There is much fangirling happening at Book Angel Booktopia today Welcoming Jay Crownover with the song of the month for April and the upcoming release of ASA!!!!!!!!
The song I pick is Streetlights by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit…Jason Isbell is an amazing singer. songwriter and every single one of his songs tells a story. He’s ended up on more than one of the Marked Men soundtracks in fact. I like that his music has a point, makes you invested and takes you on a journey. That’s what I try to do with each book I write.
This particular story is about a guy getting drunk in a bar, of course fitting since most of Asa’s book takes place in a bar, but more than that it’s haunting, desperate and lonely. The guy in the song is lost at the end and trying to find his way home but he’s not really sure where that is or what that means…just like my southern charmer. He’s wandering around aimlessly and just trying to figure out where he needs to be.
Those emotions are ones that echo how Asa feels as he tried to figure out this new life he’s found himself in and how to deal with a girl that wants him despite how awful he thinks he is.
There is also the fact that Americana music is the perfect blend of bluesy country and bouncy pop with catchy lyrics. I kind of feel that’s a good mash up of how both Asa and Royal can be perceived. He’s all southern charm and twang, she’s bubbly and infectious…together they make something unexpected and lovely.