Of course I had a playlist for First Came Baby. I don’t think it’s possible for me to write a book without gravitating toward certain songs and hearing them in my head as I’m writing, or running errands, or sometimes even in my dreams. Some songs show up in multiple playlists. Others are definitely unique to one character, one story. I don’t always understand what pulls me to a certain song, but I do know that when it belongs to a book, I’ll know it. It just feels right.
So which songs called to me for this book?
Four Strong Winds, Ian and Sylvia. This is the song I most closely associate with Boone. He’s not a drifter but he’s definitely a man who doesn’t think he can stay, doesn’t think there’s any real hope for him and Kate to be together, and that they’ll be better off in the long run if they stay apart. The poignancy of the song captures Boone’s essence for me.
A Million Reasons, Lady Gaga. This is Kate’s song. There truly are a million reasons why she and Boone shouldn’t be together – yet she is still drawn to him. She’s hoping against hope but she desperately wants that one reason to stay together, that one factor that will render all the others irrelevant and make the impossible possible.
Cut To The Feeling, Carly Rae Jepsen. Because beyond the facts, beyond the logistics, beyond the reservations and worries and reasons why a relationship shouldn’t work, there are feelings. And sometimes, feelings are what need to be first on the list.
The Rest Of My Life, Sloan. I honestly can’t remember how I found this song, but the lyrics were so perfect for this book that as soon as I heard it, I knew it belonged in this playlist. Because who doesn’t think about the rest of their life? Who doesn’t have questions about how it will play out, who will be a part of it, how it will be spent? Boone thinks he has the rest of his life planned out. He thinks he’s found the place he belongs. But as we all know, plans don’t always unfold the way we expected …
There are a few more songs on the playlist. If you’d like to sing along with all of them, you can find all of them here. Enjoy!