Tis the season to listen to holiday music…or is it?
Whenever I start writing a new story, I always build a playlist first. I love music and how it fuels my creativity. Plus, I like to imagine my books becoming movies one day and they’ll totally need a score and soundtrack, right? (Can you tell I’m a dreamer?)
So with that in mind, I put together a playlist for Deck the Shelves. My heroine Kendall owns a bookstore aptly named The Cozy Shelf. She’s a big fan of the classics, and since The Cozy Shelf is a renovated Victorian, it only seemed fitting to add some music befitting classic books to my playlist. But what songs, you ask?
Well I pulled some songs from the 2005 Pride & Prejudice soundtrack. I mean, a hero needs some fog to walk through. 😉 I also added the theme song from Anne of Green Gables, “My Edward and I” from Jane Eyre soundtrack, and “First Impressions” from Becoming Jane and my literary heart was almost ready to write. I even through-in “Devonshire” from Sense and Sensibility.
Since Deck the Shelves is set during Christmastime, I had to throw in holiday music despite the fact that it was hot outside when I wrote it (thank you Virginia summer). I added “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee and “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay. I couldn’t forget one of my favorite Christmas albums, so I threw in “Let it Snow” and “Silent Night” by Boyz II Men.
By now you might be thinking that that’s plenty enough to get me started but not quite. You see I also like to have some songs thrown in there that speaks to the hero and heroine’s internal angst. So I added “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift and “Two is Better Than One” by Boys Like Girls & Taylor Swift.
And because none of my writing journey would be possible without the One who gifted me, I ended the playlist with Kari Jobe’s “Revelation Song.”
These songs fueled my fingers, helped me pick quotes to use at the beginning of each chapter and set the stage for Kendall and Quinton to Deck the Shelves in The Cozy Shelf in my fictional town of Heartfalls, New York.
If you’ve read the book, what songs would you add to the playlist? If you haven’t, what songs would be a must on a Christmas playlist? Leave a blog comment with your answer and a lucky winner will be entered into a giveaway for an eBook copy of Deck the Shelves. Please comment by 12/20/19 at 1pm EST. I’ll draw a random name and contact the winner by Saturday.