Musical Moments: Guest Post: Scene Setting with Music by Paula Weston

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It is my pleasure to welcome Paula Weston to Book Angel Booktopia today as part of the Shadows blog tour. 

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If you’ve read Shadows (Rephaim #1), you’ll know the Foo Fighters score a mention or two. There’s a reason for that, and not just because I absolutely love the guys – it’s because so many of their songs fit perfectly with the feel of the Rephaim series.

I generally don’t listen to music when I write, but I do a lot of daydreaming about plot and characters while I’m driving around with the iPod on, and my music of choice is often the Foo Fighters. (I have eclectic music tastes but, for whatever reason, this band has become my muse.)

So I’ve got four songs to share – and yes, all from the Foo Fighters.

The first, which sums up where Gaby’s head is at right at the start of Shadows is All my Life. For me, it’s also the song that captures the essence of the series.

All my life I’ve been searching for something
Something never comes never leads to nothing
Nothing satisfies but I’m getting close
Closer to the prize at the end of the rope
All night long I dream of the day
When it comes around and it’s taken away
Leaves me with the feeling that I feel the most
Feel it come to life when I see your ghost

(There’s also a great head-banging moment late in track – every time I hear it, I imagine a montage of Shadows’ action scenes. )

February Stars is a more mellow song, and I think it perfectly reflects Gaby’s quieter moments before she starts to find out her life is not what it seems.

Hanging on
Here until I’m gone
Right where I belong
Just hanging on

Even though
I pass this time alone
Somewhere so unknown
It heals the soul

(This clip is from the Skin and Bones live show. I love this version.)

Pretender: How could I not include this one? It’s about lies and buried secrets – and refusing to accept someone else’s version of who you are. Perfect for Gaby.

Send in your skeletons
Sing as their bones go marching in again
They need you buried deep
The secrets that you keep are ever ready
Are you ready?

And finally, No Way Back. It’s a great fit for how’s Gaby’s feeling by the end of Shadows.

Lately, I’ve been
Livin’ in my head
The rest of me is dead,
I dying for truth. 

Pleased to meet you take my hand,
There is no way back from here,
Pleased to meet you say your prayers,
There is no way back from here,
But I don’t care,
No way back from here

Thanks for an excuse to chat about my favourite band.

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Title: Shadows
Series: The Rephaim #1
Author: Paula Weston
Publisher: Indigo
Publication Date: 3 Jan 2013

Synopsis from Amazon

It’s been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.

It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.

Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth – and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly – who can she trust?

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