With music being such a crucial element of this series, as you can imagine, it also played a vital role in my creative process. I thought I would share just a few songs from the My Soul to Keep Spotify playlist along with a few quotes inspired by the tune.
“See You Again” – Carrie Underwood
I added this song to the list after I wrote one of the most emotional scenes of the book, Kai’s last moments with her mother before she passes away.
“At any moment, she may be gone. I wonder why she lingers. Mama believes so deeply in the peace beyond this life. As much as I’ll miss her, as much as I already feel the black hole spreading over my heart like an ink blot, I want that peace for her. I want her to go.”
“Fire Meets Gasoline” - Sia
The connection that burns between Rhyson and Kai almost from the beginning inspired this choice. (And the fact that Sia is required listening on every one of my book playlists!). They don’t have instalove, but they do share an instant connection that only deepens and intensifies as their friendship develops.
“There’s a tinder between us, waiting for just a spark to ignite to full-blown flame. The connection is always there, latent or alive, but right now, so close with our bodies touching, it burns through our clothing and heats my skin.”
“Lost Stars” – Adam Levine
The message embedded in this song is so apt for Rhyson and Kai. They bond around the lyrics to one of Rhyson’s songs, “Lost”, but beyond that the singer here begs to be seen for who he really is. From their first encounter, Kai sees beyond the layers of fame and privilege to the substance of Rhyson, something most people in his life don’t recognize or care to see. They have both been lost at varying stages in their lives, and when they meet and become friends, and ultimately lovers, there’s something they find in each other they never expected, but once discovered, cannot let go.
“I threw the friendship flag out as a way to get closer to her because I thought I might want more. Now I know for sure I want more, but getting to know her this way is fantastic, and in all honesty, I just want to keep her to myself as long as I can. Not have Bris or Marlon questioning her motives or soiling what has been the purest connection I’ve ever shared with anyone. She asks nothing of me. She’s not after anything, except to know me the way I want to know her. To talk about music and movies and the things that have hurt and helped us. I have close friends, great friends, but this is something I’ve never had before. She is something I’ve never had before, and I can’t get enough.”
That’s just a few of the highlights, but check out the entire My Soul to Keep Playlist!
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It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold…
I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music’s brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.
I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can’t get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything – I will. And once she’s mine, I won’t let go.
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