There have been several changes with my writing recently, including an addition of a character who I am extremely excited to write about. Before I get into this, I recommend reading my previous writing update, which explains all of my recent alterations. But now onto the character who inspired this playlist!
As with all of my stories and characters, I don’t like to give too much information away, but being that this character is a side character who only appears occasionally to, well … let’s just say he’s an assassin. But not just any assassin, a burly Persian man who loves fire a little too much. Jason Momoa is the character stencil for this assassin, to give you a bit of a visual.
And yes, I know Jason Momoa is Hawaiian, not Persian. But like I said, he’s a character stencil. Whenever I say that, it simply means that I use said person as a real-life visual to observe certain characteristics that are reminiscent to my own characters. This helps me tack down visual–and maybe even emotional–qualities that can normally be difficult to sketch within my head.
If I was an artist, I probably wouldn’t need to do this. But alas, I’m the worst at drawing. My handwriting looks like that of a ten-year-old who can’t understand what a straight line is.
Alright, I’m getting off topic here.
ANYWAYS, here’s the music I’ve been listening to that reminds of the scenes coming up with my big, arsonist assassin. They’re going to be intense and fiery scenes (see what I did there?), and these songs only intensify the level of emotion and danger.
1. “Walk Through the Fire” – Zayde Wolf (feat. Ruelle)
I have been obsessed with this song. Ruelle has been one of my favorite artists ever since her music began popping up on Spotify. Zayde Wolf (which is probably THE coolest name ever), I discovered a few months before the release of his song and have been completely digging his style and lyrics. When I learned the two were banding together to create a song, I kind of died a little inside. Then the title was released and I knew without even hearing it that it was going in my playlist for TDATR.
This song doesn’t just make me think of my assassin, but also my protagonist and the struggles she goes through. She, along with my anti-hero, suffer a lot because of each other and with each other.
“Did we light too many matches,
Turn ourselves into these ashes,
Did we throw it all away (x2),
We walk through the fire,
Is there a way out (x2)”
The lyrics in this song captures that pain, but also the strength of walking through the fire, of living through their struggles. But sometimes, it doesn’t seem like there’s a way out, as the lyrics say.
It also makes me think of my assassin coming through with his flamethrower and dousing the lands in flames, spreading through the forests and crawling across the streets, smoke stretching its fingers up towards the sky.
I’m kind of realizing I have an odd obsession with fire … BUT HEY, IT’S PRETTY SOMETIMES.
2. “End Game” – Nick Murray
To all of you writers who are looking for non-lyrical music, whether it be soothing or epic, you must listen to Nick Murray. He’s creates a wide variety of music by genres, tunes to make you think of relaxing under a sea of stars, twirling through the forest, or leaping from rooftop-to-rooftop.
If you’re in the need for some intense, energetic music, this album is it. “End Game” has to be my favorite of this album, because the instant I clicked it, my senses were heightened, my mind was churning these epic scenes of explosions and flames and crashes, and at the core of all of it was my big assassin.
This song is also quite short. It gives you that swift punch of power and pain, vanishing within in a minute, much like my assassin. During action sequences, I put this on repeat and let the chaos erupt.
3. “The End of Everything” – Jill Andrews
This song may be the most mellow of this playlist, but the name of the title and the emotions in the lyrics give you a feeling that the end is truly near. When my assassin is around, this is how his victims begin to feel, as if it’s the end of them and everything beneath their feet and above their heads.
“I can feel you in my skin like poison,
And all the voices in my head keep screaming,
I’m shaking now,
Trying to breathe,
Your hands around,
Okay wow, I’m noticing this song fits my book in more ways than I originally realized. These lyrics also capture the pain my protagonist is going through from the ghosts of her past, how they haunt her each day and night.
I also picture a few of my character physically breaking down while listening to this song, and my assassin may or not be the cause of some of that pain. Who knows?
4. “Up in Flames” – Ruelle
The title of this song is quite self-explanatory as to why it’s in this playlist. And of course, it’s Ruelle, who I’m kind of obsessed. If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know this because she’s in all of playlists. #sorrynotsorry
BUT ANYWAYS, “Up in Flames” fits both my assassin and my protagonist. Some verses capture that joy when my assassin sets the world in flames, how he almost thinks of himself as if he’s immortal. There are also several verses that make me think of how my protagonist preserviers through her pain and struggles, even if she’s the last one standing.
“When it all goes up in flames (x4),
We’ll be the last ones standing,
We’ll be the last ones,
We’ll be the last ones standing”
This song brings me to all of the darkest corners of my book, the destruction and the fear. Not only does it help me get a deeper understanding of my assassin, but also enlightens me to a variety of emotions of my other characters, especially my protagonist.
I hope you all enjoyed this fiery little playlist, which includes some of my absolute favorite artists. And as you can see, I’m finally learning to be a better blogger and leave the links for everything to help you find it, if you’re interested, of course. But I mean, YOU SHOULD REALLY LISTEN TO ALL OF THESE SONGS AND EVERYTHING I RECOMMEND.
As always, leave any of your thoughts, questions, or comments down below. I always love to hear feedback and/or more music recommendations.