Audrey's Watermarked Soundtrack

I am one of those people for whom writing and music are inextricably linked.  This goes beyond simply putting some music on while I hammer out the words of my story, though I do that from time to time.  Songs are consistently a source of inspiration for scenes in my novel. Sometimes it’s a whole song, other times only a part (like a bridge, because man do I love bridges).  I’ve even wrote an entire chapter from a single lyric.  The marriage between the music and the writing has become somewhat of an obsession for me.  


A while back, I wrote about creating soundtracks for my books, or in the case of Watermarked, for each individual character.  I put it off forever because life has a way of ruining your best laid plans.  But the idea came back to me this morning.  So on this rainy day in South Louisiana (of which there are many), I thought I’d share one with you.  


I’m tackling Audrey’s first because she’s the one most like a rainy day.  It seems fitting.  Though I’m usually very particular about the order of these tracks,I’m going to let it go for the sake of this project.  I’ll present them to you first in as a list and then with a bit more elaboration.


Empty Room - Arcade Fire
Strange Things Will Happen - The Radio Dept
White Nights - Oh Land
Red Star - Freelance Whales
Cursive - Billie Marten
Between the Bars - Elliott Smith
Reckless - Liam Finn
You and I - Washed Out
Truth - Alexander
Watermark - Sleeping at Last
Each Coming Night - Iron & Wine
Just Like Honey - Jesus and Mary Chain
Sleepyhead (Stripped Down Version) - Passion Pit
I Forget Where We Were - Ben Howard
Get Better - Mates of State
Leaving New York - REM


Empty Room, Strange Things Will Happen, White Nights, and Red Star
All of these seem to really capture Audrey’s excitement about moving to New York City, and the “days of wonder” she spends there in the beginning. These songs also hold a sense of naivety for me.  Also, there’s a vibe of what it feels like to fall in love.


Cursive
Billie Marten is a young English girl.  Associating her with Audrey seemed natural.  Quiet, introspective music.  Some may see this as sad, but I don’t.  For me, it gives more of a sense of the passing of everyday life.  Living with yourself and dealing with the fact that not every moment can be magical.  


Between the Bars
Oh Well, OK also works too. Pretty much anything Elliott Smith did reminds me of Audrey.  That says a lot about her as most of his songs are usually more of the wistful, sad types.


Reckless and You and I
These songs sound like instability to me.  Restlessness.  Being unsatisfied. Carpet headaches spawned by laying on the floor when you know your time would be better spent doing something else.  
Truth
“The truth is that I never shook my shadow.  Every day it’s trying to trick me into doing battle.”  That line alone sealed this is as an Audrey song to me. A coming to terms kind of song. A fight song.


Watermark, Each Coming Night, and Just Like Honey
These songs are most heavily concentrated in the “England” chapter. Just Like Honey inspired the first airport scene involving Audrey and Jack.


Sleepyhead, I Forget Where We Were, Get Better
Ah, the upswing.  Medication.  Bright, shiny, and brand new.  Almost.


Leaving New York
I can’t get too much into this one unless I want to reveal all sorts of spoilers.  Let’s just say that this perfectly expressed the sentiment of the ending.


I listened to each of these tracks as I wrote this post. It almost makes me want to re-read the book again.  Almost.  Seems every time I read it, I only want to change a million things. So I promised myself that I’d keep my hands off of it for at least six months.  

I had a ton of fun writing this.  I’d be happy to give more insight to anyone interest or who has read the book.  Just, you know, in private so that I don’t spoil anything.

What do you listen to as you write?  Or what songs remind you of scenes in your favorite books?

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