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Playlist: Science Rocks My World

I am a firm believer that music makes everything better…  whether it’s driving through massive traffic, cleaning house, or summer reading programs. Since my system has gone with the Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme this year (SCIENCE for ALL) I have come up with the ULTIMATE playlist to get myself into the zone for any program we’re having. Got your player ready?

Now, a lot of these are available in various download stores in singles, and some I had from albums already. If you’re going to use them as background for a public program, make sure that you get the rights for the music before playing them- no need to be sued over music. However, there’s no reason why you can’t rock out in the car or in the back room of the library before a program starts, or use it for a killer game of musical chairs in copyright approved snippets. Also, my musical tastes vary like crazy, so if you ARE going to use these in public, be sure to check the lyrics first. Most are OK, but some may not be the most, well, family friendly, depending on the family.

  • Rocket Man by Elton John
  • She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby
  • Quantum Theory by Jarvis Cocker
  • Sounds of Silence by the Beastie Boys
  • Dr. Funkenstein by Parliament
  • Why Does the Sun Shine by They Might Be Giants
  • The Scientist by Coldplay
  • Science by System of a Down
  • Biological by Air
  • Chain Reaction by Diana Ross
  • Atomic by Blondie
  • White and Nerdy by Weird Al
  • Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  • History of Everything by Barenaked Ladies
  • Galvanize by Chemical Brothers
  • Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
  • Element Song (my favorite is by The Animaniacs)
  • Chemical World by Blur
  • Electricity by Suede
  • Beautiful People by Books
  • Glorius Dawn by Carl Sagan
  • Einstein a Go-Go by Landscape
  • Weird Science by Oingo Boingo
  • Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  • All About the Pentiums by Weird Al
  • Space Oddity by David Bowie
  • Spaceship Coupe by Justin Timberlake
  • Rapture by Blondie
  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1 by Flaming Lips
  • Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys
  • Motorway to Roswell by the Pixies
  • Set Controls for the Heart of the Sun by Pink Floyd
  • Germs by Weird Al
  • I Think I’m a Clone Now by Weird Al
  • Slime Creatures from Outer Space by Weird Al
  • Particle Man by They Might Be Giants

What would you add? Share in the comments!

Friday Fill-In: Apocolyptic Playlist

This week has been interesting. One of the two water mains broke in my town Monday night, causing us to massively conserve water on Tuesday (it’s now fixed). A storm came through on Tuesday, and knocked down tree limbs that took out my power on Wednesday. I have a teen lock-in tonight into tomorrow morning with 14 teens who have read 65 hours or more using the Beneath the Surface theme, and have zombie books on display (see the picture above). 

And ever since I awoke on Wednesday to the sounds of chainsaws, I’ve had apocalypse music on the brain. Go braaaaain.

So in honor of all the dysoptia, zombie and horror books we love, I give you the Apocalyptic Playlist. I will be using it for Killer Musical Chairs at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. Any other songs you can think of, share in the comments.

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
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Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
London Calling by The Clash
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

The Four Horsemen by Metallica
Uprising by Muse

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The Final Countdown by Europe
The End by the Beatles
Til the End of the World by U2
Doomsday Clock by Smashing Pumpkins
Don’t Open until Doomsday by The Misfits
I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
The End by My Chemical Romance
Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas

Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Dog Days are Over by Florence + the Machine
Let the Flames Begin by Paramore

It’s the End of the World As We Know It by R.E.M. 

For more music fun to share with your teens, check out this list of 30 bands that teens are loving right now on Huffington Post Teen.  Music is a great way to connect.  For the record, Karen is totally obsessed with The Neighbourhood right now, as is her tween.

Also, check out these Apocalypse Survival Tips that we learned from YA lit.

The Power of Music, a guest post by author Melissa Darnell

Crave, book 1 in The Clann Series

Thank you for having me here today!

The recent movie premier of “Les Miserables” has made me really think about the power of music lately. I realize that for some, having music in their lives every day isn’t that big a deal. But for me, I have always been extremely drawn to music and have to listen to at least an hour or two of it every day or I just don’t “feel right”. Strangely though, if I were a superhero, music would be both my kryptonite AND my power enhancer. Different songs have the ability to instantly make me feel hopeful for the future (like “30 Seconds to Mars’” music video for Closer to the Edge) or make me sob like a baby (Katy Perry’s music video for “The One That Got Away” does it to me every time!). And while I still can’t manage to recall the entire basic multiplication table, I can somehow remember all the words to the classic old school rock n’ roll songs my dad used to play in his automotive repair shop when I was a kid! Maybe that stubborn, gaping disparity in the way my subconscious works explains why I always preferred dancing to trigonometry?
Although my competitive dancing days are long past, music still plays a huge role in my daily life, and this is never truer than when I write.  I’m one of those writers who needs specific music to listen to for every book I write so I can stay in the right mood for each scene…a challenge made even tougher when the hubby and kids do their best to crack me up (which usually happens right when I’m in the middle of writing extra tense conflict!)  So once I’ve plotted out a new novel’s outline, I always sit down and spend a day or two creating a unique playlist for it before I get going on the rough draft.
Consume by Melissa Darnell, book 3 in The Clann Series
Published by Harlequin Teen, 2013
In the case of Consume, book three in my Clann series, I included a few songs from the previous two Clann Series books’ playlists along with new songs. This helped me remember that this story is both a continuation of their romantic saga as well as its conclusion and helped emotionally bring it all around full circle, so to speak.
While the full length, official playlist for Consume won’t be revealed until the novel’s release in September 2013, I can give you a sneak peek at a few of the fairly eclectic mix of songs that will be included, which also hint at some of the major moments to come for Tristan, Savannah, Emily, and the entire Clann Series cast of characters. If you’re a movie soundtrack lover like me, you might also recognize the movies several of these songs were featured in!
“You Must Love Me” by Madonna
“Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars
“Disenchanted” by My Chemical Romance
“I Don’t Care” by Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier
“No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt” by Bedouin Soundclash
“The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)” by Flogging Molly
“Ungodly Hour” by The Fray
“Falling” by The Civil Wars
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Emily Browning
“Heaven” by O.A.R.
“Stand” by Rascal Flatts
“Vox Populi” by 30 Seconds to Mars
“Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey
“Without You” (piano/cello cover version) by The Piano Guys
Of course, the official playlist for Consume is much longer because I usually have one song for every scene and even two or three for the major ones.  But this sneak peek will give you an idea of what’s coming for Tristan and Savannah later this year. 😉
Want to suggest a song of your own for Consume’s playlist? Sometimes I discover the best new-to-me songs for my next book’s playlist because of readers. (For instance, “Bloodstream” by Stateless, the first song listed in Covet’s playlist, was recommended to me by a fan on Facebook.) If you’ve got a favorite song you think is the perfect fit for Tristan and Savannah, I would love to hear from you at www.MelissaDarnell.com, or on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheClannSeries) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/theclannseries).
Once Consume goes on sale in September 2013, its full length playlist, excerpts, and links to its print and ebook versions in the US and abroad will be posted at www.TheClannSeries.com, where you can already find excerpts, playlists, and sales info for the U.S. and international versions of Crave (Clann Series book #1) and Covet (Clann Series book #2), the histories of the Clann and vamp factions, and a whole lot more. Be sure to also follow me at Twitter or Facebook for updates on Consume’s release and full length playlist, which could include YOUR suggested songs too!
For more on book playlists, read this post on The Soundtrack of Your Books

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The Soundtrack of Your Books: When Music and Books Collide

I recently finished reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (which I loved and totally recommend).  The title is a play on the famous (and awesome) song Tiny Dancer by Elton John.  In fact, every chapter title in the book is a musical reference.  This book has a built in playlist, and it is not the only one.

Music is often a huge influence on literature.  When music and teen fiction intersect, and when they do it well, it is an enriching experience.  I’m not just talking about books where the protagonist is trying to be a singer or sings in the shower, but books in which the author has thought about the music and builds the work around a playlist in their minds.  As you read the book, a soundtrack unfolds much like a movie soundtrack.

The soundtrack can be real songs, or those created by the author.  In Where She Went by Gayle Forman, each chapter begins with a reference to lyrics from the album Collateral Damage which is not a real album, but one created for the purposes of propelling the narrative forward.  The lyrics highlight the hurt and anger and healing journey that Adam and Mia take one night in New York.  If You Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman are also excellent, moving reads that I highly recommend you read.

For an excellent example of a book playlist look no further then Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chybosky.

Just Listen is the story of Annabelle Greene.  Annabelle was raped and has lost everything, including her best friend Sophie.  When she meets brutally honest Owen, his love of music leads her on a healing journey.  The playlist plays an important part in helping to create the mood of Dessen’s novel and help to tell the story.  At her blog, Sarah Dessen talks about her playlist and why she choose the songs that she choose.  It’s a fascinating look into the mind of an author as she invites you in to this part of her writing process.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower (coming soon to a theater near you), “Charlie” is a melancholy soul haunted by pain and secrets. Perks is a highly controversial book because of some of its content and subject matter, and it is one of the most frequently stolen book at my old library, but it is a moving story and it speaks to teens.  If you google it, you will find tons of fan art inspired by the book.  And like Just Listen, Perks has a built in playlist which teens discuss and share online.  The playlist helps bring the reader into the story and provides a platform for continuing the discussion.  You can find the playlist for download at playlist.com.

Playlist is a place for teens, any music lover actually, to build an online playlist and share it with others.  It is the Internet version of the mix tape.  Although the methodology has changed, the message is still the same: music is a powerful force and we like to share what moves us with others.  When authors create a playlist in their books, they are building a soundtrack to their story.  Some readers go beyond the page and actually put the soundtrack together and continue the story.

For another example of an amazing intersection of music and books, look no further then Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

A book doesn’t have to have a built in playlist for a reader to create a playlist.  Some songs may remind you of a story or the mood of a piece or personality of a character and you can create your own playlist.  I have always thought that this would be a fun activity for teens to challenge them to create a playlist of their favorite books and invite them to share them online.

More about book playlists and books and music
There is a list of books with playlists at YALSA
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga playlist can be found here
And just for fun, here is a list of songs inspired by books.  It can go both ways
The Hold Me Closer, Necromancer playlist with videos at Just Your Typical Book Blog
Music related teen fiction booklist from Newport Beach
Reading Rants: Deadheads and moshpits – books about being in a band