My second baby Songs of Our Breakup is out! *jumpshot* I’ve been hearing lovely things from the handful of people who’ve read it, and one common comment is that the book needs a soundtrack. Well, it kind of does have a soundtrack. Unofficially, that is.
Writing for me usually requires a vacuum. But sometimes, writing requires a playlist.
It made sense that I needed music to write a story about an indie rock band, taking on the task of penning lyrics for the first time ever. I was ambitious, I know. But it was super fun. The words came to me at the oddest moments. The lyrics to Slipstream for one, got into my head while I was waiting for the train at Ayala Station. By the time I got off at Quezon Avenue, the song’s first draft was complete.
The point is sometimes we need noise. A pounding drumbeat, a metallic guitar riff, or just some good old rock and roll.
Below are some (vintage) songs that accompanied me while I was deep inside my writer’s hole for Songs of Our Breakup.
Click, shuffle, and repeat.
The Script. Man on the Wire.
The Strokes. You Only Live Once
Sandwich. In Case of Fire
Ed Sheeran. The A Team
John Mayer. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
The Killers. Shot At The Night
Maroon 5. Beautiful Goodbye
Arctic Monkeys. Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts.
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