Anyway, back to the reason I am here—music. If it hadn't been for music, my first novel, Good Intentions, probably never would have been written. I'd had the idea for the story in my head for quite a while and there it was staying. Then, a radio station switched formats to playing all 90's music (it has since switched again and I'm devastated). You see, for me, the 90's are my favorite music. It is the music of my high school and college years. Hearing a song can bring me right back to those carefree days. And so it did. Listening to that music, I decided to set the story idea in the late 1990's in Boston, which is where I was at that time in my life. And viola, Good Intentions came to be.
Music plays a large part in the story. There are various scenes with specific songs listed in the book. I could not imagine the story taking place without the music in the background. I wrote the whole book listening to 90's music. As a result, I have quite the playlist for the book. I like to think of it as a soundtrack.
However, when I was writing my second book, Hold Her Down, the tone of the book was much more serious. I could not listen to music while writing. As a result, there is very little music in that story. I shifted gears again for my third novel (which will be released in September). I had music going the whole time. Music so influenced my writing in that one that I was able to come up with not one but two playlists for it. Perhaps I can stop back in a few months and share those songs with you then.
So, without further ado, here is my "soundtrack" for Good Intentions.
- "Good Intentions" by Toad the Wet Sprocket (this one was kind of obvious)
- "Dancin' in the Light" by Entrain. This was a local band that was one of my favorites when I was in college. I used to go see them play all the time. Their CD, Can U Get It? was always played before I went out.
- "I Like to Move It" by Reel 2 Reel
- "Cotton-Eyed Joe" by Rednex
- "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver. Okay, this is not from the 90's, but my favorite bar in college played this almost every Saturday night.
- "Wannabe" by Spice Girls.
- "Groove is in the Heart" by Dee Light
- "Laid" by James
- "Crash Into Me" by Dave Matthews Band—Their album, Crash, pretty much defined my college years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k7in-9E3ImQ
- "Say Goodbye" by Dave Matthews Band
- "Better Man" by Pearl Jam
- "Black" by Pearl Jam
- "Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
- "Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude" by Jimmy Buffett
- "The Thong Song" by Sisqo
- "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham
- "Ground on Down" by Ben Harper
I hope you enjoy this somewhat eclectic selection of music that motivates and moves Maggie Miller in Good Intentions. Keep them in mind while reading!