Music inspires and enhances my writing in a profound way. Sometimes a single phrase in a song prompts me to create an entire complicated story arc. Other times I've already written something, then hear a song that matches it so well I end up weak-kneed and breathless, wondering how the lyricist invaded my brain. My methodology is akin to transcribing movies starring the characters living in my head, so there's frequently a background soundtrack to match.

The songs below all pertain to the events of the associated chapters, either by a few lines, by the dynamics of the tune, or perhaps even the entire song. Some songs may have been written with a particular intention that doesn't match my listing; for instance, I'm aware that many Lifehouse lyrics are religious, but I choose to interpret them differently. I am reserving story comments to avoid spoilers, but spoiler-sensitive readers may wish to avoid looking at the list until after reading the book since some titles are obvious in and of themselves.

When available, I have linked to official videos/clips and purchase links for the songs. This is a personal list and in no way reflects endorsement by any artist, publisher, or other entity. I highly encourage all interested fans to support these artists by purchasing their music.

Chapter Title/Artist Purchase Links
All "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol
(Note that all official videos are missing a fairly important line but I've linked complete MP3 versions to the right.)
Chasing Cars - Up to Now: Buy from iTunes Chasing Cars: Buy from Amazon
1 "Have A Cuppa Tea" by Great Big Sea
(Originally by The Kinks but this is my preferred version.)
Have a Cuppa Tea - Safe Upon the Shore (Bonus Track Version): Buy from iTunes Have a Cuppa Tea: Buy from Amazon
"Symphony No. 13 In F Major, K. 112: II. Andante" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 13 in F major, K. 112: II. Andante - Mozart, W.A.: Complete Symphonies: Buy from iTunes Symphony No. 13 In F Major, K. 112: II. Andante: Buy from Amazon
2 "Out of Breath" by Lifehouse Out of Breath - Stanley Climbfall: Buy at iTunes Out of Breath: Buy from Amazon
"Blackbird" by The Beatles Blackbird - The Beatles (White Album): Buy on iTunes
3 "Broken" by Lifehouse
(Note that the official video is the "New Version", but I prefer the original album version, which is linked to the right.)
Broken - Who We Are: Buy on iTunes Broken: Buy from Amazon
4 "Somewhere in Between" by Lifehouse Somewhere In Between - No Name Face: Buy from iTunes Somewhere In Between: Buy from Amazon
5 "Kind and Generous" by Natalie Merchant Kind and Generous - Ophelia: Buy from iTunes Kind and Generous: Buy from Amazon
"Tango to Evora" by Loreena McKennitt Tango to Evora - The Visit: Buy from iTunes
"Burning Times" by Elaine Silver Burning Times - Faerie Goddess: Buy from iTunes Burning Times: Buy from Amazon
"Make the World Safe" by The Whitlams
6 "Smile" by Uncle Kracker Smile - Happy Hour: Buy from iTunes Smile: Buy from Amazon
7 "The Science Frontier" by Monty Harper Science Frontier - Songs from the Science Frontier: Buy from iTunes The Science Frontier: Buy from Amazon
8 "Your Guardian Angel" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Your Guardian Angel - Your Guardian Angel - Single: Buy from iTunes Your Guardian Angel: Buy from Amazon
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water - Bridge Over Troubled Water: Buy from iTunes Bridge Over Troubled Water: Buy from Amazon
9 "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling In Love - The Essential Elvis Presley (Remastered): Buy from iTunes Can't Help Falling in Love: Buy from Amazon
"She's So High" by Tal Bachman She's So High - Tal Bachman: Buy from iTunes She's So High: Buy from Amazon
"Dance of the Hours" by Amilcare Ponchielli from "La Gioconda, Act 3, Scene 2" Dance of the Hours (Instrumental) - Silly Classical Songs: Buy from iTunes Dance of the Hours: Buy from Amazon
9 and 12 "Waltz of the Flowers" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky from "The Nutcracker" The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: X. Waltz of the Flowers - Tchaikovsky: the Nutcracker & Swan Lake Suites: Buy from iTunes Waltz of the Flowers: Buy from Amazon
10 "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin Cat's In the Cradle - The Gold Medal Collection: Buy from iTunes Cat's in the Cradle: Buy from Amazon
"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera Beautiful - Stripped: Buy from iTunes Beautiful: Buy from Amazon
11 "Bad Moon Rising" by Credence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Complete Collection: Buy from iTunes Bad Moon Rising: Buy from Amazon
12 "Sleeping Beauty Waltz" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky from "The Sleeping Beauty" Sleeping Beauty: Waltz - Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty: Buy from iTunes Sleeping Beauty Waltz: Buy from Amazon
"Wiener Blut/Vienna Blood Waltz" by Johann Strauss II Vienna Blood Waltz - Top 200 Classics – the Very Best of Classical Music: Buy from iTunes Wiener Blut/Vienna Blood Waltz: Buy from Amazon
"You and Me" by Lifehouse You and Me - Lifehouse: Buy from iTunes You and Me: Buy from Amazon
13 "Whatever It Takes" by Lifehouse Whatever It Takes - Who We Are: Buy from iTunes Whatever It Takes: Buy from Amazon
"Out of My Head" by Fastball Out of My Head - All the Pain Money Can Buy: Buy from iTunes Out of My Head: Buy from Amazon
14 "Storm" by Lifehouse Storm - Who We Are: Buy from iTunes Storm: Buy from Amazon
15 "First Time" by Lifehouse First Time - Who We Are: Buy from iTunes First Time: Buy from Amazon
"Brahms's Lullaby" by Johannes Brahms Brahms' Lullaby - Brahms' Lullaby and Other Classical Music for Children: Buy from iTunes Brahms's Lullaby: Buy from Amazon
16 "Annie's Song" by John Denver
(Note that my preferred version of this song is the more mature re-release on The Best of John Denver, but that was CD only and out of print, so I've linked the closest possible MP3 version to the right.)
Annie's Song - John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits: Buy from iTunes Annie's Song: Buy from Amazon
"Sentimental Journey" by Doris Day Sentimental Journey - Sentimental Journey: Buy from iTunes Sentimental Journey: Buy from Amazon
"Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin Beyond The Sea - Beyond The Sea: Buy from iTunes Beyond the Sea: Buy from Amazon
"Somewhere My Love" by Connie Francis
"When I Fall In Love" by Nat King Cole When I Fall In Love - The Very Best of Nat King Cole: Buy from iTunes When I Fall In Love: Buy from Amazon
"Some Enchanted Evening" by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein from "South Pacific" Some Enchanted Evening - Andy Williams Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein: Buy from iTunes Some Enchanted Evening: Buy from Amazon
"Fly Me To the Moon" by Frank Sinatra Fly Me to the Moon - It Might As Well Be Swing: Buy from iTunes Fly Me To the Moon: Buy from Amazon
"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody - The Very Best of the Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody: Buy from iTunes Unchained Melody: Buy from Amazon
"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley Love Me Tender - Elvis: 30 #1 Hits: Buy from iTunes Love Me Tender: Buy from Amazon
17 "Ice Cream" by Sarah McLachlan Ice Cream - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Legacy Edition) [Audio Version]: Buy from iTunes Ice Cream: Buy from Amazon
"All In" by Lifehouse All In - Smoke & Mirrors (Deluxe Version): Buy from iTunes All In: Buy from Amazon
18 "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner I Want to Know What Love Is - Agent Provocateur: Buy from iTunes I Want to Know What Love Is: Buy from Amazon
"Come on Get Higher" by Matt Nathanson Come On Get Higher - Some Mad Hope: Buy from iTunes Come on Get Higher: Buy from Amazon
"Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits: Buy from iTunes Natural Woman: Buy from Amazon
"Need You Tonight" by INXS Need You Tonight - Kick: Buy from iTunes Need You Tonight: Buy from Amazon
19 "My Immortal" by Evanescence My Immortal - Fallen: Buy from iTunes My Immortal: Buy from Amazon
20 "Snow" by Loreena McKennitt Snow - A Winter Garden - Five Songs for the Season - EP: Buy from iTunes Snow: Buy from Amazon
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Monty Python
(Video is from the live concert DVD, but the MP3 links are from "Monty Python Sings".)
Always Look On the Bright Side of Life - Monty Python Sings: Buy from iTunes Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: Buy from Amazon
21 "Stand My Ground" by Within Temptation Stand My Ground - The Silent Force: Buy from iTunes Stand My Ground: Buy from Amazon
22 "Better Days" by Goo Goo Dolls Better Days - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - The Singles: Buy from iTunes Better Days: Buy from Amazon
23 "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers I Won't Back Down - Full Moon Fever: Buy from iTunes I Won't Back Down: Buy from Amazon
"Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting Superman (It's Not Easy) [feat. John Onrasik] - America Town: Buy from iTunes Superman (It's Not Easy): Buy from Amazon
24 "Wicked Girls" by Seanan McGuire CD only at CD Baby
"Mother Earth" by Within Temptation Mother Earth - Mother Earth: Buy from iTunesMother Earth: Buy from Amazon
25 Iris by Goo Goo Dolls Iris - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - The Singles: Buy from iTunes Iris: Buy from Amazon
"Can't Bring Me Down" by Karina Pasian Can't Bring Me Down - First Love (Bonus Track Version): Buy from iTunes Can't Bring Me Down: Buy from Amazon
26 "Summer Rain" by Paul Kelly Summer Rain - Wanted Man: Buy from iTunes
27 "Run" by Snow Patrol
(I've linked a Live version to the right in which the anguish is more acute.)
Run (MENCAP Little Noise Sessions, Live at the Union Chapel) - Up to Now: Buy from iTunes Run: Buy from Amazon
"See Who I Am" by Within Temptation See Who I Am - The Silent Force: Buy from iTunes See Who I Am: Buy from Amazon
"The Place That I Call Home" by Dave Carroll The Place That I Call Home - Perfect Blue: Buy from iTunes The Place That I Call Home: Buy from Amazon
28 "Secrets" by OneRepublic Secrets - Waking Up: Buy from iTunes Secrets: Buy from Amazon
"Heroes" by David Bowie/The Wallflowers
(I know it's a Bowie song, but I strongly prefer the Wallflowers version. However, that's only available if you buy the entire "Godzilla" soundtrack album, so I'm linking to both versions.)
Heroes (David Bowie): Buy from iTunes Heroes (David Bowie): Buy from Amazon The Wallflowers: Heroes - Godzilla: The Album (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Buy from iTunes Heroes - Godzilla: The Album (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Buy from Amazon
29 "Everything" by Lifehouse Everything - No Name Face: Buy from iTunes Everything: Buy from Amazon
"In The End" by Snow Patrol In the End - Fallen Empires In The End: Buy from Amazon


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