Music Monday – Spring’s iPod

Music always plays an important role when I’m writing a book, and I always, always make a playlist for my stories. Back in the day before iTunes or Spotify, I used to burn CD’s. I call them my “songs from and inspired by [insert title].”
DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE is special because it has three playlists. One for the story: songs that move the plot along and songs that might be playing in certain scenes. Because my two main characters–Spring and Henry–are really into music but their tastes are so different, I naturally had to give each of them their own playlist. What’s doubley fun is Henry’s playlist is actually one he made for Spring in the book. But…more on that later. ūüôā
(to see Henry’s Playlist contest, clicky HERE)
Spring’s taste in music leans toward the female musician, everything from angry rocker chicks (because sometimes it feels good to be ticked off) to cool coffeehouse guitar songbirds. Check out the tracks you might Spring jamming to…before Henry’s musical education, that is.
Spring’s iPod:
“Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato

“All I Really Want” by Alanis Morissette

“Ignorance” by Paramore
“Built this Way” by Samantha Ronson
“Morningside” by Sara Bareilles

“Extraordinary” by Liv Phair

“Closer” by The Corrs
“Walk Over Me” by Dirty Blonde
“Chivas” by Kelly Clarkson
“Narcissus” by Alanis Morissette
“Out of Reach” by Gabrielle
“Ex-Girlfriend” by No Doubt
“The Only Exception” by Paramore
“Criminal” by Fiona Apple
“Overboard” by Ingrid Michaelson
“So Pure” by Alanis Morissette
“True Love” by P!nk
“Still Into You” by Paramore

Music Monday – Spring’s iPod

Music always plays an important role when I’m writing a book, and I always, always make a playlist for my stories. Back in the day before iTunes or Spotify, I used to burn CD’s. I call them my “songs from and inspired by [insert title].”
DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE is special because it has three playlists. One for the story: songs that move the plot along and songs that might be playing in certain scenes. Because my two main characters–Spring and Henry–are really into music but their tastes are so different, I naturally had to give each of them their own playlist. What’s doubley fun is Henry’s playlist is actually one he made for Spring in the book. But…more on that later. ūüôā
(to see Henry’s Playlist contest, clicky HERE)
Spring’s taste in music leans toward the female musician, everything from angry rocker chicks (because sometimes it feels good to be ticked off) to cool coffeehouse guitar songbirds. Check out the tracks you might Spring jamming to…before Henry’s musical education, that is.
Spring’s iPod:
“Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato

“All I Really Want” by Alanis Morissette

“Ignorance” by Paramore
“Built this Way” by Samantha Ronson
“Morningside” by Sara Bareilles

“Extraordinary” by Liv Phair

“Closer” by The Corrs
“Walk Over Me” by Dirty Blonde
“Chivas” by Kelly Clarkson
“Narcissus” by Alanis Morissette
“Out of Reach” by Gabrielle
“Ex-Girlfriend” by No Doubt
“The Only Exception” by Paramore
“Criminal” by Fiona Apple
“Overboard” by Ingrid Michaelson
“So Pure” by Alanis Morissette
“True Love” by P!nk
“Still Into You” by Paramore

Musical Pleasures

Thanks to my parents and older siblings, music was always playing in our house. (Like this, this & this.) We took piano lessons and we each learned a different musical instrument. And most of us were at least semi-talented vocally. We were HUGE music lovers and appreciators, if nothing else. Plus, there were those Rodgers & Hammerstein and Hayley Mills movie musicals that played practically non-stop on at least one TV set.

Ergo, my obsession with music developed pretty early. I wore the grooves off “Sneaky Snake” and “Hound Dog” by the time I was eight. (Incidentally, not until I was much older, did I realize that this version of “Hound Dog,” was not by Elvis, but was a cover by “The Big Bop” – not to be confused with The Big Bopper.)¬†

I made my first “mix tape” when I was ten. It was a 60-minute Memorex with a black label, with songs recorded straight from the radio, complete with the beginnings and ends cut off, as well as the radio DJ’s talking over the intros.

Earlier today, I had a particular song on repeat. After a while, I wondered how many times it had played. Thanks to the wonders of  iTunes, the number of times an individual track is played is actually recorded and stored as part of your library. Curious, I checked out my tracks in the order of the number of plays. The list was not surprising. But it got me thinking. . . . 
If I’d had access to such a “counter” my entire life, what songs would’ve been played the most?¬†
Interesting idea. 
So I thought back to the major chunks of my life, remembering what songs were important to me. Meaning, what music did I play over and over and over until the tape broke? 

In chronological order, here are the songs that would probably be at the very tip-top of my iTunes “plays” counter list during my formative years:
Elementary School:
The Lonely Goatherd – The Sound of Music
Billy Jean РMichael Jackson 
Junior High:
High School:
Monkey – George Michael
Pour Some Sugar on Me РDef Leppard 
Lost in your Eyes – Debbie Gibson
College:

And just because I love lists so much (and in the spirit of full, embarrassing disclosure), here are the songs that compile my current Top Ten Most Played, according to iTunes:


I’m curious. What do you think is on the top of YOUR most-played “iTunes of all times” list?¬†
Do share. . . .

Musical Pleasures

Thanks to my parents and older siblings, music was always playing in our house. (Like this, this & this.) We took piano lessons and we each learned a different musical instrument. And most of us were at least semi-talented vocally. We were HUGE music lovers and appreciators, if nothing else. Plus, there were those Rodgers & Hammerstein and Hayley Mills movie musicals that played practically non-stop on at least one TV set.

Ergo, my obsession with music developed pretty early. I wore the grooves off “Sneaky Snake” and “Hound Dog” by the time I was eight. (Incidentally, not until I was much older, did I realize that this version of “Hound Dog,” was not by Elvis, but was a cover by “The Big Bop” – not to be confused with The Big Bopper.)¬†

I made my first “mix tape” when I was ten. It was a 60-minute Memorex with a black label, with songs recorded straight from the radio, complete with the beginnings and ends cut off, as well as the radio DJ’s talking over the intros.

Earlier today, I had a particular song on repeat. After a while, I wondered how many times it had played. Thanks to the wonders of  iTunes, the number of times an individual track is played is actually recorded and stored as part of your library. Curious, I checked out my tracks in the order of the number of plays. The list was not surprising. But it got me thinking. . . . 
If I’d had access to such a “counter” my entire life, what songs would’ve been played the most?¬†
Interesting idea. 
So I thought back to the major chunks of my life, remembering what songs were important to me. Meaning, what music did I play over and over and over until the tape broke? 

In chronological order, here are the songs that would probably be at the very tip-top of my iTunes “plays” counter list during my formative years:
Elementary School:
The Lonely Goatherd – The Sound of Music
Billy Jean РMichael Jackson 
Junior High:
High School:
Monkey – George Michael
Pour Some Sugar on Me РDef Leppard 
Lost in your Eyes – Debbie Gibson
College:

And just because I love lists so much (and in the spirit of full, embarrassing disclosure), here are the songs that compile my current Top Ten Most Played, according to iTunes:


I’m curious. What do you think is on the top of YOUR most-played “iTunes of all times” list?¬†
Do share. . . .

Writing Inspirations – Alanis Morissette

Why I heart Alanis

“Just make sure you don’t tell on me¬†
especially to members of your family,
We best keep this to ourselves 
and not tell any members of our inner posse,
I wish I could tell the world 
cuz you’re such a pretty thing when you’re done up properly ,
I might want to marry you one day 
if you’d watch that weight and you keep your firm body…”

Writing Inspirations – Alanis Morissette

Why I heart Alanis

“Just make sure you don’t tell on me¬†
especially to members of your family,
We best keep this to ourselves 
and not tell any members of our inner posse,
I wish I could tell the world 
cuz you’re such a pretty thing when you’re done up properly ,
I might want to marry you one day 
if you’d watch that weight and you keep your firm body…”