In My Life - the Soundtrack, TSSoE

Music played a big part in the writing of The Secret Side of Empty, both from the way I envisioned certain scenes to songs that put me in the right mood for writing.  Since the story is inspired by my own story, there are a few songs, there are a few “oldies” mixed in.

Here are my favorites:

The Smiths song “Here Comes Your Man” makes me think of a certain mood that the main character has when she’s around her boyfriend, like she wants to impress him and be more than she is.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDzDm-KGCs4

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – M.T., the protagonist, goes to visit a friend in college (even though she’s in high school) and goes to see an a singing group.  They do a capella stuff.  It’s so deeply unhip that it’s cool:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0iw89L6aFo  I once saw an all-guys singing group do this in a college I visited and the moment always stuck with me.

One Republic’s “Stop and Stare.”  I love how this song builds.  I bet M.T. and Nate, the couple in the love story in The Secret Side of Empty, had this playing in the background while they were kissing one day:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwd6UHasXP4

M.T. likes to ride her bike a lot.  She listens to this song while doing it.  It’s moody and vibey:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l8PSdxy-_s

There is a character named Josh who decides he’s going to take on M.T.’s “musical education” by sending her links to obscure songs.  (I think he has a bit of a crush on her, but he’s got a girlfriend and she’s got a boyfriend).  Here is one song he sends her:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6etaa5hovA

This is another song Josh meant to send but which didn’t make it into the book. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AVd5RVukcs M.T. goes through a lot of hard times through the book.  When she is really feeling down she listens to songs like this one.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqy7SnE-i1c

M.T. doesn’t particularly celebrate her Latina heritage at the start of the book, but when she’s hanging out with her friends she does get into this song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zp1TbLFPp8

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