One notable feature of my new novel is the ridiculous number of songs referenced throughout the story. I’d heard of authors doing this with some books, in order to add atmosphere to a scene. Some readers like to find the song online and play it as they read, listening to the same music as the characters in the story, adding a sense of immersion. The idea intrigued me and I wanted to try it out for my new novel.
Of course, in order to do it right, the song has to be just an optional addition, not something crucial to the story. Otherwise the book doesn’t function on its own and would be an incomplete product. So I was careful to write the story in such a way that it could be experienced with or without accompanying music. I’ve had different readers go through it in different ways without losing any sense of the story, so I think I pulled it off.
Each song referenced in Singularity is mentioned by title and musical artist, so readers can find each song online as it comes up in the story. In case some of my readers want to have the songs all lined up already before they start reading, I’ve written out the playlist below, which I played often in the background as I was writing.
Reading some of these songs here may be a minor SPOILER, but it would only be minor. There is no mind-blowing secret of the story revealed ahead of time by listening to any of these songs, just maybe the loss of a playful guessing game.
Possession – Sarah McLachlan
Take Me Home – Phil Collins
Waiting for the End – Linkin Park
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of – U2
My Immortal – Evanescence *
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
Far Away – Chantel Kreviazuk
Second Chances – Need to Breathe **
*I had a specific version of ‘My Immortal’ in mind, which is not the version most often played on the radio but a softer version that appeared on the album Fallen. If trying to find it online, I’m not sure what details to say to distinguish it, except that it’s Track 4 on the album and it runs for 4 minutes and 24 seconds.
**Not actually mentioned in the book, because I never found a particular place I thought it would fit. Regardless, I always had this song on my playlist as it fit the overall story as I listened to it.
Another song mentioned and played in the story is ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ by Guns & Roses. It’s a popular song, but not one that I like listening to, so I didn’t have it on the playlist I used while writing.