All of my projects have at least one theme song attached to them, be it the whole book or an aspect of it. I thought it might be interesting to list what they are and why.
Pirouette – all drafts (3rd draft in progress now):
“Space Dye Vest” by Dream Theater. I used this as Alisia and Lucien’s main “fighting” song. It’s sad and torturous, and it brings up all kinds of heart-wrenching images in my head. It just seemed perfect.
“Walk in the Shadows” by Queensryche – Raelan and Alisia’s theme. In the last third of the book, [something spoilery happens] and for a time, Alisia and Raelan (who’s the villain) are….aligned. This song, which talks about walking on the dark side of life, giving ino the darkness, fits the feeling of those scenes perfectly.
“The Killing Words” by Queensryche – Alisia and Lucien’s theme. Just screams tragic, love, betrayal, heartbreaking stuff. Sniff.
Flamebound (currently in revision):
“Take Hold of the Flame” by Queensryche. The entire story is based on the song — or rather, my interpretation of it. So many things tie to the world and story.
Survivor (recently finished first draft):
Operation: Mindcrime by Queensryche. Yes, the entire album. The book pretty much wrote itself to this awesome, magnificent album. Since alot of the themes ran parallel to my story, it was almost eerie how the entire thing seemed like a metaphor for Survivor. Some of it, like the brainwashing and mind control, were literal.
“Eyes of a Stranger” by Queensryche (on Operation:Mindcrime) – Amber’s theme. Amber is the main character, and as she goes through some painful, traumatic stuff, she’s kind of transformed….and thus truly has the “eyes of a stranger.”
Requiem in Blue (2007 project)
“The Hands” by Queensryche – Meredith’s theme. Meredith, the main character, is saved by someone. “The Hands” makes me think of that, and salvation in general.
“Suite Sister Mary” by Queensryche – Some of the story was inspired by this song. Especially one part about two people joining together to “make it through the night.”
Broken (currently in progress):
“Broken” by Lifehouse. Also the why of the title, at least for now. The song talks about being broken, and Amara, the main character, and the antagonist are both broken in a sense.
“Unbreakable” by Fireflight. New band that I just discovered. Totally Amara’s theme. I realize that the songs seem contradictory, but it works, I swear!
Eowyn (perc’ing project for future):
“Ordinary World” by Duran Duran. Theme of the book. Because we’re dealing with quantum mechanics and alternate universes, and a “home” universe, it seems appropriate.
MindBound (future project):
“Lightning Field” by the Sneaker Pimps. I saw a video of it and HAD to have the song, even though I’m not into that type of music. Went on a wild goose chase and finally just today got ahold of it. It’s THAT close to what this story is to me. It (the story) has to do with an empath and pain and brainwashing, and the song is so perfect. First words are “Strike me down…” Can we say perfect? Literal or figurative, it works.
Soulfire (The Nano That Never Was):
“Lady Strange by Def Leppard. Liana’s theme. She’s the main character, and she isn’t exactly human and has non-human goals and wishes and such. She’s a bit offbeat in her own way.
“Baba O’Riley” by The Who. Book’s theme. Completely encapsulates the dystopic future-Earth setting and the insidious reach of the New Regime.
Hereafter (Nano ’08):
“Women” by Def Leppard. For no other reason than it gave me some compelling images inside my head, and somehow spawned plotty things. This one I don’t really understand, but don’t question it, either.
At the moment, that’s all I can think of. Will add more if I remember anything.