Unspoken Playlist

 

Must Have Done Something Right, by Relient K

We should get jerseys, cause we make a good team

Kami Glass, girl reporter, and her determined creation of teams, and teamwork! Every girl reporter needs a street team.

 

Just The Girl, by the Click Five

The more she ignores me the more I adore her

Kami’s BFF Angela Montgomery Hates The World.

 

Be My Only, by FM Radio

It isn’t hard to love your scars, because that’s everywhere you’ve been

Jared Lynburn, imaginary friend, Gothic hero, human disaster. Do not let him get attached. Even if you are an inanimate object such as a book or house.

 

Perfect, by Hedley

I’m not perfect, but I keep trying
’Cause that’s what I said I would do from the start

Ash Lynburn, Jared’s cousin, conscientious soul, and the effort he puts in trying to be something he’s not.

 

Supergirl , by Saving Jane

All the boys wanna catch me, but I’m just playing

Holly Prescott, the school’s cheerful femme fatale, and the one the investigative team go to when they need someone to vamp! But also the other girls, too, now and then, when they’re on a roll.

 

Good To Be Me, by Uncle Kracker’

I got it all figured out
I got no worries that I’m worried about

Angela’s brother Rusty Montgomery, his life philosophy. I thought it would be fun to have someone in the sinister Gothic manor who was both incorrigibly lazy and good-humoured.

 

Family Tree, by Matthew West

Are you gonna be like your father was and his father was?
Do you have to carry what they’ve handed down?
No, this is not your legacy, this is not your destiny

There’s a reason the series is called the Lynburn Legacy, and that’s because the Glass-Lynburn-Montgomery-Prescott Legacy was unwieldy. Everyone’s got a family, and terrible secrets that they don’t know—or even worse, they do—and there is always the spectre of history repeating itself. But Jared and Ash Lynburn, the golden boys from the Gothic manor full of secrets, fear their own histories more than most.

 

Your Love Is A Song, by Switchfoot

I’ve been keeping my mind wide open, yeah,
Oh your love is a symphony
All around me, running through me

I know, I know, it’s a religious song, shame on me! But a story about an imaginary friend necessarily involves love of the invisible and yet surrounding. Plus love of the dead but not forgotten, love and faith, what love means: love is a theme.

 

Half of my Heart, John Mayer and Taylor Swift

Half of my heart’s got a real good imagination, half of my heart’s got you

It expresses some of the characters’ uncertainty about love, about how to define it, about the power of imagination. Also it expresses my endless devotion to Taylor Swift.

 

If My Heart Was A House, by Owl City

Wherever you go
If my heart was a house, you’d be home

The series is a lot about home, and what makes a home: a manor, a town, another person, you yourself.

 

Stay Here Forever, Jewel

If you wanna slow down,
We can slow down together

Specifics would be a spoiler. But I read the song as about the push and pull of a relationship, and the potential ease of it. Okay, and Ash Lynburn, the dreamiest boy in dreamyville. [Note: the little English town where the characters live is called Sorry-in-the-Vale. For some reason nobody else liked dreamyville...]

 

Best of Me, by the Letter Black

Finally I’m worth it, though I’m not perfect

This is a song about co-dependence, baby, and born romantics. Memo: my born romantics are almost always boys, and this almost always goes badly for them. There’s something both alarming and seductive about being all wrapped up in someone: you should fight it as well as be drawn to it, I think.

 

Black Dove, by Tori Amos

She never let on how insane it was
In that tiny kind of scary house
By the woods

The song for the Gothic novel, the woods and the house and two fears: the fear that someone is trying to kill you, and the fear of madness.

 

What About Everything, by Carbon Leaf

What about gold beneath the sea?
What about when buildings fall? What about that midnight phone call,
The one that wakes you from your peace?
Well, I am not in need.

The theme song for the series, really: people are scared a lot, and running to each other’s rescue a lot through strange surroundings. Some of them are very damaged. But they’re strong people, too: they learn to be able to trust in their own strength.


AND NOW FOR YOUR DELECTATION… THE SONGS I WAS TOO EMBARRASSED TO INCLUDE ON MY PLAYLIST! I hope you will keep this just between us.

 

I Do Not Hook Up, by Kelly Clarkson
(Don’t look at me like that okay just don’t we all have our secret shame.)

Oh, no, I do not hook up
I fall deep

I kept seeing girls in YA having their first kiss… with boys who seemed to have been smoochin’ all over Europe. So I thought it would be fun to have Jared Lynburn: suspected murderer, voted most likely to burn down the school, tried to beat up the hockey team, never been kissed.

 

Crazy For Now, by Jason Jones
(I have a country music problem, OK?)

All I really wanna do is keep it crazy for now
Don’t wanna grow up don’t wanna give up don’t wanna slow down

Adventures can be scary and terrible things can happen, but I also think adventures should be fun: that there should be some sense of racing adrenalin and humour, and with all the imaginary friend-ing and crime-solving, there has to be a commitment to doing things that other people think are mad.

 

What If, by Colbie Caillat
(and the reason I am embarrassed about this one is that it is SO SAPPY. I am a big sap. Sappy sap sap. I am like a tree, I am so full of it.)

I’ll keep waiting till we meet
What if we were made for each other?

I like this song because it asks a question without making it a certainty: Do soulmates exist? What would having a soulmate be like? How do you decide a certain kind of love is the real thing?

 

Short Skirt Long Jacket, by Cake

I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what’s best

I am just embarrassed because I listen to this song SO MUCH. Ladies who take charge are one of my favourite things.

 

Another Love Song, by Uncle Kracker
(Country music, man. I am a slave 4 it.)

Does the world really need another love song?
Another you don’t know how much I miss you when you’re gone

And that one’s because, well, I wanted to write about romantic love, but of course there are a lot of romances around. I really wanted to write one that felt different, that felt genuinely difficult, that explored the idea of love in its many forms and asked hard questions about what it would really be like. To borrow a phrase from a favourite TV show, Veronica Mars: ‘They don’t write love songs about the ones that come easy.’



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