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Spindle Playlist

December 5, 2016

I’m frequently asked about my playlist.

Many authors curate a list of songs to play while writing their novels. These songs can help set the tone for an exciting scene, for instance, such as a dramatic piece from a movie soundtrack. Or a love song can help the author create a romantic mood while writing the scene where the love interests finally declare their affections.

For Spindle, I tried to find old-timey music for my muse, but the further you go back in history, the harder it is to find music with a beat to keep you writing. However, I do mention three songs in Spindle: a hymn, an Irish reel, and a popular song from the era. If you are familiar with the songs, they’ll add a richness to your reading experience.

1. “It is Well” by Horatio Spafford from 1876.

This song becomes even more meaningful when you learn about the tragedy that led to it being penned. The short video below tells the story:

2. The Irish Farewell Reel.

During the Great Famine in Ireland in the early 1800s many Irish emigrated to other countries. When they left for North America, friends and family would play a farewell reel, calling it an American wake. They knew they’d never see their loved ones again. I couldn’t find a youtube video for it, but here is the story of it told in song: “American Wake” by The Elders.

 

3. “Daisy Bell,” otherwise known as “A Bicycle Built for Two” is such a cute, fun song from the era.

Here is a barbershop quartet version of the song:

And the original 1894 song from a phonograph:

(Note: This blog was adapted from a stop on my Spindle Blog Tour. You can read the original along with an excerpt here: Kindle & Me.)