Music-wise, feelin’ it more….

Okay. You are in for a loooong post with this one, as I felt the need to explain everything.

So, please, just bear with me.

I had told you, when I last posted back on Tuesday, that I would most likely share with you an updated soundtrack list for “Cherchez La Femme.”

And, well, here it is.

I have it broken down somewhat, as to which songs are definitely in the story and which are either on the bubble or I would like for them to be in the story somehow.

Any and all of these songs, you could probably take a listen to on Youtube or go off and download on your own, if you’re so inclined. With a couple exceptions, they’re all really great songs, and will serve the story well.

DEFINITELY IN THE STORY:

ABBA:
~ “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’s going to work in the story)
~ “Dancing Queen”
~ “Does Your Mother Know?”
~ “I Have a Dream”
~ “Knowing Me, Knowing You”
~ “Chiquitita”
~ “Thank You For The Music”

REASON BEING: Sarah and Francine grew up with ABBA. Simple as that.

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 is one of Sarah’s all-time favorite singers. And a couple of the above listed songs turn out to be quite important – one in particular happens relatively early and marks a certain turning point. That’s all I’m going to say.

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

REASON BEING: No real reason, other than Miranda Lee Richards is just that awesome. And one of her songs listed above has the distinction of being THE MOST IMPORTANT SONG IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE STORY (and sorry for shouting in all caps like that, but the song really is that important, that I had to shout). But I will not tell you which song that is.

Lenka:
~ “Bring Me Down”
~ “Trouble is a Friend”
~ “The Show”

My Pandora stream brought Lenka back to my attention; I’m ashamed to admit I’d somewhat forgotten how much I love Lenka. And these three songs (all from her 2008 self-titled debut album) are really my most favorite songs of hers, so I found a way to include them.

Queen:
~ “‘39”
~ “Long Away”

REASON BEING: Because Francine and Sarah both love Queen. ‘Nuff said.  I really truly wish there was a way I could have worked both “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Hammer to Fall” into the story, because both of those songs are phenomenal, but I couldn’t (though I’m still thinking on ways to do so, tee hee). So you’re getting two of my favorite relatively obscure Queen songs instead.

The Wreckers:
~ “My Oh My”
~ “The Good Kind”

REASON BEING: The Wreckers were the country duo of Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. And, like Miranda Lee Richards, there is no real reason why I included songs of theirs, other than they are just that awesome – although one song is a little more important than the other. So.

A Fine Frenzy:
~ “Electric Twist”
~ “Blow Away”

REASON BEING: Love A Fine Frenzy. Love her! And these two songs are actually both equally important in the story. So.

Keane:
~ “Somewhere Only We Know”
~ “Bend and Break”

REASON BEING: I also love Keane. And both of these songs are so appropriate in the moments where they will appear.

Matchbox twenty:
~ “Bent”
~ “Unwell”

REASON BEING: Like Lenka, I’d somewhat forgotten how much I like Matchbox twenty. Thank you again to my Pandora stream. I love both of these songs, but for purposes of the story, I like where and in what capacity I have “Bent” more than I like where and in what capacity I have “Unwell.” Not saying any more.

Duran Duran:
~ “Come Undone”
~ “Ordinary World”

REASON BEING: Both songs are from the same album (1993’s “Duran Duran,” a/k/a “The Wedding Album”). I actually cannot stand “Come Undone,” but it will work for the story; you’re actually gonna hear it twice in the story, and both of those occurrences are gonna be brutal, just so you’re aware. By contrast, “Ordinary World” is one of my most favorite songs of all time. And it’ll also work; in fact, if it works as well as I hope, it might just break your heart.

Evanescence:
~ “Going Under”
~ “Bring Me To Life”

REASON BEING: Egad! Again, like with Lenka and Matchbox twenty, I’d forgotten how much I love Evanescence. In all honesty, I really only have my mind truly made up that “Going Under” will be in the story, most definitely. “Bring Me To Life” is actually, at this point in time, on the bubble, as in I do not know if I will truly include it in the story after all. Still thinking about it, but felt it worth mentioning. Keep watching this post for mention of yet another Evanescence song….

Shannon Curfman:
~ “I Don’t Make Promises (I Can’t Break)”
~ “The Weight”

REASON BEING: These were no-brainers, as these are my two most favorite Shannon Curfman songs. One song is going to be recurring sporadically throughout one particular moment in the story, and one song provides the perfect segue into one of the most important moments in the story. But I’ll keep you guessing which is which, tee hee.

Sara Bareilles:
~ “Hold My Heart”
~ “Kaleidoscope Heart”

REASON BEING: I have always wanted to include “Kaleidoscope Heart” in a story, ever since I first heard it, and I found the perfect opportunity to do so for this story. “Hold My Heart” sort of took me by surprise, but it’s perfect where I’ve got it, so it’s staying.

Dot Allison:
~ “Colour Me”
~ “Mo’ Pop”

REASON BEING: C’mon. It’s freakin’ Dot Allison. I’ve gone on about Dot Allison before, specifically these two songs. Both are from her 1999 debut album “Afterglow”….and, whoa, baby. Both songs are going to be featured at, um, rather intense moments. That’s all I’m going to say.

Elton John:
~ “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”
~ “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”

REASON BEING: There is a reason for the inclusion of “Someone Saved My Life Tonight;” it’s quite specific really, but the main reason is, like Sara Bareilles’ “Kaleidoscope Heart,” I’ve always wanted to include it in a story. Likewise, there is a reason for “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” which most people nowadays would associate with the movie “Almost Famous.” ….Wait for it….

Travis:
~ “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?”
~ “Sing”

REASON BEING: “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” is my most favorite Travis song (for somewhat obvious reasons), while “Sing” was brought to my attention by my Pandora stream. Both songs will work very well in the story.

Sarah Polley and Mychael Danna:
~ “One More Colour”
~ “Courage”

REASON BEING: “The Sweet Hereafter” is one of my favorite movies of all time, so it stands to reason that I’d also own the soundtrack, and I do. Both these songs are great, but one is more important in the story than the other. Just sayin’.

Phil Collins:
~ “I Wish It Would Rain Down”
~ “Take Me Home”

REASON BEING: In the initial posting of the soundtrack of the story, I only had “I Wish It Would Rain Down,” and I’d said that would be the only Phil Collins song in the story. However!, and I am so so happy for this, I found a place for “Take Me Home” after all! “Take Me Home” is my second favorite song of all time, and I am so glad it will be featured in the story.

“Repo! The Genetic Opera” OST:
~ “Chase the Morning,” sung by Sarah Brightman and Alexa Vega
~ “Genetic Emancipation,” sung by Alexa Vega

REASON BEING: “Chase the Morning” is not necessarily going to be featured in the story as it is – it’s merely included for inspiration sake. However, “Genetic Emancipation”….well, not gonna say any more at present….

~ Dan Fogelberg, “Ever On”

REASON BEING: Peoria’s own, so he needed to be represented, absolutely! It’s my most favorite Dan Fogelberg song, and it is very important to Sarah and Francine. You’ll see.

~ Eric Clapton, “Loving Your Lovin’”

REASON BEING: Okay, giving something away – I have included a sports moment in the story (hockey), and I’ve always thought this song would work for a sporty moment. And it does. And it will, oh, it will! So, fantastic. Glad I thought of it.

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

REASON BEING: I’ve featured this song before, I think in the 30 Day Song Challenge I did some years ago. This song reminds me of that small town in Illinois where I began life – specifically, summertime, sitting on a curb alongside the street, eating ice cream, feeling the heat of the day waning, and watching the sun set. Doesn’t get any better than that.

~ Fiona Apple, “Across the Universe”

REASON BEING: This is a quote from one of the characters in the story – “The listlessness works for the song….but normally, you’re a little more enthusiastic about it.” Not sayin’ any more.

~ Jewel, “Who Will Save Your Soul”

REASON BEING: Just for a kick-out moment. I love this song!

~ Auli’i Cravalho, “How Far I’ll Go” (from the Disney movie “Moana”)

REASON BEING: Yes, okay, in the very last post I made about five days ago, I know I said this song would not, I repeat, not be in the story. But I had a rethink…. So shoot me!  It’ll work, despite it being so new to the pop culture lexicon.  Like I said, it’s on par with “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” in terms of empowerment.  And just wait for “Let It Go”….

~ Pharrell, “Just a Cloud Away” (from the movie “Despicable Me 2”)

REASON BEING: A total lightning bolt moment. I am SO GLAD I remembered to include this song – it almost slipped my mind. It’ll work, tee hee.

~ George Harrison, “Devil’s Radio”

REASON BEING: Okay, here is a very, very obscure song, but it is soooo appropriate, given the fact that Sarah is going to be surrounded by actors for a majority of the story. If you know this song, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you don’t know this song, go out and Youtube it, or else – and I highly recommend this more than Youtubing it – go out and find George Harrison’s 1987 album “Cloud Nine,” and give it a listen. Not just this song – the whole album. Freakin’ phenomenal! FYI, George is my second favorite Beatle, behind John; always has been, just so you know.

~ Beth Orton, “Concrete Sky”

REASON BEING: I love Beth Orton, but really this song is just a ‘just because’ kind of inclusion. There isn’t really a reason for it, but it will work for the moment I have it featured, and it’s going to be really awesome. “Same time tomorrow?” tee hee.

~ The Muppets, “Barbeque” (from “Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas”)

REASON BEING: Around Christmastime, I got the thinking about, well, the Christmastime scenes that will be in the story. And I didn’t realize how much I wanted to include a song from “Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas” until that time. So. And there is good reason for having an “Emmett Otter” song featured, only I can’t tell you what that reason is yet. I will say, I debated, long and hard, whether to include this song or “Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub.” I went with this one, because there are more voices, which is what the moment in question needs. So.

~ Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

REASON BEING: C’mon. It’s Mariah Carey. It’s her best Christmas song. She’s a New Yorker. It’s such a fun song!  It’s going to work for the moment.

~ Jaymay, “Gray or Blue”

REASON BEING: I first heard this song over my Pandora stream. For the moment I will have it featured, I think it’s just quirky and offbeat enough to work. That’s all I’m going to say.

~ John Lennon, “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”

REASON BEING: It’s my most favorite Christmas song, ever. And in the story, it will feature a really big up. I mean, a REALLY big up! If you know the reason why this song is my most favorite Christmas song – and I have posted about that before on the blog – you already know what the REALLY big up will be.

~ Aselin Debison, “The Gift”

REASON BEING: This song absolutely took me by surprise, in that I didn’t realize I needed it. Basically, it’s going to end up being from Sarah to another character. Yes, little did Sarah realize how important this song was going to become…. But I can’t say anything more at present.

~ Paul Oakenfold, “Starry Eyed Surprise”

REASON BEING: Good party song. And with regards to the party in question? Excellent, if I do say so myself.

~ The Cardigans, “Lovefool”

REASON BEING: Just a silly little sing-along moment. I mean, it’s partly serious, but mostly silly. And you’re going to find out that Angelica has a very good singing voice.

~ Straylight Run, “Existentialism on Prom Night”

REASON BEING: Absolutely had to include this song. All I will say is it’s important. …. No, really. That’s all I can say at present.

~ Diane Birch, “Valentino”

REASON BEING: Because what is a little makeover session/montage moment without a little music? tee hee. That, and I freakin’ love this song in the first place. The video is even cooler, just so you know. Go Youtube it, and be amazed.

~ Elvis Presley, “A Little Less Conversation”

REASON BEING: Ehh. I am not, I repeat, not an Elvis fan – and I have my reasons why. But one of the characters in the story is, so Elvis needed to be represented somehow.

~ Nelly Furtado, “Say It Right”

REASON BEING: Now, this song occurs during an important little conversation. And, in all honesty, I do not know why it’s going to be this song in particular. I really honestly don’t. But I am too attached to this song for this moment, so it is going to remain. So there.

~ Gene Loves Jezebel, “The Motion of Love”

REASON BEING: *hysterical giggles for about five minutes* Basically, this is a background kind of song, but it’s worth mentioning, and definitely worth the inclusion. God, this song so subtly fucked me up as a child! Long story, that. Won’t get into it right now. Perhaps later.

~ The Cars, “Magic”

REASON BEING: Because the movies being filmed throughout the course of the story have to do with magic, this song was a no-brainer. Gonna work, believe you me!

~ Millie Small, “My Boy Lollipop”

REASON BEING: Originally, I had Etta James’ “Roll With Me Henry” for this particular moment.  But I changed that, because I stumbled upon a particular video on Youtube that featured the Millie Small song, and thought that would be much more fitting for this particular moment.  And it’s all Angelica. Do not blame “Spiceworld” (though I thought about taking that sort of track, but it’s New York City, in the wintertime – it’s gonna be too cold). Blame Angelica! That’s all I’m going to say.

~ Michael Jackson, “The Way You Make Me Feel”

REASON BEING: Okay. Like Elvis, I am not a Michael Jackson fan. Never have been, never will be, although I prefer his song “Black or White” above all others. This song, however, and I cannot tell you why, has always given me the giggle fits. Might be because of the video – Older Sister and I were obsessed with MTV when we were younger, and this video was in heavy rotation, and….well, it was quite odd to watch.  I merely employed the giggle fits upon Sarah and Francine. Hence this song’s inclusion in the story – Donald is actually the one who turns this song on the player, and Francine shrieks at him for it. It’ll all make sense, believe me.

~ The Band, “The Weight”

REASON BEING: There is definitely a reason for this song being in the story. It’s a no-brainer again. It will be heard during a moment that….well, let me just say, you only think you know what’s coming.  Only it will be played well before you’re gonna hear Shannon Curfman’s cover (see what I said above about Shannon Curfman). So, just so you’re aware of that fact – you hear The Band first.

~ The Rasmus, “In the Shadows”

REASON BEING: Ohhhh….what can I say about this song? I adore this song, absolutely!  And it’s exactly where I want it, exactly how I want it, and will play out exactly the way I had always pictured it. Cannot say any more. Really want to, but can’t.

~ Haim, “The Wire”

REASON BEING: Haim is just too cool not to be represented. And this is the best song of theirs, at least in my opinion. It’ll work. Ta da! You’re getting a Haim song.

~ Tal Bachman, “She’s So High”

REASON BEING: It’s mainly because of the video. I mean, the song is really fun, and I love the song, but the video was so awesome. I wanted to somehow translate that into the story. And I think I did it. It’s going to be an absolutely amazing madcap moment, if I do it right.

~ Avril Lavigne, “Nobody’s Home”

REASON BEING: Boy. This is going to be a heavy-handed moment. This song is essentially playing in the background during the moment. It really fits. Once again, if I do it right, it might make you cry.

~ Enya, “Boadicea”

REASON BEING: Enya needed to be represented somehow. That’s all. Plus, the moment where I have this song….well, you’re just gonna have to wait and see.

~ Sarah McLachlan, “Building a Mystery”

REASON BEING: It’s a dreamy sort of song. The key word there is ‘dream.’ Not sayin’ any more, only because I’m still really working on the scene. And who knows – this song might not make it into the story after all. Depends on what I come up with for the scene in question.

~ A specific Ingrid Michaelson song

REASON BEING: I’m not even going to tell you the title of the song. Because I want it to be a complete surprise when it happens. That’s all.

~ Unfinished Thought, “Star Fighter”

REASON BEING: I had always intended on including this song in this particular story. I just wasn’t sure how it was going to play out, whether it was going to happen in that small Illinois town or whether it was going to happen in a much bigger city. Well, it’s going to happen in New York City. It might just break your heart. And for most of the song, the action is going to be silent. Win win. It’s gonna be fab. And, to get right down to it, I really only want to include this song for one word. Yes, you heard that right – one word. Let’s see who will pick up on that when the time comes.

~ Lisa Loeb, “How”

REASON BEING: Once again, this song took me by surprise, in that my Pandora stream played it one afternoon, and an idea as to how to use it completely overwhelmed me. So. Ta da! I’m a Lisa Loeb fan anyway, so it stands to reason that she should be represented somehow.

~ Howard Jones, “No One Is To Blame”

REASON BEING: Aside from it personally being one of my favorite songs of all time, there is no real reason. Just because. It’s basically a background song, but it will be appropriate nonetheless.

~ Squeeze, “Hourglass”

REASON BEING: I told you why already, in a previous post. It’s going to be a total sing-along moment between Sarah, Francine, and Louisa, although I have somewhat expanded upon who else is involved. It’s going to be funny, because….well, I’ll leave it to your imagination for right now.

~ Spice Girls, “Too Much”

REASON BEING: Okay, hear me out. This song is going to occur after a rather sweet little moment; technically, it’s going to be playing in the background during a conversation between a couple characters. But it is my favorite of all Spice Girls songs to begin with. It will sort of make sense.

~ Idina Menzel, “Let It Go” (from the Disney movie “Frozen”)

REASON BEING: I know it’s been done before (perfectly), and I know it’s been played to death, and I know it borders on cliché nowadays. But this song absolutely and for truly needs to be had, because of a couple conversations that occur after this song would be heard. Trust me – it will all come together in the end, and will make perfect sense. But “Let It Go” is very very very very sorely needed in the story, and cannot be taken away. Sorry. My apologies to Disney.

~ Sheryl Crow, “Can’t Cry Anymore”

REASON BEING: No real reason. Just a dopey little sing-along moment. Complete with a perfectly placed pout. Gonna be funny.

~ Eliza Carthy, “Wild Wood”

REASON BEING: I will give something away – this song is going to be heard right before Shannon Curfman’s cover of “The Weight.” So this song, while basically a background sort of song, is actually very important with regards to what is to come afterwards. Can’t say any more.

~ Seether, featuring Amy Lee, “Broken”

REASON BEING: *silence*

~ Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

REASON BEING: Because I know the inspiration behind this particular character would be capable of singing it. That’s why. Gonna be so sweet!

~ Kate Voegele, “Manhattan from the Sky”

REASON BEING: I’d originally had yet another Miranda Lee Richards song for this particular moment; the song was “Olive Tree.” However, my Pandora stream played this Kate Voegele song one day, and immediately I knew it would work better than the Miranda Lee Richards song. So. That’s why.

~ Harry Chapin, “Saturday Morning”

REASON BEING: Once again, this is a song I have always wanted to use in a story, ever since I first heard it. Might be a bit overkill, in terms of an emotional state, but you’ll definitely get the gist.

~ Charlene Soraia, “Wherever You Will Go”

REASON BEING: I like The Calling’s version of this song, because The Calling did it originally. But no matter how many times I’ve gone over the moment in question, whether writing or currently editing, having this song in the background has been bringing me to tears. Every. Single. Time. So. That’s why.

~ Lily Allen, “Friday Night”

REASON BEING: It’s a fighting song. And I mean that. As, in the story, it’s the prelude/beginning of a fight. Not saying any more.

~ Kerli, “I Want Nothing”

REASON BEING: Again, it’s a fighting song. And I mean that. As, in the story, it’s heard during a fight. Not saying any more. Although, if I really think about it, this song is almost too mean to have in the story. …. Then again, the Lily Allen song beforehand has one particular word bleeped out, and that word alone is almost as mean as the whole entire Kerli song, if not more so. So, maybe not.

~ Cat Power, “I Found a Reason”

REASON BEING: It’s just a soft, sweet little song. Like a lullaby. I’ll leave it at that.

~ Shea Seger, “Always”

REASON BEING: I can’t give you a reason; can’t even give you a hint as to why.

~ The Muppets, “Christmas is Coming”

REASON BEING: Just as a fun little sing-along song at another Christmastime.

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

REASON BEING: Here is another “Emmett Otter” song (like “Barbeque” before), only this is a different version of the song. I love this version – it’s somber, serious, beautiful, somewhat sad. Perfectly sums up the moment where it will be featured.

~ Eve 6, “Here’s to the Nights”

REASON BEING: A type of closure. Trust me – it all ties together.

~ Vanessa Carlton, “Nolita Fairytale”

REASON BEING: Well, in all honesty, like “Bring Me To Life” from Evanescence, I am on the bubble with this song. It would be entirely appropriate, as it is New York related, and the whole notion of a ‘fairytale’ is too good to pass up. Dunno. For now, it’s staying, but it might not.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC:

Many of the below listed instrumental pieces are mainly just for inspiration sake.  However, there are several songs that will most definitely be featured in the story – though the only one I will tell you that is a definite lock is Trevor Jones’ “Sarah.”

Mychael Danna:
~ “You Need a Rest”
~ “Claymoore”
~ “The Ward”
~ “Toby/My Friends”
~ “Ambivalence”
~ “A Different Town”
~ “New Morning”
~ “Meds”
~ “File Reading”
~ “Going Home”

REASON BEING: Mychael Danna is just that brilliant. His music always seems to put the proverbial finger on certain types of moods, at least for me. Like, for example, “Ambivalence” is going to be featured in the story in an absolutely unbelievable way; if I do it right, it’ll be phenomenal. Everything about “Ambivalence” is the very type of ‘mood music’ I pictured hearing for the particular moment in question for the story.  Do you follow?

Cliff Eidelman:
~ “Remembrance”
~ “On the Swing”
~ “Sam’s Dad Leaves”
~ “Roberta Fakes Death”
~ “No More Seances”
~ “It’s A Girl”

REASON BEING: All of the above mentioned pieces are in the score for the movie “Now and Then.” I’ve always loved the music for that movie, because it’s just so fitting. And, just for inspiration sake, it works for the story.

~ Nancy Wilson, “Cabin in the Sky”

REASON BEING: Whenever anyone hears this song, everyone immediately thinks about the movie “Almost Famous.” ….Wait for it….

~ Alan Menken, “Girls Go Shopping”

REASON BEING: This is from the score for the movie “Enchanted.” And it’s aptly titled. Not saying anything more at present….except to say that Nora tells Sarah, “Well, dear, what is a stay in New York City….without a shopping spree?” tee hee.

~ Trevor Jones, “Sarah”

REASON BEING: Featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Labyrinth.” And why wouldn’t I include this? It’s magic. It’s beautiful. Again, it’s aptly titled. It’s going to be heard during a very important moment. That’s all.

~ Lionel Belasco, “Miranda”

REASON BEING: This was featured in the soundtrack to the movie “Ghost World.” Is to be used here solely as a background song, a backdrop to a greater discussion (about pizza, no less; can’t say anything more). Sarah’s taste in music is quite eclectic, so it stands to reason that she would have a song like this on her MP3 player.

~ Air, “Highschool Lover”

REASON BEING: This is from the score of the movie “The Virgin Suicides.” It’s too beautiful, and too perfect for a particular moment. So how could I have passed it up?

~ Pallas, “Northern Star”

REASON BEING: My dad, absolutely. He’s played this song often on The Seventh House. Again, it’s just too beautiful, and too perfect for a particular moment. Couldn’t let it get away.

JUST BECAUSE (DEFINITELY IN THE STORY):

~ “This Bread That We Share”

REASON BEING: It’s Francine’s favorite hymn. And in the story, it will be sung in three-part harmony. Which can be done, because we’ve done it before; when Mom and Dad were the leaders of the choir at the church in Wisconsin, the choir always split up into the three-part harmony – the men on one part, the alto women on one part, and the soprano women on one part. Although I’ve been racking my brain, trying to remember the harmonies exactly. Mom and Dad would remember – I have yet to ask them to refresh my memory. But I will, believe you me.

SONGS I WOULD LIKE TO GO SOMEWHERE (SO CURRENTLY NOT IN THE STORY AT ALL):

~ Miranda Lee Richards, “Olive Tree”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Like I said, I originally had this song definitively in the story, but I swapped it out for Kate Voegele’s “Manhattan from the Sky.” I really do like this song, because it’s Miranda Lee Richards, and it’s an amazing song with some amazing sentiments. Dunno. Maybe a moment will arise where I can get it back into the soundtrack. But for now, it’s no longer in the story.

~ Rush, “Limelight”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Rush is mentioned in passing in a particular conversation, which I think might be all that is needed. But this particular song is sort of the story of every actor’s life, so I would love to let it be heard somehow. We’ll see.

~ Clare Burson, “Where You Are”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: It’d be a song of reminiscing. And of all the songs about reminiscing, this would be the strongest one. That’s all. Although I do not know where, exactly, in the reminiscing it would take place. …. Ooh! Actually, wait a minute. The thought just occurred to me…. Let me think on it some more….

~ Sarah McLachlan, “Possession”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Okay, heady song. Freaky song. But it would be soooo appropriate, because it’d be soooo true. Working on it.

~ Sarah McLachlan, “Sweet Surrender”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Not as freaky as “Possession,” but just as heady. A bit sweeter. Perhaps. Working on it.

~ Norah Jones, “Nightingale”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: The title says it all. If you listen to the song, the lyrics say it all. It would be entirely appropriate. But I don’t know where, exactly, it could go.

~ Tara Maclean, “If I Don’t Have You”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Once again, the title says it all. The lyrics say it all. Entirely appropriate; again, for reminiscing. Just don’t know where to put it.

~ Joe Cocker, “Bye Bye Blackbird”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: I’ve loved this song ever since “Sleepless in Seattle.” It would be wholly appropriate at some point in the story. I just don’t know where.

~ Genesis, “In Too Deep”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: I actually have an idea of where I could work this song into the story. I mean, you wouldn’t hear the whole entire song, just a particular part of it, and just as like background music. We’ll see.

~ Mazzy Star, “Fade Into You”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Uh….why not?

~ 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: It’s just too fucking stupid not to include somewhere. Perhaps as a really dopey sing-along moment. Which, in turn, would actually be hysterical. Dunno.

~ Evanescence, “My Immortal”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Actually, I don’t know if I do. This song is the biggest ‘maybe’ of the bunch. The biggest ‘maybe.’ Ever since I determined one particular outcome within the story, I have been debating whether or not to change that particular outcome. It’s very tempting. Very tempting. But I honestly do not know if I could do it. I honestly do not know yet if Sarah would do it. If I were to do it, this song would be prominently featured during that moment. But I think it’d be just a little overkill, a little too much as a whole. So, I don’t know. I mean, it’d be wholly appropriate, not to mention providing some semblance of closure. But I honestly do not know if I’m going to do it.

~ Fiona Apple, “Criminal”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Ehh, just because. No, seriously, just because. No real reason other than that. Perhaps as a background song.

~ Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Lovely song. And, as OneRepublic’s “Secrets” has been used before in a movie (tee hee), this song is a logical second choice. Would make total sense. Just don’t know where it would go.

~ The Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: I like this song! And, yes, you’re supposed to have read that sentence imagining a whiny little voice. It’s just so cool and so poignant. Why wouldn’t I include it? Unfortunately, a moment has not yet presented itself wherein I could use it.

~ Air, “Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: This is another song from “The Virgin Suicides” soundtrack. It’s essentially the same song as “Highschool Lover,” just with more embellished orchestrations. Might be fitting for a lonely moment of thought, perhaps in a dilapidated park, at night, riding a beat-down merry-go-round. *shrug* That’s what I’ve always pictured I’d use this song for, anyway.

~ No Doubt – I have four songs of theirs up for consideration:
“Hella Good,”
“Hey Baby,”
“Spiderwebs,” and
“New”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE THEM: Okay. Now. Of all four songs, “New” would actually be the strongest, most obvious choice. So I’m more or less debating where I could put that song as opposed to any of the others. But of the others, “Spiderwebs” would be absolutely hysterical, “Hey Baby” might serve as a good sing-along moment, and “Hella Good” would just be, well, sorta hot. We’ll see.

~ Alison Krauss & Union Station, “When You Say Nothing At All”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Just a sweet little song about silence. And, in many moments of the story, one in particular, silence is somewhat important. So, you know, this song would be wholly appropriate.

~ Bruce Molsky, “Forked Deer”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: I heard this song on my Pandora stream. It’s instrumental, folksy, but very awesome. Can’t find it anywhere for download purposes, but it would be worth considering for somewhere, maybe for like a running moment or something.  Dunno.

~ Ingrid Michaelson, “The Way I Am”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Short, sweet, and to the point. “You take me the way I am.” Says it all, really.

~ Nina Gordon, “Tonight and the Rest of My Life”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Just because. What more can I say?

~ Tristan Prettyman, “Say Anything”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Somewhat of a breakup song, I guess, but for purposes of the story, it’d be more of a reminiscing kind of song. Well, I do have moments to play around with stuff like that, so maybe this song will find its way into the story.

~ The Beatles, “In My Life”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: Another song of reminiscing, but for one particular character looking back.

~ Greg Laswell, “Comes and Goes (In Waves)”

REASON I WANT TO INCLUDE IT: I just love the song, and the lyrics are entirely appropriate.

~ Haven’t really given this a lot of thought just yet, but it’s been on my mind to include some songs from both Vince Guaraldi and George Winston – mainly the songs that pertain to Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts.” Vince Guaraldi, of course, created and played the original versions, but George Winston recorded good cover versions. I’m mainly thinking “Charlie Brown’s All-Stars” in particular. That might be fun to have somewhere. I like the music Vince Guaraldi created for the “Peanuts,” anyway, because it’s always so optimistic, even when it isn’t.

So. That’s it. For now.

Wow. Are you as overwhelmed as I am?!?

I don’t blame you. Music is life, and I suppose I tend to go a little overboard when it comes to choosing songs for particular writing projects.

So. In conclusion, this is the whole entire soundtrack as it stands at this moment. There may be future additions, there may be some songs I decide not to use, or there may be something else entirely.

For now, though, that’s a wrap.

I hope you stuck with me on all that. Thank you if you did.

Back to the writing!

I’ll try to do better next post.

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