Name that tune … the one that captures the essence of your book
If there were one song… For Day 18 of the 5-Week Author Blog Challenge, we add music to the publishing mix. All 35 posts for this Challenge will be focused on writing, publishing, and book marketing. I hope you’ll stick around through all 35 posts. And if you want to take part, come on in – the water is great! You can register here.
Day 18 writing prompt:
If there were one song that captured the meaning, spirit, message, energy, and or substance of your book, what would it be? How can you use that song or piece of music to market your book or enhance your readers’ experience with your book?
So the idea for this prompt came as I was scratching my head to think of an icebreaker for a networking-only meeting of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup. A novel (ha – pun intended?!) way to introduce their books that would help others remember them. It was a fun exchange that actually resulted in an earlier post right here on the Marcie Brock blog. Click the link to see some of the books and songs members of our group introduced that night.
My song choice to introduce Stan Finds Himself on the Other Side of the World was the rather on-the-nose “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Perhaps more famously played by Peter Paul and Mary, it was John Denver who wrote the song, and the artist I think about when I hear – or look for – it.
So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go
However, in giving the topic slightly more thought for this blog post, I came up with several other songs that also speak to, hint at, or generally describe the reasons, feelings, and decisions Stan makes throughout his travels. There are dozens of lists of travel songs out there – this one is mine.
When I think of this song, I’m reminded of my musician husband’s recent off-the-cuff quip: “Have you noticed that no one really writes songs about rambling anymore?” Of course, this quintessential Zeppelin song is hardly your average ballad, now is it?
Ramble on and now’s the time, the time is now, to sing my song
I’m going around the world, I got to find my girl, on my way
I’ve been this way ten years to the day ramble on
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams
Of course, it’s the postcards, message, and I Nine’s clear, beautiful voice that captured my attention with “Same in Any Language.”
Those postcards I sent to Birmingham,
All the way from those windows of Amsterdam,
I copped a gram from Dappersan
Just to fall at her man in another jam,
Oh oh yeah.
It’s the same in any language,
A brother is a brother if there’s one thing I know,
It’s the same in any language,
Wherever you go.
And regardless of the topic, I’d probably never, ever make a song list (or an MP3 playlist, for that matter) that didn’t include a U2 song. Fortunately, “Where the Streets Have No Name” is a perfect fit for this list.
I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I wanna reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name
Coincidentally perhaps, as I was driving East, leaving the quiet desert of Tucson for the bright lights of NYC and the Tri-State area, Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway” was getting near-constant airplay. Today, I prefer the Rascal Flatts’ version…
Through all these cities and all these towns
It’s in my blood and it’s all around
I love you now like I loved you then
This is the road and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver’s lights
Knock me down get back up again
You’re in my blood
I’m not a lonely man
And although Stan’s travels would hardly be described as a mere vacation, as a child of the 80s, I’d be utterly remiss if I neglected to include The Go-Go’s on this list, now wouldn’t I?
A week without you
Thought I’d forget
Two weeks without you and I
Still haven’t gotten over you yet
Travel songs. None of these is mentioned in the book – and a number of songs do make it into the story at various places. But songs that bring to mind the theme of the book. Traveling, rambling, learning, growing, grieving, relating…
What song(s) would you use to promote your book or enhance your book signing? Tell us in the Comments section below!
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