Friday, March 2, 2012

Guest Post: The Music of Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Today, I have Kristen Simmons, author of Article 5, on the blog talking about the music that inspired Article 5. Thanks for stopping by, Kristen! 

Hello Michelle!

Thanks for letting me visit today to talk about one of my favorite things in the world: music!

Music has always been an important part of my life. Even from the time I was a little girl, I remember being inspired by the transporting, transformative properties of songs. Music reaches us on a different level than the spoken word. It evokes something inside of us in a way I don’t think other things can.

When I was writing ARTICLE 5, I listened to a lot of music. Or rather, I listened to a select few songs over and over – once I found the right ones to conjure the right feeling, they stuck. I imagine this was quite annoying for anyone within, say, twenty yards. My husband for instance. Probably better not to ask.

I should clarify – I’m one of those people who can’t actually listen while I write for fear that my head will explode from over stimulation, but while brainstorming (and if you’re a writer you know that every second not actively typing is consumed by thinking about the book), I listened a lot. Here are some of the songs that inspired A5, and make me think of Chase and Ember the second I hear them.

1. Grounds for Divorce -   Elbow
2. Kingdom of Rust  -  Doves
3. Magick  -  Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
4. Call Me When You’re Sober  -  Evanescence
5. Decode  -  Paramore
6. Imaginary  -  Evanescence
7. Runnin’ Wild  -  Airbourne
8. Permanent  -   David Cook
9. For Reasons Unknown  -  The Killers
10. My Immortal  -  Evanescence
11. I Don’t Believe You  -  Pink
12. Hurt  -  Christina Aguilera

Thanks again Michelle, and High-Five for A5!
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