In a book I was writing a couple months ago, the hero reminded me of Noah the dragon/man from my paranormal Dragon Blues. They both have an innate confidence and a resonating voice: the kind men listen to and women shiver to. At one point, he called the heroine, and I got the idea that he needed a ringtone. I couldn’t think of the right song, but I knew I wanted it to be by a bluesy male singer. Someone on Facebook suggested Marvin Gaye. I hopped over to YouTube (it was research! honest!) and played a few songs. Finally I saw “When A Man Loves a Woman,” and I knew that was it (though Percy Sledge is the singer I associate with that song).
Then I had to look up a song for the heroine. Hers was easy: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack.
I ended up putting aside that book. For the book I wrote instead, the hero and heroine are both of Italian descent and she’s a cook at his restaurant. This book doesn’t have ringtones, but a favorite singer that the hero plays on the speakers in his restaurant fits the entire book – and that’s Andrea Bocelli.
For the book that’s germinating in my mind, I don’t know the hero well enough to guess his song yet. But the heroine is Sarah, the heroine’s sister from STARDUST MIRACLE. In this book, she’s a young widowed mother with two children. I almost see her songs as a progression:
“Angel” by Sarah McLachlin
“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dione
“Help Me Make It Through the Night” by Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge
And last, “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
Here are some songs that could fit a hero/heroine:
“Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys
“At Last” by Etta James
“Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones
“Folsun Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
“Respect” by Aretha Franklin
“Sugar Mama” by Bonnie Riatt (Just thought I’d throw that in )
I’m a country music fan, and Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert sing a lot of story songs – which could be why they do so well. Miranda Lambert’s “Famous in a Small Town” would fit my Miracle Interrupted novels that take place in the tiny village of Miracle, Wisconsin. And if you watched the Daytona 500 race yesterday, you might recognize Miranda’s friend who’s driving the car in the video at the top of the blog.
If I had to assign a song for me, I’m not sure what it would be. Something positive, like “Feeling Good” by Michael Duble. But sometimes the first verse of “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne fits me. (Especially when I’m doing anything new on the computer. Argh.) I can’t pick my husband’s song. I’m not sure if that’s odd or if it’s because I know him in so many ways. My dog’s song would have the title “Feed Me, Pet Me, Love Me.” Actually, I think a lot of humans would like that song, too. My cat’s would be similar, except her lyrics would add “On Demand.”
What would your song be? If you’re writing or reading a book, what song would fit your hero or heroine?