Maggie Stiefvater is joining The Randoms for the next few weeks as a guest blogger. Welcome, lovely lady!
Because Amanda is currently a fragile craft tossed on the stormy sea of revisions, she asked me to guest blog for the next three weeks. I have hundreds of CDs, but I’m slowly ruining all of them for casual listening. Once I use a CD as mood music for a novel, I associate it with that novel forever. Here’s the top five songs that are forever ruined for ordinary jamming.
1) “Hide and Seek,” by Imogen Heap. You listen to this song and think “ooh, pretty.” Or maybe, if you’re vaguely emo, like me, “ooh, sad.” Or, possibly, if you’re feeling 13th century, “Ooh, polyphonic.” But me? No, I listen to this baby and I think of SHIVER and the saddest scene I ever wrote and the next thing my husband knows, I’m pounding the dash and wailing for better times. Shouting “Why, God, WHY?” and then realizing it was my fault it was sad.
2) “Forever Can Be,” by Ashes Divide. There is something really unsettling about this song that makes me want to get out of my chair and take over the Northern Hemisphere or become a race car driver or make cookies, or something. Which is why I used it for James when I was writing BALLAD. Because he usually was taking over the world or battling a king of the dead or some homicidal faerie-type. You know, normal work-day stuff.
3) “Scarborough Fair,” by Simon & Garfunkel. I’ve always loved this song, but then I made the mistake of listening to it on repeat along with “The Sound of Silence” while writing a short story for the Merry Sisters of Fate, “Trading Voices.” Now, when I hear it, I imagine Walmarts in ruin and trees taking over the world. Which makes me happy. No, I’m just kidding. Nah, I’m not.
4) “Golden Brown,” by The Stranglers. I start planning my playlists for my WIPs in the synopsis stage, and this is the first song I put onto my playlist for my newest. Already it’s completely associated with my main character Ethan in that book, because it’s a perfect combination of happy-sad. Cause he’s a happy guy, but sad things happen to him, and the book is happy, but it’s also . . . yeah. I know. You get it.
5) “The Ocean,” by The Bravery. This has been SHIVER’s song since Day One. Since SHIVER was a lupine twinkle in my eye. I deeply suspect that when The Bravery wrote it, they put subliminal werewolf plot threads into the chords of this song, because it is so tightly associated in my head with SHIVER. If I ever get a chance to meet The Bravery, I will shake all their hands and say, “Thanks for the werewolf nookie, guys. Seriously. It made my career.”