Music and my Process

All artists have a process. Whether it’s a glass of wine, or planning your plot item by item. My process starts and ends with music. It is essential for me, there is not a word written without a melody. Hell there is not a splotch of paint that hits the canvas without the perfect song. Painting was and will always be my first love. I must admit beyond the lyrics and humming the melody, I know nothing about music beyond the fact that I like it. I don’t really believe in genres. I don’t care that people love or hate the artist singing it. If a song speaks to me, it gets added to a playlist. Each character for my work has a song. Each relationship has a melody. Playlists, you have no clue how much time I spend creating the perfect collection of songs to accompany the chapters I write.

There is always at least one song by My Chemical Romance in each of them. I can’t help it. I just love MCR. Matter of fact, my first novel, Walking with Monsters, was inspired by the song, Demolition Lovers by MCR. I had the characters. I had the romance. That song tied the book together.

I’ve seen some of the other writers I call friends and follow on Twitter and other blogs post playlists for their books. Guess I’m not the only one music speaks to. I like the idea. Not only when I write does it add dimension to the pages. But listening to the author’s music choices as I read their words gets me one step closer to their vision.

I’ll admit I’m not very good at keeping a blog. I don’t open a page unless I have something to say to my readers or you know, something to bitch about. I do like the idea of sharing my music choices though. The finished painting or the finished story is a beautiful thing to behold. I myself love seeing what led up to that thing of beauty. The sketches, and color experiments, I love deleted scenes, and director commentary.

So in that spirit, I thought I would write up a post and include my playlists, and maybe if I’m feeling frogy list the characters they correspond to. In the hopes that it gets you one-step closer to the beautiful ribbon of words that swirls inside my head. I’d love your thoughts. If you think a song works for a character by all means send it along. I’m always looking for new music.

For my action scenes, I have a completely separate list that I put on. It has a lot of Slipknot, Rob Zombie, MCR of course. The novel lists are chosen not just for Character but for scenes and pacing as well.

The lists are in reverse order. I’m starting with the current book I’m working on, Playing with Fire –Look for it November 2016!- then Into the Black, book 2, then finally, Walking with Monsters.

Playing with Fire

Come Undone Duran Duran

Mad World Gary Jules

Burning Bright Shinedown

Hurt Johnny Cash

Someone Else’s Tomorrow Patty Griffin

Killing Strangers Marilyn Manson

Ghost we Knew Mumford & Son

Black Flies Ben Howard

A place Called Home Kim Richey

Last Kiss Taylor Swift

Down Jason Walker

Please Forgive Me Brian Adams Reese and Ellie

I Should Go Levi Kries Reese and Ellie

Hallelujah Bon Jovi Reese

Wreck of the Day Anna Nalick Anna

Boom Anjulie

Heartbreaker (live at studio litho) Noah Gundersen

Rabbit Heart *Raise it Up* Florence and the Machine Ellie

Let it go Birdy & Rhodes

The World is Ugly MCR Vincent and Ellie

Hunger Ross Copperman

Always Bon Jovi Reese

Guardian Angel Noah Gundersen

She’s the Prettiest Girl At the Party FrnkIero and cellabration

Poison and Wine The Civil Wars

Belong Cary Brothers

Slow Dancer Noah Gundersen

Tragician FrnkIero and the celebration Vincent

Wake me up when September ends Green Day Edward

Samson and Delilah Bear McCreary featuring Shirley Manson (The Terminator Sarah Conner Chronicles soundtrack) This song just rocks!

Kissing you Des’Ree

No Angel Birdy

Dust to Dust The Civil Wars

Day is Gone Noah Gundersen and the Forest Rangers

My Immortal Evanescence Vincent and Ellie

Forgiven Within Temptation Ellie and Edward

Just a Dream Nelly

Skinny Love Birdy Anna and Edward

Shelter From the Storm Bob Dylan Vetler

Snuff Slipknot Anna and Edward

The Sharpest Lives MCR

The Scientist Coldplay Vincent and Ellie

Forever Young Audra May

If You Only Knew Shinedown Reese

Stormy Monday Billie Holiday

Never Think Robert Pattinson

Simple Man Shinedown Reese

The Ghost Of You MCR Reese

Running up That Hill Placebo

Good Man *Not sure who the artist is. I will post the link from You tube* The boys

Lucky Bif Naked

Shine Anna Nalick Vincent

Shelf Life Seven Mary Three

I’ve Got Dreams to Remember Otis Redding Reese

Better Than Me Hinder Ellie and Vincent

You Wait For Rain Kyler England Ellie and Edward

Halo Ane Brun Featuring Linnea Olsson

Heaven Sent Hinder Reese and Ellie

Girl on Fire Ella Mae Bowen Ellie

I Don’t Wanna Believe Hinder Reese and Ellie

The Light Behind Your Eyes MCR

Love the way you lie Pt 2Eminen featuring Rhianna Edward and Anna

Delicate Damien Rice Charlie and Vetler

Blurry Puddle of Mudd Joshua

Cherry Wine Hozier

Thing for You Hinder Ellie and Reese

Colby’s Song Joshua James Vincent and Reese

Foolish Games Jewel

Just a Little Girl Trading Yesterday

She is the Sunlight Trading Yesterday Ellie and Vincent

Be Alright Lucy Rose Vincent and Ellie

Without a Word Birdy Reese

The Unclouded Day Audra May Charlie

Four Five seconds Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney

Can’t Go Back Rosi Golan

Can’t Take My Eyes off You Carey Brothers Charlie and Vetler

Let it Be Across The Universe soundtrack Edward

I Never Told You Colbi Caillat Reese and Ellie

All Through The Night Sleeping at Last

House Of Wolves MCR Vincent

I Will Burn With You *Not sure who sings this one I’ll put in the link from youtube*

It’s not Over Daughtry

The Greatest Bastard Damien Rice Vincent

Good Man Noah Gundersen Reese

Wild Place Glass Pear

When You Sleep Mary Lambert

Lost Cause Beck

Over The Rainbow (Oscars 2014) P!nk Ellie and Edward

I Don’t Want to Love Her Brink Reese

Good Enough Evanescence Vincent

Mary Patty Griffin Charlie

Bed of Roses Hinder Reese and Ellie

Love is Blindness Jack White

Trying Not To Love You Nickleback

Shattered Trading Yesterday Ellie

The Last Time Taylor Swift featuring Gray Lightbody Edward and Anna

Say you’ll Haunt Me StoneSour Ellie and Edward

Stay Shakespeare’s Sister Ellie and Edward

Sail Awolnation

She’s like the wind Patrick Nuo Ellie

Dark Horse Katy Perry Ellie

Centuries Fall Out Boy

Pieces Red

Love the Way You Lie Eminem featuring Skylar Grey Ellie and Edward

The weight of the world Saliva

Crash this Train Joshua James

Shed some Light Shindown featuring Lizzy Hale Vincent

Holding out for a Hero Ella Mae Bowen Ellie and Vincent

Not About Angels Birdy

Blood infections FrnkIero and cellabration

Ghost of Me Daughtry

Ain’t no Sunshine Joe Cocker

Boulevard of Broken dreams Green Day Edward

Don’t Cry (Original Version) Guns and Roses Vincent

Stage 4 Fear of Trying FrnkIero and Cellebration Vincent

Thinking of You Christian Kane Reese and Ellie

Wings Birdy

Into the Black

I will Not Bow Breaking Benjamin

The Sky is a Poisonous Garden Concrete Blonde

I Found Amber Run

Seven Devils Florence and the Machine

Bring Me To Life Evanescence

Duality Slipknot

Roads Portished

Green Grass Joshua James

Angel Massive Attack

Holding on and Letting go Levi Kries

Always Be Jimmy Eat World

I’ll Follow You Shinedown

Disenchanted MCR

Broken Seether featuring Amy Lee

My way Home is Through You MCR

Angel Theory of A Deadman

Careless Whisper Seether

Almost Lover A Fine Frenzy

Colorblind Counting Crows

Let the Sun fall Down Kim Richey

Savin’ Me Nickelback

Vermillion Slipknot

Paint it Black The Rolling Stones

Give us A Little Love Fallulah

Click Click Boom Saliva

Bleeding out Imagine Dragons

Light a Fire Rachel Taylor

Knock me Out Linda Perry featuring Grace Slick

Monster Imagine Dragons

Always Saliva

Psychosocial Slipknot

Burn The Cure

This world Lena Fayre

Bad Romance Halestorm

Weightless LAYLA

Decode Paramore

Monster Meg Myers

Soulmates Placebo

Save Yourself I’ll Hold Them Back MCR

As Heaven is Wide Garbage

The Beast Concrete Blonde

Heavy in your Arms Florence and the Machine

Vermillion Pt 2 Slipknot

Trust The Cure

Time Mikky Ekko

Not Alone Patty Griffin

Hear You Me Jimmy Eat World

Beautiful Disaster Kelly Clarkson (Live)

I Don’t Want to Want You Lesley Roy

Howl Florence and the Machine

Harder than Easy Jack Savoretti

Let it go James Bay

I Don’t Love You MCR

Love Interruption Jack White

Take me to Church Hozier

Vincent Don Mclean

Walking with Monsters

Demolition Lovers MCR

Bulletproof Heart MCR

I Can’t Make You love Me Adele

Holding Out For A Hero Ella Mae Bowen

Forgive Me Evanescence

Mad World Gary Jules

Rabbit Heart Florence and The Machine

Sympathy Goo Goo Dolls

Bad Reputation Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Sour Cherry The Kills

Black Balloon The Kills

Hanging by A moment Lifehouse

Everything Lifehouse

The Only Hope For Me Is You MCR

Desolation Row MCR

I’d Come For You Nickelback

Pure Morning Placebo

Cut Plumb

I’ll Stand By You The Pretenders

Control Puddle of Mudd

Animal Lady Ga Ga

She Hates Me Puddle Of Mudd

Hero Skillet

Pain Three Days Grace

Kriptonite 3 Doors Down

Been A Long Day Rosi Golan

Mouth Bush (The Stingray Mix)

Different Kind of Knight Christian Kane

If I didn’t know Better The Civil Wars

Cure my Tragedy John Riley

Wild Is The Wind Nina Simone

You Look So Fine Garbage

The Lost Boy Greg Holden

Hate it When You See Me Cry Halestorm

I’m Not An Angel Halestorm

I’m Shakin’ JackWhite

Echo Jason Walker

A Case of You Joni Mitchell

All I Want (Part 2)Kodaline

Firebreather Laurel

Behind blue Eyes Limp Bizkit

Lovely Fool Jack Savoretti

Lullaby For a Soldier Maggie Siff (From Sons Of Anarchy soundtrack)

Monster Meg Myers

Similar Features Mellissa Etheridge

My Skin Natalie Merchant

Avalanche Noah Gundersen

Cigarettes Noah Gundersen

The White Apple Of Verona

Boys Wanna Be Her Peaches

Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack

Crush Garbage

My Immortal Evanescence

Juliet Royal Wood

Bad Intentions Digital Daggers

Mr. Brightside The Killers

All Or Nothing Theory of A Deadman

The Weight Of Us Sanders Bohlke

White Collar Whiskey Emily Wolfe

A Beautiful Lie 30 Seconds to Mars

That's it my darlings. Big hugs and sloppy wet kisses.

-Amber Naralim

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