Hey, Misfiteers! Welcome back to Band Geek Thursday! Today we've got a guest post from Erica Cameron, author of the upcoming Sing Sweet Nightingale, which releases from Spencer Hill Press on March 4! Not only is the cover gorgeous, and not only are the words gorgeous, but Erica's got some pretty gorgeous music to go with it, too. So without further ado, check out the songs that provide the backdrop to YA's newest nightingale!
So, Dahlia asked me one day, “Do you want to post a playlist on the site?”
And I went, “Well, I don’t write with specific music… but I have songs I find later that relate. Will that work?”
Luckily, my darling Dahlia said yes, so here we are!
After the book was written, I started hearing songs that reminded me of my world or my characters. Eventually, I made a list with the idea that I would post the songs on the series website one day. When Dahlia asked me about a playlist, I went back to my old list of songs. After some updating to reflect the massive revisions SSN has undergone this year, I split my list up into three categories, one for each of my two narrators and one for the world in general. Some of the songs match the story more literally than others, but they all capture a moment or a feeling in some way.
Before I get into the music, here’s some more about Sing Sweet Nightingale!
Mariella Teagen hasn’t spoken a word in four years.
She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.
Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.
Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow causes the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.
Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella’s life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.
It’s wonderfully creeptastic. :D
And now, music!
This Place is a Prison – Postal Service
Pompeii – Bastille
Heartbeats – Royal Teeth
It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
Time is Running Out – Muse
Wanted – Vanessa Carlton
I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
Private Radio – Vanessa Carlton
Rinse – Vanessa Carlton
Eet – Regina Spektor
Pretty Baby – Vanessa Carlton
Drumming Song – Florence + The Machine
Hurricane – MS MR
Bring me to Life – Evanescence
Thistle & Weeds – Mumford & Sons
Wake Me Up – Avicii+Aloe Blacc
Blinding – Florence + The Machine
A short story called “Whatever It Takes” released August 27th, 2013, in an anthology called Doorways to Extra Time. The story gives readers an early peek into The Dream War Saga universe. “Whatever It Takes” follows a girl named Valari as she tries to save her best friend Will and includes time travel, mistakes, ass-kicking, and love.
Websites: http://www.byericacameron.com and http://www.thedreamwarsaga.com