Writing and music are like baseball games and hotdogs—they just go together. Most writers create playlists that remind them of their work in progress. Whether it’s a tone or lyrics, certain songs will just jump out at us.
Personally I can’t write to music. I need quiet to focus. I am a singer. Not a good one, but an enthusiastic one, and if there is music playing anywhere, you can guarantee I’ll be singing and dancing along, getting absolutely no writing done. Still, I always have a playlist that reminds me of my books and characters, and I will wear it out while working on that particular manuscript. I just have to listen to it during the off-work hours.
The Cinder and Ella playlist is totally going to date me. Can we say 90’s alternative rock, anyone? Not every song on this list is from the 90’s, but a lot of them are. And now that you all know I’m a 90’s child and entering into my mid-thirties, maybe we should get to the music. Here it is, my Cinder & Ella playlist…
Better Together Jack Johnson
Hey Leonardo Blessed Union of Souls
Iris Goo Goo Dolls
Farther Down Matthew Sweet
Deep Inside of You Third Eye Blind
Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden
Over My Head Brian Littrell
Kiss Me Slowly Parachute
Everything Michael Buble
I’ll Be Edwin McCain
Crazy For This Girl Evan and Jaron
For one reason or another each of these songs just reminded me so much of Brian and Ella. If I had to pick one of them to be Brian and Ella’s theme song, it would probably be Parachute by Train. Love that song, but the lyrics were also just too perfect. If you get a chance, go listen to it!