these are days

I love it when different artistic genres inspire each other, and apparently other people do, too, because I’ve noticed in articles and interviews that writers are often asked what music they listen to while they work, if any. People ask me this a lot, probably because we write about musicians, or because our characters often talk about music. After we finished writing IT HAD TO BE YOU I made a tape (remember those?) for Becky featuring songs I listened to while working on our book. I titled the collection of songs “Daniel,” because we didn’t have a title for the book at that time—I think the working title of the manuscript was “The Book of Daniel,” and before that it was “The Queen of Clubs”—on the spine of the cassette’s cover I wrote “songs inspired by Daniel.” Now I wish I could revise that to read, “songs that inspired Daniel,” but no matter.

I made a soundtrack, available on iTunes by clicking this link. These are songs that gave me inspiration while writing IHTBY. Or, some of them are tongue in cheek references to the TJB writers; Deeper Understanding by Kate Bush, for example. I call it an unofficial soundtrack, because I did this without my cowriter’s knowledge. Also, an official soundtrack would probably be the songs listed in the book, and there were many. Plus, “official” makes it sound like we’d have to pay someone, and we can’t afford that. We’d probably have to pay Madonna, since that book is rife with Madonna mentions. In fact, at some point down the line, maybe after I’M YOUR MAN, I made an edict that we weren’t allowed to reference Madonna anymore in our books. To which my cowriters, I believe, held a mirror in front of my face.

Anyway, annoyingly enough, a few of the tracks from the tape I made for Becky aren’t available on iTunes. Here’s the tracklisting. Song titles in red aren’t on iTunes.

Daniel – Elton John
My Honey’s Loving Arms – Barbra Streisand
You Have Placed a Chill In My Heart – Eurythmics
Stars – Simply Red
Not Enough Time – INXS
Save Up All Your Tears – Cher
Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) – Janis Joplin
Dreaming of the Queen – Pet Shop Boys
C Minor – Communards
Drowned World / Substitute for Love – Madonna
Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac
Deeper Understanding – Kate Bush
New Dress – Depeche Mode
Love, Thy Will Be Done – Martika
Morning Glory – This Mortal Coil

Heartbreak Beat (Extended Mix) – The Psychedelic Furs
Hit – The Sugarcubes
F**k and Run – Liz Phair
Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday
Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
I’ll Remember – Madonna
I’m A Star – Dead Or Alive
Prophecies – Sandra Bernhard

True Faith – New Order
It’s Good To See You – Pride Committee
If Madonna Calls (I’m not here) House Mix Radio Edit – Junior Vasquez
AbFab (Thin & Gorgeous) 7″ Edit – Junior Vasquez
In My Arms – Erasure
If I Were You – Stevie Nicks

Hold On – Sarah McLachlan

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12 Responses to these are days

  1. I love just about every one of those songs!

    Um, what is a tape? :P

  2. dukecityjim says:

    I’ve been doing the same thing myself. I first started associating music with my writing one day driving down I-95 on my way to work when I heard Linkin Park’s In the End and it so fit my story.

    Since then I’ve been adding songs to the “soundtrack” and put them up on iTunes. Of course for some reason I can’t rip my Linkin Park cd to iTunes and In the End isn’t on the list.

    Mine’s here

  3. markgharris says:

    Any special significance to “Heartbreak Beat” in writing “It Had To Be You?” Not that its being gorgeous isn’t significant enough.

    • I don’t know why, but the second verse always makes me think of Daniel.

      “and the beat don’t stop
      and we talk so tough
      and there’s a perfect kiss
      somewhere out in the dark
      but a kiss ain’t enough
      and the world don’t stop
      everytime that you call
      and the world don’t stop
      everytime that you fall”

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