Playlists

Playlists 2017-05-30T09:59:59+00:00

These are my playlists, but I like to think of them more like soundtracks. Each song matches up in order to key scenes in the novel. Listen along as you read, and see if you can figure out why I picked each song.

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EVERY LAST WORD
TIME BETWEEN US
TIME AFTER TIME

EVERY LAST WORD

Every Last Word (Music Video)

In an early scene in Every Last Word, AJ Olsen steps onto the Poet’s Corner stage with his acoustic guitar and plays a song he wrote called So Long, Lazy Ray. This is that song.

Hypable.com has the full story here.

“So Long, Lazy Ray” •  Performed by Henry Hodder. Music and lyrics by Joe Rut.

Anything But Empty

This three-word title was taken from Brave by Sarah Bareilles, a song about learning to be brave with your words and speak your mind, even when your voice shakes. I especially love the line, “Let your words be anything but empty.”

For more of my thoughts on this playlist, check out my interview in Justine Magazine.

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Song For You

With AJ on her mind, Sam makes this acoustic guitar playlist. This three-word playlist title is taken from Alexi Murdoch’s Song for You

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Right Beside You

Sam makes this playlist for Caroline to try to capture what their friendship means to her. She takes its three-word title from these lyrics in Run by Snow PatrolEven if you cannot hear my voice, I‘ll be right beside you, dear.

Every song on this playlist was released between 2003-2007, but only Every Last Word readers know why. (I’m not telling.)

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In The Deep

This playlist is special. It was created by C, the real-life teen who inspired me to write Every Last Word. As you’ll see, she has excellent taste in music.

In her words:

“The In the Deep playlist is made up of 25 songs that have spoken to me at different and important times in my life. Their lyricism and melodies have accompanied many crying jags, road trips, and late night thinking sessions. I would love to share a few of their stories with you.” Continue reading HERE.

In Every Last Word, music and water help Sam quiet her mind. The In the Deep playlist is titled after Florence + The Machine’s Never Let Me Gobecause both C and I loved these lines:

And it’s peaceful in the deep
Cathedral where you cannot breathe
No need to pray, no need to speak
Now I am under all.

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Why three-word playlist titles? I’ll let Sam explain:

Want to know more about the music in Every Last Word? Visit the music tag on my Tumblr.

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TIME BETWEEN US

These aren’t just playlists. They’re more like soundtracks, with each song mapping in chronological order to key scenes.

Shuffle if you like, but only if you must.

Anna’s CD Shelf: 1991-1995

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Bennett’s Playlist: 1995-2012

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Tamara’s Playlist

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TIME AFTER TIME

Anna’s CD Shelf: 1991-1995

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Bennett’s Playlist: 1995-2012

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MORE PLAYLISTS

When I created the playlists above, I was a purist about two things: (1) Keeping Anna’s “CD shelf” limited to songs that were relevant and popular in 1995 and (2) mapping the songs to the events in the books, so they play like a soundtrack.

Throughout the process of writing these two books, I’ve also collected songs that don’t conform to either of those rules. Songs that have perfect lyrics or set the right mood for a particular scene. Songs tell a story about first love, or missing someone far away, or having to make big choices. Those songs are here, on “Anna Timeless” and “Bennett’s Garage Mix.”

These aren’t in any particular order — shuffle away. And if you’re on Spotify, these are collaborative playlists, so you can add your own favorite Anna & Bennett songs.

Anna Timeless

Beautiful, fun, and occasionally angst-y songs that aren’t limited to the early and mid-90s. As long as the lyrics are relevant, anything goes.

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Bennett’s Garage Mix

Current stuff mixed with some mid-90’s sounds. Time After Time readers know all about Bennett’s garage. Even time travelers need a place to hide away from the world and listen to music for a while.

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