Peripeteia: The Soundtrack

If you’ve been around here a while, you know how I roll. Music makes the writing better for me, and I hope it makes the book better for you.

So, here we go again. And, as before, these artists have no idea who I am and have not agreed to be part of my make-believe world. But too bad for them. *sticks out tongue*

I’ve tried to be as spoiler-free as possible:

This first one is a song I listened to on repeat while out walking last fall, when the book was really coming together in my head. Sometimes I have a song that puts me in a certain writing mood or allows my mind to wander over the characters and story. And, I admit, I’m also excited to force people to listen to it–meaning YOU people. So listen! I’m pretty sure you’re gonna want to have a dance party. But the lyrics are awesome (and apt), too.
“Let it Happen” Tame Impala


Chapter 3. Interference Team A and the fire escape.
“War on the East Coast” The New Pornographers


Chapter five. Although, if you want it to be realistic, you should bring it to a screeching halt midway through. Heh. Try as I might, I couldn’t find you a video for this one.
“Crush” Sleigh Bells


Sylvie and Maria. Chapter 27. This song is so lovely and sad and uplifting and just…life.
“Should Have Known Better” Sufjan Stevens


Chapters 22 & 23. For whatever reason, the image of this song being played over those entire scenes both works (in my opinion, of course) and cracks me up.
“The Only Living Boy in New York” Simon and Garfunkel


Chapter 29. “And since there’s a good chance I won’t live to a ripe old age, I don’t want to waste time.”
“On My Way Back Home” Band of Horses


The second half of chapter 29. What can I say? Chapter 29 needed two songs.
“Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” STRFKR


Chapter 45. “Because you might as well dance while you wait.”
I just love this song. Try not to move while you listen to it–not gonna happen.
“El Dia De Suerte” Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon
And, if you’re interested, here are some translated lyrics, although you can find many differing translations. But you’ll get the gist: El Dia De Suerte


Chapter 62. I think you’ll know which part of the chapter I mean.
“I Will Follow You Into the Dark” Death Cab for Cutie



Chapter 79. The pond. Here’s the song I forgot at first posting. It’s not like I haven’t listened to it a zillion times in the past decade or anything, and especially in the past year. *sigh* Those of you who know me well are not surprised by this bit of scatterbrained-osity. (New word!) I love this song so much, and I love it so much for this scene, that I feel guilty about its omission, although, yes, I am aware the song has no feelings. Maybe.

But I’m sorry anyway, “Is This Love?” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I hope you can forgive me. xoxo


Chapter 79. The Vale of Cashmere.
“Videotape” Radiohead
If you’ve been around Radiohead a while, you know this song has had many incarnations. I loved the more intense live versions that came before the studio version, but I also love the studio version, and that’s the version that best fits this part. Anyway, I couldn’t find the official studio version online, but this is basically it, only live. And it’s just as good because Thom Yorke always sounds freaking amazing. (Have I ever mentioned I love Radiohead? Yeah, I didn’t think so.)


Chapters 87-89. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.
“Wolf Like Me” TV on the Radio


Chapter 90. Again, my lips are sealed.
I just love this song so much, and I have for years. This is one of those songs you want played at your memorial. Or I do, at least.
“The Trapeze Swinger” Iron and Wine


The very, very end of the very last chapter. This was the only video I could find of this song’s studio version.
“Next Exit” Interpol 

2 thoughts on “Peripeteia: The Soundtrack

  1. Thank you for this. I don’t always like author’s soundtracks, but I truly love yours. Since I’m a re-reader of your books they add so much to the experience.

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