In the back of EYES OF LIGHTNING, you’ll find a playlist. The songs can POSSIBLY spoil the story if you haven’t read it yet. So if you’re worried about spoilers, stop reading this page!!
I’m not one of those authors who listen to music while writing. I actually prefer silence (if the snores of my son in the next room count as silence). However, when I’m not sitting at the computer, I love to listen to music. For every novel or work in progress, I create a playlist on my iPod. Then while I’m cleaning the house or cooking or doing some mundane chore, I entertain myself by listening to the playlist and plotting the story in my head. The music inspires me and helps with brainstorming.
I believe that every chapter is a mini-story. At least one important scene needs to happen in a chapter. So when I’m writing I ask myself, “What’s the theme of this chapter? What am I trying to convey?” This is part of the reason why I chose a song for each chapter in EOL. It forced me to make all chapters worthy of a song. The song may not fit perfectly, but it’s connected to how I view that chapter in my mind. Consider it a 3-D experience: First you read the words, and then you can listen to the song for an added dimension of story-telling.
I’ve loaded a partial playlist HERE on 8tracks. It’s partial because 8tracks doesn’t allow more than two songs by any given artist on any given playlist. So I had to cut several of the extra songs by Sanctus Real, Relient K, and The All-American Rejects. Below I’ll list all of the songs. Clicking on a song will take you to a YouTube video. Or you can view the entire YouTube playlist. If I had to choose only one song to represent EOL, it would be “I’m Not Alright” by Sanctus Real. Enjoy!
Ch. 1: “Mercy” by One Republic
Ch. 2: “Trust Me” by The Fray
Ch. 3: “Bite My Tongue” by Relient K
Ch. 4: “Eloquent” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 5: “The Truth” by Relient K
Ch. 6: “I’m Not Alright” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 7: “Can’t Take It” by The All-American Rejects
Ch. 8: “Pressing On” by Relient K
Ch. 9: “Fly” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 10: “Magnetic” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 11: “Move Along” by The All-American Rejects
Ch. 12: “Anger Cage” by Course of Nature
Ch. 13: “The Fight Song” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 14: “Straightjacket Feeling” by The All-American Rejects
Ch. 15: “Goodbye, Apathy” by One Republic
Ch. 16: “Learning to Breathe” by Switchfoot
Ch. 17: “Change Your Mind” by The All-American Rejects
Ch. 18: “High of 75” by Relient K
Ch. 19: “Little House” by The Fray
Ch. 20: “Change Me” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 21: “4am” by Our Lady Peace
Ch. 22: “We All Make Mistakes” by Submersed
Ch. 23: “Breathe In Breathe Out” by Mat Kearney
Ch. 24: “Believe in Dreams” by Flyleaf
Ch. 25: “I Feel the Change” by Submersed
Ch. 26: “Closer” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 27: “We Need Each Other” by Sanctus Real
Ch. 28: “Home” by Phillip Phillips