Fellow Writers, Pick a Song

It’s no secret that music can wildly inspire the mind. There are full chunks of my books that have been inspired from a single phrase of a song. I can’t imagine that this is true for only myself; I’ve heard from other creators, be they watercolor artists or screenwriters, that they feel the same.

A few months ago I came across a song that I felt conveyed the theme and heart of my book within a mere 4 minutes and 36 seconds. Granted, maybe I’m just emotional concerning my No Angels trilogy since it’s coming to a close, and it’s been a large part of my life ever since I was in the fourth grade, (I’m headed off the college now)

So, here is my question to all of my fellow writers! If you had to pick one, (1, 一、uno, 하나, один; I don’t know how many languages you’d need it spelled out in, but basically, just one), song that you felt represented an entire work or series of yours, what would it be, and why?

For me and my No Angels trilogy, it’s Be Still. by The Killers. You can here it by clicking here, (I recommend listening to it, but I’m biased), though I’ll post the lyrics below.

Be still
And go on to bed
Nobody knows what lies ahead
And life is short
To say the least
We’re in the belly of the beast

Be still
Wild and young
Long may your innocence reign
Like shells on the shore
And may your limits be unknown
And may your efforts be your own
If you ever feel you can’t take it anymore

Don’t break character
You’ve got a lot of heart
Is this real or just a dream?
Rise up like the sun
Labor till the work is done

Be still
One day you’ll leave
Fearlessness on your sleeve
When you’ve come back, tell me what did you see
What did you see
Was there something out there for me?

Be still
Close your eyes
Soon enough you’ll be on your own
Steady and straight
And if they drag you through the mud
It doesn’t change what’s in your blood
(Over chains)
When they knock you down

Don’t break character
You’ve got a lot of heart
Is this real or just a dream?
Be still
Be still
Be still
Be still

Over rock and chain
Over sunset plain
Over trap and snare
When you’re in too deep
In your wildest dream
In your made up scheme
When they knock you down
When they knock you down

Don’t break character
You’ve got sooo much heart
Is this real or just a dream?
Oh Rise up like the sun
And labor till the work is done
Rise up like the sun
Labor till the work is

Rise up like the sun
And labor till the work is done

Be Still. (c) The Killers

As for why it speaks to me, No Angels is a lot about doing what must be done, even when you don’t want to, or it seems impossible, or you know that it will cost you everything. It has much to do with the ending of the book, (which of course will remain a secret for now), though I will say that it is very bittersweet. And that’s what Be Still. embodies for me. Not cracking under enormous pressure, accepting what life has dealt you, then rising up and doing what you must.

And so, writers. What song it is for you? Comment below!

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Liz Patrona never expected to lose her normal life completely. She never expected that people’s memories of her would vanish or that all records of her existence would disappear. She never expected to be stolen away to a city beneath the desert. And she definitely didn’t expect to be told she was the God-chosen barrier between the common man and paranormal threats. 

Liz is a teenager perfectly happy with her mediocrity, that is, before she’s taken by a peculiar group of people and forced into a role she never imagined, – and definitely doesn’t want. Distinguishing illusions from reality, realizing her abilities as a pyrokinetic, and keeping otherworldly objects from the hands of normal folk are only some of the things that await her. Prepared for this by her new mentor, a rude, possibly sadistic, but oddly attracting man, Liz braces herself for what is to come. But many any unknown thing lurks here, and what she doesn’t know may just kill her.

Buy No Angels here. 

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