All right, it's Claire here- still working on that serial installment! But music has an important place in my writing, too- there are just certain songs that have a particular lyric, a strength of feeling... Maybe they're songs I heard at a certain time in the writing process that just made sense to me right there and then, and they stuck with me.
First up- one of my all-time favourite songs EVER- Crowded House, Fall At Your Feet. This song makes me swoon just a little (have I mentioned that I love Neil Finn beyond all reason?). If Bill and Kit were living in this era, I'd call it their song (g). This is a neat acoustic cover version (don't you love YouTube?).
Next, two songs that give me shivers. They're the ones that put me in Bill's mindset after he returns from the devastation of WWI. First, Mad World by Gary Jules. Call me crazy but my favourite version of this one (other than the way it was used in) was the one sung by Adam Lambert in the 2009 American Idol final.
Then the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah, sung by Rufus Wainwright (just while we're chucking our hats in the ring for sexiest singing voice out there).
My oddball bit of music for Bill's changing frame of mind is Linkin Park's What I've Done, originally seen in the first Transformers movie. I love the power of the lyrics as they relate to my story- "I've drawn regret from the truth of a thousand lies; let mercy come and wash away what I've done. I'll face myself to cross out what I've become, erase myself and let go of all I've done." And so on- plus I LOVE the video, which shows good and evil throughout humanity and the natural world. Love it.
Then we come to some actual period music- Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller is the song Bill and Meredith dance to when they're falling for each other in 1940 London.
Lastly, what I've come to see as Jared's song- partly because the main storm trooper dude about to whup the band in the video bears a little bit of a Jared resemblance (g). This is the Foo Fighters, singing Pretender. Best played at top volume. For whatever reason, embedding is disabled on this video, so you can see it at YouTube here.
Okay, okay- now to get back to writing that next installment!
Ah, a young Bono. Be still my beating heart!!
And, for a little lightness amongst all this intense music (well, I am writing suspense!) and to get into the vibe of Paris, there's Ben Onono's TATOUAGE BLEU (BLUE TATTOO), sung in French. Enjoy!