First things first! Ravensong is finally up for pre-order with Dreamspinner. All other 3rd party sites to follow in the next week or two.
Now on to this week's post:
Music has always been a big part of my writing. I tend to make playlists for each new book I start writing, adding music to it as I go until I finish. I'm usually left with playlists that are dozens of songs long by the end.
Ravensong is a big book.
And that means it comes with big songs.
I've chosen eighteen songs off my Ravensong playlist (out of 126!) that I think perfectly fit the story I'm telling. I present these songs in order as they go with the narration of the story.
Ravensong is a book divided into three parts, though technically it can be argued to be four parts total: the opening chapter, the section titled Three Years One Month Twenty Six Days, followed by the section known as One Year Later and the final section, which I won't name here. For purposes of the soundtrack, I'm going to divide it into four parts.
The last section, much like the first, only has one song for a reason: they are both only a single chapter. The last section in particular is only a few pages long. And the song I picked for it is one that I've thought about for a long time. It's...well.
You'll find out soon enough when you listen to it. Take from it what you will.
Here, below, is the soundtrack, complete with a lyric or two that I think goes well with the story of Ravensong. I mostly let the songs speak for themselves; however, I did put one note on a particular song that I feel is the best of the bunch, and is, in essence, Gordo and Mark.
I. The Beginning
Please Don't Go Barcelona
If you want me to break down and give you the keys
I can do that but I can't let you leave
II. Three Years One Month Twenty-Six Days
Black Eyes Radical Face
While I slept you crept in and pulled the rug right out from under me
Then the rain stole away and took the parts that kept me functioning
Muddy Waters LP
I will ask you for mercy, I will come to you blind
What you’ll see is the worst me, not the last of my kind
Remains Bastille vs. Rag N Bone Man vs. Skunk Anansie
From dusk to dawn, my unheard screams grow silent in defeat
I know you’re just a memory, but you used to taste so sweet
Human Rag N Bone Man
I'm only human after all
Don't put your blame on me
Johnny Guitar Peggy Lee
What if you go, what if you stay, I love you
But if you're cruel, you can be kind, I know
Three Cheers for Five Years (Acoustic) Mayday Parade
Inside I hope you know I'm dying with my heart beside me
In shattered pieces that may never be replaced
Come Back for Me Jaymes Young
Oh, whatever you do, don't come back for me
After all I've bled for you, I can hardly breathe
Comin' Home City and Colour
I thought you could never leave, I figured I was the one
But I understand sadness so I guess I should just hold my tongue
III. One Year Later
Howl Florence + the Machine
If you could only see the beast you've made of me
I held it in but now it seems you've set it running free
Krwling Linking Park featuring Aaron Lewis
There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
Start Again Red
What if I let you in? What if I make it right?
What if I give it up? What if I want to try?
It Has Begun Starset
We will face the odds against us
And run into the fear we run from
Light Sleeping At Last
May these words be the first to find your ears
The world is brighter than the sun now that you're here
(My favorite out of all the songs on this playlist. Oh man, does Light punch my right in my Gordo + Mark feels. It is my unofficial theme song for the entire book. I listened to it on repeat for some big, big scenes.)
Warriors Imagine Dragons
Here we are, don't turn away now
We are the warriors that built this town
Run Boy Run Woodkid
Tomorrow is another day and you won't have to hide away
You'll be a man, boy! But for now, it's time to run
When you fall asleep with your head upon my shoulder
When you're in my arms but you've gone somewhere deeper
Your World Will Fail Les Friction
Your world will fail, my love, it's far beyond repair
Your world will fail, my love, it's already there.
Next week: The complete first chapter of Ravensong. DSP has an excerpt up now with the pre-order, but it's incomplete. There are two more scenes after where it's cut off on DSP's site, one of which takes place between Joe and Gordo that sets the future of their relationship.
See you next week!