Story Soundtrack

I was folding laundry, listening to my iTunes the other day and I realized that during the course of about thirty minutes, I heard three songs that reminded me of books I’d written and more specifically, the characters. It’s as if my heroes and heroines have their own songs. I cannot listen to music as I write. I’m one of those authors who needs relative peace and quiet. However, I typically do a lot of “plotting” time, which consists of me playing Hearts on the computer and listening to music that puts me in the mood of the characters/stories while I figure out what comes next. Obviously, a lot of those songs have stuck.

So…for fun, I thought I’d share a list of “that’s our song” songs from some of my books.

And So It Goes by Billy Joel – Sky and Teagan’s song from Ruby Tuesday

Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Ewan and Natalie’s song from Friday I’m in Love (runner up for their song is I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher)

The Grass is Blue by Norah Jones – Jon, Night and Carly in Retreat

You’re My Home by Billy Joel – Troy and Faith’s song in Do Over

Because You Love Me by JoDee Messina – Bridget, Mark and Matt’s song in (shocker) Because You Love Me. This is the sequel to Because of You and I’m praying my editor at Samhain contracts it.

Stuck in a Moment by U2 – Trey and Ellie in Slam Dunk (coming to Samhain on Sept. 27)

Love’s Recovery by The Indigo Girls – Caleb and Jessie in Because of You

Redneck Woman by Gretchen Wilson – Seth and Jody in Southern Comfort

Late Night Grande Hotel by Nanci Griffith – Ben and Tori in No Regrets

In Spite of Ourselves by John Prine and Iris Dement – Jamie and Grace in Happy Hour

If I Know Me by George Strait – Max, Shaw and Keri in Inflamed

Love Has No Pride by Linda Ronstadt – Hayley and Jack in No Recourse

Waking up in Vegas by Katy Perry – Aaron and Riley in Saturday Night Special

I Do by Colbie Callait – Leah and Sawyer in Western Ties (I’m planning a viral wedding march for the last book with this song. How much fun would that be?!)

Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett – Keira and Will in (surprise!) Come Monday.

Untanglin’ My Mind by Clint Black – Wes and Jill in Three Reasons Why (runner up for this is Cowboy Take me Away by the Dixie Chicks)

And…if you were curious, my husband and I also have two songs – Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton and Ol’ 55 by Tom Waits. 🙂

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Posted July 20, 2011 by Mari Carr in category "Uncategorized


  1. By Lexxie Couper on

    Oh, I’m reading Happy Hour now. I’m going to iTunes ASAP to buy In Spite of Ourselves so I can listen to it 🙂

  2. By Mari Carr on

    Oh man–it’s a crazy, fun song no one’s ever heard of. Makes me laugh. Usually sing it as a duet with one of the teachers at my high school at happy hour! LOL

  3. By Marika Weber on

    This is a great list. No song for Black Jack? You’re My Home is perfect for Troy and Faith.

  4. By Kim B on

    I admit I am not a big music listener, but I was a little bit surprised by Redneck Woman for Seth and Jody. I am going to have to go back and listen to it again.

  5. By Mari Carr on

    You know, Marika–when I was looking at my list there were definitely some books that didn’t have songs. Typically, they were the ones I wrote quickly and easily! LOL. Some books fall out of me. Some need to be prodded along gently and take more time. Those are the ones with songs.

    Should have also warned y’all…I have weird tastes in music. Think Teagan in Ruby Tuesday. I LOVE folk music. Love it. One of my EC editor’s first comments about Teagan was what person in this day and age actually likes that kind of music. I said me. One of the few arguments I’ve ever won with her! LOL You can call me a nerd now. It’s okay. 🙂

  6. By Mari Carr on

    Oh Kim–that one wasn’t so much for the words, but to get me in the mood to write the scene where she’s dancing on the pool table drunk at her bacheorette party with the ranch hands! Every time I hear it, I picture that in my mind. LOL

    Same thing with Falling Slowly, And So It Goes and You’re My Home. The songs were written into the stories. 🙂

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