Another playlist full of the music that helped me get my characters, setting, and the mood JUST right in my newest novel, Saving Miss Everly. I had so much fun putting this one together, and this playlist really was a life-saver....
Happy Now, by Zedd, Elley Duhe
Hope's song. She finally has what she wants. She's far away from all she's ever known. Yet she's still faced with problems, unpleasant moments, and then - a tragedy. Stranded upon an island. Will rescue come?
Secrets, by One Republic
Pretty obvious. Hope is full of secrets, pretending to be someone else, and she's keeping so much of herself hidden from the man who very well may be the other half of her soul.
In Love Again, by Colbie Caillat
Hope is starting to have feelings for Alejandro, but she's terrified of what it means to give her heart (her freedom?) into another person's care.
Dark Runs Out, by Amy Stroup
This one reminds me of the scene in which there's a storm, necessitating that all the castaways huddle together in the darkness. During this frightening evening, Hope and Alejandro grow closer than ever.
Heart's Content, by Brandi Carlile
This is Alejandro's argument with himself, I think. What's the point of love when you're stuck where you are? What's the point of hoping for something he thinks he will never have again?
Cough Syrup, by Young the Giant
This is Alejandro when Hope first meets him. He has no faith in rescue, no hope of being saved, and he's pretty much over the rules of Society. It amused me to hear the lyric "these fishes in the sea they're staring at me" when that's pretty much the only company he's had in over a year. Fish. The poor man is just so worn down. This song captures that feeling.
Never Gonna Let You Down, by Colbie Caillat
Hope's response to Alejandro: I'm going to help you find your hope, your happiness, your laughter. She makes a promise to herself, and so to him, to help him remember his faith and to look for reasons to find joy.
Brighter Than the Sun, by Colbie Caillat
Hope KNOWS. She knows, without a doubt, that she's in love. How did it happen this way? If she hadn't found Alejandro on the island, would they have met somewhere else? "Lighting strikes the heart," indeed. He's everything she needs, everything she wants, in the man who will possess her heart.
Feels Like Home, by Chantal Kreviazuk
This is Alejandro, falling deeply, and finding peace again. No matter what comes next, if he's with Hope, he's going to be all right.
Thinking of You, by Greg Holden
After Hope leaves, this is the state of Alejandro's mind. She's gone and he aches for her, misses her, cannot believe he let her go. But his honor demanded it. He couldn't take her in his arms, couldn't take her home, because he doesn't know what's waiting for him.
There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back, by Shawn Mendes
And here we are, at last. He adores her, he's going after her, he loves her spirit of adventure and will do anything, whatever it takes, to make Hope his bride.
Love, by American Authors
Hope pines for Alejandro and starts making plans to get him back. Whatever it takes. She will go after him, if he won't come for her. She walks along the beach ever day, planning for the moment she will see him again.
Touch the Sky, From "Brave," by Julie Fowlis
This is Hope's theme song. This is the spirit of adventure, of light and life, that sings in her heart every moment of every day. She cannot keep still. The wind lifts and carries her heart and she follows, happily and without reservation. She is free.
And the Birds Sing, by Tyrone Wells
This is more for the island than anything. Just before the fire. When things are looking better. The castaways are figuring things out, establishing a routine, doing better and better. And Alejandro is starting to relax, his eyes on a certain young lady.
Out of My Soul, by Helen Jane Long
Instrumental. Alejandro, sailing across the sea to find his love.
Dueles, by Jesse & Joy
In Spanish, I adore this song. It was Alejandro's theme while I wrote their love story. It is about being broken, being in love, quitting, memories. It's everything he's feeling and how afraid he is to love, because first he has to have hope.
Unexpected Love, by Matt Wertz
After they are together again. :-) They're lucky, they're blessed, they're together, and everything is finally wonderful. "Midnight, you're the moon/You're the tide int he ocean/Pulling me right into you." I adore those lyrics!
I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You, by Tina Arena and Marc Anthony
Again. And again. And again. I listened to this song all by itself, on repeat, as I wrote out the summary of this novel. I love the movie, The Mask of Zorro, which is where it comes from. The song has the right flavor, the right spirit, to these two. They've been on an adventure, found love, and the adventure of their lives is now ahead of them - the adventure of marriage and always, forevermore, being together.
I hope you enjoy my song selection for this novel. Listen to it on Spotify right here.
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