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:
last updated March 2015, MINOR SPOILERS
ETASKI, SIRANA, AUSLAN, SHYNTRE, JAEL, & CRIS-RI-PHON
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.
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.
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
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:
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: