This is a contest for all the music lovers out there. With my friends' help, I put together a haunting playlist for The Madman's Daughter, but I've yet to make one for Her Dark Curiosity, and I'd like to feel inspired by some new music. This is where you come in, readers. I want to know which songs you think match the tone of Her Dark Curiosity. Which songs capture the cold winter setting, and the dark streets of London, and the deadly romance?
Here's how it works:
List your playlist song picks in the comments below. I will pick the ten songs I think fit the book best to be on the official Her Dark Curiosity playlist. Each person who listed one of the songs I use will get a free paperback copy of The Madman's Daughter. That's ten free books up for grabs. If more than one person list the same song, I'll go with the person who listed it first.
For those of you who haven't yet read Her Dark Curiosity...what are you waiting for? It's winter and snowy and there's nothing to do BUT read good books, so I suggest you get yourself a copy now. But in the meantime, here are some moody elements from the book to get you thinking about good playlist picks:
- Jekyll & Hyde split personalities
- masquerade balls
- characters who make terrible mistakes
- Jack-the-Ripper style serial killers
- dangerous romance
- characters haunted by the past
And here's the playlist for The Madman's Daughter, to give you a feel for the type of music I'm looking for: modern, classical, popular, obscure…whatever! I'm excited to come cross some new songs and artists and to hear what you all would pick to represent the book. The contest is open for one week, closing next Friday. I'll announce the winners here then. It's US entry only, one book max per winner.
Jun Miyake, “The Here and After”: There’s something so intriguing about the exotic sounds in this song. I love how the idea of “happily ever after” isn’t as simple as it sounds.
Florence and the Machine, “Seven Devils”: When I listen to this eerie, dramatic song, I think about how the greatest dangers come not always from outside, but often from something within each of us.
Arcade Fire, “Ocean of Noise”: From the claps of thunder at the beginning to the transition into lyrics about stormy seas, I can’t hear this song without thinking about how nature and human relationships mirror one another.
Azure Ray, “The Devil’s Feet”: Azure Ray’s mood hits the feel of The Madman’s Daughter so well that I included two of their songs! “The Devil’s Feet” tells a great fable about a girl who has to overcome a dangerous temptation.
TV on the Radio, “DLZ”: We all have a side that’s a little devious within us, and this song brings out that side in me when I’m writing about the darker things in the world.
Cat Power, “Werewolf”: Haunting female voices is a theme in this playlist, and this song has fantastic lyrics about the alluring power monsters can have on our emotions.
Danger Mouse featuring Jack White, “Two against One”: This song is a little crazy, a little whimsical, and totally cool. It makes me just want to hang out with friends and have fun.
Azure Ray, ”Sea of Doubts” : The lyrics of this song talk about taking a journey to get past fears and embrace life. It’s a hopeful message for a song that starts out melancholy.
Lykke Li, “Silent My Song”: To me, some of the lyrics in this song hint at the dangers that linger within the lines between science and art.
Manchester Orchestra, “Jimmy, He Whispers”: Every time I hear this song, I think about how complicated relationships can be, and how sometimes loyalty can lead us to overlook dangerous faults in one another.
The xx, “Infinity”: The mix of male and female vocals here makes me think of times I’ve tried to move on from relationships and how bittersweet and heartbreaking love can be.
Radiohead, “Everything in Its Right Place”: Nobody does creepily atmospheric lyrics and mood like Radiohead. This song captures the unsettling, split feeling that several characters experience during The Madman’s Daughter.
Agnes Obel, “Philharmonics”: I’d love to waltz to this strangely beautiful song that talks about how luxury and excess aren’t all that matter.
Portishead, “Mysterons”: These lyrics make me think of that old phrase “Be careful what you wish for.” Sometimes what we think we want ends up being exactly the last thing we need.
Joanna Newsom, “The Book of Right-On”: Joanna Newsom’s oddball voice is truly unique, and though the lyrics are vague, this song reminds me of how girls can be much stronger than many people think.
Mazzy Star, “Fade into You”: This heartbreaking, sweet song makes me think of how love is never perfect. We all have flaws, shortcomings; and sometimes love just misses the mark.
Agnes Obel, “Wallflower”: I like to think of this instrumental piece as a modern version of some of the haunting music young women might have played on the piano during the Victorian era.