – In My Arms
  4. Coldplay – Fix You
  5. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
  6. Florence and the Machine – Rabbit Heart
  7. Snow Patrol featuring Martha Wainwright – Set the Fire to the Third Bar
  8. Madonna – This Used to Be My Playground
  9. Lenka – Trouble is a Friend
  10. AFI – This Time Imperfect
  11. Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
  12. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
  13. Declan Flynn – Ease My Pain
  14. Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
  15. Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
  16. White Lies – Farewell to the Fairground
  17. Trading Yesterday – For You Only
  18. Jessie J – Nobody’s Perfect
  19. Snow Patrol – Run
  20. Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page
  21. Adele – Someone Like You
If you know any of these songs, you're already one spoiler up! They're arranged in order, to match the book, so it's almost like a story in songs. Oh, they won't give a whole lot away, but they will give you hints about relationships, about the mood, and about what may or may not be happening at that point of the book. Hopefully it'll drive you crazy trying to figure out what each one really means.


“Where are you?” I ask her. “You haven’t really gone, have you? I had this idea that I might be free if you were dead. But I’m not free, you’ve managed to trap me anyway. I’ve got to live your life and be you better than you ever were. Are you laughing? You’ve done it, you’ve died but you’ve stayed. You must be laughing. . . .”

And, just in case you missed it before:  



  1. It's interesting how different writes work. I need silence for very soothing music with no lyrics playing softly in the background. What's weird is that as I teen I listened to rock all the time while I wrote and studied.

    It's a brain-change thing.

  2. I love that Mumford & Sons song--I've used it in a WiP playlist before, too. Yay for only one week left!

  3. omg that IS a tease. The end is going to make me sad, isn't it?

  4. I don't know any of the songs you listed (though I recognize the artists, of course) so I guess The Lost Girl will be spoiler-free for me!

    Great teaser. :)

  5. Just finished writing my post for your book release day August, 28th. I can't imagine how excited you are. :)

  6. Like the song list (well, except for Beat It) and I absolutely love the teaser. So eerie! I can tell the book is going to be wonderful.

  7. I'll be sure to check out the songs when I get to read the book. :D I can never listen to music with someone singing in English when I'm writing/studying, somehow I end up getting influence by it lol.

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