Shadowbound: The Official Playlist

Tomorrow’s the big day!  I know you’re planning to camp out in front of Barnes & Noble tonight, so to entertain you while you wait, or while you’re reading tomorrow, here is the soundtrack of the book – music that inspired particular scenes, music I feel would be playing in the background of particular scenes if the book became a movie, and songs that are actually in the book itself.  I’ve made a YouTube playlist of the whole thing and it’ll be available on Spotify as well.

Below the video is a list of each song with my notes on where it goes in the story.  Enjoy!

1 – Meg Myers, Curbstomp

I imagine this as the opening credits song for this book – Shadowbound has a lot of scenes involving “Character X walks around town very purposefully” and in particular the chorus of this song feels right during the first scene of Chapter 1, with Miranda on the hunt after a show.

2 – Anna Nalick – Wreck of the Day

Originally this song was actually in the book, but I ended up replacing it with lyrics I wrote myself to avoid worrying about copyright issues; in fact there’s only one song left in this book, #10 on the list.  “Wreck of the Day” seemed like a song that Miranda would cover, especially quietly in her music room while she’s thinking through Important Vampire Business.

3 – Florence and the Machine – Landscape

Mood music, really.  A friend of mine told me this song reminded her of Miranda, and I agree.

4 – Silversun Pickups – Skin Graph

Fight scene music.  There are quite a few fight scenes in Shadowbound.  One of them is an entire chapter long and involves a hayloft and a bulldozer.  *laugh*  This song in particular fits a scene in Chapter Four in which the enemy finds out how utterly stupid it is to attack a certain goth Irish vampire of our acquaintance.

5 – Emily Moldy – My Own One

Speaking of said vampire, you’ll find our Deven gets a lot more focus in this volume – there’s an important reason for that, but in Chapter Eight we find him on a walk someplace very different from the city, with someone very different from…well, everyone.  I first heard this lovely song in the background of a commercial filmed among the giant redwoods, and it stuck with me as something to use if I ever wrote a similar scene.

6 – O+S – Haunts

This being a book about vampires there has to be dark and haunting music, of course.  There are a number of scenes I could hear this in, but there’s one specifically that I had in mind: in it, we see a character turned into a vampire, and it’s extremely sexy and so is this song.

7 – Mimi Page – Jigsaw

“Jigsaw” was in the soundtrack for Of Shadow Born as well, and I chose it again deliberately, because it evokes a very sweet, romantic feeling that is almost a relief – a moment of unvarnished love between two people amid the chaos and darkness of their world.  This song was also originally in the text, but again, I removed it – Miranda plays it on a rickety old piano in Chapter Thirteen during a very romantic moment.

8 – The Neighbourhood – How

More stalking-round-the-city music.  No specific scene for this one, I just liked the feel of it.

9 – Garbage – The Trick is to Keep Breathing

Conversational background.  As always my characters talk a lot.  There’s also a moment where Miranda and Stella are having ice cream (shocker, I know) at Amy’s that it could be playing over the speakers.

10 – Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars – Safe & Sound

This is the only song whose actual lyrics are in the book. Yes, it’s a Taylor Swift song, but it’s nothing like her music; it’s a lullaby originally recorded for The Hunger Games soundtrack and is haunting and quiet.  Miranda sings this to help soothe someone toward the end of the book.

11 – Uh Huh Her – Time Stands Still

More general background music.  There are plenty of introspective moments of characters staring out at things or lying awake at night.

12 – Lana Del Rey – Dark Paradise

This is the end credits song.  Lyrically it’s perfect, and musically it has the lush, epic feel you’d expect to hear while watching the credits roll and trying to make your brain work again so you can leave the theater.

Please don’t kill me.

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