March 6, 2014

Band Geek Thursday: THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE by MG Buehrlen

I’m one of those authors who is obsessed with building playlists for my works-in-progress. Music is so intricately entwined with my plotting process, and I listen to the playlists I create 24/7 while I’m working on a new novel (although I can’t listen while I’m actually writing for some reason). My playlist for The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is freaky long. I won’t go into all the details behind every song because that would most likely bore you to death. If you want to give it a listen, here’s the linky loo.

What I will share on this fine Band Geek Thursday are the songs that are featured in the book. This playlist is significantly shorter. :) Have a listen and take a trek back in time with Alex.

But first, a little about the book!

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare

One girl. Fifty-seven lives. Endless ways to die.

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

This song is probably THE song from the book. Alex’s love interest, Blue, plays this for her on the piano when Alex travels back in time to 1927 Chicago. The song becomes their song, and it pops up throughout the novel as Alex travels across several different time periods.

Blue Skies
While in 1927 Chicago, Blue takes Alex to the Chicago Theater to see The Jazz Singer. Blue Skies is probably the most famous song from the first talking film in history. Alex has already seen the film, and she knows the song, but she has to pretend she’s never seen or heard it before. Tough gig!

I Found a New Baby, After You’ve Gone
Later that same evening, Blue takes Alex to a speakeasy. These are two of the songs the band plays. Blue and Alex share a sweet dance to After You’ve Gone.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Only the Lonely, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
These are a few of the songs Alex listens to while cruising around in 1961 Cincinnati in her turquoise Corvette. I have such a love for music from this era. I’m totes jealous of Alex and her ability to travel back in time and experience such awesome music first-hand. Now, after listening to those three, I have the urge to watch Dirty Dancing. I think I’ll go make this happen.

Thanks for having me on Band Geek Thursday, YA Misfits!

When she's not writing, M.G. moonlights as a web designer and social media/creative director of the hugely popular website, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers.  The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is her debut novel. M.G. lives nestled away in Michigan pines, surrounded by good coffee and good books, with her husband and son and three furbabies. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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Kyla Alyanna Fontalva said...

From the playlist, I'd choose 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?' because it's so nice. The most played song on my playlist is All Too Well by Taylor Swift & Dark Horse by Katy Perry. Thanks!

Amy Mays said...

I would choose The lion sleep tonight because I'm a Disney geek and love the lion king.

Lourdes Keochgerien said...

I seem to be able to read and write short stories while listening to music, but when it comes to writing essays or academic papers I just can't. I guess my mind's sensory areas are on overload with music. It is a very powerful thing after all. Thanks for sharing your epic playlist. *goes to jam out*

Anonymous said...

I love The Lion Sleeps Alone Tonight, obviously. Today I'm writing to Another Story by The Head and the Heart off my own playlist!

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