Happy Summer! So far 2020 has been a bit tumultuous, so I’m not sure what the summer will bring. For our family, there’s a bit of travel involved. My husband has offered to take each of the kids on a bucket list trip as he is able to do so. His oldest daughter was born on Guam when he was in the Navy, so they are going back. What an adventure!
The second trip he’s taking is with the youngest daughter, she wants to see California. They are taking a quick weekend trip before school starts to visit Los Angeles and places she’s wanted to see. The boys, actually both are men, either don’t know where they want to go, or we’re still saving for their plan. Me? We plan to take an Alaskan cruise for our 30th, which is a ways off. I joke that my gift is when they all leave so I can clean the house and have the place to my introvert self.
Anyway, this summer I’m in writing mode. Anchored is underway, the first book in Surrendering Opinions. I’m trying to enter the heroine’s world by learning her likes, dislikes, habits, aspirations, pet peeves, and everything in between. Then there’s the romance. I’ve scrapped a few other drafts because I started them as enemies. Then they were too alike and one of them was unnecessary. Now I think I’ve found that balance, and I’ll reveal more as I approach the release. I’m excited, and I think you’ll be rooting for them.
One of the questions I read in research was do they have a special song. I never thought about that before, yet when I talk to real-life couples, that’s something every couple has. Some are quite romantic. Others are silly, but it was playing at a time when they had a special moment. Most are their wedding songs. In Entrusted, Ben and Jenna discover a karaoke machine at the senior center and decide to give it a try. They end up belting “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” something Jenna walks away worried might happen as the friendship evolves. Other than that, I can’t say I’ve used a special song in my romances.
Let’s talk about those special songs.
In fiction, can you recall reading about a song that had special meaning for the hero and heroine?
In real life, do you have a special one? Maybe it’s what played at your wedding. If you’re single, perhaps it’s one you want to play at your wedding. Maybe it’s what played during a first kiss, or was the music during your first dance. I’d love to hear about it.
As for me, we aren’t gushy romantic by nature, especially after 20+ years, but there’s one song on both our playlists that if if plays, we stop everything. If we aren’t together, we text a screenshot of the song and let the other know we’re thinking of them. It became our song when Tom was about to leave for a work trip that would take him to California for a month. I made a mix-tape, yep, you read that correctly, and the first song was “When You Say Nothing at All” by Alison Kraus and Union Station. He was immediately in tears and announced it would be our first dance at our reception. And it was.
Another song that makes me stop is “Everything I Do (I Do it for You)” by Bryan Adams. Our youngest was a scheduled c-section because of complications I had with our son, and I remember being so anxious. I was literally numb on the table and my surgeon was a heavy guy who perspired a lot, so he was wearing a Darth Vader-like mask with fans inside to keep him cool. The scene felt ridiculous, but this was our birth. He asked for the radio speakers to be turned on and just as he pulled Hannah our, that song started. It was perfect. I was an infertility patient and had miscarried before. I believed God promised her to us and we prayed hard for His promises. I still love that song and it takes me back every time.
Your turn! Who knows? Maybe your comments might help me find Jordyn and Spencer’s song for Anchored. If so, I’ll definitely include you in the acknowledgement page and make sure you receive a copy when it comes out.