Ally Blue writes evocative male/male romance set in a paranormal world. The final book in her Bay City Paranormal Investigation series, Love, Like Ghosts, provides a satisfying ending, encompassing a range of emotions. Ally’s playlist for the book is equally diverse, and she’s here to share the songs that inspired her while writing the book. Thanks, Ally!
Hello dear readers. My name’s Ally Blue, and I’m here to speak of the profound connection between writing and music. Specifically, between music and writing my gay romance novel Love, Like Ghosts.
Ever since I can remember, music has been an important part of my life. One of my earliest memories is of my dad playing Johnny Cash on his guitar, the whole family singing along. I cut my musical teeth on classic country, Flower Child rock, and Broadway tunes. Now, with some thirty books under my proverbial belt, I still make a playlist for nearly every new project before I start writing. Something to set the mood and help keep my mind in The Zone. My choices probably don’t make much sense to anyone but me. But after all, isn’t music the most personal of the arts? The one most deeply connected to our primitive brains? The most intimately tangled with our emotions? In my very humble opinion, if a song or a piece of music doesn’t make you feel something, then it’s not doing its job. The same might be said of a book, I think.
For Love, Like Ghosts — last book in the Bay City Paranormal Investigation series and precursor to the Mojo Mysteries series — my playlist ranged from lovely and/or heartbreaking to fun and sexy, just like the book itself. I generally have an “anchor song,” one that I feel captures the essence of the book and the characters. For this book, that song was “The Magic Position” by Patrick Wolf. It’s a joyful anthem to love overcoming personal hardships, especially the ones we lay on ourselves. Listen and you’ll see what I mean. Love, Like Ghosts is, at its heart, a very joyful book, so I felt that song was fitting as its anchor.
For this post, I had to re-create my old playlist from memory, since my music is now on Google Play and that wise entity saw fit to delete my old playlists for no readily apparent reason. Blargh. Anyway, this is it, as well as I can remember. I’ve added a newer bonus track, “Queen” from the album Too Bright by Perfume Genius, because it’s fantastic and everyone in the world needs to hear the song, and this artist.
Big thanks to EverAfter for having me here, and thanks to all of you for reading. I hope you enjoy my playlist!
Patrick Wolf: “The Magic Position”
Amy Winehouse: “Back To Black”
Primus: “John The Fisherman”
Franz Ferdinand: “Michael”
Massive Attack: “Live With Me”
Squeeze: “Another Nail In My Heart”
Arcade Fire: “Wake Up”
Patrick Wolf: “Afraid”
Say Hi: “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh”
Joan Jett: “Bad Reputation”
The Shins: “Turn Me On”
Le Tigre: “Keep On Livin'”
Radiohead: “Fake Plastic Trees”
Fleetwood Mac: “Songbird”
The Black Keys: “Howlin’ For You”
Johnny Cash: “Ring Of Fire”
Norah Jones: “Come Away With Me”
Tokyo Police Club: “Tessellate”
PJ Harvey: “Good Fortune”
Placebo: “Special Needs”
Radiohead: “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”
Sam Phillips: “Reflecting Light”
Liza Minnelli: “Maybe This Time”
Larrikin Love: “Six Queens”
Placebo: “Nancy Boy”
Emmylou Harris: “A Love That Will Never Grow Old”
The Cardigans: “Communication”
Jason and the Scorchers: “I Can’t Help Myself”
Rufus Wainwright: “Peach Trees”
Turin Brakes: “Rain City”
Sigur Rós: “Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása”
Ally Blue is acknowledged as the Popess of Angst. She has a suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof bubble in parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a Saturday is to watch all three extended version Lord Of The Rings movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to ditch the day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say. Ally can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, and AllyBlue.com.