Little wonder that my own debut novel was so driven and influenced by the music pof the times it’s set in and passes through.
Here are the three songs I chose for each “Act” of the book and why:
In part one I quoted Huey Lewsi and the News “The power of love” :
“Make a bad one good.
Make a wrong one right.
The power of love will keep you home at night.”
Partly because I love the track but mostly because the era that part one of Bobby’s Boy is set in is encapsulated so well in the memories that this song envokes. All the good stuff and all the bad are brought to the fore of my mind’s eye in the openeing 5 seconds of this song. The quote also evokes the love I wanted Tommy to encounter and be changed by
The second act of the book was introduced with the quote
“Oh I would never give up and go home,
beaten and broken.
No, I don’t know who I am anymore,
But I’ll keep on chasing those rainbows.”
from “The Only Enemy that Ever Mattered” by the wonderful Hopeless Heroic. At this stage of the book, tommy was departing on the trip of his life, but he was every bit as much running from his past as he ws barrrelling towards his future.
The last song I used was intended to show the wish to start all over again. Tommy’s been fantasising for so long, and he now lives in a world once more he wishes wasn’t real , but is. The video is a perfect fit also.
Coldplay – “The Scientist”
“Nobody said it was easy.
No-one ever said it would be this hard.
Oh, take me back to the start.”
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