Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday. Today, we have a guest blogger. You are probably all familiar with Tiffany A. White from the Original Vs. Remake series. Today, you’ll get a chance to know a different side of Tiffany.
This post is the introduction of a new blog feature here at Full-Tilt Backwoods Boogie. As a fan of Celebrity Playlists on iTunes, I decided it would be cool to ask my author friends to talk about the music that inspires them. Tiffany is my first
About Tiffany and her Fiction
Tiffany has written a very entertaining book called Football Sweetheart. It’s a Young Adult Mystery/Suspense set in West Texas–the land of the friday night lights.
Though the setting is the Football is King atmosphere of Midland, Texas, you don’t have to be a football fan enjoy the story. The characters are relatable. The events are both horrifying and fascinating. And the mystery will keep you guessing until the very end.
So, without further delay…
First, I’d like to thank Catie for having me and for her continued support. We may not have yet met in person, but I consider Catie one of my close friends. Not only do we chat on social media and co-author a monthly blog series together, but we share real life stories and experiences with one another on a regular basis.
I can’t wait for the day we actually get to have a cup of coffee, a piece of chocolate cake, and visit a haunted location together—she is one of those people that I feel I was destined to meet.
A Playlist? Oh dear.
Originally, Catie asked me to write about a few television shows and/or movies that compared to or held similarities to my young adult mystery Football Sweetheart (since I’m addicted to TV and other things pop culture). However, Catie changed her mind and asked that I do something different—create a music playlist for my book.
Obviously, I’m most comfortable talking about television and movies; anyone that reads my blog, The Ooo Factor, knows this.
But, like most writers, I appreciate a challenge. So how does one go about creating a playlist for one’s novel? Well, I built my list two ways: I included music mentioned in Football Sweetheart AND tunes that I “heard” while writing certain scenes.
So, how did I choose the music mentioned in Football Sweetheart?
I listen to all types of music—the oldies but goodies; lots from the ‘80s and ‘90s; and more recent hits. I do not limit the genre of music either; my MP3 player has a little bit of everything from jazz to country to rock to grunge to hip hop. This variety is evident in the music mentioned in my story.
So, which songs did I include and why?
Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
Cyndi Lauper’s” Girls Just Want to Have Fun” plays in the background in a department store while my protagonist (Aimee) and her friends shop for Homecoming dresses. I feel this classic ‘80s song represents how girlfriends feel when they get together.
The music is carefree and reminds us of our youth and the importance of friendship. I still can’t help but dance when I hear this song.
The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” plays over the car radio while Aimee and her friends are stuck waiting in line at a drive-thru for their late night snack. Much like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” this classic ‘80s hit just oozes fun and gives many a reason to dance.
I selected this song for Football Sweetheart for more than one reason… not just because it’s a great girlfriends’ song, but because one of my best friends and I sang this song in one of those recording studios when we were in high school. If only I could find that tape… yeah, a cassette tape. We’re old.
My protagonist’s best friend (Ella) plays Aerosmith’s “Crazy” in her bedroom the night before she goes missing. I chose to include this song for two reasons: 1) Get a Grip is my favorite Aerosmith record to date, and 2) because the lyrics remind me of high school girls, their secrets, and their intense crushes.
Ella has been keeping secrets from Aimee all summer long; she has had multiple boyfriends and there’s a side to her that even those closest to her are unaware of… which gets her into trouble.
Radiohead’s “Creep” plays in the background during a love scene (don’t worry; Football Sweetheart is a young adult novel and the scene fades to black before anything intense happens) shared between Ella and her current boyfriend (Eric).
This scene shows the intimacy shared between the two teens; it also shows just how special their relationship is. They have a “secret” hideout where they have spent time and taken care with the decor. Plus, it’s their safe place where they not only have sex but also do drugs together—yet another of Ella’s secrets. “Creep” is a sexy and slow song that I felt fit perfectly with the scene and ambiance.
The hip hop (from the ‘90s):
Young MC “Bust a Move”
Young MC’s “Bust a Move” plays at the Homecoming dance while Aimee and her friends “get down” on the dance floor. It may be old, but I felt it was still relevant enough today because it will always be a song that makes people want to get up and shake their booties. Are you wiggling your bottom at all right now?
Snoop Doggy Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” plays in the background while Aimee and her friends party (aka drink) at one of their “spots” after a football game. I chose this song entirely because of the lyrics and the beat… it’s that simple.
The more recent hits:
Cold Play “The Hardest Part”
Cold Play’s “The Hardest Part” plays in the background in Aimee’s bedroom the night she receives some really bad news (no spoilers here—read the book!).
I selected this song not only because of its lyrics, but also because Cold Play is one of my favorite bands. The tune is peaceful and the words sad, exactly how I wanted to portray Aimee at that very moment… like she knew what was going to happen and that it is time to move on.
I also selected a few songs that are not mentioned in Football Sweetheart. These songs represent more the music that I “heard” while writing my novel. I keep typing the word heard inside quotation marks, and that’s because I didn’t necessarily listen to the music as I wrote, but instead imagined these songs playing within the scenes themselves… sort of like a movie’s background music.
Football Sweetheart’s background music:
Football Sweetheart is about a football team, and this is my football music. P.O.D.’s “Boom” reminds me of football…
“Boom! Here comes the Boom!
Ready or not, here comes the boys from the Lasal south.”
Texas Tech plays this song over the loud speakers when the football team, particularly the defense, is running onto the field. “Boom” just makes me want to run out and tackle someone! Oh, and clearly we (Texas Tech and I) have replaced the world Lasal with south.
When I heard The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” for the first time, I knew this was the song that would play at the end if Football Sweetheart was made into a 2-hour television mystery or a major motion picture.
“I belong with you, you belong with me.
You’re my sweetheart.”
And, last but not least, I’ve included my go-to song when I’m having a bad day. Whether it be a bad day because I’m suffering from writers block, or because for whatever reason I feel like my writing is no good, this song always picks me back up.
It’s also my cardio song; it makes me want to push myself beyond my limits. Perhaps it’s partly because of the tone; perhaps it’s because of the lyrics; heck, maybe it’s because I just love the band… period. Regardless, when Catie asked for my playlist, I knew this one would make my list.
After all, if we can’t make ourselves happy, how can we expect someone else to?
If your story was made into a television movie or major motion picture, what music can you “hear” playing in the background? Would it feature more of a particular genre and/or time period, or would it be all over the map like my Football Sweetheart playlist? I’d love to hear from you!
I want to thank Catie for having me, as well as everyone for reading. Better yet, I hope you enjoyed the music! If you like mysteries, football, or young adult reads, please pick up a copy of Football Sweetheart today!
High School Football can be MURDER
Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year. She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it-they’ll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.
Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her. As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella.
Was it Ella’s current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance? Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup? The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella’s journal, but she must break her best friend’s secret code to reveal their identities.
Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed. Ella’s abductor is watching and waiting. Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced-making her the next target?
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