So, if you’ve been following our Time After Time Playlist Blog Hop closely, you know it’s the 22nd of the month, and that makes this the week for an Anna song. But guess what? We’re giving you a Bennett song instead.
Here’s the scoop. I switched a few things around because one of these amazing bloggers wanted a Bennett song and a new blogger joined the blog hop and wanted this really incredible Anna song and so, you know, things happen. But it’s all good, right?
Hmm. Well, then let’s make this a “choose your own adventure” thing.
OPTION ONE: If you’re seriously bummed that this week isn’t an Anna song, that’s cool. Here are FIVE THINGS you can do instead of reading this post:
4. Go add Time Between Us and Time After Time to your Goodreads shelf.
5. Go hit play on Anna & Bennett’s playlists and listen while you work! (But don’t listen to the last song Bennett’s Time After Time list, because that’s today’s pick. See what I did there?)
OPTION TWO: If you’re super happy that it’s another Bennett week, CLICK HERE so Amanda from Appraising Pages can tell you all about the song she picked and the prizes she’s giving away! Then come back here so I can tell you about Amanda.
Earlier this year, I had the honor of speaking at the Tucson Festival of Books. It was an incredible event. I was on two panels and also participated in this audio interview with a group of teens from the local Pima County Library.
I had a blast and I met a bunch of people. A few of them had actually heard of me and read my book.
Amanda was not one of them.
But I must have said something she liked, because she bought Time Between Us, asked me to sign it, read it, and wrote this lovely review. And then she did something that really got my attention when she posted this piece of wonderfulness the following day.
How amazing is that? She did a story-inspired playlist of her own for Time Between Us! Now, I loved all her songs, but I was especially blown away that she picked Pearl Jam’s “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” because — even though I didn’t put the song on to my final TBU playlist — I listened to it so many times as I was writing Time Between Us. How could I not, with lyrics like this:
I seem to recognize your face
Haunting, familiar, yet I can’t seem to place it
Cannot find the candle of thought to light your name
Lifetimes are catching up with me
I swear I recognize your breath
Memories, like fingerprints, are slowly raising
Me, you wouldn’t recall, for I’m not my former…
That still gives me chills. You?
But I digress. Because that isn’t today’s song.
Still, her review and playlist sparked a conversation, and Amanda and I got to talking about ’90s music and timeless bands we both loved. Pearl Jam. Goo Goo Dolls. Foo Fighters. And eventually, we came around to a shared love of Incubus.
When I asked her if she wanted to join this blog hop, she picked an Incubus song right away and started sending me photos of lead singer, Brandon Boyd. Like this one:
Which totally made my day.
The song Amanda chose is so perfect, and I’ll let her tell you why she picked it. To me, this is a song Bennett might listen to in his room on PANDORA’s “90s Alternative” channel. Or during a late-night drive through San Francisco. Or while sitting in his Jeep in a smelly garage he rented off Craigslist. He’d listen to it when he was missing Anna most.
I’m so thrilled that Amanda and I met in Tucson, that she enjoyed Time Between Us, and that the music from the story spoke to her. Without music and the fun connection it sparked, we might not be friends today. And if that were the case, I’d like to think we’d both demand a do-over.
Need a recap?
Are you following our playlist fun? Here’s where we are:
- Jessica at Jessica Love Reads, Writes, Rocks picked this song from Bennett’s list.
- Jen at A Book and a Latte chose this one from Anna’s list.
- Jessica at Just a Book Lover made this song her choice from Bennett’s list.
- My friends at Alice Marvels picked this epic song from an epic 90’s CD that must have lived on Anna’s shelf in ’95.
- Stacee at Too Fond of Books chose this current hit from Bennett’s playlist.
And there’s more fun to come! Follow the evolution of both lists and keep entering our contests so I can send you BOOKS and other fun prizes!
Full playlists here: www.timebetweenus.com/playlists
Spotify members can also follow Anna’s playlist here:
And Bennett’s playlist here:
Join the fun! What’s your favorite 90s band or song?