October 18, 2012
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.
Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, David Peace, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.
Daniel Waters' Break My Heart 1,000 Times is an intriguing and truly creepy young adult paranormal thriller, the perfect book to share with your teens this Halloween.
Here are some songs that haunted me while writing Break My Heart 1,000 Times.
"Say You'll Haunt Me" - Stone Sour
This song has the perfect mix of desperation, anger and longing; the chorus is a lyrical pinch to the heart. I love the idea hat with many hauntings, we want the ghost, because a life entirely without a trace of the person we've lost is too terrible to bear.
"The Renaissance" - Avant Garde
I was in a metal covers in college and our name, Renaissance Machine, was inspired by this song. Rivers Cuomo was in Avant Garde and they were pretty amazing live--I remember being particularly impressed by their drummer--and I still listen to the demo tape I bought at one of their shows. Listening to it is a way to check in with my younger self--we're all haunted by our younger selves.
"Spirit in Black" - Slayer
This is a song about the kind of ghost I would not want to meet; the traditionally terrifying kind. This is one of a half dozen or so songs I listen to gear up for writing(it is strange, because it works even when I'm writing a very quiet scene).
"Wendy" - Concrete Blonde
I'll confess I'm a little in love with Johnette Napolitano. This very haunting song gets me on a number of levels, because not only is the performance itself haunting but also because it reminds me, again, of my college days. I always think of Wendy O. Williams (who I also was a little in love with) who was farming near my college campus when I hear this song. I saw her twice but was too awestruck to approach her and I withdrew from all human contact for a day when I learned of her suicide it bothered me so much. Johnette wrote a book called Rough Mix that I read while editing BMH1kx and it is filled with ghosts. Loved it.
"The Ghost In You" - The Psychedelic Furs
I love the concept of the song, and the vocal delivery. The concept that all of us have a ghost lurking inside is inherently intriguing to me, but I actually think we have a multitude of ghosts, a veritable haunted house party.
"Life in Still Water" - Fates Warning
Why Jim Matheos isn't universally recognized as a genius is beyond me, but this song shows him and Fates Warning at their very best, and, like many of their songs, is about being haunted by one's relationships and decisions, or lack thereof.
"Angel" - Jimi Hendrix
A song about saying goodbye, and trying to be happy about it.
"More Than a Feeling" - Boston
Some may consider this on odd choice in a list of songs about ghosts, but I maintain that "I see my Marianne walking away" is one of the most haunting lines in all of rock music. And then the notes that Delp hits on "She slipped away"--absolutely heart-wrenching! A song I've listened to most of my life, like many of these on this list. Like all songs one listens to over the years the context changes; this one hits me even hard in the years since Brad Delp's suicide.
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