I’ll admit it: I’ve wanted to write this post for a month now. 🙂
Now that Door to Door is out in the wild (aka, published), I want to talk about music while reading.
When writing, I typically pick music that blends into the background. I don’t like to be distracted. I’ll choose an instrumental OR music sung in a different language. This works for me!
However, what IS fun is thinking about the various scenes in a book and applying a song as if you were watching it happen on a movie screen. I also like to think of certain characters as having a theme song. (Lydia is SO “What I Am.”)
What I heard in my head when I wrote (and read!) Door to Door is likely different than what YOU hear in your head when you read the book.
The Soundtrack to Door to Door
But I thought it might be fun for you to play these songs while you read – just to get a flavor of what I heard in my head. 🙂 If you have an Alexa, or stream / download music on a device, here’s the Door to Door soundtrack:
- Sympathy for the Devil – by the Rolling Stones – Play when Emily confronts a man who is watching her from the bar in Chapter 3.
- You Can Leave Your Hat On – by Joe Cocker – Play quietly at the beginning of Chapter 5 when Tara and Emily talk birthdays.
- Don’t Get Me Wrong – by The Pretenders – Play when Emily is at the grocery store in Chapter 6.
- What I Am – by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians – Play when Lydia appears in Chapter 7.
- Hazy Shade of Winter – by The Bangles – Play when Emily is told to RUN at the very end of Chapter 11 and let it play into Chapter 12. (You could also play this when Emily comes out of the bathroom in Chapter 15 – works for both!)
- Lullaby on the Bridge – by Gordon Simmons – Play when Jack whispers “I love you” in Chapter 12.
- From the Static – by North Atlantic Drift – Play in Chapter 14 when Emily says: “…but I need to know everything.”
- Severance – by Dead Can Dance – Play when Emily goes to court in Chapter 15.
- Skanegatan – by Hang Massive – Play immediately when Chapter 17 starts.
- Let’s Get Metaphysical – by David Gilmore – Play when Emily sees a statue in a park in Chapter 19.
Thanks to my husband for helping me compile this list – he suggested perfect matches.
What about you?
What do YOU hear? Tell me the song and chapter, but don’t reveal too many details that might fall under “spoiler alert!” Another reader might not be as far along in the book as you are!