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Literary Listening

Lately I’ve been enthralled by the idea of creating a playlist for my projects.  I enjoy watching movies and I’m a sucker for a great soundtrack, so when I’m building scenes, conflicts, characters, or anything else, I like to let my mind wander to whatever I think the most fitting song for that moment is.  (Plus I like to fantasize about the idea of selling the rights to one of my books at some point and having an actual soundtrack for an actual film based on one of my stories, but that’s just a dream at this point.)

As I’ve been looking for motivation recently, I’ve found myself driving around in my car, letting my music shuffle, looking for literary themed songs to get the creative juices flowing.  I’ve come up with a handful that I really enjoy, so I decided to turn to Google to find some that I possibly hadn’t thought of.  With that, I’d like to provide the following definitive literary soundtrack.  Several of these are obvious and well known, but hopefully you’ll spot a few surprise sleepers on here that you hadn’t thought of before!  Check it out, see what you think, and let me know if you think I missed anything in the comments below! Continue reading

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Literary Listening: The Unofficial Crossfire Playlist

Awhile back I posted the unofficial Crossroads playlist to fill out the Kings of Chaos world and enhance the story.  Obviously I’m obligated to do the same for the sequel, and that’s what I’m about to do.  Grab the closest headphones and let’s get busy.  Again, as with Crossroads, Crossfire centers around a high-octane action story about some hardcore bikers, so naturally the soundtrack has to kick ass.  This playlist is required to tell the story in their own words – with the proper tone, of course.  So bring on the classic rock, hard rock, and heavy metal. Continue reading

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Literary Listening: The Unofficial Crossroads Playlist

You know the best part about movie trailers?  No, it’s not the teasers and spoilers that you may glean from a two-minute synopsis of the plot.  That’s the obvious answer, and it’s also the wrong answer.  The song selection is the best marketing strategy for any upcoming release.  You might be in another room when the trailer comes on your television.  You can’t see the commercial, and you probably won’t be able to make out any dialogue or voice-over story-telling, but I bet the music will creep its way into your ear canal.  It might be faint.  Possibly even subconscious, but once your synapses begin making connections, you can tell what the trailer is without even looking.  OR, if you aren’t already familiar with the title, then you have an undeniable need to run into the other room to see what the movie is.

So you’ve finished the first book in the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club series and you can’t stop thinking about the magnificent plot and fully developed characters.  Hell, maybe you even thought to yourself as you were reading it, “Self, I can hear this song playing in the background of this scene.”  Well, maybe you were right.  Let’s think about it for a minute and take a look below! Continue reading

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