Music is an important part of my writing process. I have a long history of creating scenes, plot lines and even full stories inspired by songs that just happened to come up on the radio at the right moment, and nearly everything I write ends up with a more or less official playlist.
Love Starved is no different, of course. Underneath is a list of songs I listened to obsessively as I wrote the story – songs that influenced parts of it, or that simply reflect certain moments.
The full playlist, ready to be listened to in its preferred order that mirrors the story lines, requires logging in to Spotify. (Registration is free and allows you to legally listen to the playlist – and tons of other music – as many times as you wish, without shuffling the songs for you.)
8tracks playlist is missing one song, because it can’t contain more than two songs by one artist. It will also shuffle the songs after the first playback, but it doesn’t require registration.
And if you prefer to find the songs yourself – here’s the list:
1. “I’ll Try” – Jonatha Brooke
2. “A Whole New World” – Lea Salonga and Brad Kane
3. “For Your Entertainment” – Adam Lambert [*missing from the 8tracks playlist*]
4. “Whataya Want From Me” – Adam Lambert
5. “Safe and Sound” – Taylor Swift, cover by Julia Sheer
6. “Perfect” – Alanis Morissette
7. “Innocent” – Taylor Swift
8. “Giving It Away” – Mae, acoustic
9. “Underneath” – Adam Lambert
10. “Glitter in the Air” – P!nk
11. “I Do” – Colbie Caillat
Love Starved is released on Tuesday, April 21 – in just two days! I hope you enjoy the journey and that the music leads you farther into the story.
The last song of the story – a happy, bubbly song for a happy ending 🙂 That’s it, the playlist is complete. I will soon post links to the whole thing compiled. But for now – enjoy Colbie Caillat and her “I Do”.
Mae’s acoustic version of Giving It Away has long been among my favorite songs. The scene that this song reflects wasn’t in the initial outline of Love Starved, but as soon as I started writing it, I had this melody in my head.
A theme of past experiences and how they shape and affect our lives as well as our outlooks is a recurring one throughout Love Starved. This song, Taylor Swift’s Innocent, sat in my inspiration playlist for ages, waiting for this particular story to grow from the little plot bunny into something real. Now that the novel is completed, polished and ready to fly into the world, I love how perfectly this song fits.
Perfect by Alanis Morissette is one of those songs that I’ve known and loved for years – decades, really, since it came out in 1995, when I was a teenager. It’s been on the Love Starved playlist from the very first outline of the story.
Safe and Sound is a Taylor Swift’s song, but I first heard it as a cover – this cover, by Tiffany Alvord and Megan Nicole – a couple of years ago, and I have a soft spot for this version.
Love Starved is a bit of a roller-coaster – sweet moments intertwined with heartache, hurt with comfort. This is a song I had on repeat while writing one of the most emotional and satisfying scenes in the book. It’s all about trust, about letting someone in…
If I were to choose the song that affected me most when I was writing Love Starved, this would be it. I’ve listened to it countless times, rewatched the music video time and again, and it still never fails to strike a chord.
Adam Lambert was one of a few artists I was listening to on repeat while writing Love Starved. Some of his songs influenced the plot or the mood, and the three that are on this playlist served as direct inspiration for scenes that I ended up writing (and loving every minute of it).
(It’s a fun coincidence that it’s time for the first of these three songs today, because tonight I’m going to see Queen and Adam Lambert in concert. So excited!)