May 15, 2014

Band Geek Thursday: by Lyla Lee

Good morning, Misfiteers! Today, I'm excited to share with you my playlist for my most recent WIP, (tentatively titled). As someone who started writing paranormal/supernatural novels before diverging into other genres, I'm thrilled to return to "my origins" with my next project.

Although I am still in the process of finalizing the plans for this novel (I'm an intensive plotter who needs to work out every plot point before I can write the first draft--even if a lot of things end up changing in the end), I've been listening to a lot of music to help me flesh out the world, the characters, and the story. 

For this particular project, I was a little more specific than usual in terms of choosing the "sound" of the songs in the playlist. Since this novel is essentially about ghosts who have the ability to "phase" back into the world of the living by temporarily occupying people's bodies (with the focus on the friendship that develops between one such phaser and his human host as they together maneuver the world of the living as well as the dead), I wanted the songs to match the eerie/haunting atmosphere present for most of the novel. This is the playlist below:

Here are the reasons behind why I chose some of the songs:

Science/Visions by CHVRCHES
Breathe, don't speak. It's leaving your body now. Slow heart, set free, a circuit of consciousness.
When you are truly yourself, you will succumb to a permanence. A light by day, a shadow resides by night. I (I) hear (hear) your (your) breathing; I (I) feel (feel) you (you) leaving.
This was basically the starting point to my playlist, and is (like I mentioned in a previous post) literally the perfect song for my WIP. Everything from the lyrics to the echoey feel to the gradual escalation of the song fits really well with the novel.

Staying Up by The Neighbourhood
How can I sleep if I don't have dreams? I just have nightmares...How can it be? I still believe something is out there.
This fits one of the protagonists, Nathaniel (the human host), pretty well. Nathaniel has many demons in his past that he has yet to deal with, and so he's very troubled before he develops a friendship with Jake (the phaser), who helps him as much as Nathaniel helps Jake.

Mercy by TV on the Radio
I see tons of people looking lost and lethal, and I know we're all the same. But now it's gone forever, and there's nothing to keep.
The world of phasers consists of ghosts who revisit the human plane to briefly re-experience the everyday sensations of life (i.e: the warmth of sunlight, the feel of grass, and etc.) and those who have much more sinister intentions and are less reluctant to leave their human hosts. This song, and in particular, these lines, really fit that dynamic well.

My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy
So now the world can never get me on my level. I just gotta get you off the cage, I'm a young lover's rage. Gonna need a spark to ignite, My songs know what you did in the dark.
Besides the fact that I really love this song and the mood it creates, this song represents Nathaniel's initial rage at being possessed really well.

Locked in a Cage by Brick+ Mortar
I know you've got the anger of a burning sun. Say hold up just a minute, don't burn me down. If you burn me down you'll never find your way. If you burn me down, it's true, a little drop of dreams.
This--I just realized--is a really perfect "reply" to the Fall Out Boy song above. Jake feels as though he's "locked in a cage" and is trying to calm Nathaniel down for both of their sakes.

Let's Kill Tonight by Panic! at the Disco
I think the lyrics of the chorus are pretty self-explanatory but basically, this song fits the mentality of the "evil" phasers who wish to harm humans.

Die Together by New Politics
All my tragedies; death is only a face that won't confess. Peacefully you rest in my bed, infest my head.
This song really fits the relationship between Jake and Nathaniel. Although they don't necessarily "die together," it's that mentality that allows them to work together and make it through in the end.

Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees
Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin', and we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.
Although my novel has nothing to do with John Travolta's swagger, "staying alive" is essentially what Nathaniel and the other humans try to do throughout the course of the story.

Goodnight, Travel Well by The Killers
This song is perfect for the ending. I won't give any exact details to avoid spoilers but let's just say it represents how close Nathaniel and Jake have become by the end of all their trials and tribulations.

Happy writing!


erica m. chapman said...

Oh! You have some great bands on this list! Great playlist ;o)

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