Woke Up In A Car…and other songs

I’ve been jumping around on projects for the last few weeks, ever since I turned in my last new submission. A chapter here, a chapter there, sometimes on the same project, sometimes not. But for the last week, I’ve stuck with one story, and the idea’s still flowing.

That’s a very convoluted way to tell you I’ve got a new playlist! And I promise, MONO does not make an appearance.

But the Red Hot Chili Peppers do. “Breaking the Girl” popped into my head when I was thinking about the heroine, and how she’s trying to put her life back together after someone took a wrecking ball to it. Same with “Afraid” by The Neighborhood (let’s hear it for stupid band names!). I don’t know what it is about that song, but I listen to it every time it comes on rather than change the station, even though it’s almost simplistic, both in melody and lyric wise. (Yes, I still listen to the radio. The actual radio. With a dial and everything.)

We head back to the 90’s for “Rooster” by Alice in Chains and “Rain King” by Counting Crows. Then there’s a 90’s-esque song off the new Pearl Jam album, “Pendulum”. I am not a Pearl Jam fan. Never have been, doubtful I ever will be. One of the few songs that I could stand, though, was “Crazy Mary”, and if you listen to “Pendulum”, you’ll hear a lot of similarities, specifically in the overall tone.

It wouldn’t be me if there weren’t a few songs meant to make you think of bedroom games. Probably the most overt is Rhianna’s “Pour It Up”. Have you seen the video for that song? Pure sex. Not just sex, but raunchy sex. Gangsta-filthy sex. The exact opposite of that would have to be “Breathe Me” by Sia. I adore this song. Like MONO’s “A Speeding Car”, it’s heartbreak sex, desperate, painful, and raw. I dare you to listen to that song and not get a lump in your throat.

I’ve been on a theme song kick lately, finding songs for stories that could double as their theme songs. The one I picked for this particular project is “Woke Up In A Car” by Something Corporate. Part of the story is she’s been moving from place to place for the last year, trying to find solace, and there’s something about “Woke Up In A Car” that just fits perfectly, especially the line I met a girl who kept tattoos/ For homes that she had loved. She’s covering her skin in ink that reminds her of places, things, people who impacted her life as she travels around, so yeah, this is her theme song.



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