The Music of Timeless
One of my greatest joys in writing Timeless was incorporating my passion for music into the project. Since my protagonist, Michele, travels back to three different eras in history–the Gilded Age of 1910, the Jazz Age of 1924, and the World War II era of the 1940s–I created a playlist of songs to listen to while writing; classic old standards from these three time periods. Listening to the crinkly vintage records sent me back in time in my mind, and I found myself in tune with the eras I was writing about. I also selected some key songs to feature during important moments in the story. For example, a character’s performance of the Gershwin song “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” is an important plot point that furthers the storyline; whereas the 1940s classic “I’ll Be Seeing You” is featured in one of the most emotional moments in the book. I loved being able to incorporate real songs that have been around for decades, and I also featured two classical pieces that have been around even longer–Schubert’s “Serenade” and Chopin’s “Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor.”
I always imagined Michele and her love interest, Philip, as aspiring songwriters. I’m a singer/songwriter myself, and there’s something so magical to me about the idea of a boy and girl falling in love while composing music. I was also intrigued by the concept of what kind of music a boy from 1910 and a girl from 2010 could create–perhaps something with an old-school, nostalgic sound (to our modern ears) but with contemporary lyrics. I wrote the songs Michele and Philip compose together in the book, “Bring The Colors Back” and “Chasing Time,” and recorded them with a 10-piece band. That was truly one of my favorite experiences- it was so thrilling to hear my melodies brought to life by these virtuoso musicians! I released these two songs on iTunes, and I feel like they enable Michele and Philip to exist beyond the page, through the music.
To hear clips from all the songs in my Timeless playlist, check out my Amazon page. I hope you enjoy it!
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