Because… music.

Fun fact. Wait, scratch that. Embarrassing fact. Although I usually make playlists for each new project, there’s one old standby I keep coming back to when I write. And that is… the soundtrack to the movie Legend. Yes, the one from the 80’s where Tom Cruise runs around a forest with A) unicorns, and B) his original nose. The soundtrack is all Tangerine Dream, except for that one song by Bryan Ferry. It’s all wordless and strange and something about it unlocks the writing part of my brain. But that’s me. June and Oliver from SHUFFLE, REPEAT have an entirely different playlist…

Sunrise Songs Playlist

June and Oliver have differing views about life and differing tastes about music. When they end up stuck together in a car every morning, these two opposites wage a philosophical battle over their shared playlist. Every time one of them proves a point about the meaning of life, they get to choose a song for the car ride playlist. These songs are the ones that made the list.

  • “When It Matters” – Emotional Resonance*
  • ”Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” – Air Supply
  • “Gone Daddy Gone” – Violent Femmes
  • “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
  • “Cry For Love” – Iggy Pop
  • “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” – Cutting Crew
  • “Heaven” – Warrant
  • “London Calling” – The Clash
  • “I Wanna Be Sedated” – The Ramones
  • “Angel” – Aerosmith
  • “Luv, Luv, Luv” – Pansy Division
  • “I’ll Be There For You” – Bon Jovi
  • “Chase It Down” – Ume
  • “This Is Usually The Part Where People Scream” – Alesana
  • “Love Bites” – Def Leppard
  • “Hearts Are Made For Beating” – Wax Fang
  • “You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon
  • “The Search Is Over” – Survivor
  • “Bang Bang” – Nico Vega

*All playlist songs exist except this one


Nothing about this playlist makes sense. Let’s just start with that. The Neil Diamond song really doesn’t belong, except that in an early draft of the book it was a song that blasted out of Jillian’s phone to wake her up in the morning. Alphaville is a prime example of why my husband thinks I have terrible taste in music, followed by Big Country. But I make up for it with the Blitzen Trapper song. It’s amazing – it tells a complete, unique story in very few words, which is not a talent I possess. And the Bryan Ferry song is from my most ridiculous personal writing playlist. Happy listening!

  • “Cracklin’ Rosie” – Neil Diamond
  • “Big In Japan” – Alphaville
  • “In A Big Country” – Big Country
  • “Heroine” – Sinead O’Connor
  • “A Real Hero” – College
  • “Furr” – Blitzen Trapper
  • “Is Your Love Strong Enough” – Bryan Ferry
  • “Just Give Me A Reason” – Pink
  • “Beneath Your Beautiful” – Labrinth