Confession: I’ve never been a fan of the question “What music do you like to listen to while you write?” It reminds me too much of being asked the non-writing version of that question over the years, and the anxiety that there was always a right answer and, if I was honest, whatever I said would not be it.
Yeah, I was never the person with the coolest music collection, but hey, the ears want what the ears want. That being said, many of the artists on my GUNSLINGER GIRL playlist were introduced to me by people who I’m pretty sure inwardly cringed whenever it was my turn to pick the music. (Credit where credit is due.)
I started this playlist with a single song I found myself listening to over and over while working on GUNSLINGER GIRL: The Trapeze Singer by Iron & Wine. It’s not exactly and uplifting song but, for some reason, it made the perfect background track when working on sections where GG’s main character, Pity, was especially emotional or making a difficult decision.
“But please remember me, my misery
And how it lost me all I wanted
Those dogs that love the rain and chasing trains
The colored birds above there running
In circles round the well and where it spells
On the wall behind St. Peter
So bright on cinder gray in spray paint
‘Who the hell can see forever?’ ”
Yeah, don’t worry—I included some actual emo in the playlist to help balance out all that lyrical sunshine.
With The Trapeze Singer as the base, I began building a playlist with the idea to have it match both the mood of the book and, loosely, the storyline itself. In my head, I could imagine Metallica playing as Pity first arrived in the lawless, but enchanting, city of Cessation. And when she meets Selene, the woman who offers her a better life (maybe), nothing but Shirley Bassey would do.
“And in this game, there aren’t any rules
For rules are made for fools…”
Then it started to get fun. Because Pity’s new life lands her a spot as a performing sharpshooter in the epic Theatre Vespertine, Cessation’s crown jewel of entertainment. Which meant I could include some tracks with a bit of carnival flavor. And, as pop culture has taught us, theaters and carnivals are places that are only ever enjoyable, where nothing ever goes awry.
“Well once upon a time there was a
happy ever-after to be starting,
but you won’t hear one today.
The man is sweating bullets
and his heart beats out a cold tattoo
as the band begins to play.”
*~~About the Author~~*
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