We have a special guest for today's Band Geek Thursday. Not only did Heather Hawke make a generous donation to benefit the victims of the tragedy in West, Texas, she is working on a fabulous-sounding book! We are so happy to be able to share her playlist with you today.
I am honored the Misfits are giving me the opportunity to share a playlist. It helps me burrow into a scene’s emotional core while I work on my YA science fiction WIP, SILVERED GLASS:
When panthera cats, an intelligent race of predators, nearly exterminate her clan, 17-year-old Piper returns the favor by killing them one by one. An interplanetary conglomerate bioengineered the two races to act as interstellar navigators, but the cats were designed with an insatiable thirst for clan blood and rebels have broken the barrier between them. The only way Piper will be able to save everyone she loves is to figure out how to pilot a spaceship, broker an alliance with the panthera cats and persuade the rebels to fight beside a people they don’t consider human.
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My music tends to the jazzy, the whimsical, and always has a hook into my soul. I hope it wends its way into yours too!
For hope, humor and romance, Pink Martini can’t be beat. “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love” is to swoon for.
Last night I got to see Sutton Foster at the new Feinstein’s in San Francisco (gift from my mom *waves*). My mc, Piper, is a little bit wicked, so she’d like these two – “Anything Goes” and “Air Conditioner.” She and Mrs. Peel would get along (Theme from the TV show, The Avengers, by Laurie Johnson).
For romance with an edge, I like Lianne La Havas and “Is Your Love Big Enough.”
Where there is romance, there is also angst. When I need to conjure up the teenage variety, I can’t do better than The Bravery (“Believe”) and The Savages (“She Will”).
If my characters need rhythm, “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” by the Benny Goodman Orchestra will get their feet moving.
The road to love is never smooth and is often filled with longing. For that, I have Véronique Sanson (“Sans Regrets”), Patsy Cline (“Walkin’ After Midnight”) and Anya Marina (“All the Same to Me”).
Sometimes the romance goes south so I call on the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ “Hit ‘em Up Style.”
If my mc has to dump a guy, she’d go for Weezer’s “Island in the Sun.” After that party, she might want to listen to Al Bowlly’s “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.”
For the darkest moment in my ms, Mozart’s “Requiem Mass” combines despair with heartrending beauty.
What is a story but an adventure? The Talking Heads (“The Road to Nowhere”) and The Foo Fighters (“Learn to Fly”) take me there.
While composers like John Williams and Hans Zimmer might be the kings of epic music, I have a weakness for Two Steps from Hell (“Heart of Courage”) for a climatic moment.
When Heather is not reading and writing YA science fiction and fantasy, as an ecologist she takes delight in Earth’s splendor and loves to capture its bounty as eggs, cheese and all things preserved. She is growing her own feathers learning to fly a trike (light-sport aircraft) and finds the view from up there inspires a wonderful lot of stories.
Heather can be found at her website, http://heatherhawke.com/, youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/N
eostapfia?feature=watch, or twitter @Heather_Hawke