1) “Cliffs” By Karen O And The Kids (from WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE soundtrack)
I discovered this song on a playlist for one of Claire Legrand’s wonderful middle grade novels, SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS. Cliffs, as you can see on the cover, are an important feature of the landscape in SIREN SISTERS. This wordless song, featuring the humming of small, evocative voices, sounds like waves and salty sea air and maybe something magical too.
2) “Common Disaster” By the Cowboy Junkies
So much of writing this book required remembering what it felt like to be thirteen, that awkward combination of arrogant and insecure, jaded and awe-struck, sarcastic and completely sincere. This song has to do with spells and sisters, and I just remember thinking it was really cool when I was that age.
3) “Season of the Witch” By Donovan
I think the swanky Sea Witch in SIREN SISTERS would enjoy this song and find it empowering. She’d probably seek out the Courtney Love cover version though.
4) “Infinity” By Ruby the Rabbitfoot
This song is sweet and strange and also references spells and magic. Its mood reminds me of first crushes and dates to the town carnival.
5) “Lonely Girls” By Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams can do no wrong, in my opinion. There was one summer I worked as a waitress in a pie restaurant, and I used to listen to this album a lot on my way to work; it put images from the story in my head long before I knew that’s what they were.
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