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Did the title of the post catch your eye? I hope so, because Beau Montgomery, the hero of my latest Brazen, asks himself this very question in the opening lines of Emergency Engagement. He’s a paramedic, so he knows the strict medical answer is no, but a man can only take so many breakup anthems blasting from the apartment across the hall before he starts to lose his grip.
I can also attest that the spouse of a writer working on a scene involving a heroine hosting her own, personal men-suck music festival can only take so many repeats of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” before he digs up a pair of ear-buds and hands them to the writer. Or throws them at her. Either way, message received.
I don’t always listen to music when I write—well, okay, I do—but I don’t necessarily tailor it to the scene. However, in this case, I really wanted to tap into the hurt, outrage and wounded pride Savannah, my recently jilted heroine, was experiencing. I also wanted to find just the right combination of songs to reflect her feelings while, at the same time, working Beau’s last nerve.
After listening to a LOT of songs filled with tears, angst and vengeance here’s what I came up with:
“You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette – I’ve always loved the veiled death threat in this song.
“Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé– This one just fit the scene too well. Savannah puts everything her ex left at her place in a box and shoves it down the garbage chute. We’ve all done it. Um…right?
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor – How can you not include this in any breakup playlist? Although, I will admit, this is the song that propels Beau across the hall to confront Savannah. Even knowing he risks taking the brunt of his neighbor’s anger at the male species in general, and one in particular, he prefers her wrath to disco.
“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood – Talk about vengeance! And vandalism. Four slashed tires…not one, not two. That, my friends, is follow-through.
“Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles – My mom loves Ray Charles, so I grew up listening to this track. It took a few years before I realized, Hey, this isn’t a happy song. She’s kicking his broke butt out the door! Ah, memories.
“Hey Bartender” by Lady Antebellum—This song combines a few of my favorite things…someone done wallowing, double shots of Crown, and bartenders. Win-Win-Win.
I wouldn’t wish a breakup on anyone, (actually, I guess I did. Sorry, Savannah). Breakups suck, but the music that goes with them? So good! Everyone’s got a favorite. Did yours make Savannah’s list?
Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and you get the whole, chaotic picture.
When not dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-after, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.