Hard to Hold – the soundtrack

Okay, so, I’d planned out this whole countdown to Hard to Hold (because, hello, it’s out on Tuesday!) and I have all these posts that just need to be tweaked and I was so organized and then real life reared its head.  My daughter’s got an infection in her back from the last surgery she had and it’s been 3 weeks now and we were okay and then we weren’t.  So yeah, my mind is sort of all over the place right now.

But Larissa (who is truly the most awesome friend anyone could have – I’m so lucky that I’ve made her swear to never leave me) is holding a contest for Hard to Hold’s release – it ends Saturday, so read the rules and then go forth and post to win!

And thanks to all my writing and reader friends who’ve been posting that they’re excited about the release – I haven’t been able to get around and thank all of you, but really, THANK YOU!!!

In the meantime, here’s a post I wanted to do about soundtracks.

Songs can pull me into a moment faster than anything else.  Creating soundtracks has always helped to focus me when I’m writing, especially because I’m usually working on more than one book at a time.

Certain songs end up on many different soundtracks.  For instance, It’s Been Awhile is Jake’s song, and so it shows up on both Nick and Chris’s soundtracks, since Jake is a big part of all the books.

Sometimes I’ll create mini-soundtracks – for instance, Clutch and Sarah, who are subplot characters have their own soundtrack.

The full soundtrack for HARD TO HOLD will be posted on release day.  For now, I’ve picked a few of the songs from the HARD TO HOLD soundtrack to highlight here.  All these songs can just stop me in my tracks.  They’re powerful and they yank me directly back into this story anytime I listen to them.  Sometimes, they have seemingly nothing to do with the characters at all, but something about them – the music…the voice…a certain turn of phrase and they forever become a character’s song for me.

I must’ve listened to the following four songs a million times and I’m still not sick of them.

It’s Been Awhile (Staind) – Jake’s song

And it’s been awhile
Since I could look at myself straight
And it’s been awhile since I said I’m sorry
And it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the way the candles light your face
And it’s been awhile but I can still remember just the way you taste

Breathe 2AM (Anna Nalick) – Isabelle’s song

Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button, boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe  
There’s a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout ’cause you’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out
And these mistakes you’ve made, you’ll just make them again
If you only try turning around.

Up To The Mountain (Patti Griffin) – Jake / Isabelle together

Some days I look down
Afraid I will fall
And though the sun shines
I see nothing at all
Then I hear your sweet voice, oh
Oh, come and then go, come and then go
Telling me softly
You love me so

Fast Car (Traci Chapman) – Clutch & Sarah

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way  
I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

So, tell me, do you have any favorite songs that evoke favorite memories?

Do you have any songs that remind you of your favorite characters?

If you write, do you use a soundtrack?

Feel free to give me a few lines from your favorite song or songs!