So if you read my last post, today’s topic shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to you. I can’t start a project until the playlist is put together, and with this one, I got to indulge in all the electronica I’ve been listening to lately and combine it with some end of the world type songs. Yippee!
My new work in progress, tentatively titled Touch, takes place in a future where humans no longer have need for in person contact. It’s been fun imagining what would happen the first time someone actually touches another human and finding new ways to describe feelings like fear, when the word itself has been eliminated from the lexicon. Anyway. You wanted to hear about the songs, right?
I have to start off with Jamiraquai’s “Virtual Insanity”, because it’s just downright perfect for a story set in the future. Jason Kay’s lyrics, especially the chorus, have me picturing someone standing there, shaking his head in disbelief that we’ve become so far removed from reality that virtual reality is our reality. Depressing, huh?
“Gone”, by U2, might not be an obvious choice for a post-apoc futuristic type story, but I’d argue the song, off their 1998 album Pop, is a great fit. The hypnotic, slinky beat combining with Bono’s lyrics about thinking you’ve got everything you’ve wanted and realizing you don’t have it means it’s exactly what I’m looking for.
Then we get into some of the more electronica-heavy stuff, like “The Unbreakable” by BT featuring Rob Dickinson. I’ve been listening to BT’s album These Hopeful Machines on repeat lately, and Dickinson’s voice just gives me chills. This song, like “Always”, has a burst of melodic glory that has me picturing an epic race for freedom. Same with “What the Water Gave Me”, by Florence + the Machine. Florence seems to have two settings: epic and MOAR EPIC. “Water” is slightly less epic than some of the other songs on the album Ceremonials, but paired with “The Unbreakable” and you’ve got some pretty epic escaping going on (along with a whole lot of epic).
And of course, this is me we’re talking about, so Touch is a romance. Fiona Apple’s “Hot Knife” is her most overt song to date about sexuality, and fits well with the overall theme of the story. “Hot Cookin'” makes the list because G Love is incapable of releasing an album without including at least one sexually charged song on it, and this is one of my favorites.
Finally, we make it to the post-apoc songs, and of all the songs on the playlist, “Hands in the Sky (Big Shot)” by Straylight Run is probably the best one, melody-wise, that captures the paranoia that ramps up toward the end of the story, when they’re realizing they can’t go back to the way they’d lived before and have to find a way to freedom before someone finds them.
I know I can’t possibly be the only person who makes playlists for their writing projects-so tell me what you’re writing to now 🙂