I always listen to music while I write. With CONTROL, the playlist changed and morphed, but a few pieces stayed and had a lasting impact on the feel of my story. Needless to say, Chester Bennington was a huge, HUGE inspiration. I tried to refrain from having nothing but LP on this list, so here goes!
Leave Out All The Rest, by Linkin Park
These lyrics made me think of Zelia’s father:
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I’ve done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed
Feel, by the House of Love
This is an old college favorite of mine, but that aching feeling of impending loss is incredible. Also, the opening lines are so ominous!
You see a sign
It comes to you
And whatever you say
It was in his eyes
Time, by Sarah McLachlan
Okay, so I *think* this song is really about divorce, but these lyrics made me think of the relationship between Zel and her Dad:
But you send your thieves to me
Silently stalking me
Dragging me into your war
Other Side of the World, by KT Tunstall
These lyrics kind of kill me:
Can you help me?
Can you let me go?
And can you still love me
When you can’t see me anymore?
And finally, more LP!
Waiting for the End, by Linkin Park
An instrumental decision that Zelia has to make is reflected in these lyrics:
I know what it takes to move on
I know how it feels to lie
Thanks for listening! I hope you play some of these songs if you read the book someday!