Playlist for Invertebrates


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.



About L.M. Gil

L.M. Gil, a writer and English teacher, worked closely with Roman Catholic seminarians for several years. Born and raised in Upstate New York, she has lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the Southwest of the United States. She lives with her family in the Baltimore area.
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