Feelin’ it, music-wise…. (with a bit of dance inspiration thrown in….)

So I’ve been posting on the NaNoWriMo forums a lot today, in preparation for next month. Most of my posts will probably go unanswered, which is somewhat typical….

Is it me?!? Am I that off-putting or something?!? They’re simple questions! And I would really appreciate answers! It’s not like I’m not talking down to anyone or anything.


One of the forum posts I replied to had to do with music. “What is on your playlist for NaNo 2016?”

Basically, it was a thread where people could post the ‘soundtrack’ to their respective stories.

So I did.

And then I decided to post it here on the blog as well.

All of these songs can probably be found via any video or music site, so if you would like to go listen to any of them, be my guest. Not gonna stop you.

Not that I spent an extensive amount of time putting the soundtrack to my story together (while some of the songs did come to me like bolts out of the blue, most of them I was going to include from the get-go), but the soundtrack itself is quite extensive. As you will see.

And, actually, this is not really going to give anything away. If I had the songs listed in the order they would appear in the story, that might have given something away. But, you know, this is basically just a generic list. It’s all in your imagination for now….

Here it is, listed to its entirety, and in no particular song order, starting with the most featured artists:

~ “If It Wasn’t For the Nights”
~ “Arrival”
~ “That’s Me”
~ “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”
~ “Why Did It Have to Be Me?” (which really isn’t one of their better songs, but it will work for the story; hence its inclusion)
~ “Dancing Queen”
~ “Does Your Mother Know?”
~ “I Have a Dream”
~ “Knowing Me, Knowing You”
~ “Chiquitita”
~ “Thank You for the Music”

REASON BEING?: Like I said in a previous post, Sarah and Francine grew up with the music of ABBA.  If you don’t like ABBA, don’t read the story.

Neko Case:
~ “Lady Pilot”
~ “Magpie to the Morning”
~ “Middle Cyclone”
~ “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood”
~ “This Tornado Loves You”
~ “John Saw That Number”
~ “Hold On Hold On”
~ “Don’t Forget Me”

REASON BEING?: Neko Case has to be represented in a big way, because, personally, she is my most favorite singer of all time and, in the story, she is one of Sarah’s all-time favorite singers as well.

(Oh, and in case you haven’t figured it out already, the character of Sarah is sort of kind of based on me. I mean, she isn’t going to be me, but she is sort of kind of me. Just so you know.)

Miranda Lee Richards:
~ “The Beginner”
~ “Dandelion”
~ “Early November”
~ “Last Solstice of the 70s”
~ “Beauty Queen”
~ “Olive Tree”
~ “Here By the Window”

REASON BEING?: No real reason, other than Miranda Lee Richards is just that awesome. And, as I have said in a couple posts already, one of the above listed Miranda Lee Richards songs is THE MOST IMPORTANT SONG IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE STORY (and sorry for shouting, with the all-caps, but the specific song is really that important, so I had to shout). However, I am not about to tell you which of those songs is the most important song.

~ Dan Fogelberg, “Ever On” (This is the second most important song in the whole entire story. Also, he’s Peoria’s own….)

~ Queen is represented twice, with the songs “’39” and “Long Away.”

~ The Wreckers (the country duo of Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) will have two songs featured in the story: “My Oh My” and “The Good Kind.”

~ A Fine Frenzy has two songs featured in the story: “Electric Twist” and “Blow Away.”

~ Two songs that will be featured in my story are also featured in a movie called “The Sweet Hereafter.” Which, if you’ve looked at my “Favorite Things” page, you will know is one of my favorite movies of all time. Sarah Polley and Mychael Danna are the ones responsible for the adaptations of the two songs in question. And those two songs will be “One More Colour” and “Courage.”

~ Phil Collins had to be represented somehow, so I chose only one song of his, and that song is “I Wish It Would Rain Down.” (This is sort of odd, but Phil Collins reminds me strongly of that small Illinois town; it’s mainly because of his song “Take Me Home,” which reminds me of family, but there was no place for “Take Me Home” in this particular story, so I went with “I Wish It Would Rain Down.”)

~ Rickie Lee Jones, “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963”

~ Keane also needed to be represented in some way, shape, or form, so I chose “Somewhere Only We Knew” as the representative song.  There is a reason for that, but I am not going to tell you why that is.

~ Pharrell, “Just a Cloud Away” (I am SO GLAD that I remembered to include this song, because it’s going to be soooo appropriate!!!)

~ Beth Orton, “Concrete Sky”

~ Aselin Debison, “The Gift” (If you remember in a previous post, I said that one particular song took me totally by surprise – this is the song. In the story, Sarah does not realize how important this particular song will soon become….)

~ Duran Duran, “Come Undone” (I actually truly do not like this song in real life, but it will work for the story; hence its inclusion)

~ Diane Birch, “Valentino” (tee hee….)

~ Nelly Furtado, “Say It Right”

~ Etta James, “Roll With Me Henry”

~ The Band, “The Weight”

~ Unfinished Thought, “Star Fighter”

~ Eliza Carthy, “Wild Wood”

~ Sarah Brightman and Alexa Vega, “Chase the Morning,” from “Repo! the Genetic Opera” (In the story, it’s not going to be the actual song; I included it as part of the soundtrack just for inspiration sake….)

~ Pallas, “Northern Star” (This is a beautiful instrumental song; thank you, DJ MoZo, a/k/a Dad.)

~ Cat Power, “I Found a Reason”

~ Shea Seger, “Always”

~ The Muppets, “Christmas is Coming”

~ John Denver and the Muppets, “When the River Meets the Sea”

~ Eve 6, “Here’s to the Nights”

~ Vanessa Carlton, “Nolita Fairytale” (I’m actually still debating on whether or not to include this song; for now, it’s staying….)

The soundtrack for my story is also going to feature several instrumental pieces from various established movies, just for inspiration sake:

~ Cliff Eidelman, “Remembrance” (from the score for the movie “Now and Then”)

~ Mychael Danna, “You Need a Rest” (from the score for the movie “Girl, Interrupted”)

~ Mychael Danna, “Claymoore” (from the score for the movie “Girl, Interrupted”)

~ Mychael Danna, “The Ward” (from the score for the movie “Girl, Interrupted”)

~ Cliff Eidelman, “On the Swing” (from the score for the movie “Now and Then”)

~ Mychael Danna, “Toby/My Friends” (from the score for the movie “Girl, Interrupted”)

~ Nancy Wilson, “Cabin in the Sky” (from the soundtrack for the movie “Almost Famous”)

~ Alan Menken, “Girls Go Shopping” (from the score for the movie “Enchanted”)

~ Trevor Jones, “Sarah” (from the soundtrack for the movie “Labyrinth”)

~ Cliff Eidelman, “Sam’s Dad Leaves” (from the score for the movie “Now and Then”)

~ Mychael Danna, “A Different Town” (from the score for the movie “The Sweet Hereafter”)

~ Cliff Eidelman, “Roberta Fakes Death” (from the score for the movie “Now and Then”)

~ Cliff Eidelman, “No More Seances” (from the score for the movie “Now and Then”)

~ Cliff Eidelman, “It’s a Girl” (from the score for the movie “Now and Then”)

~ Mychael Danna, “Going Home” (from the score for the movie “Girl, Interrupted”)

And, just because….:

~ “This Bread That We Share”

*shrug* It’s one of Francine’s favorite hymns. What can I say? And in the story, believe it or not, it is going to be sung in three-part harmony. Believe me, that can be done, because the choir my family was a part of did so. So there. If you are familiar with this song, then you know the melody, and it’s basically a soprano melody. But the choir my family was a part of added two different parts of harmony – one part was solely for the men, and the other part was for the altos/mezzo-sopranos (like Rita); Mom and Anne del Ponte, who were the sopranos, sang the actual melody. And it was amazing. If only I could remember how the parts went….! Mom? Dad? Can you help me with that? (Because no doubt Mom and Dad remember….)

And that’s all she wrote, folks. That is the entire soundtrack to my entire story. I do not think there will be any more additions or surprises, in terms of songs, so that is well and truly it. Of course, if anything changes, I’ll just roll with it, and maybe I’ll let you know.

And what is music without dancing?

Yeah, there are going to be a couple prominent dance moments in the story as well. But I will not tell you what, exactly, those moments are going to be.  Yet.

However, the inspiration(s) behind the dance moments….are interesting.

One is A Fine Frenzy herself, only I will not tell you in what capacity she is an inspiration. Suffice to say, it’s with one of her songs, and if I do that moment right, it is going to be both very interesting and very important.

Another dance inspiration is basically the concept of ‘liturgical dance.’ I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this before, but when my family and I attended church at St. Mary’s in Wisconsin, I participated in at least three (maybe four) liturgical dances. Don’t know why they chose me in particular, but I’m glad they did. It was so beautiful and so meaningful to do. And I’m glad I thought of it for the story. Once again, if I do that particular moment just right, it’s going to be amazing, not to mention it might also break your heart. Anyway. Not sayin’ any more at present.

But the biggest inspiration, and perhaps the strangest inspiration, is going to be none other than gymnast Shannon Miller. Shannon Miller is/was my most favorite gymnast of all time. She was just so graceful in her dance and her choreography, especially on beam and floor, and so such grace and fluidity and coordination will be important in the story with regards to the dance moments. But I’ve always admired what she could do with her hands. Take a look at this, her floor exercise routine from the 1996 Olympics team optionals. I know the video isn’t the best quality, and do your best to ignore the commentators, but just watch her hands. I deem it ‘the mark of Miller,’ and the story, as a whole, will definitely need the mark of Miller.

Because – and I will give something else away – hands are going to be very important in the story….

So, big up to and thank you in advance to Shannon Miller!

And, as a bonus, there is a particular bit of choreography in this very routine that I hope to include in the story. Not sayin’ any more. I will let you guess.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to do better next post.



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