I always listen to music when I write. My usual go to artists are The Counting Crows and The Killers. While I was writing The Summer Between, I had Mrs Potter’s Lullaby by The Counting Crows on a continuous loop. I feel like that song really captures the ups and downs of Brendon’s summer. (Ironically, this song did not make it onto his summer playlist, but it was definitely on my writing playlist.)
My taste in music is eclectic, to say the least, as is Brendon’s. You never know what will pop up on his iPod next. His musical world is a mix of genres and decades.
Music is very important to Brendon’s life. It might even be his future career. Music is also important to his older brother Derrick, and this shared passion may be the only thing that can repair their relationship.
The Summer Between features an original band, one Sticker Fish, original songs, and extreme karaoking. Each chapter follows along with Brendon’s summer playlist, which changes names and tone with his many moods. I suggest you listen to the songs either before or after you read the corresponding chapter. You can find Brendon’s playlist here.
Chapter One – The Climb, Miley Cyrus
Chapter Two – Cruel Summer, Ace of Base
Chapter Three – 9 to 5, Dolly Parton
Chapter Four – God Must Hate Me, Simple Plan
Chapter Five – Stuck In the Middle With You, Stealers Wheel
Chapter Six – Sitting, Cat Stevens
Chapter Seven – Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down), Chumbawumba
Chapter Eight – For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield
Chapter Nine – I’m Not Talking, The Yardbirds
Chapter Ten – Secret Agent Man, Johnny Rivers
Chapter Eleven – The Best of What’s Around, Dave Matthews Band
Chapter Twelve – We’re Not Gonna Take It, Twisted Sister
Chapter Thirteen – Rockstar, Nickelback
Chapter Fourteen – One Hit Wonder, Everclear
Chapter Fifteen – It Ends Tonight, The All-American Rejects
Chapter Sixteen – I Shall Believe, Sheryl Crow
Chapter Seventeen – Desperado, The Eagles
Chapter Eighteen – Roll Away Your Stone, Mumford and Sons
Chapter Nineteen – Rock’N’Roll Dreams Come Through, Meatloaf
Chapter Twenty – To Be With You, Mr. Big
Chapter Twenty-One – Little Wonders, Rob Thomas
Chapter Twenty-Two – Closing Time, Semisonic
Happy reading and listening!
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