Creating a Book Playlist
When Laura from Once Upon a Twilight invited me to create a playlist for The Vault of Dreamers, I was psyched. In fact, I had one nearly complete. I listen to Pandora and Grooveshark often when I work, and back when I first began drafting Rosie’s story, I opened a new list on Grooveshark specifically for songs that connected me to the novel.
Most often the songs matched a mood from the novel, or a theme or character. “Out Here On My Own” by Irene Cara, for instance, reminds me of the movie Fame, and evokes all the hopes and loneliness of my art students at a new school. “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, a choral piece, has the otherworldly feel of a dreamscape, and at the same time, it suggests unity through its innate quality of many voices working together.
So, for the most part, this list evolved gradually with the novel, but a few of the more recent songs, such as Hozier’s “Like Real People Do,” are included because the playlist wouldn’t be perfect without them.
Edited on March 28, 2018: Grooveshark no longer exists, but the original list of songs is captured in the screenshot below.