The Mundie Moms kindly put up the playlist I made for City of Lost Souls this morning. Below, the songs I listened to while writing, and why those particular ones.
Happy Mundane Monday! Enjoy the COLS PLAYLIST!!City of Lost Souls PlaylistHem Of Your Garment: CakeThis is a great Sebastian song because it’s not just about being a bad person, it’s about being a bad person but knowing someone much better than you and really wanting to be like them. It’s about wanting to be good and not knowing how to be. About feeling unworthy and that just making you angrier than ever.I have no love but only goalsHow very empty is my soulIt is a soul that feels no thrillA soul that could easily killAnd I’m not fit to touchThe hem of your garment
Love Me Like the World is Ending: Ben LeeA lovely love song, but one about mortality and finite-ness and endings. This was a Magnus and Alec song since mortality is much on their minds. “The sky is what makes the ocean blue” = mortality is what makes life worth experiencing.
This is the last day of existence.
And all i want is you.
There’s a certain sadness.
But i know, i know, i know, the sky is what makes the ocean blue.“From Some Dying Star” by Future Bible HeroesA Sebastian song. More about how other people see him. There’s something about very beautiful people who are also very scary and this song gets at that.Your hair is gold on gold
You’re seventeen years old
You make my blood run cold cause you’re not human.Fresh Blood - The EelsThis was a fun song to listen to again when writing some of the creepier scenes in the books. The refrain about needing fresh blood was — well, there’s some vampire action in City of Lost Souls. Some of it is Simon, but some of it … isn’t.The moon shines in the autumn skyGrowing cold, the leaves all dieI’m more alone than I’ve ever beenHelp me out of the shape I’m inAfter the fires, before the floodMy sweet baby, I need fresh bloodFirst Day of My LifeA Jace and Clary song. It reminded me of what Izzy tells Clary in City of Glass, that Jace basically was half-asleep before he met her, that she’s the first person he ever really “saw.’Yours is the first face that I sawI think I was blind before I met you“Poison and Wine” by the Civil WarsAbout Sebastian’s messed up feelings for his sister. You can interpret it … however you want!You only know what I want you toI know everything you don’t want me toOh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wineOh you think your dreams are the same as mineOh I don’t love you but I always will“Honey and the Moon” by Joseph ArthurThis one is also for Jace and Clary. They are once again in an impossible situation in this book; they love each other, but as Lilith said, some love can burn the world down. I feel like this song is also about what it’s okay to do for love, and whether love is a moral force or outside morals.We’re made out of blood and rustlooking for someone to trustwithouta fightBut right noweverything you want is wrong,and right nowall your dreams are waking up,and right nowI wish that I could follow youto the shoresof freedomwhere no one lives“White Blank Page” by Mumford and SonsWho doesn’t love this song? The lyrics could work for Maia and Jordan, Magnus and Alec, Jace and Clary …what if love’s not enough?Oh tell me now, where was my faultIn loving you with my whole heart?Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole lifeOh, lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life“Fistful of Love” by Antony and the JohnsonsThis is a creepy song. It’s not a love song, even if it is. A Jocelyn and Valentine song — I think after CoLS it will make sense that they get a song, even if Valentine’s dead.And I feel your fists
And I know it’s out of love
And I feel the whip
And I know it’s out of love
And I feel your burning eyes burning holes
Straight through my heart
It’s out of love“Lead Me Into the Night” the CardigansMagnus and Alec. Mainly Magnus - there is something about the lyrics that makes me think of Magnus, who is pretty worn out and tired of life by the time he meets Alec, who wears his heart on his sleeve , and wakes Magnus up out of his disillusionment and boredom with the world.
And lead me into the night Please drive away the light Cause I’ve been blinded by glitter and gold My eyes need to rest from this light And sleep well at night I traveled east and I traveled west And I found a boy with a heart on his chest
“Battle for the Sun” Placebo
We had a song about Sebastian’s messed up feelings for Clary. Here’s one about his messed up feelings about Jace.I will battle for the sunAnd I won’t stop until I’m doneYou are a cheap and nasty fakeAnd I am the bones you couldn’t breakDream brother, my killer, my lover“Sweet Talk” The KillersI usually have a song I listen to when I’m writing action scenes and this time, this was it. I also liked the thematic imagery about angels, grace, and the Fall.
Dig me out from this thorn treeHelp me bury my shameKeep my eyes from the fireThey can’t handle the flameGrace cut out from my brothersWhen most of them fellI carry it well.“Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta IrglováOne for Jace. This is possibly Clary’s point of view on him, but it does - in kind of a bleak bunch of songs! - have for me the theme not just of love but also of the hopefulness of the fact that we always have choices about what we do.
Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won
Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice“Our Way to Fall” Yo La TengoMy Simon and Izzy song. It makes me think of how awkward Simon was when he met her, and how he’s grown into being someone who she could maybe love and maybe love her.
I remember a summer’s day
I remember walking up to you
I remember my face turned red
And I remember staring at my feet
I remember before we met
I remember sitting next to you
And I remember pretending I wasn’t looking
So we’ll try and try
Even if it lasts an hour
With all our might
We’ll try and make it ours
Cause we’re on our way
We’re on our way to fall in loveFirst Day of My Life by Bright EyesA Jace and Clary song. It reminded me of what Izzy tells Clary in City of Glass, that Jace basically was half-asleep before he met her, that she’s the first person he ever really “saw.’
Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met youAnd lastly:
“Opened Once” by Jeff Buckley The majority of City of Lost Souls is Clary’s story, because the majority of the series has always been her story. So this song is for her (and a bit for Jace since he does see her as she is and love her for that), for her vulnerability in loving Jace, and for her feelings of confusion and being left behind and abandoned, and the courage she finally finds.
I once was open
And one with a travelling heart
I loved this sweet guy
Just like the fiction
Rushing in your riverbed
Arise like applause in my head
And in the half-light
Where we both stand
This is the half-light
See me as I am
Just like the ocean
Always in love with the moon
It’s overflowing now
We fly right over
The minds of so many in pain
We are the smile of light that brings them rain
In the half light
Where we both stand
In the half light
You saw me as I am
I am a railroad track abandoned
With the sunset
I ever happened
That I ever happened.