"Storytime" by nightwish

A Finnish heavy metal band I have listened to since 2005, known for operatic singing and classical music arrangements...with long hair and electric guitars.

Speaking of cheerleading, this is my "Author's Anthem."  I wrote "Sisterhood" in 2008 as a stand-alone "private" story.  "Storytime" (from the Deluxe album) was on my playlist in 2011 when I decided to begin Subterrane at readers' request.  It can quickly get me into the mood to write, and to keep going once I start.

A lyric sample might hint at why:

It was the night before/ when all through the world

No words, no dreams, then one day

A writer by a fire/ imagined all of Gaia

Took a journey into a child man's heart

They have an official music video on YouTube, but that version is cut in a few places and doesn't feel as bombastic as the album version that gets me rocking.  I can recommend this one as a "purer" sound:

"Storytime," Deluxe Album version   

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last updated March 2015, MINOR SPOILERS



"Numb" by linkin park

An American rock band whose songs I've heard on the radio ever since their debut in 1996. 

This one is a "two-fer" in that the lyrics can stand for one thing in the story, and the music itself--with the voices treated as additional instruments to an urgent and desperate sound--stands for another. 

First, it fits the tone of the battle with the Warpstone cult in Surfacing Chapter 10.  The high-pitched strings and creepy underlying tones opening the piece had me imagining the cannibals bearing down on our characters within moments of hearing it.  The desperation of the singers' voices fit the fighters holding it together long enough to survive.  Linkin Park has always been pretty good for capturing that feeling.

Second, if you focus on the lyrics...this song will be for Jael by the time the story is finished.

I do recommend the official music video with this one.

"Numb," Official Video

"Counting stars" by onerepublic

An American pop band only recently introduced to me in 2013 by mainstream.

 Similar to Florence, I have not heard most of these guys' music, but this one song of theirs, the entirety of it, struck me immediately as the anthem for Auslan's evolution as a character, starting with an almost sleepwalker reflection and swelling to a crescendo of joy and possibility. 

Some lyrics for Auslan:

Lately I been, I been losing sleep

dreaming about the things that we could be

But baby, I been, I been praying hard

Said no more counting dollars

We'll be, we'll be counting stars

With this one, I actually can and do recommend the official video.

"Counting Stars" Official Video

"free" by faderhead

One guy; a German music producer of electronica dance music.  I have listened to his songs since 2008, shortly after I wrote "Sisterhood."

In contrast to Auslan, a song for Shyntre is much moodier; darker and intense, but not completely without hope.  The lyrics are simple and straightforward, and repeat as I imagine they often do in the wizard's head.

My life is silence/ because you're not listening anyway

Invalidate what I believe/ until there is nothing left to say

I hate the night/ I hate the day

But soon I'll be free

"Free," Album version

"Desert Rose" by sting

British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, philanthropist, please tell me you've heard of this guy?  I liked his songs back when he was with The Police and in the first Dune movie.

This is a complex choice for me.  It represents all the dreams of the red dunes; it represents Cris-ri-phon when he first met his queen, hinting at just how far he's gone from where he started.  It represents a journey that hasn't happened yet for the Elves.

One line in particular always stands out: 

These dreams are tied to a horse that will never die.

 Official video certainly recommended: 

"Desert Rose," Official Video

"no light, no light" by Florence + the machine

An English indie rock band only recently introduced to me in 2013 by mainstream. 

While I have not connected to most of their other songs, this one struck me hard just as I was beginning to write the first chapter of Surfacing.  It was almost a love letter to my blue-eyed DarkElf at that point, and it will fit for her through the rest of the story.

Some lyrics for Sirana:

No light, no light in your bright blue eyes

I never knew daylight could be so violent

A revelation in the light of day

You can't choose what stays and what fades away

Again, an official video exists on YouTube, but some music was cut from it at a particularly strong moment (miffed).  So, I can recommend this one:

"No Light, No Light" Album version