With The Secrets of the Vanmars new edition just out, I thought I’d finally unveil my series playlist! While I don’t listen to music while I write (I have concentration issues), I have been known to compile playlists and rock out to them while working through writer’s block. Here are a few song I find inspirational for the Argetallam Saga.
A New Day Dawning ~ Celtic Thunder
This our land, this is where we belong
And here we are destined to be
This is our land where our fathers have spilled
Their blood and their sweat and their tears
We’ll drive the invader back over the sea
Again and again and again and again
Ignore the oceanic reference and this might as well be Brevia’s national anthem. The talk of fighting off invasions, generational love of kingdom and country all fit perfectly for the people of Brevia.
Because of You ~ Kelly Clarkson
Because of you, I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you, I play it on the safe side so I don’t get hurt
Because of you, I find it hard to trust not only me but everyone around me
Because of you, I am afraid
I first heard this song years ago when I started work on the earlier books. It makes me think of Janir and Lucan talking about their father and all the ways he’s ruined their outlook on the world—especially Lucan.
Young and Beautiful ~ Lana Del Rey
Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me when I’ve got nothing but my aching soul?
When I heard this, I couldn’t help think of Janir and Saoven. In my mind, this is their official song and it brings to mind their struggles with disproportionate lifespans and their sweet, innocent romance.
Look at Me ~ Celtic Thunder
Look at me! I’m bold and I’m charming, debonair, and disarming!
That’s me to a “t”!
Cocky and overconfident. It kind of reminds you of Karile, doesn’t it?
Hail the Hero ~ Celtic Thunder
Hail the hero—strong and true!
Fought the fight and saw it through
Swore he’d never be a slave
And gave his life
Our land to save
Everything about this makes me think of something the Argetallams would sing on patriotic holidays and celebrations. Very martial, lots of drums, and brimming with a sense of ethnic pride. (Yes. I listen to lots of Celtic Thunder.)