Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
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The Truth About Playlists, Inspiration, and A Chance to #WIN
When it comes to music, I'm like that dog in the movie Up... Doug!
Most songs tell a story, so when one I like comes on, I start singing or tapping along. Then I'm off imagining the story the musician is telling and not mine.
So basically, I can't write while music is playing.
BUT! I often use songs to help me remember certain scenes or to put me in the mood for a scene. If it's angry or happy or sassy. You know.
When I started writing The Truth About Letting Go, I had several songs swirling in my head. So I put them all together in an order that made sense, loaded them onto my iPod, and voila!
The Playlist for The Truth About Letting Go:
This first set all have that driving feeling that put me in Ashleyís frame of mind. Especially "Breakdown" by Ryan Adams. Certain phrases in that song make me think of her angry despair and just her inner turmoil, her questions. (Titles are linked to videos.)
"Breaking the Habit" by Linkin Park
"Breakdown Into the Resolve" by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
"Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy
Next up, "Here Comes Your Man" by The Pixies (This is for Jordan, obvs)
In the story, Jordan has to drive his momís ancient Toyota, and he and Ashley are forced to listen to her old music. "Zanzibar" by Billy Joel and "Missionary Man" by The Eurythmics are directly referenced.
Next, "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift (This is for Colt, obvs)
"Play With Fire" by The Rolling Stones. This one could be Ashley + Jordan or Ashley + Colt. Both of those couples are playing with fire in different ways.
"A Little Bit of Everything" by Dawes. This song could be Ashley's theme for the whole book. It sounds like an old hymn, which to me felt like the soundtrack of her ultimate realization and finding peace. Plus, the message is just so great. Itís a realization that it takes ìa little bit of everythingî to make a life.
"Strangers" by The Kinks. Ditto above, and it's the soundtrack to Ashleyís ìwalkabout.î
"Firefliesî by Fleetwood Mac. This one sounds like being at the creek to me and the things that happen there, which is a lot.
And there you have it! Happy reading and listening~
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Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former freelance editor, a former journalist, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a southern expat, a lover of any great love story, a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
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