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The Weight of Souls Playlist 

As I was writing The Weight of Souls, a couple of songs played through my head on a loop, seeming as if they were written for the book.  I’m listening to them now, in fact: songs by Evanescence and Florence + The Machine. 

The rhythm of this book that I have written seems to lend itself to a soundtrack and so a few days ago I had lots of fun compiling a full playlist for The Weight of Souls. 

I wanted the beginning of the soundtrack to be dark, gritty and urban, to be closely related to violence and death and so I have ‘Ghostface Killah’ to open. Not only is their name incredibly apt for the story, but the opening chapter is about how Taylor brings justice to an urban gang who have committed a murder.  Lyrics to this song include: 

‘Medusa stare, my guns burst in silence
I’m a black vigilante killer, pro-violence

It’s Reno, gangster wars, money, power, respect
Revenge is felt like the heat from a Tec’

I follow up with Clubbed to Death by Robert D from the Matrix Soundtrack: in the second chapter, Taylor finds a ghost among a group of young people about to go clubbing.

 

Killing in the Name and Don’t Fear the Reaper follow the same theme. 

Bring me to Life by Evanescence was the song that best exemplified the book for me. 

‘How can you see into my eyes, like open doors?
Leading you down into my core, where I’ve become so numb’ 

(Taylor has become numb to what she does, she feels that it is relentless and sees only a single dark ending for herself.) 

‘Wake me up inside … Call my name and save me from the dark’ 

Taylor needs the dead Justin to wake her up, to make her face up to what she has become and to be honest with her friends before she loses them altogether.  He is the one who has to save her from the literal darkness, which is hunting her even as she hunts for his killer. 

Guns n Roses, Welcome to the Jungle returns us to the killers Taylor must take her revenge upon.  In this case, London is the jungle.

 

The Stone Roses, Elizabeth My Dear and Tom Macrae’s You Cut Her Hair; for me are stories about avenging murder victims; they are sombre and mournful and strangely beautiful and they change the whole tone of the sound track.  Taylor now knows who Justin’s killers are and she is closing in on them.  But if she avenges him she will be left alone once more. 

‘My aim is true, my message is clear.  It’s curtains for you, Elizabeth my dear’ 

‘Time has coloured in the black and white, of your sin .. I will find you still, move in for the kill, you cut her hair’

 

I’m Not Calling you a Liar by Florence + the Machine is Taylor and Justin’s love song.

 

‘I’m not calling you a ghost, just stop haunting me
And I love you so much, I’m gonna let you kill me

And when you kiss me I’m happy enough to die.’ 

James, Out to Get You comes in for when Taylor thinks she has lost Justin and is back to square one.

 

‘I’m so alone tonight
My bed feels larger than when I was small
Lost in memories
Lost in all the sheets and old pillows’

Finally the tone of the playlist changes once more.  Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles is included for obvious reasons: 

‘All the old paintings on the tomb, they do the sand dance, don’t you know … Walk like an Egyptian.’ 

Shake it out (Florence + the Machine once more) provides an upbeat happy ending with a dark undertone.

 

‘All of the ghouls come out to play
And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a fine romance but it’s left me so undone
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off’ 

And the last song, Pompeii by Bastille, does the same thing, gives us a happy ending, but warns us that things aren’t over.

 

‘If you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all
And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?’ 

I think this playlist takes the listener through the emotions of the book and ends in a good place; it certainly makes me want to dance. 

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The playlist itself exists on Spotify , so have a listen, let me know what you think and what you might add. 

You can contact me on Twitter as @BryonyPearce or via my Facebook page: BryonyPearceAuthor.  You can even email me through a link on my website www.bryonypearce.co.uk 

Come and join the conversation … or the dance. 

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Full Playlist

The Rise of the Ghostface Killah (Ghostface Killah)

Clubbed to Death (Robert D)

Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine)

Don’t Fear the Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)

Bring me to Life (Evanescence)

Welcome to the Jungle (Guns and Roses)

Elizabeth my Dear (Stone Roses)

You Cut her Hair (Tom Macrae)

I’m Not Calling you a Liar (Florence + the Machine)

I Miss You (Blink 182)

Out to Get you (James)

Walk Like an Egyptian (The Bangles)

Shake it Out (Florence + the Machine)

Pompeii (Bastille)

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Image from Goodreads

Image from Goodreads

Title: The Weight of Souls
Author: Bryony Pearce
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: 6 Aug 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads

Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her…

She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy.

But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.

Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?

And what happens if she starts to fall for him?