If SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY had a theme song it would be the live version of Rise (Eddie Vedder). My husband made me listen to Rise right after he read the rough draft. I was all, “Aw yay, baby, you GET me! ” I listened to it all through revisions. Before my husband pegged it, I had the theme song set in my head as I SAW A BIRD FLY AWAY by Dar Williams.
But most of the songs on my playlist are associated with a single character. I am so in love with William he got about 900 theme songs, one for every moment of his life. I have limited myself to sharing three.
William: Fisherman’s Blues (The Waterboys) I listened to this song a mentally ill amount when I was first trying to write William. I had it on repeat on my iPod and took a two hour walk around a golf course having imaginary William/Bridget conversations. After that, I wrote the first William scene that I didn’t immediately throw away.
Gone Gone Gone (Phillip Phillips) I love the VIDEO for this song, too. Perfect.
Night Vision Binoculars (Passenger) This is for teenage William, watching Bridget tear up a local park. It makes me crazy that I can’t buy this song for my MP3 player/iPod in this country. Why???
Shandi — Ocean Size Love (Leigh Nash)
Walcott — Ho Hey (The Lumineers)
Paula — The Calculation (Regina Spektor)
Bridget — Days (Kristy Maccoll)
Natty—Mammals (They Might Be Giants)