Playlist & Contest: Libby Mercer

Today we welcome Libby Mercer to the blog to talk about her newest release and the music that inspired it.  But first, here’s a little about Libby:

Born and raised in the Midwest, Libby Mercer’s adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she’s since lived in Boston, NYC and London. For several years, Libby worked in fashion – first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design. Libby has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She penned her first book at age seven – a picture book entitled BIG and small. Countless numbers of stories later, her first book, Fashioning a Romance, was published in May 2012, followed by Unmasking Maya and The Karmic Connection. Libby lives in San Francisco.

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I have to say, I had so much fun creating this playlist for The Karmic Connection. I’ve never created a playlist for a book before (thank you, Romancing the Book, for planting the seed in my mind) and I really had a fantastic time coming up with a list of songs that related to the story in some way—some of which connected with me, personally.

The first half of the list has to do the attitude and state of mind of my two main characters, Adam and Lorraine, as the story begins. “Prisoner’s Song” was a perfect song to open the list because Adam feels like he’s being held prisoner at the wellness center. I know—most of us would love to be captured and taken to such a place, but all Adam cares about is work, so he’s majorly upset about this. “Work Hard” spotlights the #1 priority in Adam’s life, and “Bittersweet Symphony” is also about Adam’s empty existence, but it raises the question of whether or not one can change. I think these three songs sum this character up perfectly.

Adam’s arrival at the wellness center throws Lorraine’s world out of whack, and she’s not too happy about this. I knew I wanted to have a riot grrl song on this list, and “Spun” seemed perfect. Even more perfect was “Toxic” because that’s how Lorraine feels about Adam. His negative energy is ruining everything.

“Under the Milky Way Tonight” is such a perfect song for a specific scene in the book that it’s almost spooky. After an emotionally charged conversation in the woods at night, Lorraine leaves Adam on his own, frustrated and confused. One particular line from the refrain pretty much sums up what Adam’s thinking: “Wish I knew what you were looking for” and the slow, sad music sets the scene.

I included “Marlene on the Wall” for a couple of reasons. First, I definitely wanted a granola girl/Lilith Fair sort of song, because Lorraine is a bit of a New Age hippie type. And second, “Marlene” has a lot in common with Lorraine, but I don’t want to go into specifics here and risk spoiling the book!

“Across the Universe” was an obvious choice. The Universe plays a role in The Karmic Connection, and some of my characters believe it’s the mastermind behind everything that happens. And some characters (ahem, Adam) warm to this idea. “Cherish” also seemed like a great addition to the list because not only is it a sweet, romantic song, it also touches upon fate with the line, “You are my destiny”.

And finally, “The Rainbow Connection”. Don’t laugh, but… after I decided on The Karmic Connection for the title, this song was going through my head a lot, but with the alternative lyrics—I substituted “Rainbow” with “Karmic” in my mind. And I must admit that in my mind, it was Kermit the Frog singing “The Karmic Connection”. I do realize that this is something perhaps only I will find amusing, but I couldn’t not include it.

So there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about the reasoning behind my song choices

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9 thoughts on “Playlist & Contest: Libby Mercer

  1. Nancy Goldberg Levine says:

    I didn’t see a link to enter the contest either, but how fun to come up with a playlist. I do that for some of my books that feature a musician hero or heroine.


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