Sweet & Swanky 17ers~ Introducing…Sara Biren and a playlist for The Last Thing You Said + Giveaway!

Posted September 15, 2016 by Nori in Giveaway, My Features / 3 Comments


When I’m drafting or revising, I always listen to music. Sometimes it’s Pandora (my favorite stations – 90s grunge and alternative, film scores, and the swanky crooners of the 50s and 60s), sometimes playlists specific to the project I’m working on. I love finding new songs and artists that speak to the story and the characters and the atmosphere of the manuscript. Music inspires me and keeps me writing.

The songs on the playlist for THE LAST THING YOU SAID – at least for me – are filled with yearning and grief and more than a little hope. They’re sweet and sad and heartfelt.

Waiting for the Sun – The Jayhawks
The original title of the book was WAITING FOR THE SUN. The Jayhawks – from Minneapolis – are one of my favorite bands and their songs have been inspiring me for many years.

Days Go On – Greg Laswell
All I know is that my days go on and on
Without you here, without you here

The days without Trixie go on and on for Ben and Lulu.

Beautiful – Ben Rector
There are days when I wake up
That I don’t know what I’m doing here
I barely recognize the pair of eyes staring back at me in the mirror

I was sixteen with an open heart
windows down in a beat up car
When I was dumb and the world was young and she was beautiful
She was beautiful
She was beautiful
It was you, it was you, and you are beautiful

This song is perfect for Ben. It’s a year after his sister died and so much has changed for him. His old Pontiac Firebird isn’t beat up, but the sentiment is the same.

Until You – Dave Barnes
Love was kept from me like a secret
And I swore that I was through
Until you, until you

More – Tyrone Wells
I know there’s something more
Than what we’re living for
I see it in the stars, I feel it on the shore
I know there’s something, I know there’s something more

There’s a scene in one of Ben’s chapters when, late one night, he goes down to the beach where Trixie died, and I always think of this song when I read it.

Summer Again – The Afters
The days were warm and we wore them like skin
Now I feel the effects of October again

As she falls I try to catch her
For one last touch of warmth from summer
As one thing leaves to becomes another again
I remember when
Oh to be with summer again

Trixie died in the summer, and now, with summer here again, her death and the rawness of grief are close to Ben and Lulu once again. Ugh, I’m getting sad just thinking about it.

And the World Turned – Gabe Dixon
Girl stood on the rocks with the water at her feet
the sun on her skin and a tear on her cheek
With her hand on her chest and the wind in her hair
Underneath her breath like a beggar’s prayer she said

I miss you, come back to me
I wish you’d come back to me

But nobody heard
And the world turned and the world turned and the world turned

And that’s when the girl reached in her pocket
pulled out a silver heart-shaped locket
Opened it up and stared for a while at her faded boy
with a lazy smile, oh how

I miss you, come back to me
I wish you’d come back to me

But nobody heard
And the world turned and the world turned and the world turned

This song is a sad, sad story, too.

Morningbird – Forest Sun
Don’t you fly away from me
Without leaving me with your song
For the morning is much too lonely
And so quiet when you’re gone

Like a Stone – Audioslave
In your house I long to be
Room by room patiently
I’ll wait for you there
Like a stone
I’ll wait for you there

No playlist is complete without Chris Cornell. That is all.

*~~About the Author~~*

Sara Biren lives just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and their two children. A true Minnesotan, she is a fan of hockey, hotdish, and hanging out at the lake. She enjoys seeing live bands, watching movies with her family, and drinking coffee. Her love of cheese knows no bounds.

Sara is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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3 responses to “Sweet & Swanky 17ers~ Introducing…Sara Biren and a playlist for The Last Thing You Said + Giveaway!

  1. danielle hammelef

    I love hearing the music that symbolizes the characters and events/plot of a book. These are new songs for me.

  2. Theresa Snyder

    Before this year, I always said that I never read contemporaries, but then I picked up a couple because so many people were talking about them and how great they are. Well, I have to admit, I really enjoyed them and am finding more and more contemps, so I can honestly say I am looking forward to this one too!!!
    (I keep hoping there will be a playlist that will have all songs I know! lol! here are more songs I have never heard, will be checking them out! thanks!)

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