Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: “The ‘Muse’ in Music” by Anne Hope

Five Past Midnight Robin Bielman, Robyn Bachar, Cassi Carver, Anne Hope, Corrina Lawson

Today we have author Anne Hope sharing her thoughts on music as well as the songs that were on the playlists of the authors of the Five Past Midnight anthology! We hope you enjoy their selections and pick up the anthology today!


Music is one of life’s greatest inspirations. A good song provokes not only thought, but emotion. Lyrics have the ability to touch us on a deep level, to spark ideas within us and heighten our senses. It’s no surprise that many authors find their muse in music, and I’m no exception.

Every so often, I hear a song and characters begin taking shape in my mind. Other times, it feels as though a song was specifically written for the story I’m writing. When I was working on Soul Bound, I kept hearing the song “Halo” by Beyoncé, and it always made me think of Jace and Lia. Lia is bursting free of the shell she’s built around herself, breaking the rules, and risking it all for the love of her angel. As for Jace, Lia truly is his “saving grace.”

“Demons” by Imagine Dragons is another song that perfectly sums up my Dark Souls series. Every lyric is relevant, from the darkness my characters harbor inside to their overwhelming desire to protect the light in those they love. In Soul Bound, Jace struggles to guard Lia from the beast hiding within him. His curse is one of darkness, but somehow, Lia succeeds in teaching him how to go against his nature and embrace the light.

I asked the authors of Five Past Midnight to share what songs inspired their stories, and this is what they had to say:


Robin Bielman (Veiled Target)

Blondie: “One Way or Another”

This song is fun, fast paced, and about a girl who’s gonna get the guy – one way or another. Which is exactly the predicament Tess finds herself in.


Robyn Bachar (Blood, Smoke and Mirrors)

Paramore: “For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic”

Cat has a painful history with Lex, the book’s hero, and as the song says she put her faith in him and he threw it away. Lex has a long way to go to make it up to Cat.


Corrina Lawson (Phoenix Rising)

Marvin Gaye: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

The Temptations: “Just My Imagination”

Marvin Gaye: “Sexual Healing”

John Williams: “Superman: The Movie Soundtrack”

The first three songs are from Motown records, favorites of the heroine, Beth. When she kidnaps Alec away from his sheltered existence, she exposes him to pop culture that he’s missed, and the first song he loves is Just My Imagination. “Sexual Healing” refers to how they heal each other, and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” stands for how their love will conquer obstacles, since Alec can literally move the world to get to Beth.

The Superman: The Movie soundtrack? Because at the climax, Alec does a little flying, and I snuck in a little homage to my favorite scene in that movie:

“I’ve got you, miss.”

“You’ve got me? Who’s got you?”

And because Alec is my Clark Kent, the uber-powerful guy who’s kind and gentle at heart.


Five Past Midnight Playlist

Blondie: “One Way or Another”
Paramore: “For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic”
Marvin Gaye: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
The Temptations: “Just My Imagination”
Marvin Gaye: “Sexual Healing”
John Williams: “Superman: The Movie Soundtrack”

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