Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I decided to release the playlists for Bad to the Bone early, to give everyone a musical taste of what was to come. It probably won't help you guess what the story is about, but I won't tell you not to try. ;-)
What I mean by "Playlist": These are not songs I listened to while writing the book. It's cool that some authors post those--I love getting that glimpse into the creative process and seeing which songs remind them of which characters.
But that's not what this is. This is a list of the songs that actually appear in the book. They might play in the background, or they might play a crucial role in the plot itself. Maybe a better label would be "soundtrack," but music is so integrated with the stories, that word doesn't really cover it either. (I could make up a pretentious phrase like "narrative-enhancing auditoria," at which point you'd be within your rights to reach through your monitor and slap me.)
Anyway, the first one is the actual playlist/soundtrack. To see all songs, drag the white scrollbar on the right side of the playlist. You can also hear individual songs by clicking on their titles, or click the right arrow to skip a song you don't like (and by "you," I mean, "my mom").
P.S.: Merry Christmas.
Each chapter is named after a popular song, from the 1940s to our current decade. I chose them for how well the words of the titles (as opposed to the content of the songs) fit the chapters, so this list is much less of a “soundtrack” than the “Playlist” above. But it’s still a great bunch of tunes.
To enter this week's Bad to the Bone ARC giveaway, tell me a song, any song, that reminds you of a character or story you love. It could be from a book, movie, TV show, whatever. Extra points if it's one of my books*.
Tell me which of the songs from the above playlists most fits the soundtrack of your life. It could be the title alone, or the song's content or meaning. No need to explain, although you'll get extra points for scandalous stories**.
I'll randomly draw a name Tuesday night at 11:59pm Eastern daylight time from the combined comments from my jerismithready.com blog, MySpace, and LiveJournal, and announce the winner next week. Good luck, and as they say in radio, thanks for listening!
*not really, though it might help me with future books and get you a mention in the acknowledgments. Just sayin'.
**again, not really, but it'd feel good to share, no?