In a past blog, I mentioned that generating a playlist for a book that I am writing is one of the keys to completing a novel. Each time I write a novel, I make a separate play list on my MP3 player, and I tend to listen to it in the car or as I plan my ideas. Sometimes I will add songs from itunes if I need one for ideas or delete a song if I don’t think it’s helpful. But generally, music is the bridge that helps me bring the story from the beginning to the end.
Invertebrates is no different. I used a mix of surfer music (from both the US and Mexico) along with Hello Seahorse!, a Mexican band I discovered as I began writing. Of course, there are other songs I used. But if you are interested in what music I used to write Invertebrates, here is a list of what I used and the scenes they helped me write. If you want, you can click on the artist and song to hear the song for yourself.
Mum: Green Grass of Tunnel: Used for the first chapter.
Dick Dale: Miserlou: Used in the moments between the first and second chapter.
Hello Seahorse!: Square Head: Used during the dinner between Ernesto and Roberta at the “Cajun Chef”.
Ventures: Walk Don’t Run: Used during the meetings between Ernesto and Eduardo in Chapters 7-10.
Hello Seahorse!: Oso polar: Used during the evening of first night Eduardo stays over night at Ernesto’s apartment in Chapter 10.
Thievery Corporation: A Gentle Dissolve: Used in Chapter 12 as Paco and the children meet Enrique, the jellyfish.
Yo La Tengo: Season of the Shark: Used in Chapter 13 as Ernesto begins to teach Paco how to write.
Hello Seahorse!: Despues: Used in Chapter 13 after Eduardo rejects Ernesto’s offer to move in.
Hello Seahorse!: Del cielo se caen: Used as Paco shoves the jellyfish’s tank to the ground in Chapter 15.
Lost Acupulco: Por un tubo: Used in the first scene we meet Chuy in Chapter 18.
Dick Dale: The Wedge: Used in Chapter 19 as Ernesto takes his grandmother to her medical appointments.
Hello Seahorse!: Criminal: Used in Chapter 19 as Chuy and Ernesto confront Eduardo.
Lost Acapulco: Luna luau: Used in Chapter 19 as Chuy and Ernesto talk at the beach in the evening.
Lost Acapulco: Calaveras de justicia: Used at the very end of Chapter 19.
Hello Seahorse!: Esperando a que llegue: Used in Chapters 23 and 24 as each seminarian leaves the seminary in Binghamton.
Hello Seahorse!: Giniebra dulce: Used in Chapter 25 as Ernesto spends the night with Juan Maria.
Hello Seahorse!: Oro y plata: Used in Chapter 25, early in the morning as Ernesto leaves Juan Maria’s hotel room.
Massive Attack: Paradise Circus: Used in Chapter 29 as Ernesto learns about Arnold’s behavior with the parish children and as Father Sam offers Ernesto a change in diocese in exchange for his obedience.
Hello Seahorse!: Un ano quebrado: Used in Chapters 30 and 31 as Ernesto becomes involved in his new parish.
Hello Seahorse!: Velo de novia: Used in Chapter 32 when Ernesto learns the news about his cousin Chuy.
Hello Seahorse!: Lejos. No tan lejos: Used in Chapter 33 during Chuy’s funeral and the new information sister Gloria tells Ernesto about why they moved to La Pesca.
Hello Seahorse!: Ok! … Lobster: Used in Chapter 34 as the parish children go to the beach.
Hello Seahorse!: Atardecer en Parapent: Again, used in Chapter 34 as the children go to the beach.
Hello Seahorse!: Bestia: Used in Chapter 36 as Ernesto learns about what happened to Denise.
Hello Seahorse!: Universo 2: Used in Chapter 37, when Dr. Carlos and Ernesto talk about how they feel about each other.
U2: When I Look at the World: Used in Chapter 37 as Ernesto thinks about his dream.
Lost Acapulco: Roqueta to the moon: Used at the end of Chapter 38.
I hope you like at least some of these songs as much as I do. They were very helpful in writing.
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