Here is the Clarity playlist! I've included which chapter or scene goes well with the song, and in most cases I've explained why. In some, I can't due to spoilers. But you'll know when you read it. :)
Song: Super Freak by Rick James
Listen During: The beginning of Chapter 2
Thoughts: This one is pretty obvious!
Song: Daughters of the Kaos by Luscious Jackson
Listen During: Chapter 2
Thoughts: I’ve always loved this song. And this is the chapter where we get to know Clare. She’s snarky, quirky, and has badass tendencies and this song fits her perfectly.
Song: Army of Me by Bjork
Listen During: Chapter 3
Thoughts: I thought of this song during the Clare and Tiffany confrontation. It reflects Clare’s frustration, anger, and kick-assery (made up word alert!).
Song: Cannonball by Damien Rice
Listen During: Chapter 5
Thoughts: I think this song is a good representation of Clare’s conflicted feelings about someone in this chapter. Old memories, old feelings.
Song: The Sea by Morcheeba
Listen During: The end of Chapter 6
Thoughts: This is the perfect song for sitting on the beach at night. Where Clare is at this point!
Song: How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
Listen During: The end of Chapter 7
Thoughts: I’ve always thought of this song as the outcast’s anthem (and loved it in high school when I wasn't exactly Miss Popularity myself). I think this is the perfect song for the end of Chapter 7 and Clare's thoughts there.
Song: We Used to Be Friends by The Dandy Warhols
Listen During: The reading in Chapter 9
Thoughts: I’m including this song partly because of the friendship that is examined in this chapter and also as a hat tip to Veronica Mars. ;)
Song: Under Your Skin by Luscious Jackson
Listen During: Chapter 10
Thoughts: Fireworks (of all kinds) in this chapter! This is a good song for two people who find that sparks and feelings are growing the more time they spend together.
Song: Closer by Kings of Leon
Listen During: Chapter 11
Thoughts: This is a wonderfully spooky song, and I think it fits a creepy scene here.
Song: Where Is My Mind? by The Pixies
Listen During: Chapter 19
Thoughts: I’ve always thought this song was a bit sexy, and it’s also ocean-themed, which makes it perfect if there happens to be a beach kiss in this chapter. ;)
Song: The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen
Listen During: Chapter 20
Thoughts: This creepy song goes well with Clare’s vision here.
Song: Narc by Interpol
Listen During: Chapter 23
Thoughts: This is one of the best songs by one of my favorite bands of all time, so I just had to find a place for it on the playlist. I think it fits well in this scene.
Song: Running Up That Hill by Placebo
Listen During: Chapter 25
Thoughts: The perfect song for this climactic chapter. It’s creepy, with the pulsing heartbeat-like sound in the background that mimics the increasing dread of the scene.
Song: Life is Beautiful by Vega4
Listen During: The last page
Thoughts: I wanted to end with an uplifting song for the final page's reflections.
Note: This contest has ended. Thanks!
Now...a contest! Because this playlist might inspire you to buy some new songs, I'm giving away a $10 iTunes gift card, plus signed bookmarks from myself and several other 2011 debut authors!
All you have to do to enter is comment below (or on my Facebook page) with which one of these songs is your favorite or the name of another song you think fits Clarity.
There will be one winner, chosen by random.org. I'm going to make this international. The last day to post a comment is Sunday, 4/17. I'll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, 4/18.
Please pass the word on via Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc. Thank you!